At Portland Vets we do recommend vaccination as an important part of keeping your pet healthy. We choose the safest and most current vaccines available for each individual species and tailor the frequency of vaccination according to the latest research on immunity.
Antibody titer testing
At Portland Vets we do recommend vaccination as an important part of keeping your pet healthy. There has been much research done in recent years about the need for yearly vaccination and we do not believe in “over vaccinating”. We do however take an informed scientific approach and tailor the content of your pets vaccination to the risk profile of its lifestyle and the latest information on how long vaccines are valid for.
There are blood tests available to determine if your pet has enough immunity to fight off infections. While these may be outwardly appealing there are 2 major flaws. The first is that they do not test accurately for ALL diseases and the second is that they will only give you information about your pets immunity on that day. The blood test will not tell you if .your pet has enough cover for next week, next month or the whole year.
As such, while we are happy to provide the service, we will not be able to guarantee that your pet is safe and will always recommend vaccinations at the scientifically proven intervals.
As long as the mother is immune, puppies and kittens are usually protected during the first few weeks of life thanks to immunity passed through the mothers milk (Colostrum). However, this immunity fades rapidly leaving the young pup or kitten susceptible to disease within a few weeks. At this point vaccination can take over from the mother in providing protection.
There is a vaccine for this new disease and should be be used along side the current vaccine, but there needs to be a two week gap between them. For more information about the prevalence of this disease and reported cases click on the rabbit photo or http://rhd2map.buntools.org.uk/index.php?&p=cases
Vaccine protocol in rabbits:
1 – Nobivac VHD1 and Myxomatosis – one injection once a year
2 – Filavac – VHD2 – one injection every 6-12 months