Building your pet's immune system

Puppies, kittens, young rabbits and ferrets are more at risk from contracting contagious diseases due to their immature immune system. On rare occasions these diseases may prove fatal and therefore it makes sense to commence a vaccination course as soon as the young animal can produce a proper immune response.

  • Puppies
  • Kittens
  • Rabbits
  • Boosters


Puppies are given an initial course of two vaccinations. The first injection is given at 8 weeks of age and the second between 10 and 12 weeks of age (this provides protection against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parainfluenza).

A booster vaccination is then given at 15 months of age. We recommend that the second inoculation is given at 10 weeks of age so that puppies can begin to socialize and interact as early as possible in life as this coincides with their most receptive period.


Kittens are given their first vaccination at 9 weeks of age and the second 3-4 weeks later (preferably at 12 weeks of age). A booster is given at 15 months of age. Cats are commonly vaccinated against Cat Flu and Leukaemia/Panleukopaenia.


Rabbits require cover against Myxomatosis (from 5 weeks of age) and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) 1 and 2 (from 10 weeks of age).

Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no one vaccine to cover all 3 diseases so rabbits need 2 vaccines annually at least 2 weeks apart.


The content of these booster vaccinations can be tailored to your pets needs depending upon their lifestyle and the likely exposure to the diseases mentioned above. The relevant vaccination protocol can be discussed at your pets yearly check up which will include advice on worming, flea treatments and nutrition.

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