What age do I need to start vaccinating my new puppy or kitten?

There are several dangerous diseases in the UK and vaccination is the only safe way to provide immunity against all of these diseases.

Puppies and kittens are protected during the first few weeks of life, thanks to immunity passed through their mother’s first milk. This immunity fades within a few weeks of being born and leaves your kitten or puppy susceptible to disease at which point vaccination can take over from the mother’s natural immunity in providing protection.

New kittens will need a course of 2 vaccinations.

The first part of the vaccine is given at 9 weeks of age and the second part of the vaccine is given 3-4 weeks later when your kitten is 12-13 weeks old. Keep your kitten in for 7 days after the second vaccine has been given to ensure that they have full immunity before they go outside. Once vaccinated your cat will need yearly booster vaccinations.

New Puppies will need a course of 2 vaccinations.

The first part of the vaccine is given at 8 weeks of age and the second part of the vaccine is given 2 weeks later when your puppy is 10 weeks old. Keep your puppy away from public places until 7 days after the second vaccine has been given to ensure that they have full immunity before they go out, although it is safe for them to exercise within your own garden as long as no other dogs have access to this area. Once vaccinated your dog will need yearly booster vaccinations.

Note: Veterinary clinic product choice can vary and therefore your puppy or kitten’s vaccination schedule may vary slightly from the above information. Your vet clinic will be able to explain their protocol with you in detail.

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