All mammals derive immunity from their mother's first milk (colostrum) but unfortunately this maternal immunity wanes over a period of 10 - 12 weeks and so the susceptibility to disease increases over this time.
Vaccination provides a means of priming the immune system to allow development of immunity against those diseases vaccinated against. The most susceptible age groups to disease are the young and the old.
Primary Vaccinations and Boosters
Our Vet will administer two primary vaccinations, the first at 8-9 weeks and the second at 10-12 weeks’ of age. The reason for the timing of the first vaccination is that the maternal immunity will have waned sufficiently to allow a small initial antibody response. The vaccine used at Bisley Vets covers against the following:
- Leptospirosis 4
Unfortunately, the puppy vaccinations do not give lifetime protection so an annual booster vaccination must be given to your dog in order to maintain protection against these dangerous and distressing diseases. Booster vaccinations thereafter are administered at the annual health examination at 12 month intervals. Boosting of “core vaccines” is generally only necessary every 2 years – the ‘core’ components include Parvovirus, Distemper and Infectious Hepatitis. ‘Non core’ components such as Leptospirosis, and infectious bronchitis (kennel cough) need annual boosting to provide sufficient immunity.
This is a intranasal vaccine we use and is comprised of two components, Bordetella and Parainfluenza. Boarding kennels usually request a kennel cough vaccination to minimise the chances of your dog contracting the disease. Onset of immunity to Bordetella is 72 hrs post-vaccination whilst that for Parainfluenza is 3 weeks. It is therefore advisable to vaccinate your dog at least 3 weeks before boarding, although some kennels will accept dogs earlier.
Our Vet will administer two primary vaccinations, the first at 9 weeks of age and the second at 12 weeks’ of age. The vaccines used protect your cat against the following:
- Calici and Herpes virus (Cat Flu)
- Panleukopaenia (Feline Enteritis Virus)
- Feline Leukaemia
We do not routinely vaccinate against Chlamydophila felis as this tends to be more of a problem in rescue shelters.
Unfortunately the kitten vaccinations do not give lifetime protection so an annual booster vaccination must be given to your cat in order to maintain protection against these dangerous and distressing diseases. Booster vaccinations thereafter are administered at the annual health examination at 12 month intervals.
Are vaccinated against Myxomatosis from 6 weeks of age and In recent years we have seen increasing numbers of rabbits with this disease, so now recommend routine vaccination of all rabbits every 6 months.
Myxomatosis is a deadly poxvirus which is potentially fatal and usually untreatable. It is transmitted by blood sucking / biting insects, including infected fleas and mosquitoes.
Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) is another disease which is acute and untreatable, this is transmitted by insects; it generally kills within 24 -48 hours. We can vaccinate your rabbit from 5 weeks of age with a recommended booster vaccination every year.
For further information on vaccinations please see client information dogs and cats or ask a friendly member of staff.