Here at High Street Road Animal Hospital, we advise routine vaccination of all dogs and cats. This starts at 6-8 weeks of age for a course of puppy and kitten vaccinations and is followed by yearly boosters. 

Vaccinations are very important as they enable us to prevent disease and prevention is always better than a cure. It is important to remember that many of the diseases that we vaccinate against are potentially fatal!

What are the risks of vaccinating my pets?

The risks are extremely low. Uncommonly an allergic reaction to the vaccination may cause swelling of the face, depression and pain at the injection site. Report these signs to us immediately as an antihistamine injection can be given to stop the allergic reaction.

In a small number of cases, a reaction at the site of the injection may occur as a firm swelling underneath the skin. This usually disappears after a month. Some animals may also become quiet and less interested in food for about 24 hours after the vaccine but this is only temporary.

The very small risks associated with vaccinations are far outweighed by the risk of disease which they effectively prevent.