At Grove Vets in Ballymena we offer an extensive range of services and can cater for your every need in relation to the health and welfare of your pet. We are happy to discuss all services in detail with you and answer any questions that you might have. One of the most important things which any pet owner should address is the topic of vaccinations.
Vaccinations at Grove Vets in Ballymena
The RSPCA have some clear and helpful advice concerning vaccinations. Their main message is to make sure you protect your pets and keep them safe by keeping up to date with their vaccinations.
If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops our animal companions could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans.
When to vaccinate
When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.
Puppies are typically vaccinated at eight and 10 weeks, kittens at nine and 12 weeks, with an initial course of two injections. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination.
Rabbits need regular vaccinations too. Find out more about rabbit vaccinations.
Older pets need protecting too, as their immunity can decline. Speak to your vet as the regularity of your companions vaccinations can vary depending on the diseases prevalent in your area.
Vaccines against infectious diseases
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine distemper virus
- Infectious canine hepatitis.
Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Feline infectious enteritis
- Feline herpes virus
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline leukaemia virus*.
*Current recommendations are that only at risk cats are given vaccine against feline leukaemia virus. See our cat vaccine factsheet (below) for more information.
Rabbits should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD).
Prevention is better than cure and so we offer vaccinations for all species of pets (dogs, cats and rabbits). (Source)
At Grove Vets in Ballymena we offer a free puppy and kitten health check prior to vaccination. Unfortunately, not all owners in Ballymena vaccinate their pets, so we do still see regular and avoidable outbreaks of preventable diseases. Protection of your pet from the misery of such diseases (which can be fatal in unvaccinated animals) is easy.
Please call in with us at Grove Vets on the Grove Road in Ballymena for your vaccinations of it you have any other questions about vaccinations.