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5 Reasons why you should keep your Pet’s Vaccinations up to Date

 Mon 08 Jan 2018 by Judy

It can be tempting to let your pet’s booster jabs lapse when you’re struggling financially. But trying to save a few pounds could cost you much more in the long run, and even put the life of your pet at risk.

5 Reasons why you should keep your Pet’s Vaccinations up to Date

1.Keep boosters up to date for older pets
Older pets especially start to lose their natural immunity to disease as they age, making boosters even more critical to prevent disease and illness.
2. Don't let booster jabs lapse
If you let annual booster jabs slip, you may have to complete an entire course of vaccinations again for your pet at a much higher cost than the routine yearly booster.

3. Keep boosters up to date if your dog uses boarding kennels
Kennels will insist on seeing up to date vaccinations cards to protect their other clients and their business. Many kennels insist on dogs being innoculated against kennel cough too.
4. Out-of-date boosters may invalidate a claim on your pet insurance policy
Your pet insurance policy will not cover your pet in the result of an illness that results from letting vaccination boosters slip.

5. Lapsed jabs are a threat to other pets
Your pet could also be a threat to other dogs and cats who are not vaccinated. Some infectious diseases can also be passed on to humans including children.

Vaccinations for dogs

Dogs should be vaccinated against the following infectious diseases:

  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Infectious canine hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis

Other vaccinations your dog may need:

If you plan to travel abroad with your dog he or she will need to be vaccinated against rabies in order to obtain a pet passport. If your dog needs to be placed in a boarding kennel he will need to be vaccinated against the highly contagious kennel cough. Expect to pay around £30 for the kennel cough vaccination.

When to vaccinate your puppy

Puppies are normally vaccinated initially at 8 weeks, and then again at 10 weeks.

Vaccinations for cats

Cats should be vaccinated against the following diseases:

  • Feline infectious enteritis
  • Feline herpes virus
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline leukaemia virus (recommended for at risk cats – consult your vet)  

When to vaccinate your kitten

Kittens are generally vaccinated at 9 weeks and again at 12 weeks.

How many pets are not vaccinated against preventable illnesses in the UK?

It’s estimated that around 4 million dogs and 5.7 million cats are currently unvaccinated in the UK leaving them unnecessarily exposed to serious illness and death.