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Pet Vaccinations: What Does My Pet Need?

Do you want to learn more about your pet's vaccinations, why they are necessary, and which ones are needed? If yes, we have you covered in this week's blog.

Why Vaccinations Are Brilliant

Vaccinations for your beloved pets defend against dangerous diseases and keep them healthy. So, let's dive into the realm of vaccinations and uncover the perfect schedule to ensure your pet's well-being!

Puppy Power

Let's start with puppies. Vaccinations are an essential part of a puppy's routine from 6 weeks old. Here are some crucial vaccinations for your pup to keep those tails wagging:

  • DHPPi: The DHPPI vaccine protects your pup against deadly diseases such as Distemper (this attacks multiple body systems and is often untreatable), Parvovirus (a highly contagious and fatal disease that attacks cells in a dog’s intestines), Adenovirus (also known as infectious hepatitis which causes an inflammation of the liver), and Parainfluenza (a highly contagious viral lung infection).

  • Leptospirosis: This vaccine shields your pet against Lepto (a bacterial disease found in water that damages vital organs and is spread by rats), and prevents nasty kidney disease and liver failure.

  • Bordetella: The Bordetella vaccine protects your pups from Kennel Cough- a canine infectious tracheobronchitis which is highly infectious and spreads easily from dog to dog!

However, it’s not just puppies that need vaccinations. Adult dogs also need vaccinations annually to keep them safe.

Cats Need Protection Too

Our feline friends may seem like they are always in perfect health, but just like dogs, they still need their vaccinations to stay in perfect health. So, let's see which vaccinations your cat needs:

  • FVRCP: This vaccine defends against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (otherwise known as cat flu which causes respiratory problems), Calicivirus (a virus that affects upper respiratory infections and oral disease in cats), and Panleukopenia (a highly contagious viral disease of cats caused by the feline parvovirus).

  • FeLV: Short for Feline Leukaemia Virus, this vaccine protects your cat from a disease that can weaken their immune system and lead to cancer.

Similarly to dogs, cats also need these vaccines administered annually from kittenhood to old age to stay protected.

A Message from Roundwood

Whilst vaccinations are a personal preference, we strongly advise getting your pet vaccinated to help keep both them and you safe. It’s also important to note that some insurance policies can become invalid if your pet isn't vaccinated and some pet services such as dog walkers, doggie daycare, kennels and catteries will reject clients that don’t have up-to-date vaccinations.

Our veterinarians can advise you on which vaccines your pet might need. They'll consider your pet's health, lifestyle, and individual needs to create the perfect vaccination plan fit for a queen (or a corgi!)

By embracing the power of vaccines, you're giving your pet the best chance at a long, healthy, and joyful life.

As part of our pet plan, Vital Pets Club, you can spread the cost of vaccines throughout the year, receive vaccine reminder text messages, and access unlimited nurse tele-med consultations. Call us on 020 8459 4729 or click here for more information on the club!


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