Annual checkups and vaccinations
Our policy is to encourage preventative care so that your pet can enjoy the best health possible.
For this reason we strongly advise puppies should be vaccinated against Parvo virus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and for pets entering kennels or doggie daycare centres - Kennel Cough Vaccine.
For kittens we carry out vaccinations against Cat flu, Enteritis, and perhaps most importantly Feline Leukaemia. Vaccinations start from 9 weeks with a second vaccine 3 - 4 weeks later. They should be kept isolated until at least 1 week after this second vaccination to allow the protection to build up.
For puppies the vaccinations can start from 8 weeks of age with a second vaccination 2 weeks later. They should be kept isolated until at least 1 week after this second vaccination to allow the protection to build up.
Rabbits are becoming increasingly popular as pets and like all pets, your rabbit needs to visit us from time to time for routine health examinations and vaccinations.
Myxomatosis is a distressing viral disease spread by rabbit fleas and other blood sucking insects. The first symptoms are usually swollen eyes rapidly progressing to blindness. Affected rabbits become very ill and even with medication and nursing care, most will die as a result of the disease. A vaccine is now available and can be given at 6 weeks of age.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a very infectious disease that spreads easily between rabbits or via contaminated hutches, bedding, food and contaminated ground. It can also be inadvertently transported by people or birds, fleas, flies and mosquitoes and can survive for many months on clothing and contaminated ground. Affected rabbits are usually very unwell and sadly most will die. There are two strains of this disease RHD1 first diagnosed in 1984 and RHD2 first diagnosed in 2010. Both strains are found in rabbits in the UK. Vaccines are available for both strains of the disease. Nobivac Myxo VHD can be given from 5 weeks of age, a single combined vaccine providing 12 months of immunity against RHD1 and Myxomatosis. Filavac VHD KC +V can be given from 10 weeks of age, a single vaccine providing 6 months immunity against RHD2. Oakmount Veterinary Centre have both these vaccines in stock, helping keep your rabbits safe.
Racing Pigeon owners requiring their pigeons vaccinated against Paramyxovirus (Newcastle Disease) are invited to contact the surgery to arrange this service.
Rabies vaccinations are carried out under the requirements of the Pet Passport scheme and for animals being exported.
We follow the manufacturers recommendation based on their extensive testing that an annual booster vaccination should be administered to all dogs, cats and rabbits.
We take this opportunity to check your pet and you may ask any questions concerning your pet's health at this time.
Please contact the surgery for more information on this and other required treatments.