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Reducing the Risk of Infectious Disease During the COVID-19 "Lockdown"

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Reducing the Risk of Infectious Disease During the COVID-19 "Lockdown"

Many routine pet vaccinations were temporarily suspended at veterinary practices. However, the best protection for pets is still to keep their vaccinations up to date. If your veterinary practice is now open, remember to contact your vet about going back for any missed vaccination appointments as soon as you can.

To download a personalised vaccination appointment card click here

When you do return to your vet, you are likely to be asked to wait in the car rather than the waiting room so a member of the team can come out to collect your pet. Other social distancing measures may also be in place, if you are uncertain about this make sure you give your practice a call beforehand.

If your practice is not yet open, or you are struggling to book an appointment for the near future, please see our advice on keeping your pets safe.

Diseases that vaccines help protect your pet from

You can also learn more about the diseases that vaccines help protect your pet from.






The maps highlight some recent confirmed cases of infectious diseases in pets from across the UK.

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Infectious Diseases

In animals, just as in humans, certain viruses, bacteria and parasites can be transmitted between individuals to cause illness (disease). Such diseases can prove serious and fatal whilst others can cause distressing illness and/or be transmissible to people and are best prevented. Some risks are more likely dependent on the animal’s lifestyle and/or where the animal lives. Because many of these diseases cannot be effectively treated, vaccines remain one of our most powerful tools to keep ourselves and the animals we care for healthy.

It is recommended that all kittens and adult cats are vaccinated against core diseases such as cat flu and feline panleucopaenia. The feline leukaemia virus vaccine is recommended for cats at risk of infection - typically those that go outside or may mix with cats carrying the virus.

Why Vaccinate

Vaccination against serious infectious diseases saves lives and quality of life for many pets. Kittens are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases and should be vaccinated to support their health and survival. Vaccines work by stimulating immunity against the infectious diseases they protect against.

Adult cats are also at risk of being infected with diseases that they can be exposed to in their daily lives either from the place they go or the other animals that they meet. Regular vaccination as an adult cat helps ensure immunity is maintained.

The map shows the density of all confirmed cases for cat diseases over the 3 years to end of July 2020.

This is not necessarily an indication of what areas the disease is more prevalent in, as the data captured by these labs is likely to be a small proportion of the suspected number of cats that might be affected by the disease.

Select your area to see which diseases are around you.

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Travelling Pets

Want to learn more about disease threats you need to protect your pet against when traveling outside of the UK with your pet?

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Vaccination schedules

It is sometimes hard to remember when your cat needs to receive a vaccine. We created a handy summary...


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