Pet Services

We cater for all your pet care needs from our purpose built surgery in Bridport. Below are some of the services which you may find useful to help keep your pets happy and healthy.

Vaccinations for cats, dogs and rabbits

Dogs and Puppies

We can vaccinate puppies starting from 7 weeks of age & then a 2nd injection is given 2-4 weeks after the 1st injection, but puppies must be 10 weeks of age or over for the 2nd injection. The usual protocol is 1st injection at 8 weeks old & 2nd injection at 10 weeks old. The injections are given in the back of the neck under the skin. We vaccinate puppies/dogs against 5 infectious diseases:

  • Distemper (hardpad)
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis

Boosters are given every year after this initial course. At 1 year of age, your dog will be given a full booster protecting against all 5 diseases again. At age 2 & 3 years, they will be given a leptospirosis booster. At age 4 years then every 3rd year thereafter, a full booster is given.

Kennel Cough:

We can also vaccinate dogs against Kennel Cough (Bordetella bronchiseptica), but this is a separate optional vaccine which involves a small volume of liquid vaccine being squirted into the nose. This is given once (no need for a 2nd dose) & gives protection against kennel cough for 1 year. Annual boosters are therefore necessary. Puppies can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age. The onset of immunity is 5 days.

Rabies:

This vaccine is only given to pets who will be travelling abroad. We can vaccinate dogs from 12 weeks of age. One injection is required, which must be given at least 2 weeks apart from any other vaccination, then boosters are needed every 3 years. The injection is given in the back of the neck.

Leishmania:

This vaccine is offered to clients who are taking their dogs abroad, specifically to Southern Europe & other tropical and subtropical locations, where sandflies live. Sandflies carry the parasite Leishmania infantum & when they bite, they transfer this parasite into the dog’s blood. It is also a disease that humans can get from animals (a zoonosis). There is a very long incubation period; the time from an infected bite to showing signs of disease can be up to 7 years! We can start vaccination from 6 months of age. Each dog needs 3 injections, the 2nd dose is given 3 weeks after the 1st and the 3rd is given 3 weeks after the 2nd. Once this primary course is complete, annual boosters are required.

We send booster reminders, mainly now by email but we can also send a text message. Please let us know your up-to-date contact details and inform us of any changes.

Cats and Kittens

Standard vaccinations:

We vaccinate cats & kittens from 8-9 weeks of age & then a 2nd injection is given 3-4 weeks after the 1st injection. The injections are given in the back of the neck. We vaccinate cats & kittens against the following 4 diseases:-

  • Herpes virus (cat flu)
  • Calicivirus (cat flu)
  • Panleucopaenia (enteritis)
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus

Rabies:

This vaccine is only given to pets who will be travelling abroad. We can vaccinate cats from 12 weeks of age. One injection is required, which must be given at least 2 weeks apart from any other vaccination, then boosters are needed every 3 years. The injection is given in the back of the neck.

We send booster reminders, mainly now by email but we can also send a text message. Please let us know your up-to-date contact details and inform us of any changes.

Rabbits

We vaccinate rabbits against the following 3 diseases:-

  • Myxomatosis
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease type 1 (VHD-1)
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease type 2 (VHD-2)

The first two diseases are given together in one injection, in the back of the neck and booster injections are given every year. This vaccine can be given from 5 weeks of age. The onset of immunity is 3 weeks.

The VHD-2 vaccine can be given from 30 days of age and needs to be given at least 2 weeks apart from the above vaccine. Boosters are given every 9 months. The onset of immunity is 1 week.

We send booster reminders, mainly now by email but we can also send a text message. Please let us know your up-to-date contact details and inform us of any changes.

Microchipping

We recommend microchipping your pet, whether he/she is a dog, cat, rabbit or reptile. It became law from 6 April 2016 that you must microchip your dog, by 8 weeks of age. When you purchase a pup after this date, they should already be chipped & registered to the breeder. You should be given information by the breeder to be able to change the ownership details to you. We are unable to do this for you, but our receptionists can provide help and give you the correct contact telephone number for the microchip company concerned.

We have 3 types of microchip available:-

  1. standard microchip
  2. biotherm microchip which can also read your pets’ temperature when the scanner reads over the pets’ microchip
  3. *NEW* mini microchip – the needle & chip is half the size of the standard needle. This chip is for small-breed dogs, cats, rabbits & reptiles.

Puppy Parties

We run a series of puppy parties for puppies that have been fully vaccinated (have had their 1st and 2nd injections). The main purpose of these puppy parties is to socialise your puppy with other puppies of a similar age. They run mid-morning on a weekday & last for about an hour.

All aspects of owning a puppy are discussed & the puppies are allowed to play together, in a relaxed environment. There are 3 parties in total:-

Week 1: Socialisation, habituation, microchips
Week 2: Worms, fleas, ticks & vaccinations
Week 3: Neutering, insurance & teeth care

We encourage small class members with a maximum of 4 pups per class to enable positive socialisation without the class becoming too excitable.

We also occasionally invite a guest speaker to give an evening presentation on specific topics to puppy owners.
Please express your interest by asking a receptionist to add your name to the list & a Vet Nurse will be in touch with you.

There is a small charge -please contact reception for details.

For further information about any of our pet care services, please contact our friendly reception team by telephone on 01308 456 771.