Future of vaccination

Pet vaccination - The facts


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Welcome to the future of vaccination website - providing you with an in-depth look at pet vaccination and helping you to ensure that your cat, dog or rabbit is protected against infectious diseases.   

Why vaccinate?

Early immunisation against life threatening infectious pet diseases saves many lives.   Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to disease and should be vaccinated to ensure their health and survival, and boost their natural immunity.  

MSD Animal Health has pioneered an approach to pet vaccination that minimises the number of vaccinations required and defines them into two categories - core and non-core.  Core vaccinations should be given to every pet, and non-core vaccinations to those animals that have a lifestyle that puts them at particular risk for certain diseases.   More on this is explained throughout the website.

Infectious Diseases
There are certain infectious diseases you should protect your pet against, depending on its individual lifestyle.    For puppies and dogs, vaccinations against parvovirus, distemper, infectious canine hepatitis and leptospirosis, are considered “core”.  Kittens and cats should to be protected against cat 'flu (viral and/or bacterial), feline leukaemia and panleucopaenia.  Finally for rabbits, consideration should be given to protecting against myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease.

For pets that stay in kennels or catteries, special attention should be given to exposure of infectious diseases like canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), Bordetella bronchiseptica and cat ‘flu complex  

Similarly, for pets that travel abroad with their owners, animals may be susceptible to infection with diseases like rabies, leishmaniasis (spread by sandflies), heartworm (spread by mosquitoes), babesiosis (spread by ticks), and ehrlichiosis (spread by ticks).    Whilst there is no vaccine available for all of these ‘so called’ exotic diseases, you can take steps to protect against them.

Whether a pet owner or someone working with cats, dogs, kittens, puppies or rabbits, we hope you find this site a useful reference relating to the diseases that our pets may face.