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Infectious Diseases

There are several infectious diseases that can affect your cat and are protected against by vaccination.

A number of these diseases rely on high rates of vaccination in cats to keep them in check, whilst others are still regularly encountered with the exception of Rabies, these diseases are, however, still present in the UK, which is why maintaining high vaccination rates is fundamental. Cat diseases can be defined as either “Core” or “Non-core”. Core diseases are the diseases that every cat should be protected against because they are common, widespread and potentially serious. Non-core diseases are those that present a significant risk to animals with a particular lifestyle or live in an area with a specific risk. Vaccination decisions with non-core vaccines are therefore dependent on factors such as lifestyle and location.

Does vaccination really work?

Vaccination really does work – a great example is what happened with the Feline Leukaemia Virus in the UK. Before the use of vaccines to control the disease in the early 1990s, Feline Leukaemia was the second highest killer of cats in the UK, second only to road accidents.  With the introduction of a vaccine, and thanks to widespread use, the infection and the fatal disease consequences it lead to are now very rare.

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How often does my cat need vaccinations?

How often does my cat need to be vaccinated?

Why Vaccinate?

Learn why continuing to vaccinate your cat regularly is important

Infectious Diseases

There are several infectious diseases that can affect your dog and are protected against by vaccination. A number of these diseases rely on high rates of vaccination in the dog population to keep them in check, whilst others are still regularly encountered. With the exception of Rabies, these diseases are, however, still present in the UK, which is why maintaining high vaccination rates is fundamental.

Dog vaccines can be defined as either “Core” or “Non-core”. Core diseases those that every dog should be protected against because they are common, widespread and potentially serious. Non-core diseases are that present a significant risk to animals with a particular lifestyle or live in an area with a specific risk. Vaccination decisions with non-core vaccines are therefore dependent on factors such as lifestyle and location

Does vaccination really work?

Vaccination really does work – Canine Distemper is a serious and highly infectious disease which rapidly spreads between dogs and a great example of how effective vaccination is in protecting the health of dogs. Before the introduction of vaccines, it had a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of the UK dog population. Maintaining widespread vaccination keeps this disease at a very low level in the UK, however circulation in wildlife and reintroductions from travelling dogs are continued threats. History has demonstrated that we should not be complacent about vaccination- as was experienced in Europe in the mid ‘90s, should a fall in the proportion of dogs protected occur, a resurgence of the disease would be a major concern.

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How often does my dog need to be vaccinated?

Why Vaccinate?

Learn why continuing to vaccinate your dog regularly in important

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