Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important steps that you can take to reduce the risk of illness for your pet. Cats and dogs have been vaccinated for many years, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the incidence of diseases such as canine distemper, canine parvo virus infection and feline flu and enteritis. However these diseases quickly emerge again in areas where vaccination is not commonplace or there are lapses in adequate vaccination protection.

The protocol or plan of vaccination for your pet is influenced by many factors. The age, health, activity of your pet, where you live or travel with your pet, and the prevalence and risks of disease which we are aiming to control are all important considerations, as well as the duration of immunity following previous vaccination. At Kriek and Gibson Veterinary Surgery we will advise you as to the protocol that we think suits your pet, as an individual.

Many owners will ask if there are side effects associated with vaccination. The driving force behind vaccination is to keep our pets healthy by preventing disease and minimising risk to them in the process, there is however the acknowledgement that rarely the vaccination of a dog or cat might lead to an unexpected clinical reaction. Occasionally a pet may develop a very mild fever after a vaccination, which may result in a loss of appetite and/or listlessness for a day or two. More moderate reactions requiring veterinary treatment are uncommon, and fortunately severe reactions are rare.

We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about vaccination with Johnny or Gillian. In addition there is comprehensive information about vaccination in publications issued by the British Veterinary Association Vaccination – the facts,and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association “Vaccination Guidelines for the Owners and Breeders of Dogs and Cats”.