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The first line of defence for your pet

Vaccination is crucial for your pet and it is important to get them protected early when they are young, which will mean a healthier and happier pet throughout their life. Quite simply, vaccination provides protection from certain diseases such as Distemper and Parvovirus in dogs and Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia in cats, some of which can be fatal if contracted. The distress of seeing your pet suffer can so easily be prevented.

Often cutting costs is seen as a reason not to vaccinate or people simply forget to book their pet in for a regular booster or worse still don’t even start on a programme. All of which will mean that costs will be much higher if your pet contracts one of these easily preventable diseases.

At Victoria Vets in Glossop they strongly recommend that your cat or dog undertakes a comprehensive programme of regular vaccinations. Remember without vaccination, many insurance policies refuse cover, so your policy may be invalid. Throughout June, Victoria Vets are holding a vaccination amnesty, if your pet’s vaccinations are over 15 months out of date, they will provide a full vaccination for just the price of a booster.

Start them young, your pet will require an initial vaccination programme starting around the age of 8-9 weeks and normally consisting of two staged injections two to three weeks apart. Annual boosters must be given to ensure your pet remains protected

Boosters will also give your Vet the opportunity to give your pet a yearly ‘MOT’, a free health check, the equivalent of humans seeing their doctor every seven years, so an ideal time for them to spot any signs of problems before they get more serious.

The holiday season is upon us and many of us will be dusting off our passports and checking they are still valid. But remember if you are planning to take your pet on holiday or intending to use a kennel or cattery that their vaccination history will need to be up to date, as you will have to provide evidence of a complete vaccination history. So now is most definitely the time to get your pet properly protected.

For more information or for advice please contact Victoria Vets in Holmes Chapel (01457 852367)

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