Vaccination

Regular pet vaccinations remain an essential part of their healthcare to prevent your cat or dog from contracting common diseases. Certain vaccinations are also mandatory for obtaining a pet passport.

Fortunately the incidence of the diseases that we routinely vaccinate pets against has declined dramatically over the past 50 years (precisely because vaccination is so successful and has become routine) but we still see cases of some of these diseases every year.

Choosing which vaccines to administer and at which frequency will depend on the lifestyle, age and medical condition of the individual animal – this is a discussion that we are happy to have with you. Some general information can be found below:

Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

All puppies should have a primary course of two vaccinations at 6-8 weeks old and then at 10 weeks old. This will comprise a single injection at each visit including Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis valencies. A full booster vaccination is required after one year and then annual vaccinations of a reduced number of valencies.

We also strongly recommend vaccination against Kennel Cough which comprises a single intranasal application of Bordetella and Parainfluenza components followed by annual boosters.

Dogs travelling abroad especially to Southern Europe may require protection against Leishmaniasis, a bacterial disease transmitted by sandflies. Please ask us if you require further information or read more about travelling abroad with your pet and pet passports.

Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

All kittens should have a primary course of two vaccinations at 9 weeks and at 12 weeks. This will comprise a single injection at each visit including Herpesvirus, Calicivirus and Panleucopaenia valencies, followed by a booster vaccination after one year, then boosters at an interval of one to three years. Cats with access to the outside will also need protection against Feline Leukaemia, this can be included in the same injection as the core vaccinations or added at a later date, annual booster vaccinations are then required.

Our feline vaccinations use Purevax technology, which removes the need for an adjuvant. Adjuvants have been linked to the rare development of injection-associated tumours. Purevax vaccines provide the safest and most effective way of protecting your cat against these common diseases.

Travelling abroad and pet passport requirements

Dogs, cats and ferrets travelling abroad are likely to need vaccination against rabies – for further information please see the Pets Passport page.

How much does a dog or cat vaccination cost

Our costs for pet vaccinations vary on your specific requirements and can be discussed during a consultation.

  • Initial puppy vaccinations cost £44.40 for each injection
  • Initial kitten vaccinations cost £42-48 for each injection
  • Rabies vaccines cost £48
  • Annual booster shots for dogs £50-65
  • Annual booster shots for cats £45-52
  • Leishmaniasis vaccine £202 for a full course of 3 injections

Do you have any more questions about vaccinating your pet? Just call us today on 020 7221 3093 or email our surgery at info@kensingtonvetcare.com and we are happy to discuss your options in more detail with you.