Protect your pet from disease

Vaccinations are a vital way of protecting our pets against some really dangerous diseases.  Some of these diseases are only seen quite rarely, because of the success of vaccination, but they are all still around.

By vaccinating our pets we protect them, as well as the animals they encounter.  ‘Herd immunity’ is a term bandied around a lot.  What this means is that if sufficient animals are vaccinated, diseases are not able to spread so those animals who cannot be vaccinated for any reason have a lower chance of getting the disease as well.

Vaccinating black Labrador puppy

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What diseases do we vaccinate against?

Should I be concerned about side effects?

Serious side effects to vaccinations are extremely rare and grossly over-exaggerated by certain online groups.

Common side effects seen after vaccination include:

  • lethargy
  • mild fever
  • reduced appetite
  • small lump at the injection site

These side effects are normally mild and only last 24-48 hours.  Lumps should disappear within 14 days.  They show that your pet’s body is responding appropriately to the vaccine and are normally nothing to worry about.

If you are concerned about your pet after a vaccination, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can discuss this.

What about Titre Testing?

Titre testing is a way of measuring the amount of antibody in a pet’s blood stream.  It can be helpful to assess whether your pet is likely to be immune to a disease.

Titre testing is only useful against certain diseases.  These are:

  • Canine distemper
  • Canine adenovirus (hepatitis)
  • Canine and feline parvovirus

When your pet is due for one of these vaccinations, we can do a titre test beforehand to assess whether the vaccination is required or not.  This involves taking a small blood sample and sending to a laboratory.  If the analysis shows that the immunity is adequate, yearly titre testing is recommended.  If the analysis shows that immunity is not sufficient, your pet will need their vaccination.

Titre testing costs £50 on top of the standard visit fee.

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