Vaccinations prevent your pet from some of the worst types of pet diseases.
Vaccinations protect your pet from some of the worst types of pet diseases. Getting your pet vaccinated means they won't need to suffer unnecessarily if they come into contact with certain diseases. It also means they won't pass the disease on to other animals.
Most baby animals are protected from disease during the first few weeks of their life due to the immunity their mother passes on through her milk. After this time, they should receive their first set of shots.
Once your pet has been vaccinated, it will need regular boosters throughout its life. Some of these will be annual, whereas others will be a few years apart. These boosters help maintain their immunity.
Your pet should be vaccinated against the main pet diseases that affect the type of animal you have.
Other pet vaccinations your dog may need are for kennel cough, particularly if you plan to put your dog in to kennels, and rabies, if you plan to return to the UK after travelling with your pet overseas.
For cats you should vaccinate against:
If you're unsure whether your pet has been vaccinated because it is a rescue animal or it has been rehomed, speak to a vet.
Most good rehoming charities and rescue centres will vaccinate animals before they go to new homes. They'll give you details about the vaccinations your pet has had.
You can expect to pay from £30 to £60 for a course of pet vaccinations. This may sound expensive, but it's much cheaper than treating the disease itself. Vet costs for treating pet diseases can run to hundreds of pounds. It's best to make sure you have both vaccinations and pet insurance in place throughout your pet's life.