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Why Your Pet Needs Vaccinating

Without vaccinations, your pets are at risk of developing many serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Our vaccinations have been chosen to ensure the best protection possible for your pet. We cover them against all of the diseases described below, all of which have been reported in the the Weston area within the last 12 months.


Dog Vaccinations


Distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The virus is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal.

This causes a fever initially, sometimes vomiting, diarrhoea, coughing, thickening and cracking of the nose, hard thickened footpads, and later on fits and sometimes pneumonia. The fits that the dog can later suffer from are often so severe that they have to be euthanased even if they survived the early stages of the disease. It is usually caught by coming into contact with the “aerosol” produced when an infected dog coughs or sneezes.

The introduction of vaccines for dogs, meant that cases of Distemper in the UK were almost stamped out, however in recent years as people have sadly chosen not to vaccinate, the disease has begun to re-appear once more.


Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus is transmitted by oral contact with infected faeces and can be carried on the dog’s hair and feet, as well as on contaminated objects or the dust on the ground. When a dog licks the faecal material off its hair, feet or anything that came into contact with the infected faeces, he acquires the disease.  This virus persists in the environment for a long time, and direct contact with an infected dog is not needed to catch it. It can be caught from the dust on the ground and it is present in Weston-Super-Mare.

The symptoms of parvovirus include lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite, bloody diarrhoea, life threatening dehydration. Untreated cases commonly die within 3days of symptoms appearing. Read Moss's survival story here.


Leptospirosis is caused by the bacteria ‘Leptospira’. The bacteria are spread in the urine of infected animals like rats that often make their way into water sources. Dogs who spend a lot of time in the water are at an increased risk, as are dogs who drink out of puddles.

Symptoms are very variable with some dogs becoming very sick and some only showing mild illness, they include fever, depression, muscle pain, diarrhoea, blood in the urine and in severe cases, the whites of the dog’s eyes turn yellow indicating destruction of the liver cells. 

Worryingly for humans, affected dogs can become carriers if they survive, shedding the infectious bacteria into their environment and it is possible for humans to contract this disease.

We have seen several cases of this disease in the autumn and winter of 2015 and this formed the basis of our decision to swap to a newly available vaccine that offered a greater degree of cover

Infectious Hepatitis

There is often vomiting with a painful tummy and the dog quickly collapses in shock and can often dies. A ‘blueness’ of the eye may be seen. It is caught from coming into contact with urine, faeces or saliva from an infected dog.


Kennel Cough Vaccine

We can also give your dog an annual Kennel Cough vaccination. This protects them against:

Bordetella bronchisepta, this is a bacterial infection that causes coughing and sometimes sneezing and a discharge from the nose. The affected dog is often quite bright. It is caught by direct contact with an affected dog, or from being near the infected dog when it coughs. It is most common where dogs are close together such as in kennels or at shows particularly in the late summer, but it can be caught anywhere!

Parainfluenza Virus cause a mild form of “kennel cough” on its own, or a severe form if it is caught along with Bordetella. A cough is noticed 7 days after it is caught by being near or in contact with another infected dog


Cat Vaccinations


Cat Flu

Cat Flu is caused by the feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus which cause a disease of the upper respiratory tract. The viruses are spread by direct contact with an infected cat, in an infected cat’s tears, saliva and nasal discharge or by sneezing. Very young, very old and cats with poor immune systems can become severely ill and may die, often of secondary infections, lack of nutrition and dehydration.

Symptoms may include sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, mouth and eye ulcers, loss of appetite, fever and depression. 

Feline Enteritis

is caused by the feline panleucopenia virus and is spread by direct faecal-oral contact and indirectly following contamination of the environment or objects. The virus causes a severe vomiting and diarrhoea, the vomiting is often very bloody and often progresses to death.  

Feline Leukaemia

This is is a virus that affects the immune system of the cat and may cause anaemia or cancer to develop. Most infected cats die or are euthanased as there is no cure. The virus is transmitted by saliva, biting, urine, faeces, in the womb or via the milk from infected mother to her kittens. Symptoms may include pale gums, yellow colour in the mouth and eyes, enlarged lymph nodes, bladder/skin/respiratory infections, weight loss and loss of appetite.


Rabbit Vaccinations


Is a severe viral disease and deaths in pets are reported each year. Pet rabbits at greatest risk are those living outside, especially if they have contact with wild rabbits or hares. Pet rabbits affected by rabbit fleas are also at a very high risk. Myxomatosis is usually spread by fleas and mosquitoes carrying the virus. The virus starts with runny eyes and rapidly progresses to severe conjunctivitis causing blindness, thick pussy discharge from the nose and swollen eyes which are often sealed shut. Euthanasia is often the only option to prevent further suffering. 

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

VHD is a very contagious viral disease that is contracted when the rabbit comes into contact with anything contaminated the virus particles, such as other rabbits, insects, birds, inanimate objects and even people. Outdoor rabbits are most at risk. Symptoms include loss of appetite, lethargy, high fever, spasms and sudden death. VHD is often a sudden and swift killer giving little warning, many rabbits die without showing any symptoms at all. 

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease variant (RVHD2)

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease variant (RVHD2) is a variation of the already recognised Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD1). RVHD2 is more variable in its rate of disease progression than RVHD1, with presentation ranging from sudden death (with or without bleeding from the orifices), to a longer disease course of three to nine days, increasing the risk of unwell rabbits being brought into practices and in turn increasing the risk of transmission to other pet rabbits. 

Rabbits kept in large groups with regular new additions are most at risk, eg breeding or rescue centre rabbits.

We now stock the new VHD2 vaccine which needs to be administered separately to the existing VHD vaccine



All of these diseases can be prevented with regular annual vaccinations. Take action to protect your pet now, by giving us a call: 01934 622022



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