Make sure your young animal has the best start in life by visiting our team today.
Whether you have a cat, dog, rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, bird or exotic animal, our dedicated teams at all six of our centres promise to provide your pet with the devoted care and attention they need to live life to the fullest.
Welcoming a new pet into your life and home is a special occasion and should be cherished for years to come. It’s also incredibly important to ensure your young pet gets the best start in life. One of the best ways to do so is by visiting our team regularly for the first six months of their life.
We offer tailored packages for your pets which provide vaccinations, six monthly health checks and a year’s supply of flea and worming treatment.
However, if you have any concerns about their health between visits, book an appointment to see one of our vets as soon as you can.
Vaccinations are important injections that are given to puppies, kittens and baby rabbits to prevent them from getting nasty diseases and infections. Before your pet is allowed to interact with other animals or go outside, they should have completed a course of vaccinations, ensuring they are immune to diseases that could affect their health.
At Grange Veterinary Hospital and all of our branch centres, we administer vaccinations between 2 and 4 weeks apart. The initial injection can be given to your puppy from 6 weeks of age and to your kitten from 8 weeks of age.
If your pet is not up to date with vaccinations, then don’t worry. So long as your pet is in good health, we can start these at any time; there is no such thing as too old to be vaccinated!
People often ask us why pets should be vaccinated every year. There are two reasons for this; firstly, it’s really important to get a health check for your pet on a regular basis. We can often prevent minor problems from developing into bigger ones that require extensive treatment by being proactive!
Secondly, although some elements of the vaccinations that we use may give more than a year’s protection, immunity against leptospirosis and kennel cough, myxomatosis and Feline leukaemia virus is short-lived and needs annual top-ups to remain effective.
Dogs are usually protected against:
- Kennel cough
- Canine herpes virus
Cats are usually protected against:
- Feline leukaemia virus
- Cat flu viruses
- Infectious enteritis
Rabbits are usually protected against:
- Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)
Your pet’s immunity against these diseases needs to be ‘boosted’ annually from the date of their last vaccination. This is to ensure they are protected throughout the year.