6th Apr 2020

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It is our duty to do everything we can to protect human and animal health while following government guidelines and laws. It is vital that we limit non-essential movements to limit the spread of COVID-19, so this may mean delaying your pets’ vaccinations.

But what does this mean for your pets’ health?

Adult animals who have had primary vaccinations and first booster, and are due a booster are low risk, while those who have not completed their primary course of vaccinations are at a higher risk of infection.

We are constantly in discussion with our governing body to confirm what services we can safely provide to our clients. We will have a measured approach to vaccinations offering the most overdue and at risk animals first available appointments.

We are not offering adult dog and cat boosters at this time. If your puppy or kitten is due its primary vaccination (first or second part) or its first booster, or your rabbit is due its booster, then please contact the surgery to discuss what options are available.

We would recommend that when normal veterinary services resume, that all pets have their vaccinations updated at the earliest opportunity and to continue taking precautions until this is possible. If you feel concerned, please speak to our team to find the best solution for you.

For adult animals who are due their booster, the risk to their health is low.

In order to minimise any risks as much as possible, we recommend that:

  • Dogs due their vaccinations are kept away from areas of high risk for leptospirosis – this includes areas of standing water (ponds, ditches etc.) and areas where rodents are likely to be present
  • Dog to dog contact is limited
  • If your cat is happy being kept inside, then this is the best way to limit their exposure. However, if they are not happy being contained, then the risk to an adult cat with a lifetime of vaccinations and only recently due their booster is minimal and they should be safe to continue as usual for now

What about rabbits?

Rabbits are routinely vaccinated for Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) types 1 and 2. The peak for these diseases is in the summer months.

There are some things you can do to minimise the risk:

  • Use screens and cover hutches to prevent flies having access to your bunny. Make sure this does not affect ventilation though.
  • Make sure hutches and runs are kept clean so flies aren’t attracted to the area.

What about my puppy or kitten?

Puppies or kittens who have not completed their primary vaccination course will not have full immunity to the diseases covered by the vaccinations, and are therefore a high risk group.

Kittens will need to be kept inside until they can have their vaccinations. Puppies can go into your garden (but keep away from any areas that may have foxes accessing it) and can be taken out if you carry them so they can still start to learn about the outside world in a safe way.