Pet Vaccinations

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Vaccinations are a crucial tool in safeguarding your pets from a range of preventable illnesses and diseases. At Rackheath Vets, we recommend vaccinating dogs, cats, and rabbits as a routine part of preventive healthcare.

Understanding that each pet is unique, our vaccination approach is tailored to reflect the specific needs of your beloved companion. Factors such as age, health status, lifestyle, and environmental exposure play a pivotal role in determining the most appropriate vaccination protocol. Our experienced veterinarians will advise you on the frequency, types, and timing of vaccines and create a customised vaccination plan for your pet.

The importance of adhering to a regular vaccination schedule cannot be overstated. Consistent vaccinations play a pivotal role in maintaining your pet’s immunity against numerous illnesses, thereby ensuring both their well-being and the health of the wider animal community. By controlling the spread of infectious diseases, vaccinations contribute significantly to the collective health security of pets across communities.

At Rackheath Vets, our commitment is to ensure that dogs, cats, and rabbits not only enjoy optimal health but also lead vibrant lives as integral members of your family. Together, we can foster a healthier, happier life for your cherished animal companions.

shepherd dog

Dog Vaccinations

Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against the following four diseases:

  • • Canine Parvovirus: Highly contagious and potentially lethal, especially in puppies and young dogs.
  • • Canine Distemper Virus: A viral illness with no known cure, known to wreak havoc on a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
  • • Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease that can result in liver and kidney damage and can be transmitted to humans.
  • • Canine Hepatitis: An infection that targets the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and eyes and can lead to severe health complications or death.

Each one of the above diseases can be fatal, and each of these diseases manifests with its own set of symptoms and requires different diagnostic approaches.

One of the most essential components of ensuring your pet lives a long, active, and healthy life is through preventative health measures. While proper diet and exercise are key, vaccinations remain an invaluable part of your pet’s health regime.


Cat Vaccinations

Cats should be routinely vaccinated against the following three diseases:

  • • Cat Flu: An umbrella term that encompasses feline herpesvirus (FHV) and feline calicivirus (FCV). Both viruses contribute to respiratory tract infections.
  • • Feline Infectious Enteritis: Also known as feline panleukopenia, this disease is highly contagious and can be life-threatening, particularly affecting the rapidly dividing cells in the intestinal lining, bone marrow, and developing fetus.
  • • Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV): This retrovirus suppresses the immune system and can lead to secondary infections, anemia, or lymphoma.

Each of these diseases has its own set of symptoms and may range from mild to fatal. So, it is important that you observe your cat’s behaviour, health, and overall wellness and bring them in for their annual vaccinations with our veterinarian team.

At Rackheath Vets, we are committed to the well-being of your feline companion. We understand that every cat is individual, with specific needs and risks. Tailoring a vaccination schedule that aligns with your cat’s unique lifestyle and health profile is our speciality. Partnering with us means ensuring your cat benefits from a healthcare plan designed for longevity and joy.

Harriet & cat

Rabbit Vaccinations

While it’s not the law to vaccinate pet rabbits, at Rackheath Vets, we strongly suggest you do that. Choosing to vaccinate your rabbit is a crucial step in securing their well-being and protecting them against diseases that can have severe, sometimes fatal, outcomes.

Annual checkups and vaccinations are essential in detecting and preventing common ailments in rabbits. Our experienced team of veterinarians at Rackheath Vets offer vaccinations that protect against the most common and dangerous illnesses that threaten rabbits, including:

  • • Myxomatosis: A viral disease that is highly infectious and often fatal, characterised by severe swelling of the head and face.
  • • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Strain 1 (RHD1) & Strain 2 (RHD2): Both strains represent highly contagious and lethal viral diseases, with RHD2 being a newer variant capable of infecting rabbits without showing immediate signs of illness.

By scheduling your rabbits’ vaccinations with our vets, you can guarantee that they remain healthy and happy for years to come.

Black & white rabbit

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Your new puppy or kitten will require protection from the most common risks facing them when they are young. To ensure this, you will have to get them vaccinated.

Puppies should ideally get vaccinated at the age of eight and ten weeks, with the second dose given two to four weeks later. Your puppy will then require a booster vaccination at 12 months and then annually afterwards.

Kittens will need two sets of vaccinations to get them started. The first should be at nine weeks old, and the second booster set at three months old. After this, kittens and cats usually need booster vaccinations once a year.

Just to let you know, until your kitten is fully vaccinated (and neutered), you should keep them inside to protect them from catching any diseases before the vaccines have had time to work.

ginger and totie kitten


Parasites are common in household animals and can range from harmless to potentially harmful. At Rackheath Vets, our dedicated team of veterinarians provide expert advice to pet owners and treatment options tailored to their furry friends’ specific needs.

Comprehensive parasite control is essential in ensuring the overall health and well-being of your pet. Our veterinary professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide you in selecting the most effective products and administration methods for the treatment and prevention of fleas, ticks, and worms.

With our specialist knowledge, we can advise you on the correct course of treatment for your pet, ensuring they receive comprehensive parasite control to maintain a healthy, comfortable life.

Book with us

Searching for reliable and convenient ‘pet vaccinations near me’? Look no further than Rackheath Vets, where the well-being of your beloved pet is at the heart of everything we do.

If you need to book your pet for vaccinations or require veterinary advice, don’t hesitate to contact us. Booking your pet with us means you and your pet will benefit from our comprehensive services designed to provide optimal care and support.

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