Pet Vaccinations Near Me
At Woodward Veterinary Practice we believe that pet vaccinations are a vital part of protecting your beloved animals from severely harmful diseases. Prevention is always better than cure and this is why vaccinations are an essential part of responsible pet care. Rabbits, dogs and cats are susceptible to a number of life-threatening diseases. The introduction of immunization and scientific advances have drastically reduced the number of cases. As we hear little about them, it is tempting to assume they are not a threat to our pets, but they remain a constant danger, which is why vaccination is the best way to keep your pet safe.
How do pet vaccinations work?
In vaccines, viruses and other infectious agents are weakened or killed (so that they are harmless). Vaccinating an animal triggers the immune system in the body to produce antibodies that serve as a protective mechanism. Those antibodies will prevent the disease from developing later, even if the animal is exposed to the actual disease. We will recommend vaccines based on your pet's lifestyle, risk factors, and current guidance at Woodward Veterinary Practice. With modern vaccines, you can protect yourself against multiple diseases with just one or two injections. However, vaccinations do not provide lifelong immunity, so regular booster vaccinations are recommended. Additionally, your pet will receive a full health checkup. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for all vaccinations; we will send you a reminder.
Pet vaccinations are part of our Pet Health for Life Plan. If you haven't already, register your pet at Woodward Veterinary Practice. Once you have your pet registered, it's simple to book an appointment with one of our friendly veterinary professionals. If you are looking for 'pet vaccinations near me', we have everything you need to enhance the health of your pet at Woodward.
A few questions about dog Vaccinations:
At Woodward, we would recommend core vaccinations on the whole. Vaccinations are essential for providing your dog with adequate protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases. There is the option of Titre testing, which involves blood samples to determine your dog's immunity. Unfortunately, this is not always 100% reliable, it is costly to perform and leptospirosis would still need to be vaccinated against
Can I avoid vaccinating my dog?
As veterinary professionals, we would always recommend vaccinations; the risk is not worth taking when it comes to harmful diseases that are picked up so easily.
What vaccines do dogs legally need?
It is not a legal requirement to have a dog vaccinated, but it is highly advisable. Insurance can also be invalidated if dogs are not vaccinated.
Can I vaccinate my dog myself?
Under UK law, only veterinary surgeons can prescribe medications; vaccinations fall into this category. Your vet is required to health assess a pet before prescribing and administering the vaccine. Like many drugs, vaccines can have mild side effects, which is why a health check prior is essential to ensure your pet will be fit and well after the vaccine is administered. Veterinary professionals are trained at administering these vaccines; this wouldn't be advised for a member of the public to administer themselves. Also, the vaccination bottles, needles and syringes require correct disposal.
Annual boosters usually cover leptospirosis and kennel cough (can be given every six months). However, distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis are usually needed every three years. Therefore, a dog would need a vaccine every year to have maximum protection against diseases.
A few questions about Cat vaccinations:
Why are cat vaccinations necessary?
Vaccinations are essential for providing your cat with adequate protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases. There is the option of Titre testing, which involves blood samples to determine your cat’s immunity. Unfortunately, this is not always 100% reliable and can be costly to perform. Cats also staying in boarding or cattery facilities are often required to be vaccinated if you're planning to go on holiday.
What happens if you don't vaccinate your cat?
Deciding not to vaccinate runs the risk of your cat contracting various harmful diseases. If you also want to travel with your cat or need them to stay in boarding facilities or catteries, most sites require up to date vaccination status and will not accept unvaccinated animals.
Should you vaccinate an older cat?
As long as your cat is fit and healthy, we would always recommend vaccinations for your cat.
A few questions about rabbit vaccinations:
Do house rabbits need to be vaccinated?
Vaccinations are essential for providing your rabbit with adequate protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases such as viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD 1 and 2) and myxomatosis.
How often do rabbits need to be vaccinated?
We recommend that rabbits are vaccinated every 12 months to protect them against potentially fatal diseases.
Do rabbits need to go to the vet?
To ensure your rabbit is kept happy and healthy, we recommend annual check-ups, as well as consults if you’re worried about your rabbit’s health.