In recent years, MSD Animal Health has pioneered a new way of looking at pet vaccination.
Rather than vaccinating every pet, every year, against every disease, we now seek to minimise the number of vaccines given - while at the same time ensuring that each pet is adequately protected against disease. This has led to the concept of core and non-core vaccines.
Core vaccines are those that every pet should receive, regardless of circumstance. These protect against diseases that are too dangerous to risk any absence of immunity.
Non-core vaccines, on the other hand, should be used when an animal’s particular lifestyle puts it at greatly increased risk. These vaccines can either be administered prior to the risk period (in much the same way as humans have jabs when travelling to certain countries); or regularly, in those animals whose lifestyle puts them permanently at risk.
This approach is likely to be extended in future as new vaccines become available.
|Dogs||Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirsosis|
|Cats||Panleucopaenia, Feline herpes, Feline calicivirus|
|Rabbits||Myxomatosis, Rabbit haemorrhagic disease|
|Dogs||Kennel Cough||Boarding kennels, shows, training classes and any cirucmstances in which dogs are in regular contact with other dogs|
|Canine Herpes virus||Breeding bitches|
|Rabies||Dogs that are travelling|
|Cats||Feline Leukaemia||Any cat in contact with other cats|
|Bordetella bronchiseptica||Kittens, cats in multicat households, those in contact with dogs, and cats visiting shows|
|Chlamydiophila||Cats in multicat households with a known history of chlamydophila infection|
|Rabies||Cats that are travelling|