Vaccination is an important routine treatment which prevents your dog becoming seriously ill. Diseases can be picked up when out and about on walks, visiting friends or when out at shows. We believe in providing our patients with the protection they need for diseases found in the UK, without over vaccinating unnecessarily. We also feel strongly about providing immunity at an early age allowing dogs to get out of the house and socialise properly as soon as possible. We achieve this by using a vaccination protocol that is complete within 2 weeks of the first injection, allowing puppies to get out and about a week later. First vaccination can be given from 8 weeks of age onwards. The vaccines we use in dogs provide protection against:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Kennel cough

Our vaccination protocol for kittens and cats starts as early as 9 weeks of age and is completed 3-4 weeks later. We vaccinate indoor cats against cat flu, but offer a Feline Leukaemia Virus vaccine as well for those who venture outside. Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) is a fatal condition passed between cats through mutual grooming or fighting and for this reason we recommend all outdoor cats are vaccinated against the disease. The vaccines we use in cats provide protection against:

  •  Panleucopaenia Virus
  •  Rhinotracheitis Virus
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus

A Vaccination Record Card is given out with each initial vaccination and we provide a complimentary service of vaccination reminders via card and text messaging, to assist you in planning your visits and keeping your vaccinations up to date. Booster vaccinations are also an opportunity for your pet to have a full health check and examination with the vet.

Neutering

“Should I have my dog neutered?” This is a complex question, without a perfect answer, and varies between dogs and bitches, but we have included a Neutering factsheet listing the main pros and cons so you can better make an educated decision. If you do decide to have your pet neutered they will be in good hands. We have a wealth of experience neutering all species of animals and also work closely with a number of animal charities to help reduce unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

Castration and spaying are performed as outpatient procedures and generally in cats and dogs from 6 months of age onwards. We admit patients in the morning where they have a pre-op assessment before being admitted onto the ward. The neutering procedure is carried out during the morning and in almost all cases, patients are able to go home that afternoon. All neutering is performed under a general anaesthetic, so animals will be subdued on the day of surgery and may take a few days to get back to normal. Included in the cost of neutering are post-op checks to ensure that they are recovering well and no complications have occurred.