Vaccinations

Vaccinations

Covid 19 - Pet Vaccination A Quick Guide 

Which vaccines are important during Covid 19 restrictions?

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     Puppy and Kitten vaccines including their first booster at approximately 15 months of age are our current priority. These patients represent the highest risk for animal welfare protection. Please email the practice to schedule an appointment.

       Rabbits vaccines are important as there is no evidence that protection lasts longer than 12 months and keeping a rabbit indoors will not prevent infection from these life threatening conditions.

        Adult Cat Boosters – During the lockdown period a delay of 3 months for boosters is unlikely to cause a significant risk to your pet. If you feel your cat is at higher risk please email the practice.

  Adult dog boosters – In most cases dog boosters can be safely delayed for 3 months. Most dogs being walked in line with government exercising guidelines are of low risk for the diseases we vaccinate against (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces). If your dog is at higher risk due to regular access to waterways, feed stores, high rodent levels in the local area etc please email the practice explaining your specific environment so we can make a risk analysis on vaccination for your pet.

This information is subject to change as government and RCVS guidance evolves. If you have specific concerns about your pet please don't hesitate to email us SAP@langfordvets.co.uk or book a telemedicine consult if you would like an appointment to discuss any concerns for your pet. 

Don't forget the cost of telemedicine appointments will be deducted from a consult should your pet attend the practice for the same condition

Dog Vaccinations 

Puppies have a degree of protection from infectious diseases passed on by their mother. This begins to wane from eight weeks of age, so it is advisable to vaccinate at this point.
We recommend vaccinating in three stages. Your puppy will be fully immune against potentially fatal infectious diseases three weeks after the second vaccination and is then safe to explore the big wide world.

1st vaccine due – from 8 weeks old. This vaccine is Leptospirosis 4 (L4), Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo Virus (DHP). At 8 weeks, your puppy should also be microchipped by law.
2nd vaccine due – 12 weeks old. This vaccine is their second dose of the L4 and DHP.
3rd vaccine due – 16 weeks old. This vaccine is a Parvo Virus top-up.

NB: If necessary, pup can also have their kennel cough vaccine from 3 weeks of age – this is an optional additional vaccine which is recommended if your pup will be boarding in kennels or attending play school/doggy day care.

A booster vaccine is then required on an annual basis. If you have any questions regarding vaccinations, please contact the practice.

Cat Vaccinations

Kittens have a degree of protection from infectious diseases passed on by their mother. This begins to wane from 9 weeks of age, so it is advisable to vaccinate at this point.

We recommend vaccinating in two stages. Your kitten will be fully immune against potentially fatal infectious diseases 10 – 14 days after the second vaccination and is then safe to explore the big wide world.

1st vaccine due – from 9 weeks old. This vaccine is for feline leukaemia (FeLV), rhinotracheitis, calicivirosis and panleucopenia virus (RCP).
2nd vaccine due – 12 weeks old. This vaccine is their second dose of FeLV and RCP. This is also a good time to microchip your kitten (although this could also be done at time of neuter).

A booster vaccine is then required on an annual basis. If you have any questions regarding vaccinations or are planning to breed from your kitten in the future, please contact the practice.

Vaccination advice from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association during the Covid-19 outbreak

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