When to vaccinate?
Puppies and kittens are usually protected from infectious diseases by their mother’s milk provided she has been adequately vaccinated. However this protection only lasts for a short while.
- Puppies should be vaccinated at 8 and 10 weeks.
- Kittens should be vaccinated at 9 and 12 weeks.
- Boosters should be given 12 months after the date of the first vaccinations.
- If you have an older pet then your veterinarian will be able to advise the correct vaccination protocol that you should follow.
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Canine distemper
- Canine parvovirus
- Infectious canine hepatitis
Dogs going abroad will also need a rabies vaccination.
Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline herpes virus
- Feline infectious enteritis
- Feline leukemia virus
Rabbits should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Rabbit (viral) hemorrhagic disease (RHD)
Combined vaccines offer annual protection against both diseases and can be given from 5 weeks of age.
If you are unsure about anything to do with pet vaccines, consult your veterinarian who will be advise you on the best vaccination protocol to follow.