What is a vaccination?

A vaccination is a form of prevention against certain viruses and bacteria.

Vaccines are vital to all pets based on the risk of exposure or severity of disease. The important ones for dogs include canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, kennel cough, leptospirosis and rabies.

The vaccine for cats include FVRCP, or feline distemper virus, herpesvirus, calicivirus and chalmydia, and occasionally FeLV for felines at risk of exposure to feline leukemia virus (cats that are unsupervised outdoors), and rabies annually as required by law.

We recommend vaccinating your pet when they are at the age of 8 weeks (up to 10 weeks). The subsequent 2 rounds are at 12 weeks old and then 16 weeks old.  

How can I avoid over-vaccinating my pet?

A Vaccicheck® antibody titer blood test is recommended instead of a yearly booster if your dog/cat is assessed to be at low risk of infection. Find out more.