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We recommend routine vaccination of all dogs, cats and rabbits against potentially fatal diseases. The diseases that we feel are essential to vaccinate against, are either severe or fatal and either persistent or untreatable.
Vaccinations for dogs, cats and rabbits are different as each species suffers from different illnesses. Please see the relevant site section for more details on these species: Dogs Cats Rabbits; or see below.
When you bring your pet to Fields for vaccination a full health check will be carried out by the Veterinary Surgeon. This checks that you pet is in good health prior to vaccination helping to ensure good protection from the vaccine. This also gives you the opportunity to discuss any queries that you may have regarding your pet's health or general well being.
Over the last few years there has been significant debate in the press regarding both human and animal vaccination. All animal vaccines licensed for use in the UK have been thoroughly tested for both safety and effectiveness. Adverse reactions do occur but are usually mild and are infrequent. A recent study carried out by the Animal Health Trust (a well respected specialist veterinary establishment in the UK) called the POOCH study, investigated the health records of 4000 dogs. The study showed that there was no evidence of ill health related to vaccination and that dogs that were regularly vaccinated were healthier than unvaccinated dogs or dogs where their vaccines had lapsed.
So, what is in the dog vaccine?
We all know it is important to keep up to date with your pet's vaccinations, but what is it exactly that you are protecting them against?
The following is a list of the diseases and their symptoms that are protected against in the vacciniations for dogs:
CANINE PARVOVIRUS: This virus can be transmitted via the faeces of infected dogs and can survive on inanimate objects such as the soles of your shoes. The virus tends to affect puppies more, and can cause vomiting, bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, rapid dehydration and refusal to eat or drink. Without intense care and support, the disease can be rapidly fatal.
CANINE DISTEMPER: This virus can travel through the air and so dogs, especially younger ones that live in cities at greater risk. It can cause a variety of signs such as coughing, vomiting, runny nose and eyes, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. If it progresses it can lead to fits. This virus is potentially fatal.
INFECTIOUS CANINE HEPATITIS: This virus targets the liver of dogs, with younger dogs, especially under one year of age, being at a greater risk. The signs seen are vomiting and diarrhoea, abdominal pain, very high temperature, loss of appetite and pale gums. If it progresses, jaundice may develop.
LEPTOSPIROSIS: This bacterial infection is transmitted through rat urine or rat infested water. In extreme cases, death can occur within hours of being infected. The signs seen are sleepiness, very high temperature, excessive thirst, increased frequency of urination, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhoea and jaundice.
PARAINFLUENZA and BORDETELLA BRONCHISEPTICA: Highly contagious infection, especially in dog kennels. Infection can be mild to severely debilitating. They are the major contributors of kennel cough and cause a persistent and harsh cough.