A “primary” vaccination course consists of two injections, two weeks apart in dogs
and three weeks apart in cats. Puppies can be vaccinated from 8 weeks old and kittens
from 9 weeks old.
The immunity provided by the “primary” course will not take full effect until about
a week after the second injection. We therefore recommend that puppies & kittens
are not allowed contact with other non vaccinated animals until about a week after
the second injection.
Following “primary” vaccination immunity will last in the region of 12-15months (see
below), after which time the animal, if exposed, could contract one of the diseases
against which it was vaccinated. Therefore we recommend annual “booster” vaccinations
to “top up” your pet’s immunity.
As a practice we are aware of the issue of “over vaccination” whereby pets are sometimes
given a booster vaccination against all diseases whether they need it or not. Our
policy has been to select a vaccine manufacturer that is working to establish the
length of immunity given by a vaccine. As a result your pet will only be vaccinated
against diseases for which “top up” booster has been shown to be required, and this
will vary from year to year.
Find out what diseases dogs and cats are routinely vaccinated against by clicking
on the links below: