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Vaccinations and Microchipping

We provide vaccination courses for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets.
Vaccinations are one of the most important tools we have to protect our patients from many serious and often fatal diseases.
We follow the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Guidelines for Vaccination. These guidelines are in place to ensure that pets are given the important “core” vaccines that they need but they are not vaccinated more often than necessary.

We can microchip most types of pet. Dogs and cats are the pets we microchip most frequently but we can also microchip birds, tortoises and exotic pets. Please contact us for more details.
Please note that microchipping it became compulsory for dogs in England from April 2016.
See our Vaccination and Microchipping FAQs below for more information.

What vaccinations does my puppy or adult dog need?
We  vaccinate dogs against canine distemper (D), hepatitis (H), parvovirus (P) and leptospirosis. (L4) Puppies are given an initial course of two  injections of DHPL4- the first given at 8 weeks of age or older and the second 4-5 weeks later. In breeds that are particularly susceptible to parvovirus we recommend a third injection at 16 weeks of age.They then have a booster at 12 months- of the same DHPL4 vaccine. We then recommend a yearly healthcheck and booster of L4 alone and a full booster of DHPL4 every 3 years.
If dogs are going into kennels we recommend kennel cough vaccine which is given into the nostril. This can be given after 12 weeks of age and can be boosted yearly. It can be given 3 days before going into kennels but many kennel owners request 2 weeks before.

What vaccinations does my kitten or adult cat need?
We routinely vaccinate against  feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV) , calici virus , feline panleucopaenia (FPLV) and feline leukaemia.(FeLV) commonly known as  flu, enteritis and leukaemia vaccinations.
The initial  kitten vaccination course is a course of two injections against flu, enteritis and leukaemia  with the first  given at 8 weeks of age , the second injection given 3-5 weeks later.
We usually recommend that all cats receive flu, enteritis and leukaemia vaccination but on request the flu and enteritis can be given without the leukaemia.
All of the vaccines are boosted annually.

What vaccinations does my kit or adult rabbit need?
Rabbits are routinely vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease.
The first vaccine can be given from 6 weeks of age. A combined vaccine is now available that protects against both diseases. As both diseases are potentially fatal it is recommended that yearly boosters are given.

What vaccinations does my kit or adult ferret need?
Ferrets are vaccinated against canine distemper- they are given a half dose of canine distemper vaccine from 8 weeks of age with a second dose given 3-5 weeks later. They should then have an annual booster.

When can you microchip my pet?
Routine microchipping can be done either during a consultation for vaccinations or boosters or when a pet is under anaesthetic for any surgery, but can also be done by appointment at any time. For birds or exotic species please call us for more details as these may need to be done as an inpatient procedure.

 Will it hurt my pet?
Microchipping is generally a painless procedure. First the vet or vet nurse will use a scanner to check the chip is working before it is implanted. Then in a dog or cat a needle containing the microchip is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades and then withdrawn leaving the chip in place. There may occasionally be a small amount of bleeding when this is done but this usually stops very quickly.

How will the chip help find a lost pet?
Once the chip is in place the chip is checked again using the scanner and then the practice staff will add the microchip details to the pet’s file.The chip registration paperwork is then completed so the pet can be registered on the microchip company’s database. If your pet goes missing and is found and scanned the microchip number will trace the pet back to your registered address and contact details.

What happens if I move house?
It is important that your details are kept up to date- if you move house, change name or phone numbers you must let the microchip company know.

Will the chip move around inside my pet?
It is very unusual for chips to move around but even if they do this is very unlikely to harm your pet.

Will the chip always work?
Chips are usually very reliable but can very occasionally fail so it is a good idea to get them checked regularly by your vet.