Regardless of which animal you choose to get as a pet you will have to make a couple of trips to the vets. All animals need to have a set of injections to cover them for a number of illnesses at they are at risk of getting. You will find that many vets offer packages that include these, along with flea and worming treatments and micro chipping. The first early vaccinations are very important as you don’t want to put them at risk of getting any illnesses, you will also find that your vet will contact you throughout their life for them to have booster injections, this is important as it will keep them covered and so you must also attend these appointments too. When you are getting your new pet you might not be responsible for getting all of their vaccinations as depending on their age will depend on what they need, for example if they are 12 weeks old you will find they have already had their first injections and you will just need to take them for their second lot.
Kittens should have their first lot of injections around 9 weeks of age, then their booster injections will follow around 3 weeks later. Cat injections cover 4 possible illnesses; Cat flu, feline leukaemia, feline chlamydia and feline infectious enteritis. These are the boosters that the cat will receive as they get older, it’s normally just needed once a year but it can vary. Boosters are done as, as a cat gets older their immune system slowly gets weaker over time and therefore a booster is the best way to keep them protected.
For dogs their first vaccinations needs to be completed around 8 weeks of ages and their second booster at around 12 weeks of age. Dogs are injected against; Kennel cough, canine parvovirus, leptospirosis, canine hepatitis and canine distemper virus. The vaccinations hold a small amount of each virus so that it strengthens the body to be able to fight against the diseases. Like cats they will receive boosters throughout their life for these illnesses to keep their immune systems strong and protected.
Rabbits also need vaccinations, these are done around 10 weeks of age and they are to protect them against; myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease. Rabbits will also need booster vaccinations throughout their life to keep them protected. It is really important that you do get rabbits vaccinated as many people don’t do their homework properly and they don’t get them the injections. Both these illnesses are fatal in rabbits and many rabbits die of these illnesses each year purely because they haven’t been vaccinated.
As well as the injections the vet will also carry out their first flea and worming treatments, again this is something that is extremely important. Flea treatments can be done at the vets for the animal’s whole life but you can also buy flea treatment from any pet store that is equally as good. All flea treatment consists of is placing the solution on the nape of your pets neck, onto the skin, the important element to remember is not to get it in an area they can lick if off. After you have done the treatment on the animal you can’t bath/groom them for 48 hours. Most flea treatments cover your pet for about 3 months, then you will have to do it again, and it’s very important that you do. One important thing to look at when you are buying your flea treatment is the weight of the dog the treatment is for, this will be written on the front of the packaging and will say for example; ‘for dogs weighing 1kg-5kg’ so it is important that you know how much your dog weighs in order to get him the right treatment.
Worming your pet is done through oral medication that you can put in their food or give within a treat. You will always buy this from the vets but the dosage of the tablet will change as the dog grows, therefore are probably best to take your pet with you so you can weigh them so you can tell the vets how much thy weigh to get the right dose for them. It’s important to keep on top of this as worming is not nice for any animal so making you always know then the next worming tablet is needed is ideal.
Going to the vets can be a scary experience for any animal so trying to make them feel as comfortable as possible if certainly the best way. As mentioned your animal is going to have to do a couple of trips to the vets each year, and that’s just counting the times for regular check-ups and boosters, not if they are poorly in between. So its advised that you let them know that going to the vets isn’t a bad thing and you should start this at an early age, for example on their first few visits you could take some treats along with you and give them to them while they wait for the vets, then one after the vets appointment, this then allows the animal to associate the vets with getting something nice rather than it being something to be scared or nervous of.
We hope that your animal lives a long and healthy life and doesn’t require many trips to the vets, but we would advise that you should get at least one annual check-up, this just allows you to know that your animal is fit and healthy. It also means that your vet can offer you any advice or tips on anything if you might need it or they might just have a few pointers of things you can do for your animal. Making sure you find the right vets for you is very important because you should want to know that your loving pet is in the vest hands possible. One of the best ways of finding a good vet is by asking people, the best places will have great word of mouth. Animal lovers are very honest and will seek to find the best vets possible so if they are all giving you the same name of vets then you can pretty much grantee that they are going to the best place to go.