Posts Tagged ‘vaccine’
Your cat’s annual vaccination protects your cat against the following diseases:
- Feline Panleucopenia
- This disease is caused by parvovirus and is highly contagious. It can be spread easily from cat to cat and excreted in faeces and bodily fluids.
- Symptoms can include gastrointestinal signs, fever, loss of appetite, depression and anaemia.
- ‘Cat Flu’
- Feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus are the two main causes of ‘cat flu’. It spreads through air droplets of infected cats sneezing or via nasal and eye discharge. It can also be spread through direct contact with an infected cat or via a person’s clothing.
- Symptoms will include fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, discharge from eyes and nose, sneezing and mouth ulcers.
- Feline leukaemia virus
- This virus is found worldwide and is spread through mutual grooming and bite wounds as it is contained in body fluids.
- Symptoms can include fever, lethargy, poor coat condition, weight loss, anaemia and gastrointestinal signs.
Your dog’s annual vaccination protects your pet against:
- Canine Distemper
- caused by Canine Distemper Virus and is spread by contact with affected dogs.
- Symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing, difficulty breathing, cough.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis
- caused by the virus canine Adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1) and usually spread through contact with the disease in the environment rather than dog to dog contact.
- Symptoms include lethargy, high temperature, gastrointestinal signs, jaundice and painful abdomen.
- Canine Parvovirus
- caused by Canine Parvovirus type 2 CPV-2 and is spread through contact with the virus in the environment or dog to dog contact. This virus is highly contagious in all unvaccinated animals.
- Symptoms include gastrointestinal signs, anaemia, shock and dehydration.
- caused by the bacteria Leptospira. It can be spread by direct contact with infected urine or contaminated water.
- Symptoms include fever, gastrointestinal signs, jaundice, dark urine and dehydration.
Your dog can also be protected against Kennel Cough with an additional vaccine.
- Kennel Cough
- a number of viruses have been associated with kennel cough including parainfluenza and most commonly Bordetella bronchiseptica. It is spread through direct contact with an infected dog or an environment where an infected dog has been housed.
- Symptoms include sneezing, snorting, gagging and distinctive cough.
As you know we currently recommend vaccination for rabbits against Myxomatosis and VHD-1 (viral haemorrhagic disease). There has been a lot of concern in the rabbit press about a new strain of VHD (VHD-2) which the current vaccination does not protect against and causes sudden death in rabbits. There is a vaccine available for commercial rabbits on the continent and we are able to import a small supply for our pets but it does not have a UK licence. It can be given from 6 weeks of age but should not be given at the same time as the routine vaccines. It needs to be repeated every 6 months to maintain protection. As the vaccine comes in a multidose vial which has to be discarded 2 hours after opening we are hoping to group appointments together for those rabbit clients who wish their pets to have this vaccine so as to minimise waste and vaccinate as many rabbits as possible for a reasonable price. The cost of the vaccine is £25 (including VAT) If you are interested in having this vaccine please contact us on 01908 397777 so we can add you to our list. Once we receive our stock we will contact you to book into one of our sessions and arrange payment. It is very important only to book a slot when you are definitely available as otherwise your dose will have to be discarded. Please remember that VHD-2 is not yet common in the UK, and so the risk to your rabbit remains minimal. Myxomatosis still remains the biggest risk to pet rabbits in the UK. Please ensure your rabbits have been vaccinated against Myxomatosis disease in the past 12 months. Further, and regularly updated information can be found on the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund website blog here: http://rabbitwelfare.blogspot.co.uk/