It is important that all dogs, cats and rabbits are vaccinated. A general health check is carried out at every vaccination appointment.

Dogs

At Meopham, Sevenoaks and Swanscombe, we use a combined vaccine providing protection against Para influenza, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus.

Puppies

1st Vaccination from 8 weeks of age, 2nd Vaccination from 10 weeks. The puppy will have active immunity 2 weeks after their 2nd vaccination. The second vaccination must not be given more than 28 days after the first.

Adults

Annual boosters are required to maintain immunity.

Every year: Leptospirosis

Every 4 years: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus andĀ Para influenza

This protocol ensures adequate protection against these serious diseases, whilst minimising the chance of any potential side effects.

We also recommend vaccinating against kennel cough annually. A single dose of the vaccine is administered into the dog’s nostril. Kennel cough is a form of infectious bronchitis and can be contracted by contact with an infected dog.

Cats should be routinely vaccinated against the following diseases: Cat Flu (feline rhinotracheitis), Feline Enteritis (panleucopenia), Calicivirus and FeLV (leukaemia).

At Swanscombe, Meopham andĀ Sevenoaks, we use a combined vaccine providing protection against all of the above.

Kittens

From 9 weeks of age, 2 vaccinations 3 weeks apart. Following this, annual boosters are required to maintain immunity.

Adults

Annual vaccinations against Cat flu, feline enteritis and FeLV are required to maintain immunity.

Rabbits

Rabbits need to have two separate vaccinations, given at an interval of at least 2 weeks. The first vaccination is for Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease type 1 and can be given from 5 weeks of age, but the second vaccination which is for Viral Haemorrhagic Disease type 2 can only be given from 10 weeks of age. This means that for young rabbits there could be an interval of up to 5 weeks between the two vaccinations, but in subsequent years we would normally advise sticking to the interval of 2 weeks.

Unfortunately both Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease are very often fatal and it is advised that vaccinations for both should be given annually to try and decrease the chances of contracting either of these disease to a minimum.

Rabies

If you want to travel with your pet, your pet will need to have a rabies vaccination, passport and will also need to be microchipped. Please see our section on Pet Passports for more information.