Northdale Veterinary Practice
Vaccinations are important to help prevent your animal becoming ill. Prior to the vaccination, the vet will carefully examine your pet.
If you have a new puppy or kitten then ask about our Pet Health Club which spreads the cost of your pet's routine treatments and INCLUDES the full puppy and kitten vaccination course. Even older pets can benefit from discounts and saving money on the Pet Health Club so ask our team for details!
Dogs initially are routinely vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus. Puppy vaccinations can start from 8 weeks. Usually two injections are required and the puppy should not be allowed to mix with other dogs until a week after the second injection. Additional immunisation against kennel cough is available and may be recommended by some kennels. It is advisable to check the kennelling requirements before boarding your pet. After the initial immunisation you will get a voucher for a free health check for your puppy at six months of age. This gives the opportunity to discuss any problems which may have arisen in the important first months of your dog's life and to pick up any conditions which may require treatment. Our current protocol is based on our vaccine provider's protocol of an annual booster for Leptospirosis and every three years for distemper, hepatitis/adenovirus, parvovirus and paraininfluenzavirus.
Cats are usually vaccinated against Flu, Enteritis and Leukaemia Virus. As a minimum Flu and Enteritis vaccination will be required before boarding. Leukaemia vaccination is particularly advised in young cats and those that are in regular contact with other cats. Vaccination can start from 9 weeks of age, with the second vaccination due 3 weeks later. Thereafter there is an annual booster vaccination required in line with current recommendations.
Rabies vaccination is now available for cats and dogs travelling abroad – please see the section on Pet Passports for more details
Rabbits can be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, which is now available in a single vaccine and can be given from 5 weeks of age.
The annual vaccination provides an opportunity to check your pet's general health and deal with any problems that may arise.