Vaccinations For Your Pet
Does my pet need vaccinations?
All pets should be vaccinated. Vaccines protect against the most dangerous of infectious diseases. Your pet does not have to be in contact with other animals to contract these diseases, they can be passed in the air, environment, and on your shoes or clothes. They can survive in gardens or pavements for up to six months.
How often do I need to vaccinate?
Vaccines are given once yearly.
Its been more than two years since my pets last vaccination.
You will need to start again with your pets vaccinations, an initial vaccine will be given followed by a second vaccination two to four weeks later.
How much does it cost?
Vaccinations start at €35.
How does the vaccination work?
Vaccines contain harmless forms of viruses and other infectious agents that pose a risk toy our pet. Following vaccination, the animals immune system generates a protective response that will prevent the dangerous forms of these agents making your pet ill when they are encountered. It is important that the animal is health at the time of vaccination so that its immune system can respond to the vaccine.
Young animals and many adults too are very inquisitive and as they investigate the world around them and meet other animals they are almost bound to come into contact with infectious diseases.
When an animal encounters an infectious agent for the first time, its immune system will try and protect it against any disease the infection might cause. Unfortunately your pet may become ill whilst its immune system is trying to learn how to fight the infection.
Vaccination teaches the immune system in advance how to recognise and defend against disease causing infectious agents. This is particularly valuable when some infectious agents cause incurable disease or an animal is too young or too weak to be able to fight the infection.
When to vaccinate?
Young animal are protected by immunity passed from their mother.
Unfortunately this protection decreases rapidly. Many responsible breeders will give the animals their 1st vaccination and give you a vaccination certificate telling you when to give the boost. Alternatively, when you take the pup or kitten home at 8 weeks bring them to the vet for their 1st health check and vaccination and then return for the booster in 4 weeks time. This will provide them with the protection against illness before infectious agents have has much of a chance to attack. This protection needs to be maintained by an annual booster vaccination. These boosters ensure that your pet remains protected throughout its life.
What vaccinations cover
Cats and dogs are susceptible to different diseases, vaccinations have been developed to cover against the most common and dangerous infections for each species.