Vaccinations

Protect your pet from nasty infections and diseases with a course of vaccinations

a small rabbit that may need vaccinations

Young animals, just like children, are at risk from many infectious diseases. In many cases there is no treatment for these and young puppies or kittens that catch them often die.

Protection against these deadly diseases can be provided by vaccination. To keep your pet fit and healthy make sure they complete an initial course of vaccinations and receive regular booster jabs.

At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital we offer vaccinations for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets.

Dogs

We use the Intervet range of vaccines. These are licensed for puppies to be injected at 8 weeks and 10 weeks, with a final Leptospirosis vaccine at 12 weeks. Your puppy can therefore be out walking, and more importantly, socialising at 11.5 weeks, providing you are careful to keep him away from Leptospirosis “at-risk” areas such as standing and slow-moving water. This range has a three year booster cycle, which limits the risk of over-vaccinating.

We are now also offering vaccine titre testing for dogs. This is a simple blood test that tests the dog’s antibody levels for Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis, and can help with decision making in giving a further vaccination. The dog will still need an annual Leptospirosis vaccination regardless, as there is no antibody level test available for this disease. For further information please visit the VacciCheck Facebook page.

We also offer kennel cough vaccinations for dogs. Unfortunately we still see occasional cases of Parvovirus and Leptospirosis in unvaccinated dogs, which can be life-threatening.

Cats

Again, we use the Intervet range of vaccines. We offer the choice of just Cat ‘Flu and Enteritis vaccination, or a complete vaccine that also covers Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV).

This range also has a three year booster cycle for the panleukopenia component and also FeLV, limiting the risk of over-vaccinating.

Sadly we still see many cases of all these viruses in the unvaccinated population. Please ask your veterinary surgeon for advice.

Rabbits

Rabbits can be vaccinated against myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease. We see far too many cases of myxomatosis, which is invariably fatal. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease is rapidly fatal in rabbits, so we tend not to see these cases, possibly because this leads to very sudden death.

In 2016 Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (RHD2), made headlines after a rapid increase in deaths in pet rabbits. This viral disease is a mutated form of the original Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease which has been seen in rabbits since 1984. While this strain of the disease currently kills less rabbits than the original, it has very few symptoms and sudden death is common.

From Summer 2020, we started using the new Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus vaccine, which provides protection against Myxomatosis and RHD 1&2, in a single yearly injection.

For more information on vaccinations, or to book an appointment with a member of our veterinary team, please call 01325 380111 or email Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital at info@stanhope-vet.co.uk.