Vaccinations during the Coronovirus Pandemic

Pet vaccinations during the coronavirus crisis

Many of our vaccines have been delayed by upto 3 months during the last 12 months. 

Due to Covid 19 social distancing restrictions we have been unable to provide as many vaccine appointments as usual, so a backlog has build up.

Now restrictions continue to ease we will work have to catch up over the coming weeks and months.

New puppies, kittens and previously unvaccinated adult dogs and cats

  • These pets have no  immunity to the diseases we vaccinate, many of which are life threatening. We strongly advise they should have a primary vaccine course ( 2 or 3 vaccinations over 3 or 4 weeks ) . Puppies from 6 weeks of age , Kittens from 9 weeks.

Rabbits

  • Myxomatosis and haemorrhagic viral disease are both causes of death in rabbits. Furthermore even rabbits kept indoors can be at risk.  The vaccines we use are effective but do not confer a long lasting immunity beyond 1 year , therefore we advise  rabbits should keep up with their annual vaccines.

  • We now have a combined vaccine for myxomatosis and BOTH strains of rabbit haemorrhagic viral disease, so in most cases only one visit is required to give your rabbit full protection.

Adult dogs 

  • Our advice is that all dogs should now receive their annual vaccines.

  • We routinely vaccinate against , Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirosis and recommend an intranasal vaccine against Kennel cough

  • Leptospirosis in particular is important.

    • This life threatening disease is spread in urine, mostly from infected dogs and rats, and can be picked up from moist soil and stagnant or slow moving water (e.g. canals and boggy/marshy areas). The protection from this part of the vaccine may not last longer than 1 year in some dogs.

    • Leptopirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it is possible ( but actually very rare) for an infected dog to infect a person.
    • All dogs going outside could be at risk , but those who like to swim, walk in wet marshy areas, or who visit places where there might be rats, will be at a higher risk.

    • The risk of delaying the vaccine in dogs that do not swim and are only being walked in clean dry areas will be thankfully low.

  • The first booster vaccine at just over one year  of age is particularly important.This booster builds protection  the protection given by the primary  puppy vaccinations.

Adult cats 

  • We vaccinate against feline influenza ,calicivirus, panleukopaenia and where appropriate – feline leukaemia virus.

  •  We ask you wait until we send a vaccine reminder , which may be around 2-3 months after the vaccine due date.  Delaying these vaccines for a short time poses a very small risk  to these pets, and allows us the time to catch up with the backlog of delayed vaccines whist still offering the most urgent vaccines ( eg kittens ).

Rabies vaccines for dogs cats and ferrets

  • Rabies is not present in the UK, so the risk of a pet catching rabies here is zero.