Why Should We Vaccinate?

In the past many animals became severely ill because of diseases which, thanks to vaccination, are now rarely seen. Although these diseases are less common, they have not been completely eradicated. If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops our pets could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans. This is similar to the human measles outbreak that has been seen recently in the UK, because so many children were not vaccinated.

Vaccination protects our pets from the many diseases that cause illness, pain, distress and even death. Vaccinating your pet against preventable diseases is a vital part of responsible pet care. When you vaccinate your pet, not only are you protecting them from these diseases but you are preventing the spread of disease to other animals.

Castle Vets strongly recommend that dogs, cats and rabbits have regular health checks and that their vaccines are kept up to date.

Protection From Disease

Dog and Puppy vaccinations protect against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. We also offer vaccinations against Kennel Cough.  Puppies are vaccinated from 8 weeks old and then have a booster annually.

Cat and kitten vaccinations protect against Feline Herpes, Calicivirus, Infectious Enteritis and Leukaemia. Kittens are vaccinated from 9 weeks old and then a booster is given annually.

Annual rabbit vaccinations protect against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease and can be given from 6 weeks old.

For the initial vaccination course, a half hour consultation with a Veterinary Nurse is included to allow time to discuss preventative health care, training and nutrition, prior to the veterinary health check and vaccination.

We will remind you by post when your pet’s health check and vaccine becomes due again.