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Has your pet missed their vaccination during the pandemic?

By November 5, 2021 Greenbay Vet News

It has been a strange couple of years, and in between lockdowns, shielding and the concerns over human safety it will have been easy to miss your pet’s booster vaccination.

But one thing we can all learn from Covid is the power of vaccination. Like in humans, vaccinations are key to preventing serious illness in our pets.

We recommend all dogs and cats have an annual health check with a vet – this is a great opportunity to check your pet is healthy and to pick up any issues before they become more serious (e.g. dental disease, a heart murmur, or to check any lumps). Any booster vaccinations can be given at the same time – for adult dogs an annual vaccination is recommended to protect against leptospirosis, and a booster every 3 years to protect against parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus (DHP). For most cats we recommend an annual vaccination against cat flu and enteritis, with outdoor cats or those mixing with others benefitting from protection against FeLV too. Our vets will be happy to discuss the best vaccination programme for your pet, and to discuss titre testing where this is appropriate.

You can find out more about vaccinations in dogs and cats in our factsheet.

If your dog or cat has never been vaccinated or hasn’t been vaccinated in the past 15 months they will need to come in for a 2nd injection for full protection, but we charge the same for a re-start as we do a booster.

The annual health check and vaccination is one of the benefits included in our Complete Care Club, which allows you to spread the cost and save on your pet’s preventative healthcare.

It is also recommended that all pet rabbits have an annual vaccination – you can read more in our rabbit factsheet.

To book your pet in for a health check and vaccination give us a call on 01803 606059 (Torquay) or 843836 (Paignton), or book online.


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