Kitten and cat vaccinations are one of the most important things you need to know about as a new cat owner. Without vaccinations, you are putting your cat or kitten at risk of contracting serious infections and diseases, many of which can be fatal. Keeping on top of your kitten’s vaccination schedule is important so that each vaccine can be administered at the strategically correct time. That’s why you need to be aware of what cat vaccinations your pet needs and when from an early stage. Thankfully, we’re here to answer any cat vaccination questions you may have and we’ve even created a handy kitten vaccination calendar so that you can keep track of your kitten vaccination schedule. What Injections do Kittens Need? There are a variety of essential and non-essential kitten vaccinations that you need to know about. First and Second Kitten Vaccinations There are two essential vaccinations that every kitten needs. These vaccinations are to protect against: Feline Herpesvirus (cat flu)Feline Calicivirus (cat flu)Feline Infectious Enteritis Your kitten’s first vaccination can be given once they are aged 8 weeks and onwards, they can then receive their second vaccination from 11 weeks onwards, and at least 3 weeks after their first vaccination. Your cat will also require their first booster vaccination at 14 months, which includes all the components of their first and second kitten vaccinations. Your cat should then return for their second, third, fourth etc booster vaccination on an annual basis. Feline Leukaemia If your cat is an outdoor cat, they will also need a vaccination against Feline Leukaemia (FeLV). It’s an extremely infectious virus that attacks your cat’s immune system, leaving them susceptible to other illnesses and cancer. The FeLV vaccine
We all love the summer months, including your dog. With any luck, it means longer days spent outdoors with friends and family, enjoying the good weather. However, it’s important to keep an eye on your dog in hot weather to keep them safe from heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. Dogs can’t regulate their body temperature as well as humans. Dogs can only sweat through their paws and release most of their heat through panting. This makes it really easy for your pup’s temperature to spike if the weather gets too hot. Thankfully there are a few steps you can take to help keep your dog cool in warmer weather and prevent heat stroke. How to Care for your Dog in the Summer Whilst dog heat stroke and exhaustion are genuine risks for most dogs if temperatures rise above 23 degrees, there are some easy things you can do to reduce the risk and help your dog stay nice and cool. Never leave your dog in a car by itself, even if the windows are cracked. The same can be said for caravans, conservatories and out houses. The temperature in these environments can rise rapidly and are extremely dangerous for your pet so don’t risk it. You wouldn’t want to sit in a car on a hot day, so why would your pet? Avoid walking at the hottest point of the day. If it’s a particularly hot day, try to walk your dog outwit the hours of 8am – 8pm if possible. Try to stick to shaded areas as much as possible, take breaks and bring water with you. If your dog starts to look more exerted than usual, take a break and then head
Puppy vaccinations are one of the most important things you need to know about as a new dog owner. Without puppy vaccinations administered in a correct and timely manner, your pet is at risk of contracting infections, many of which can even be life threatening. It can be a lot to get your head around at first. Thankfully, we’re here to answer all your canine vaccination questions and we’ve even created a handy calendar that you can use to keep on top of your puppy’s vaccination schedule. How many vaccinations does a puppy need There are 2 essential puppy vaccinations that your dog will need to get: First puppy vaccination from the age of 6 weeksSecond puppy vaccination from the age of 10 weeks AND at least 2 weeks after the first dose We would also recommend vaccination against Kennel Cough (a common respiratory infection caused by the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacterium and Parainfluenza virus), this can be done from 10 weeks of age and so is often combined with the second part of the primary vaccination course. If you want to travel abroad with your puppy then he or she will need a rabies vaccination from the age of 12 weeks. Your puppy is also recommended to have a health check with a qualified vet within 48 hours of picking them up from the breeders to check for any congenital problems including heart murmur, hare lip or umbilical hernia. Your puppy should then receive monthly health checks to check on their growth, teething, general health and apply flea and worm treatment. After that, we recommend yearly checks to make sure your pup stays in good health. It is also a legal requirement for your puppy
Getting a dog can be one of the best decisions you ever make - they’re called man’s best friend for a reason. Dogs can be a huge source of joy, company and comfort in your life. That’s why, with the uncertainty of the past year, it’s no wonder that The Kennel Club reported a 53% increase on their ‘Find a Puppy’ tool in March. However, there’s a lot to consider before you decide to get a dog. They may be (very!) cute, but your decision needs to be based on more than how a dog looks. So, here is everything you need to know before getting a dog. Dogs Are for Life First things first, dogs aren’t just for lockdown or Christmas. The average life span of a dog is 13 years. Before adopting or buying your own dog, you need to make sure you are ready for that commitment. For those next 13 years or so, your lifestyle will be completely altered, and you need to make sure you’re ready for that change. Different Breeds Have Different Needs Next, you need to do some breed research. Like we said previously, it’s not all about how your dog looks. You need to find a breed that is compatible with your surroundings and lifestyle. For example, cockapoos are very energetic and sociable animals – they need lots of exercise, love and attention and they shouldn’t be left alone for more than a few hours at a time. Comparatively, Greyhounds are much more adaptable and have lower energy levels (especially if they’re retired). On top of different dogs’ needs and temperaments, consider your living arrangement, your surrounding area, your family structure and your work and social life.
Following Brexit, people from the UK are no longer able to use their pet passport to travel with their pet to Europe. If you are planning a trip with your dog, cat or ferret to any EU country or Northern Ireland and you are a UK resident, you will now need to apply for an Animal Health Certificate. If your pet has previously been issued a PETS passport by a non-UK EU country or Switzerland, you will not need an Animal Health Certificate to travel. Your pet’s existing passport will be suitable for entry to the EU and return to the UK. It should also be noted that special rules may apply for entry to Northern Ireland, and you should always check official Government Advice. What is an Animal Health Certificate? An Animal Health Certificate is a single use document that allows entry into the EU, as well as onwards travel within the EU for up to 4 months and return to the UK. It is only for dogs, cats and ferrets. You will need a new certificate each time you travel. The Animal Health Certificate is the replacement for the previously used PETS passports and is the result of negotiations and speculations about pet travel after Brexit. How do I Get an Animal Health Certificate? To get an Animal Health Certificate, your pet must be microchipped, be at least 12 weeks old and have had their rabies vaccine. The earliest date you can travel to Europe or Northern Ireland is 21 days after your pet’s rabies vaccination. Within those 21 days (or afterwards) your pet will need to be examined by an Official Veterinarian who can issue your pet’s health certificate. You need to
There is currently a lot of debate and uncertainty surrounding what will happen to pet travel after Brexit. Like many other matters what will happen after the current transition period ends on 31 December 2020 is unknown. Despite this, here at Kensington Veterinary Care, we are committed to keeping you and your pet as up to date as possible with the latest news surrounding pet travel and Brexit. The good news is that for the remainder of 2020, nothing has changed. As long as Covid-19 restrictions allow, you are free to travel to and from Europe with your pet – providing your pet has a valid pet passport. However, what will happen to your pet passport after Brexit? Well, just like our own, they may be changing. There are currently 3 possible outcomes and the results will depend on if the UK becomes: A Part 1 Listed CountryA Part 2 Listed CountyAn Unlisted Country Part 1 Listed Country Becoming a Part 1 Listed Country is arguably the best outcome in regard to travelling with your pet to Europe. Whilst you may still need to reapply for a pet passport, your pet’s new passport will still come under the PETS travel scheme. In other words, travelling with your pet will remain the same as it currently does. To qualify for a pet passport, your pet has to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Rabies vaccination can be administered to your dog, cat or ferret from 12 weeks of age. The passport will be valid 3 weeks from the date of vaccination. Once you’ve qualified, you are free to travel to and from Europe with your pet as much as you like. Part 2 Listed Country If
Christmas is a wonderful time of year for you and can be for your pet too! But there are some potential dangers that you should be aware of to prevent an unfortunate emergency visit to the vet:
Brushing your dog’s or cat’s teeth isn’t just about fresh breath. It’s an essential part of good oral care, and good oral care is important to your pet’s overall health. The good news for your pets is they are not as prone to cavities as human beings, however they can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. These seemingly cosmetic problems can lead to life-threatening infections and systemic disease including heart, liver, and kidney conditions. FREE DENTAL CHECK UP AT KENSINGTON VETERINARY CARE