We are launching a month long vaccine amnesty during April 2013, to help protect cats and dogs from potentially fatal diseases.
Our Veterinary Surgeon Marie Arkell MRCVS, is commited to improving the health of the region’s pets. As a result, we will be offering reduced price vaccinations for all dogs and cats whose vaccination has lapsed. Pets will receive a full vaccination course against the main diseases for the price of a booster, offering a saving of up to £27. We are setting ourselves an ambitious goal to try and reduce the incidence of disease in family pets.
Routine vaccinations protect pets against potentially fatal diseases and, although some of these diseases are no longer rife, they still exist in the environment causing outbreaks without warning. Alarmingly some of these preventable diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can transfer from animals to humans. An example of this is Leptospirosis or as it is more commonly known Weil’s disease.
“For a variety of reasons not all pets’ vaccinations are up to date, which can put the pet at risk from an illness that could be easily avoided,” explains vet Marie Arkell.
“Preventative medicine is preferable and less costly than treatment, or in some cases, it is the only option.” Adds Marie. “As vets, we are dedicated to helping pet owners keep their pets, which are part of their family, healthy. Of course, some problems can’t be avoided but it makes sense to reduce the risk – and that’s why we are embarking on the vaccine amnesty scheme.”
Diseases that can affect dogs include Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Coronavirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, while cats can suffer from Feline Infectious Enteritis, Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia. All of the diseases can cause unnecessary suffering and some of them – such as Canine Parvovirus – are sometimes fatal.
If you have a pet whose annual booster injections have lapsed, you will need to organise a full vaccination course of two injections a few weeks apart; and thereafter an annual booster of one injection to maintain protection.
For further information or to take part in the vaccine amnesty and make an appointment please contact us at the clinic on 01444 363636