The vaccination of your pets is vital to protect them from several life threatening diseases.

The importance of vaccination

What diseases are we protecting against with vaccination?

The initial puppy and kitten vaccines and continuing

yearly boosters give your pet protection from several life threatening diseases.

We vaccinate your dogs against Leptospirosis, distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus via injection, and kennel cough via a small amount of liquid administered intranasally.

Rabies and leishmania vaccinations are available for travelling dogs that may be exposed to these diseases abroad.

We vaccinate your cats against flu viruses and panleukopaenia. Outdoor or at risk cats against feline leukaemia (FeLV).

After kitten vaccinations and first annual booster, cats require flu vaccination annually, FELV every three years and feline enteritis every three years.

Vaccination gives us the unique opportunity to be able to prevent fatal diseases in our pets and this should not be underestimated. However this needs to be weighed up against potential vaccine reactions. Vaccination reactions are very rare but the risk can be minimised by not over vaccinating.

At Penbode, we recognise your concerns around over vaccinating

Research shows that as long as an initial primary vaccine course and the first year booster have been administered, immunity to distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus in dogs lasts at least three years. Therefore these are vaccinated against only every third year.

Leptospirosis immunity is thought to wane after one year and so dogs require an annual leptospirosis vaccine to prevent this disease.

The duration of immunity that vaccination gives our feline friends is not well established yet and so boosters are done annually against all diseases. As

more research is done we will change our protocols in line with up to date information as necessary