For all cats, including those entering a cattery, it is essential that they have received vaccines for the 'core' infectious agents — these are:
Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV)
Feline herpesvirus (FHV), and
Feline calicivirus (FCV)
Following on from their initial primary core injections they should receive a yearly booster.
All dogs must have full and up-to-date vaccinations
Generally, your Vet will give a first vaccination when your pet is around 8-10 weeks of age, followed by another one 2-4 weeks later. This gives immunity against all of these diseases for a year or more. For continued immunity against some of the diseases, an annual 'booster' is required.
Canine Distemper - a virus that affects the mucous membranes within the respiratory tract of the dog. The symptoms actually resemble those of human flu, and include a temperature, but the disease is far more serious as it also affects the nervous system
Parvovirus - a highly contagious disease affecting the intestinal tract, white blood cells and the heart
Canine Hepatitis - can cause internal bleeding, liver and kidney disease and central nervous system problems
Leptospirosis - there are several different species of leptospirosis bacteria, but symptoms are generally lethargy, inflamed kidneys, fever, vomiting, and blood clotting. Leptospirosis can cause enzymes, jaundice, pneumonia and further intestinal problems.
Kennel Cough is an airborne infection which is not limited to kennels as the name suggests. It can be caught anywhere, for example, at a park, at a dog show, at the vets or even in your own garden. It can be caught wherever a dog can come in proximity to another dog carrying the infection in very much the same way as a 'cold' passes between humans.
Kennel Cough (more correctly called Infectious Tracheobronchitis) has several viral and bacterial causes. Only two of these - Bordatella Bronchiseptica (bacterial) and Parainfluenza (viral)- are controlled by the Kennel Cough vaccines.
The Parainfluenza vaccine is given by injection and is now commonly included in your dog’s annual booster.
The Bordatella Bronchiseptica vaccine is given by injecting the vaccine up the dog’s nose, which some can find very distressing.
Although infectious bronchitis is highly infectious, it is a troublesome but not usually a life-threatening disease, which is why we leave the decision on its vaccination to your discretion.
It is recommended that the Kennel Cough vaccine is given to puppies, elderly dogs and those dogs with medical problems (such as diabetes) who are more susceptible to medical complications.
Please note that if you do decide to have your dog vaccinated with the kennel cough vaccine, dogs will not be allowed to board with us before the 14 day incubation period has passed. This is because there is a 3-day onset of immunity period followed by a 7-10 day incubation period during which it is possible that your dog may contract Kennel Cough (either as a result of the vaccine or by contact with other dogs).