We strongly recommend that your dog, cat or rabbit is
given a booster vaccination once a year following on from their
primary vaccinations as a puppy or kitten. Modern
vaccinations are very safe and effective but as vets we still see
life threatening infectious diseases in unvaccinated animals.
Our vaccinations protect animals against the following
An aggressive disease that attacks the immune system and
cells lining the intestines, causing serious, often fatal, vomiting
and diarrhoea. Young unvaccinated pups are especially
This disease is caused by bacteria
from the family Leptospira. Dogs usually contract the disease from
affected water courses or rodent bites. Leptospirosis can also be
an extremely serious disease in people. Whilst antibiotics
can help to treat Leptospirosis, cases can often be fatal or cause
lifelong damage to the kidneys.
This virus attacks the gut, lungs and nervous system and is
usually fatal. We occasionally vaccinate ferrets against this
This virus rapidly attacks the liver, lungs, kidneys and eyes.
Many cases are fatal but some dogs can recover.
This virus is an important component of `kennel cough', a highly
infectious upper respiratory tract infection of dogs which causes a
dry hacking cough.
We also recommend kennel cough vaccination for dogs. This is a
very infectious cough in dogs that they can catch not only from
kennels but from anywhere that infected dogs have been and direct
contact with an infected dog is not necessary. There are several
different infectious causes of kennel cough which is why your dog
will only be fully protected if he or she has a separate kennel
cough vaccination in addition to the normal booster.
Feline leukaemia virus
FeLV is a lifelong infection and unfortunately most cats will die
within three years of diagnosis, usually from a subsequent disease
like leukaemia, lymphoma (tumours) or progressive anaemia. It is
not an airborne disease and can only be passed on via direct
contact between cats (usually by saliva or bites).
Two types of cat flu are vaccinated against: feline herpesvirus
(FHV-1) and feline calicivirus (FCV). These viruses are very common
and vaccination will protect your cat against prolonged illness,
but because there are many different strains of cat flu the vaccine
will not totally eradicate the threat. We can carry this on our
clothes so even indoor cats should be vaccinated.
Feline infectious enteritis
Feline infectious enteritis (a severe and often fatal gut
infection) is caused by the feline parvovirus (or feline
panleukopenia virus). Vaccination against FIE has been very
successful. Unvaccinated cats are at great risk because the virus
is widespread in the environment.
Myxomatosis infection develops very rapidly and can lead to death
in 48 hours. Affected rabbits may have swollen eyes and genitals as
well as lethargy and inappetance. Once rabbits contract the disease
treatment is very rarely effective. Myxomatosis outbreaks are seen
and usually start off in the wild rabbit population. It is spread
by direct contact with an infected rabbit or by flea bites.
Haemorrhagic viral diarrhoea
This is also known as calicivirus disease and commonly causes death
within 36 hours of clinical signs which may include fever and