Vaccinations & microchips
Your pet requires vaccinations and annual boosters to build immunity against preventable infectious diseases. Whether you have a dog, cat or rabbit, our experts will make sure your pet receives the right vaccinations in a caring, friendly professional environment.
Dogs — First given at 6-8 weeks old, then 2-4 weeks later - be aware that the 2nd puppy vaccination cannot be given before they are 10 weeks old. Annual booster required. Protects against canine parvovirus, tracheobronchitis, distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis (and rabies if required).
Cats — First given at 8-10 weeks old (9 weeks old is ideal), then 3-4 weeks later - be aware that the 2nd kitten vaccination cannot be given before they are 12 weeks old. Annual booster required. Protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, leukaemia (FeLV), calicivirus, panleucopenia (and rabies if required).
Rabbits — Can be given from 5 weeks old. Annual booster required. Protects against myxomatosis, rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) and RHD type 2 (RHDV2).
Discovering your pet has gone missing isn’t fun, but if you’ve had them microchipped then hopefully, you’ll be able to bring them home again sooner. That’s why we strongly recommend that all our patients are microchipped, no matter what species. And it's a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped. If they’re caught without one, you could face a £500 fine.
Microchipping is a quick, painless procedure where a special biocompatible glass chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades.
When the microchip is scanned using a specialist scanner, a unique code will be revealed. Your contact details will be stored on a national computerised database called Pet Log, under this code.
Travelling Abroad With Your Pet
More and more of us are taking our pets with us on our travels. Just like humans, your pet needs documentation proving that they are eligible to travel.
You should start by visiting gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad where up to date information is provided for pet owners.
We’ve helped many clients get their pets approved and ready for travel, so we’re experts at making sure all the boxes are ticked. The certificate issuing process can take up to one month, so bear this in mind before making your travel arrangements.
In order to apply for a certificate to travel, your cat, dog or other animal must meet the entry requirements of the country you’re traveling to or from. Similarly, when you enter or return to the UK from another country, your pet needs to meet the entry requirements. These requirements may include a microchip, rabies vaccination, animal health certificate, and tapeworm treatment (dogs only).
Book an appointment today
If you have any questions about vaccinations or microchips at The Mewes, or if you would like to book an appointment, please call us on 01444 456886.