Vaccination can help protect your pet from a variety of serious diseases, some of which can be fatal. For this reason, all dogs & cats staying with us must be vaccinated with up to date annual boosters. You will need to bring in your vaccination certificate at the time of admission so that we can update our records. Generally, your Vet will give a first vaccination when your pet is around 8-10 weeks of age, followed by another one 2-4 weeks later. This gives immunity against all of these diseases for a year or more. For continued immunity against some of the diseases, an annual 'booster' is required.
Canine Distemper - a virus that affects the mucous membranes within the respiratory tract of the dog. The symptoms actually resemble those of human flu, and include a temperature, but the disease is far more serious as it also affects the nervous system
Parvovirus - a highly contagious disease affecting the intestinal tract, white blood cells and the heart
Canine Hepatitis - can cause internal bleeding, liver and kidney disease and central nervous system problems
Leptospirosis - there are several different species of leptospirosis bacteria, but symptoms are generally lethargy, inflamed kidneys, fever, vomiting, and blood clotting. Leptospirosis can cause enzymes, jaundice, pneumonia and further intestinal problems
What about 'Kennel Cough' - do we insist on it?
In a short answer, Yes. - Kennel Cough is an airborne infection which is not limited to kennels as the name suggests. It can be caught anywhere, for example, at a park, at a dog show, at the vets or even in your own garden. It can be caught wherever a dog can come in proximity to another dog carrying the infection in very much the same way as a 'cold' passes between humans. We must point out though that when you have your dog vaccinated, we would prefer that it is done at least 7 days before arrival. This is because there is a short period of time when the vaccine is incubated and therefore your dog may not be covered.
Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE) - a severe and often fatal gut infection is caused by the feline parvovirus (or feline panleukopenia virus)
Cat 'flu - two types of cat 'flu are vaccinated against, feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and feline calicivirus (FCV)
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) - is a lifelong infection and unfortunately most cats will die within three years of diagnosis, usually from a subsequent disease like leukaemia, lymphoma (tumors) or progressive anaemia