Pet Advice

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Pet vaccinations
Make sure you protect your pets and keep them safe by keeping up to date with their vaccinations.

In the past many animals became severely ill because of diseases which, thanks to vaccination, are now rarely seen. Although these diseases are now less common, they have not been completely eradicated.

If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops our animal companions could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans.

Protect your pet by ensuring they receive regular vaccinations.
When to vaccinate

When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.

Puppies are typically vaccinated at eight and 10 weeks, kittens at nine and 12 weeks, with an initial course of two injections. Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination.
Vaccines for dogs, cats and rabbits protect against many different infectious diseases


Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:

  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Infectious canine hepatitis

If your dog will be spending some time in kennels they may also be given a kennel cough vaccine.

At the ManxSPCA we insist on this vaccine. It is given intra-nasally (into a nostril) and protects against parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica.

Dogs travelling abroad will require a rabies vaccination to qualify for a pet passport.

Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:

  • Feline infectious enteritis
  • Feline herpes virus
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline leukaemia virus

Rabbits need regular vaccinations too!

Rabbits should be routinely vaccinated against:

  • Myxomatosis
  • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

Going on holiday this summer?

In the excitement of preparing for a holiday or weekend away, don’t forget to make arrangements for your pets. It can take time to sort out their care, so you should always do this well in advance.

Whether you choose to take your pet on holiday with you or leave your pet in the care of a responsible person, consideration should always be given to your pet’s welfare.

Make sure you have your pet’s vaccinations up to date before booking them into kennels or cattery. If your pet is overdue they may need to start the course again!

If you are planning to take your dog, cat or ferret out of the UK and travel within the European Union (or to certain, non-European countries), it is a legal requirement that each individual pet have a pet passport to avoid quarantine restrictions when you come back to the UK. Information on the rules of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) (including approved countries, carriers and routes), and regulations regarding bringing pets back into the UK, are detailed under PETS or you can call the Department for Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFA) Helpline 08459 335577.