Vaccination is an essential part of preventative health care in order to provide your pet with a long and healthy life. Our dogs are at risk of contracting a potentially deadly disease. However, due to effective vaccinations we have minimised the outbreaks of these diseases and drastically reduced the fatalities. Just like with babies, puppies and kittens also need a starter vaccination course prior to receiving annual vaccination boosters. A mother’s milk passes some immunity to her young for the first few weeks of life and after that the vaccines need to take over. Puppies and kittens should receive a course of appropriate vaccines at specific ages in order to develop adequate immunity.
We protect your dogs by routinely vaccinating against fatal viruses such as parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis, as recommended by the WSAVA (Expert panel of vets). The kennel cough vaccine is recommended to help minimise infection and clinical symptoms of kennel cough, especially if attending puppy or socialisation classes or boarding at kennels.
Cats are vaccinated to protect against the flu, enteritis and leukaemia virus.
Rabbits should be vaccinated regularly against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease.
Vaccination will minimise the chance that your pet contracts these diseases, reduces the severity of the disease if they do and reduces the risk of the them spreading a virus.
Pets travelling outside of Ireland also require a rabies vaccine and a pet passport.
Vaccines work by “teaching” the immune system how to fight against these infections. They do not strengthen or weaken the immune system but allow the body to react to the vaccine antigens as if it was the real infection but without the risk of the full blown disease.
Some mild side effects of immune activation include lethargy and injection site swelling, and these signs usually resolve after 24 hours. More severe reactions can occur though these are very uncommon.