Small Animal

Vaccinations and Health Checks

It is important that all dogs, cats and rabbits are vaccinated. A general health check is carried out at every vaccination appointment.


At Meopham, Sevenoaks and Swanscombe, we use a combined vaccine providing protection against Para influenza, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus.


1st Vaccination from 8 weeks of age, 2nd Vaccination from 10 weeks. The puppy will have active immunity 2 weeks after their 2nd vaccination


Annual boosters are required to maintain immunity.

Every year: Para influenza and Leptospirosis

Every 3 years: Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus

This protocol ensures adequate protection against these serious diseases, whilst avoiding any potential side effects.

We also recommend vaccinating against kennel cough annually. A single dose of vaccine is administered into the dogs nostril. Kennel cough is a form of infectious bronchitis and can be contracted by contact with an infected dog.

Cats Cats should be routinely vaccinated against the following diseases: Cat Flu (feline rhinotracheitis), Feline Enteritis (panleucopenia), Calicivirus and FeLV (leukaemia).

At Meopham, Sevenoaks and Swanscombe, we use a combined vaccine providing protection against all of the above.


From 9 weeks of age, 2 vaccinations 3 weeks apart. Following this, annual boosters are required to maintain immunity.


Annual vaccinations against Cat flu, feline enteritis and FeLV are required to maintain immunity.


Rabbits need to be vaccinated against two major pathogens: Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.

The Meopham Hospital and The Sevenoaks and Swanscombe surgeries use a combination vaccination, covering both myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease. Rabbits need a single vaccination from 5 weeks of age, with active immunity 3 weeks after vaccination. An annual booster is required to maintain adequate immunity.

Myxomatosis is a very common disease, affecting both wild and domestic rabbits. It is transmitted by the rabbit flea and other blood sucking insects. The virus attacks the skin of the face, ears and anus causing large swellings and the majority of rabbits affected will die. Prevention of the condition is dependent on vigilant flea prevention and regular vaccination.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is caused by a virus which attacks the liver and causes severe bleeding. Unfortunately the most common first sign is death. It is a particularly persistent virus and survives for a long time in the environment. It is easily transmitted on shoes, clothes and insects. There is no effective treatment for this disease and the only way to ensure your rabbit is protected is to vaccinate.


If you want to travel with your pet, your pet will need to have a rabies vaccination, passport and will also need to be microchipped. Please see our section on Pet Passports for more information.


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