Vaccinations have always been in the forefront of preventative health in the veterinary world and thankfully through successful programmes and responsible pet ownership, the UK is considered to have reasonable immunity to some of the most contagious and virulent forms of disease.
This is the reason that vaccine recommendation are always being updated and why we want our clients to be reassured that we will always recommend the safest vaccines for your pets and the correct frequency at which they should be carried out.
The latest WSAVA guidelines 2016/2017:
In young animals the main issue is ensuring vaccine efficacy but completing the course at an early age to allow socialisation. The ideal, as recommended by WSAVA, is vaccination monthly till 6 months old.
Their guidelines need to apply worldwide and should be followed in high risk areas. The UK has reasonable overall immunity so can be considered to be low to moderate risk which allows us to compromise from their recommendation.
So, what do we currently offer?
– We recommend our early vaccination programme (from 6 weeks) following drug company data sheets but combine this with advice to give the first booster vaccination at 6 months of age which helps ensure better vaccine efficacy across all patients.
Young adult dogs up to a year of age will vary greatly in the way they react to the initial puppy vaccine course as they still do not have a full adult immune system
– After their initial course and 6-month booster the main concern is to then ensure correct vaccination. So, we recommend an annual health check to discuss this for your individual dog.
Vaccination for leptospirosis is definitely required every year and Distemper, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis [DHP] is often only needed every third year. Every year, at the time of your pet’s vaccination you are able make a choice of vaccinating completely as per the vaccine manufacturers data sheet or just the booster for leptospirosis and a simple blood test to determine your dogs level of immunity for DHP.
If the blood result shows an insufficient immunity level you simply pop back in for the full booster at no extra charge
– We recommend our early vaccination programme (from 8 weeks) following drug company data sheets but combine this with advice to get the first booster vaccination at 6 months old which helps ensure better vaccine efficacy across all patients.
All cat vaccinations are administered using water as the carrier.
– After their initial course and 6-month booster the main concern is over vaccination. So, we recommend an annual health check and vaccination for FELV & flu in high risk areas and RCP every third year [with or without blood testing],or just the FELV booster and a blood test for immunity to panleukopaenia and flu viruses
Antibody Titre testing can be carried out for just £20.
In dogs and cats if the titre shows insufficient immunity the vaccination will be given at no additional charge. Tests are run weekly so results are expected within 7 working days.
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