At Portland Vets, we consider vaccination to be a crucial aspect of maintaining your pet’s health. We use the safest and most current vaccines available for each species, adjusting the frequency of vaccinations based on the latest research on virus strains and immunity. Click on the sections below to learn more about what vaccinations protect against and contact our Edenbridge clinic to book your pet in.
Puppies and kittens are usually protected during the first few weeks of life thanks to immunity passed through their mother’s colostrum (the first lot of milk produced by the mother). However, this immunity fades quickly leaving the young pets susceptible to disease within a few weeks. At this point, vaccination can take over from the mother’s milk in providing protection.
Puppy vaccinations are given at 8, 10 and 12 weeks, followed by yearly adult vaccinations for high-risk diseases and every 3 years for lower-risk diseases. Each vaccination includes a thorough health check to ensure your pet is currently healthy.
At Portland Vets, alongside the standard vaccines against Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus, we also recommend the Leptospirosis vaccine. Read on to find out more about each of these illnesses:
For cats and kittens, vaccines are available for various diseases and the vaccination schedule will be tailored to your pet’s particular risk of infection. Kitten vaccinations are given at 9 and 12 weeks of age and adult vaccinations are given annually. Research has shown that 12 months is the approximate length of immunity that the vaccine provides in an individual cat so boosters are recommended annually.
The vaccinations that Portland Vets offers cats cover the following diseases and viruses. Our vets are always happy to answer any questions you have about the following:
Vaccinating your rabbit is an important part of rabbit ownership and will help to protect them from the following fatal diseases:
A new combined vaccine that protects against all three diseases is available as a single injection for 12 months of immunity. It is important to note that rabbits can be vaccinated from 5-7 weeks of age and require a yearly booster to keep them protected. If your rabbit was previously vaccinated with a different type of vaccine, your vet will discuss switching to the combined vaccine during the appointment.
We also offer antibody titre testing, which is a blood test offered to dogs to determine if they have enough immunity to fight off infections. If you choose to have this test run, the results can be obtained within 48 hours. However, it is not available for other pets yet. The test does not cover all viruses vaccinated against but can help in tailoring the vaccination programme for your individual dog. If you are interested in antibody titre testing, please schedule an appointment to discuss the test with one of our vets who can then advise you if your pet is a good candidate.