At Boundary Vets, we consider pet vaccinations in Oxford to be a crucial component of good pet care and a means of protecting your pets from diseases that may be quite dangerous but are avoidable. Although a variety of potentially fatal illnesses can affect dogs, cats, and rabbits, pet vaccinations and technological advancements have significantly decreased the number of instances.
Since we don't hear much about them, it is easy to think that they are no longer a danger to our pets. However, they are still a persistent risk, therefore the best way to keep your pet safe is to vaccinate them.
How Do Pet Vaccinations Work?
Pet Vaccinations contain viruses and other infectious agent types that are safe (either dead or weakened). The immune system of an animal reacts to vaccination by producing antibodies, which serve as a defensive mechanism.
These antibodies will prevent the virus from spreading if your pet is subsequently exposed to the actual disease. Boundary Vets will provide the best vaccinations that are recommended for your pet on their lifestyle, risk factors, and the most recent recommendations. Several illnesses can be prevented with just one or two shots thanks to modern pet vaccinations.
Keep in mind that pet vaccinations do not provide lifetime immunity, which is why boundary vets in Oxford recommend regular booster shots for your pet. In addition, it's a great opportunity for your pet to get a thorough physical examination. For all vaccinations, we send out reminders. Please contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Dog Vaccinations in Oxford
Dogs and puppies receive their first pet vaccinations to help assure dependable protection from an early age and help to overcome any remaining anti-body defence from their mothers. At Oxford In order to allow for an early socialisation plan, the first vaccination is often administered about 8 weeks old, and the second two to four weeks later (but no earlier than 10 weeks old). Your certificate of vaccination will be given to you at the second appointment.
Boundary Vets advises receiving annual booster shots to make sure vaccinations are updated.
For your dog, we can give the following pet vaccinations:
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Herpes vaccination
- Kennel Cough
To make sure the dog is healthy before the injection, an in-depth health examination is scheduled for each dog getting a pet vaccination in Oxford.
Cat Vaccinations in Oxford
For cats & kittens, the initial pet vaccination plan consists of two doses. Because kittens, like puppies, will have some maternal protection in their the system, a second vaccination injection is necessary to ensure full immunity. The first pet vaccination is given to kittens at 8 weeks of age, while the second vaccination is given three weeks later. At the second vaccination appointment, a pet vaccination certificate will be given.
It's important to receive annual booster shots to ensure immunity remains maintained.
We can vaccinate your cat from several different illnesses here at Boundary Vets, such as:
- Cat Flu
- Feline Enteritis
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
- Feline Chlamydophila
In order to ensure that your cats are vaccinated properly, we are available to talk to you about the necessary vaccinations.
Rabbit vaccinations in Oxford
It is recommended that rabbits receive vaccinations against viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD) and myxomatosis.
With the introduction of our new rabbit vaccination, your pet can now receive protection against both strains of VHD and myxomatosis with a single shot instead of the two that were previously required.
Pet vaccinations are crucial for giving your rabbit the best defence available against serious and often fatal illnesses including myxomatosis and viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD 1 and 2). Every 12 months, pet vaccinations are advised for rabbits. We advise yearly examinations with Boundary Vets, your local Oxford veterinarians, as well as consultations if you have concerns about your rabbit's health, to make sure it is maintained happy and healthy.
Spread the cost of essential healthcare for your pet
Any pet owner's top priority is undoubtedly making sure their pet receives the finest care possible from the beginning of their pet's life and throughout its lifespan.
Enrol in our Pet Health For Life plan for peace of mind that your pet is shielded from dangerous diseases. The Boundary team, with its headquarters in Oxford, can provide yearly pet vaccinations and other preventative healthcare treatments for as little as £17 per month.
Pet Vaccinations FAQ
Why does my pet need to have vaccinations every 12 months?
Depending on the disease that your pet is being vaccinated against, the period of time that they are protected will differ. Certain diseases, such as leptospirosis in dogs and flu in cats only carry around 12 months protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though you pet might be being vaccinated every 12 months, it is not always against the same diseases – your vaccination card will show you which diseases they are getting boosters for each visit. Visiting us every 12 months for vaccinations also means your pet gets a full annual health check, which is equally important!
Does my pet need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Although your pet may not go outside, it is still possible for diseases to be brought into the house. This could be via soil on a dirty boot or via other wildlife that could enter the home. Therefore, having full vaccination can provide the protection needed for all circumstances, meaning you don’t have to take the risk.
I have heard that pet vaccines are risky and to avoid them – is that true?
Any veterinary procedure that is performed can carry some sort of risk, however in the case of pet vaccinations, it is important to remember that for the majority of pets the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweighs the risks. Vaccination reactions are rare and where they do occur, they are mostly short-term and mild. Reactions of this nature show that the vaccine is effectively stimulating the immune system. The team at Boundary Vets always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks associated with vaccinating your pet to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.
Are there any schemes or offers to help with covering the cost of my pets’ vaccinations?
Our Pet Health for Life offers the best value way to vaccinate your pet to ensure they have the preventative health protection they need over the course of their lifetime. Being a member allows you the opportunity to spread the cost over 12 months whilst also receiving discounts on other services at Boundary Vets.
If you would like further information on vaccination programmes for your pet, or our Pet Health for Life, please contact us.