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Vaccinations

Vaccinations can help protect your loved one from a variety of serious diseases, some of which are often fatal, for this reason, all pets staying with us must be fully vaccinated with up to date annual boosters. You will need to bring your vaccination certificate at the time of admission.

Dog vaccinations must cover

  • Canine Distemper – a virus that is affects the mucous membranes within the respiratory tract of the dog. The symptoms actually resemble those of human flu, and also include a temperature, but the disease is far more serious as it also affects the nervous system
  • Parvovirus – a highly contagious disease affecting the intestinal tract, white blood cells and the heart
  • Canine Hepatitis – can cause internal bleeding, liver and kidney disease and central nervous system problems
  • Leptosopirosis – there are several different species of leptospirosis bacteria, but symptoms are generally lethargy, inflamed kidneys, fever, vomiting and blood clotting. Leptospirosis can cause enzymes, jaundice, pneumonia and further intestinal problems.

What About “Kennel Cough” – do we insist on it? 

In a short answer, no. But we do recommend it.

Kennel Cough is an airborne infection which is not limited to kennels as the name suggests. It can be caught anywhere for example, at a park, at a dog show, at the vets or even in  your own garden. It can be caught wherever a dog can come in proximity to another dog carrying the infection in very much the same way as a ‘cold’ passes between humans.

Kennel Cough (more correctly called Infectious Tracheobronchitis) has several viral and bacterial causes. Only two of these – Bordatella Bronchiseptica (bacterial) and Parainfluenza (viral) are controlled by the Kennel Cough vaccines.

The Parainfluenza vaccine is given by injection and is now commonly included in your dogs annual booster.

The Bordatella Bronchisptica vaccine is given by injecting the vaccine up the dogs nose, which some can find distressing.

Although infectious bronchitis is highly infectious, it is a troublesome but not usually a life-threatening disease, which is why we leave the decision on its vaccination to your discretion.

We strongly reccomend that the Kennel Cough vaccine is given to puppies, elderly dogs and those dogs with medical problems (such as diabetes) who are more susceptible to medical complications.

The Kennel Cough immunisation is a live vaccine so your pet can display symptoms of the illness and pass it to other dogs, so we must insist the vaccine be given at least 21 days before boarding.

Cat vaccinations must cover;

  • Feline infectious enteritis (FIE) – 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.
  • Cat ‘flu (FHV-1 and FCV) – Two types of cat ‘flu are vaccinated against feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus. These 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.
  • Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) – FeLV is a lifelong infection and unfortunately most cats die within three years of diagnosis, usually from a subsequent disease like leukaemia, lymphoma 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, because pets are boarded without contact with others we suggest this vaccine is worth having but not essential. We recommend you seek your vets opinion.

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