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Here at Sandhole Vets, we believe that vaccinations are an important part of protecting your pets from severely harmful yet preventable diseases and are an essential part of responsible pet care.

Dogs, cats, and rabbits are susceptible to many life-threatening diseases, but scientific advances and the introduction of immunisation have dramatically reduced the number of cases. It is tempting to assume that they are no longer a threat to our pets as we hear little about them, but they still do remain a constant danger, meaning the correct vaccination programme is the best way to keep your pet safe.

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How do vaccines work?

Vaccines contain harmless (either weakened or dead) variants of viruses and other infectious agents. When an animal is vaccinated, the immune system responds by generating a protective mechanism by forming antibodies. If the animal becomes exposed to the actual disease later, those antibodies will prevent the disease from developing.

The type of vaccines Sandhole Vets recommend will be based on your pet's lifestyle, risk factors and current guidance. Modern vaccines give protection to multiple diseases with just one or two injections. It is important to remember that vaccines don't give lifelong immunity, so regular booster vaccinations are recommended. It is also an excellent opportunity for your pet to have a full health check.

Vaccinations for dogs



The primary vaccination course for puppies helps to overcome the remaining antibody protection that they still have from their mothers. The first vaccination is usually given at eight weeks old, followed by a second two to four weeks later (no earlier than 10 weeks old), allowing for an early socialisation programme. At the second vaccination appointment, we will provide you with your certificate of vaccination.

Annual boosters need to be taken to make sure immunity remains effective.

The team here at Sandhole Vets can provide the following vaccinations for your dog:

  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Distemper
  • Canine Infectious Hepatitis
  • Rabies
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Herpes vaccination
  • Kennel Cough

A full health check is booked for every dog that is having a vaccination to ensure that they are in good health before giving the injection.

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Vaccinations for cats


The primary vaccination course for kittens consists of two injections. As with puppies, kittens will have some protection from their mothers in their bloodstream, which is why a second injection of the vaccine is required to top up immunity.

Kitten vaccinations start from eight weeks of age, with the second vaccine administered three weeks after the first. A certificate of vaccination will be provided at the second vaccination appointment.

Annual boosters need to be taken to make sure immunity remains effective.

Here at Sandhole Vets we can vaccinate your cat against the following diseases:

  • Cat Flu
  • Feline Enteritis
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus
  • Feline Chlamydophila

We can talk you through any type of vaccination that may be required for your cat.

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Vaccinations for rabbits

We recommend that rabbits are vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD).

Previously this would have been administered through two separate injections; however, our new rabbit vaccine, means that your pet can be protected against myxomatosis and both strains of VHD with just a single injection.

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Vaccinations FAQ section

Why does my pet need to have vaccinations every 12 months?

Depending on the disease that your pet is being vaccinated against, the period they are protected will differ. Certain diseases only carry around 12 months of protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though your pet might be 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. They could be in soil on a dirty boot or transmitted through wildlife animals that could enter the home.

I have heard that 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 vaccinations, it is important to remember that the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweigh the risks for most pets. 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 Sandhole Veterinary Centre is always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks of vaccinating your pet to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.

Are there any schemes/offers at Sandhole Vets to help with covering the cost of my pet's vaccinations?

Our Friends and Family Plan offers the best value way to vaccinate your pet to ensure they have the preventative health protection they need over their lifetime. Being a member allows you the opportunity to spread the cost over 12 months whilst also receiving discounts on other services at Sandhole Veterinary Centre.
Please contact us if you would like further information on vaccination programmes for your pet or our Friends and Family plan.

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