5 benefits to joining our Vet4life Family Plan

As pet owners, we all want the best for our four-legged friends, but we also know that pet ownership can be expensive. By becoming a member of our Vet4life Family Plan, you can spread the cost of essential healthcare and save money.

Here are five great reasons for you and your pet to sign up today!

One monthly fee

When you sign up to our Vet4life Family Plan you’ll know exactly what you’ll be paying each month, spreading the cost of essential healthcare for your pet. You’ll sign up to direct debit and we’ll collect the same amount, with no hidden charges. We’ll always let you know in advance if the price of your plan is due to change.

Regular medication 

For optimum health and protection, your pet should be treated against fleas, ticks and worms. Everyday life can be busy, and it can be easy to forget to order new treatments, or not realise you’re about to run out. As a member of the Vet4life Family Plan, we will always remind you when parasite treatment is needed, and it will be ready for collection when you’re ready. The correct dosage based on your pet’s weight and personal circumstances is included in your monthly fee.

Annual vaccinations

Primary vaccinations and subsequent annual boosters are important to protect your pet against preventable diseases and illnesses. With our Vet4life Family Plan, primary vaccinations or annual boosters are included in the monthly fee, so you don’t have to find extra cash, in one lump sum to keep your pet safe.

Preventative check-ups 

As well as an initial vet consultation when you sign up to our Vet4life Family Plan, your membership also entitles your pet to other check-ups throughout the year. These can be essential in spotting issues you may not be aware of, which can then be treated more efficiently than if they’re left to develop unnoticed.

Additional discounts

As well as the basics included in your plan, you can take advantage of additional discounts which will save you further money on pet ownership.

In addition to the tangible benefits, you’ll enjoy peace of mind for you and your pet.

For full details of what’s included in our Vet4life Family Plan, or to sign up online click here. 

Crash! How quickly a puppy can change from healthy to near death

Rigby was a gorgeous lockdown puppy who presented to us for his first check where he was completely normal on clinical examination. He was eating, drinking and toileting normally with owners that couldn’t be happier. Fast forward five days and bang, he arrived into the Teddington clinic collapsed, vomiting and with severe diarrhoea with blood. 

This can be such a traumatic experience particularly after the excitement which is built up when you get a puppy. Poor Rigby had to be admitted immediately for treatment for correcting his dehydration, lethargy and gastroenteritis (dysfunction of the stomach and intestines). Days passed where we gave fluids, glucose and antibiotics given the severity of his case. A blood test confirmed that there was a large number of a specific white blood cell in his results corresponding to infections. There was particular concern that Rigby had parvovirus, a nasty disease which can cause some of the symptoms seen of severe dehydration and bloody diarrhoea. Parvovirus is one of the diseases we vaccinate against to keep your dogs safe from this life-threatening condition. As a result, full personal protective equipment (PPE) was worn to keep Rigby and all our other patients safe. 

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Overnight, it was important to continue this care and thanks to our out-of-hours provider, we were able to give 24-hour care for Rigby. For this condition, and many others, it isn’t as simple as admitting a patient in for a few hours worth of fluids. If there is a major process going on in the body, it can sometimes take days before the body is able to heal and sustain itself without the crucial support of fluid therapy and supplementary medications. 

After four days of treatment, Rigby started to improve which was a relief after a fraught number of days. Poo samples had been collected throughout the week with samples revealing a mild bacterial growth and signs of parasite eggs which can result in this diarrhoea with blood, and not parvovirus. Performing samples like these are key for cases of diarrhoea. Dogs are prone to picking up more things in their mouths which can result in upset tummies. These include parasites, bacteria, protozoa (small bugs) and random objects which can cause the tummy to become inflamed. Regular worming is key because when your dog presents to us with diarrhoea, this is an easy way for us to narrow down the list of what the cause can be!

Things were looking up. The ongoing treatment and medications we had given were helping to get Rigby better but two days away from the clinic and he came back to us with diarrhoea. Thankfully, with additional medication he managed to make a full recovery and 13 days after originally presenting, he got the all clear. Fast forward two months and Rigby has gone from a tiny bundle at 0.36kg to 2.3kg and is now a gorgeous, recovered puppy.

Some final thoughts for things we recommend and points to remember:

  • Worming: please remember to follow the recommendations when it comes to young animals. Puppies and kittens need to be wormed every month until six months as they can carry more worms from their mothers.
  • Not all cases of gastroenteritis require antibiotics! Keeping up to date with wormers and trialling bland food whilst collecting faecal samples to be sent off to be tested is usually the best course of action. We have a responsibility to protect antibiotics – it would be far more beneficial to use antibiotics when your pet needs it as opposed to giving it to them when they do not, potentially making the bacteria resistant to that antibiotic. Additionally, not all bacteria are negative! There is a natural gut flora which needs to be maintained and antibiotics will also affect them.
  • Registered breeders: try and use registered breeders when finding a pet as there is better assurance they have received the necessary care in their first 8 weeks. We wouldn’t recommend getting animals off of marketplace websites because they can come from unethical homes. Purchasing into these unethical practices can mean you get a very sick animal and because the breeder has received your financial support, more animals will also be born into the same conditions. You may think an animal is cheaper on these websites but if they become sick, the price of treatment can far outnumber the cost of a puppy born to a good home. Using websites through the Kennel Club can be a good place to start.
  • Insurance: if you may struggle with the cost of treatment, consider pet insurance from a young age and not for when your animal is older. As you will have read in Rigby’s situation, it required 24 hour attention for several days which can become costly in order to give the appropriate care. Vets are legally not able to provide opinions on insurance companies. We do, however, offer 4 weeks free insurance through Petplan which we can set up after the first consultation to take the time pressure off finding the right insurance for you.

Keeping your pet safe this autumn

The change of season from summer to autumn sees lots of changes in nature and our surroundings – greens turn to rust and gold, leaves fall and summer flowers give way to berries. As always there are things we need to be aware of that may affect our pets and their wellbeing. Here are some things to look out for this autumn.

Conkers and acorns

Hunting for conkers is one of autumn’s pleasures – searching through crunchy leaves until you spot a spiky shell, or perhaps the shiny gleam of one that has already started to open, but if your dog eats one it could be fatal. Firstly, the conker could cause a blockage due to its size and shape, and secondly, all parts of the horse chestnut tree, including the leaves and conkers, contain a chemical called aesculin which can cause sickness, diarrhoea and pain leading to severe dehydration and toxic shock.

Acorns, which tend to be smaller and less noticeable so, therefore, more easily ingested, are also poisonous to dogs, along with the leaves of the oak tree. Acorn poisoning, officially called Quercus poisoning, is caused by tannins and causes vomiting, diarrhoea (often bloody) and lethargy. Eating acorns can lead to severe liver and kidney problems if not treated promptly. Acorns also present a choking risk and can cause a blockage in the digestive system.

Always keep a watchful eye when walking your dog in autumn, and avoid areas heavily populated with horse chestnut trees and oak trees where possible.

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI)

This is a relatively new and uncommon condition whose causes are unknown. It presents itself in dogs roughly 24 – 72 hours after walking in woodland. Symptoms are lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, not eating, muscle tremors and, when checked, a higher than average temperature. Sadly it is often rapidly fatal. As always, if your dog displays any of these symptoms, get in touch with the practice for advice.

Traffic accidents

With darker nights and lower visibility comes a higher risk to our pets from motorists. Cats are especially at risk of injury when out and about. High visibility and reflective collars can be helpful in making sure your kitty can be seen. Try to change your cat’s routine during the darker evenings by encouraging them to stay at home, especially during rush hour when roads are at their busiest.

Alabama Rot

Whilst uncommon in the UK, dog owners should still make themselves aware of the symptoms of Alabama rot. It is a disease with an unknown cause in the UK that affects blood vessels of the skin and kidneys. One of the main symptoms is sores on the skin, particularly below the knee or elbow, which cannot be attributed to injury. Occasionally these sores may be present on the chest or face, with visible swelling and redness. Other symptoms are of a kidney injury, including increased thirst, reduced appetite, vomiting and lethargy. Symptoms are similar to the previously mentioned Seasonal Canine Illness and should be checked out by a vet.

Seasonal arthritis

If your cat, dog or rabbit has been diagnosed with arthritis, it’s likely to cause them more discomfort during the colder months. While the reasons for this are unknown, human arthritis sufferers will testify that the change of season can cause intensified pain and stiffness. In pets this may manifest itself in slower movement due to swollen joints and pain. If your pet has had a medical diagnosis of arthritis, ensure you administer their medication at the correct dosage and times advised by your vet. Create an extra warm, cosy and comfortable place for them to rest – putting a memory foam pad in their bed to protect from the hard floor can be helpful.

Senior pets, like senior people, are more prone to arthritis. If your pet is showing first signs of potential arthritis, get in touch with the practice for further advice and to book an appointment.

Being aware of your surroundings, combined with noticing any unusual behaviour displayed by your pets as the seasons change, results in happy pets and happy humans.

As always, we’re here to help with any concerns you may have.

 

World Heart Day 29 September 2020

We celebrate World Heart Day today on 29 September 2020. This is the world’s biggest awareness-raising platform for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which is accountable for nearly half of all non-communicable disease deaths in humans.

Did you know that heart conditions affect our pets too?  Within our group of practices, we have cardiology specialists available who investigate all aspects of heart disease.

In the first instance, if you have concerns that your pet has symptoms, please contact your vet for an examination.  Here are some of the signs to look out for…

  • Stopping or slowing on walks
  • Difficulty breathing or not being able to catch their breath
  • Not settling down to sleep at night
  • Coughing, especially during or after exercise or if they’re excited
  • A bloated stomach (caused by fluid build-up).

If you find your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, please make sure you speak to your vet straight away. Unfortunately, heart disease cannot be cured, however it can be managed. Contact us if you are concerned.

How to ensure your dog is a healthy weight

Dogs, like humans, can be prone to gaining weight. This in turn can cause health problems like diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart and respiratory problems, and could reduce your dog’s life expectancy. Here we look at some tips to help get your pet pooch in good physical shape.

How to tell if your dog is overweight

Sometimes you only need to look at a dog to see they’re overweight, but some breeds’ condition may be difficult to assess, especially if they have thick or heavy fur. When you cuddle or stroke your dog you should be able to feel their ribs. When you look at your dog you should see a waistline – a clear difference between their chest and stomach.

If your dog is overweight, it’s important to take steps to reverse the weight gain.

If you can identify a certain behaviour that has caused the weight gain, then great – you can reverse or change that behaviour.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you or someone in your family been giving your dog more treats recently? Check that children aren’t sneaking them extra dog biscuits on the side!
  • Have you changed your dog’s exercise routine? If you’ve been walking your dog less than usual, they’ll be using less energy and therefore less calories from their food intake.
  • Does your dog have access to any additional food sources? Make sure they’re not being fed food scraps from the table or treats from neighbours when they’re out in the garden.

Next steps

If the weight gain seems out of the ordinary, or you think your dog needs a little help with losing some weight then it’s always best to get your dog checked by one of our nurses or vets.

Diet is the most vital part of helping your dog to reach their target weight. Bear in mind that different brands of dog food have different nutritional benefits, and not all commercially available food is the same, so if you vary between brands your dog’s calorie intake may fluctuate. If your dog needs to lose some pounds, you’ll need to be much more accurate with quantities, weighing and measuring each portion.

We would advise a visit to your local Vet4life practice to get professional advice. Our nurses can weigh your dog, advise ideal weight, and track their progress along the way. They can also check your pet’s physical condition if you’re considering increasing their levels of exercise which is especially important in older dogs.

Introducing a new pet into the household

Getting a new pet is an exciting experience, and naturally, you are keen to get them back home to begin life as part of the family. However, for your new pet this can be a very stressful occasion, therefore it is important to ensure that you have fully prepared for their arrival and take things nice and slow to make their integration into your home a successful one. We have put together some top tips below that we believe will help you through the process:

  • GIVE THEM SPACE

Dogs

It’s important that your dog can settle in their new surroundings, and the best way to do this is to ensure that they have their own quiet space, where they will feel safe and secure and can use as their place to sleep. Undertaking some crate training could be a good idea, as the dog can associate the crate as their own personal den. Be sure to leave the door open to begin with so they can get in and out, and never use the crate as a way of punishment. Make this area more comfortable for them by covering their bed with an old duvet or blanket. A plug-in pheromone diffuser could also help – these imitate the chemicals that a mother dog would release, providing familiarity for your dog.

Cats

Set up a dedicated room in the house, before you collect your new cat, that includes everything they will need such as litter tray, choice of sleeping places, scratching post, access to high spots, separate food and water areas and selection of toys. Once home, allow your cat to explore their own area and when comfortable in their own space, and provided you have no other pets, you can allow them to explore the rest of the house of their own accord. Make sure windows and doors are closed so they cannot get outside, but always ensure they have access to their safe place in case they need to retreat.

  • MEETS & GREETS

Dogs

It’s understandable that you will be keen to introduce your new companion to family and friends, but this needs to be handled in the right way. It is important to socialise them with as many people as possible, however stagger any introductions so that they are not overwhelmed and, where possible, hold these in an open area such as your garden so that your dog doesn’t feel trapped and you are able to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Cats

You can start to introduce your cat to other family members once you feel that they are confident with you, but it is important not to overwhelm them with new people and experiences. If you have children in the house, ensure they remain calm when meeting the cat for the first time. Always allow your cat to come to them, and once it does, show them the correct way to gently touch and stroke it – as even the friendliest cats can react if they are pulled and pushed too much.

  • GIVE IT TIME

Dogs

This is a new situation for both you and your dog therefore allow plenty of time (usually four to six months) for them to settle in and re-adjust to being part of your world. They will need time to build that new relationship with you, so take things one step at a time, rewarding co-operation with a small treat.

Cats

Although the first few hours once bringing your cat home can affect how they accept their new life, be sure to be patient and never rush your cat in to doing things. It is always stressful for a cat when changing environments therefore expect for it to take at least a couple of weeks for them to feel relaxed in your home.

  • OUTSIDE THE HOUSE

Dogs

As well as settling your new pet in to your home, it is important to familiarise them with the surrounding areas that they are likely to encounter on their walks. However, before taking them out, make sure to check that their vaccinations are up to date to avoid any infections and that they are micro-chipped.

Cats

After about three or four weeks your cat should have adjusted to their new surroundings and be familiar with where their food is coming from. This a good time to think about letting them go outside to explore. Kittens should always be supervised, and you should not let your cat outside on their own until they have been neutered and micro-chipped. Until your cat is used to coming back freely, it is worth only letting them out when they are hungry so that you can tempt them back with food.

If your new pet is not your first, then the above tips can still apply, but more thought needs to be given about how both are kept separate and the best time and process for introducing them to each other. More information on this can be found at:

If you would like to register your new pet with us, or have any questions about vaccinations or neutering, please contact us for friendly advice.

How to teach your dog to walk with a lead

Training a dog to walk on a lead comfortably and safely is one of the most critical skills that you will teach your dog as a responsible pet owner.

Before you start, make sure you have the right equipment for training your dog. We recommend that you speak to your vet about the best type of harness and lead suitable for your dog’s breed. By getting the right equipment, you will ensure you get off to the best start and make the training much easier for your both.

Basic steps to lead training your dog

These steps follow guidelines from the Dogs Trust, an animal welfare charity and humane society which specialises in the wellbeing of dogs.

Step 1 – Allocate sufficient time for training your dog, as patience is essential. When you start walking with your dog, the second the lead starts to tighten, stop walking. Simply stand still and don’t move forward again until the lead is slack, then walk onwards.

Step 2 – Think of ways to reinforce positive behaviour whenever they are walking next to you on a loose lead. Keep some treats handy but out of the way. As your dog gets better, you can cut down on treats and phase them out completely. Remember to keep walking forwards as you give your dog treats to avoid stopping and starting. Consistency is key.

Step 3 – Train in a quiet and peaceful area. Walk up and down with no distractions so that your dog can get the hang of it quickly. It’s much easier for your dog to learn new behaviours in quiet places where they won’t be easily distracted.

It’s advisable not to take your dog out for training if they are agitated.

 There are no shortcuts to training

Remember that the best advice for training your dog is consistency and patience. Some dogs master lead training quickly while others take their time. There is no right answer to how long it should take to train your dog. The important thing is to stay calm and collected. By doing this, your dog will gain confidence in you and is likely to accept walking on the lead more quickly.

If you are having some issues in lead training your dog, give your vet a call with the specific problem, and they will be happy to provide you with a few tips. Good training will make daily walks more fun for both ends of the lead. Happy training!

Bonfire Night Preparation

Preparing your pets and keeping them safe and calm on bonfire night and other seasonal events.

Fireworks are used throughout the year to mark significant seasonal celebrations including Bonfire Night, Halloween, New Year’s Eve and Diwali.

Whilst they are enjoyable for humans to watch, pets can often get scared of the loud bangs and bright flashes. Preparing your pet early can make a significant difference and will help your pet cope throughout the seasonal events – start preparing now!

There are several precautions we can put in place to help our pets and to ease their stress when fireworks light up the skies:

1. Purchase a pheromone adaptor

Placed throughout the home, a pheromone spray, and/ or adaptor, can help ease your pet’s anxiety and stress. A pheromone is a natural chemical which triggers a social response in members of the same species and often promotes a calming effect.

Please ask your vet for advice on the best one to suit your pet.

2. Provide hiding places within your home

Ensure there are plenty of hiding places around the house for your pet, particularly for cats, e.g.:

  • Top of the cupboard – make sure it is safe and there’s an ample amount of room for them to rest
  • Underneath a bed – make a small space, whilst ensuring it is safe
  • A raised shelf – clear a space on a bookshelf or on top of a chest of draws
  • Inside of a box – you may have an old box in the garage or loft which you can dig out

3. Stay at home with your pets

Staying in with your pet will help calm their fears. Your presence and attention will comfort them and distract them from the background noise. If a pet is left alone and becomes stressed, they could become destructive or panic and injure themselves.

4. Ensure your pet has access to freshwater

You should ensure your pet has access to freshwater. Anxious dogs can pant more than normal, resulting in a greater thirst.

5. Make sure your pet is microchipped

It is important to ensure your pet is microchipped as, if spooked, they could run away. If your pet is already microchipped make sure your contact details are up to date so that you can be reunited if the worst happens.

6. Close curtains, blinds, windows, and keep doors closed

Loud bangs and bright flashes can scare pets. By keeping your windows, doors and blinds closed, sounds can be can dampened. Also, if you have a cat and they are in the house, don’t forget to lock their cat flap to stop them getting outside.

7. Walk your dog early

If you usually take your dog out in the evening, or for a late-night stroll, you should avoid being out when fireworks start – switching up your routine ahead of forthcoming events, so it’s not a sudden change, will support this. You should also ensure they are kept on a lead, as startled dogs can run off without warning.

8. Consider bringing small animals inside

Loud noises can be stressful for small animals, particularly if they are living in hutches outside. If you have a rabbit or guinea pig, you should consider moving their hutches inside. This could be into the house, shed or garage space. If you are unable to bring them inside, you should consider covering their hutch in some blankets and a waterproof sheet to dampen the noise. If you are covering their hutch, please remember to leave a suitable gap for ventilation.

9. Provide bedding for your pet to snuggle in

If you have a small pet, in a hutch, put some additional bedding in with them so that they can burrow into it and hide.

10. Don’t punish “bad behaviour”

You should not punish bad behaviour if your pet is scared. Instead, you should stay calm and demonstrate to your pet that there isn’t anything to worry about. This will help restore normal behaviour.

For further information, visit the RSPCA website: visit: www.rspca.org.uk/fireworks

Senior Pet Focus

As we age, we begin to experience certain health conditions that are linked to getting older. The same is true for our pets; the only difference being that they are unable to tell us if they are not feeling well. That’s why it is important to be looking out for any signs and symptoms that could highlight that something isn’t quite right.

Below we focus on several of the most common conditions that might affect our senior pets and what this means for both you and them:

Arthritis in dogs
In older pets, the years of wear and tear on the joints can cause them to become inflamed – resulting in movement becoming sore and difficult. Osteoarthritis, or arthritis as we commonly know it, is usually prevalent in the hips, elbows and knees, but can appear in any joint.

What are the symptoms?

  • General slowing down, especially on walks
  • Reluctance to play, jump or go upstairs
  • Limping/lameness
  • Muscle wastage
  • Licking or chewing the skin over affected joints
  • Stiff walking motion (especially when waking up or after exercise)

How is it treated?

Through a range or combination of:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Weight management & diet
  • Complimentary treatments such as physio or hydrotherapy
  • General surgical solutions
  • New therapies such as Stem Cell treatment

What can I do to help?

  • Monitor your dog’s weight – losing only a small amount of their body weight can improve their condition
  • Ensuring they still exercise; little and often tends to work best!
  • Use ramps for getting in cars and up the stairs and a thick, comfy bed for their sleep to help their joints

Kidney disease
Your pet relies on its kidneys to perform important tasks such as removing toxins from the blood, preventing water loss and regulating blood pressure and acidity levels. When they are not able to perform these tasks properly, this condition is known as kidney failure (or renal disease). Age can be a factor in developing kidney disease, with symptoms and severity differing greatly between cases.

What are the symptoms?

  • Excessive drinking leading to frequent urinating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Sudden blindness due to high blood pressure

How is it treated?

  • Specially formulated or individually tailored diets following advice from your vet
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Variety of medication
  • Fluid therapy to reduce dehydration
  • Kidney dialysis (when all other options are exhausted)

What can I do to help?

  • Ensure your pet has a balanced diet providing your pet with the required nutrients
  • Keep vaccinations up to date.
  • Regularly check your pet for signs and always have their annual health check at the vets.

High blood pressure in cats
Although high blood pressure can occur on its own, the commonest causes are kidney, heart and thyroid disease. As the body is working harder to circulate blood, this can lead to complications with the kidneys, eyes, heart and even the brain.

What are the symptoms?

  • Blindness
  • Weight loss
  • Noticeable changes inside the eye, including bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Change in personality

How is it treated?

  • Drugs/medication to lower blood pressure
  • Prescribing a low salt diet
  • Regular check-ups at the vets to monitor the condition

What can I do to help?

  • Reduce the amount of salt in your cat’s diet (refrain from giving them cat treats or tuna in brine)

In all cases, it is important to ensure that your pet has regular check-ups with us. If you are concerned that your pet may be showing any signs or symptoms mentioned above, then please contact us immediately for advice.

Do you ever wonder why your pet needs its annual boosters?

Let’s look at why annual visits are important for your pet. 

My pet only had its primary vaccines, is that okay?

It is a misunderstanding amongst some pet owners, that following the vaccination, pets are protected against diseases for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case and can cause the expense of their puppy or kitten’s health and, in extreme cases, the loss of a pet.

Some clients may have the misconception that an annual vaccination is just for the commercial benefit of the pharmaceutical company or vet – again, this isn’t true. Your pet should be vaccinated as a puppy and then get regular boosters throughout their life.

How do vaccines work? 

Did you know, vaccines don’t actually fight diseases themselves?

Vaccines stimulate the immune system of pets to produce antibodies. Then, if your pet comes into contact with a virus or disease, it will be recognised by its immune system and protected against infection by the antibodies the vaccine produced.

The body will produce different levels of protection for varying lengths of time, and therefore the response to individual vaccines will vary hugely. As an example, the Leptospirosis vaccination provides one year of immunity, which is much shorter than the Distemper vaccination that delivers three years of immunity.

Due to varying immunity periods, not all aspects of the core vaccines are included each year. Some parts are included annually, every three years or even every five years, which is why the annual vaccination is recommended. Pet owners must not worry about ‘over-vaccinating’ an animal – vets vaccinate according to the treatment they had the previous year.

What do vaccinations protect my pet from?

There are four main diseases that pets are vaccinated against. These are:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Infectious canine hepatitis

Vaccines can take effect within a few hours of the treatment. At this point, the earliest phase of the immune response is being stimulated, it can then take up to fourteen days before a reasonable level of protection is established.

Is my pet protected for life?

It’s a popular opinion that after a pet has had its vaccinations for a couple of years, the animal will have built up enough protection to no longer need its boosters.

Just like humans, the young and the elderly are usually more vulnerable to disease and illness. As your pet gets older, the immune system is likely to become weaker, and so, regular boosters are essential.

Always remember that a booster could stop your pet from catching a disease in its later life when its immune system is much weaker and less likely to fight it.

Helping the wider pet community

Although shielding your pet against preventable diseases is plenty to persuade any loving pet owner to vaccine their pet, another reason to do so is to protect the entire pet population. Many dog walkers, boarding kennels, or day-care facilities will require you to have your pet fully vaccinated.

Many of the core diseases in the UK are now extremely low risk, this is due to years of vaccination compliance and positive action from pet owners. However, if we were to stop vaccinating pets, and the prevalence of infections increased, animals would be at a much higher risk of contracting deadly diseases.