FAQs

When should I vaccinate my puppy?

We recommend that puppies have their 1st vaccination at 6-8 weeks old with the 2nd part given at 10 weeks. It then takes a further 2 weeks for the vaccine to be fully protective. Booster vaccinations are given annually.

When should I vaccinate my kitten?

We recommend that kittens have their 1st vaccination at 9 weeks old with the second part given at 12 weeks. It then takes a further 2 weeks for the vaccine to be fully protective. Booster vaccinations are given annually.

Should I get my puppy or kitten micro-chipped?

We recommend that all dogs and cats are micro-chipped as many pets do go missing for various reasons. When you have your puppy or kitten microchipped depends on their size and age. It can be done at their 1st or 2nd vaccinations, when they are in for neutering or during any other consultation. From April 6th 2016 it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped.

Does my rabbit need to be vaccinated?

We advise that rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age and only need one dose. Boosters are given annually.

Should I neuter my dog/cat?

This is a personal decision that you need to make for your pet. Our general advice is that if a dog or cat is not going to be used for legitimate breeding or showing then they should be neutered. Some health and behavioural problems can be avoided by neutering as can unwanted litters or mis-matings. Our vets will be happy to discuss all the options with you.

Should I insure my pet?

We recommend that all pets are insured. Veterinary bills can be expensive and can’t always be planned for! There are lots of insurance policies available and we would recommend that you take your time and find the right policy for you.

How do I get a pet passport?

For up to date information about travelling with your pet please go to the defra website: www.gov.uk/take-a-pet-abroad

What should I do if I find a stray cat?

If it is injured – take it to your local vets who will provide emergency treatment. If you are unable to transport it, contact the SSPCA who can advise about collection.

If it is unharmed speak to the SSPCA.

What should I do if I find a stray dog?

If it is injured – take it to your local vets who will provide emergency treatment. If you are unable to transport it, contact the SSPCA who can advise about collection.