Helping to prevent illness and keep your pets in good health


Nobody wants their pet to be ill. This is distressing for both you and your animal, but in many cases, illness can be avoided with a proper vaccination regime.

Puppies can be vaccinated from eight weeks and kittens from nine weeks of age. Their first vaccinations will consist of a course that will usually involve two appointments a few weeks apart.

After this first course, vaccinations are usually given annually, depending on your pet, their age, whether you want to travel and your pet’s overall health. Your Best Friends vet will advise on the right approach to vaccinations for your pet.

Other pets, such as rabbits and ferrets, will also need vaccinations, and you can talk to your Best Friends Vet about which they recommend.


Why should I vaccinate my pets?


No one wants their dog to fall prey to canine distemper, canine infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, canine parvovirus and parainfluenza – prevention is key.

Don’t forget kennel cough; despite the name this can be picked up wherever your dog is in contact with other dogs that are infected.

Cats should be vaccinated to safeguard against flu, enteritis and leukaemia. This involves a course of two injections followed by a yearly booster, to ensure your cat is kept fully vaccinated at all times.

And whilst we don’t wish to alarm our pet owners, some illnesses, especially if they are caught by young pets, can be fatal, or cause life-limiting illnesses. This is why we always recommend vaccinating your pets.

As well as the distress of illness for your pet, vaccinating costs far less than the cost of taking care of a sick animal.


Contact your local Best Friends Vet to make an appointment and talk to them about recommended vaccinations for your pet.

If you have any concerns about your pet, make an appointment with your local branch today.

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