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Vaccinating your pets is essential for protecting them against disease, some of which can be fatal.

Mayhew runs low cost Vaccination clinics on:

Thursdays : 10am–12 midday
Tuesday evening : 5pm–7pm on the following dates:

  • January 9th 2018

Please call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org to make an appointment.

Vaccinations are available to dogs and cats over 8 weeks old and are a simple combination of two injections, 2-4 weeks apart for puppies and 3-4 weeks apart for kittens, followed by yearly boosters. Vaccinations are available to rabbits over 6 weeks old. Once your pet has had its primary course of vaccinations you will be given a vaccination certificate showing your pet’s details, the dates the vaccine was given and when a booster is due.

This certificate is important if you are putting your pet into a boarding facility as many will not accept your pet unless you can show an up-to-date certificate.

When puppies, kittens and rabbits are born they receive some natural protection against disease from their mother’s milk, however this protection is only temporary and declines in the first few weeks of life, leaving them at risk of infection and disease. Your vet will vaccinate your puppy or kitten at around 8 and 12 weeks of age and rabbits at 6 and 10 weeks of age to counteract this. However, the vaccines don’t usually become effective until 7 to 14 days after both doses have been given. As such it’s essential to keep your pet away from both other pets and places they might have been, to protect them from harm.

Click below to learn about the main diseases that your pet can be vaccinated against:

Dogs and puppies

Canine Parvovirus: A highly aggressive disease which attaches to the lining of the intestines causing serious, and often fatal, vomiting and diarrhoea. Treatment is limited and includes giving intravenous fluids and other supportive therapy. Young puppies and older or debilitated dogs are most affected and the condition often results in death.

Canine Distemper: A virus that attacks the gut, lungs and nervous system. Though relatively rare it is usually fatal.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis: An acute liver infection in dogs. The virus is spread in the feces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs. It is contracted through the mouth or nose, where it replicates in the tonsils. The virus then infects the liver and kidneys.

Leptospirosis: Transferrable to humans and whilst antibiotics can help to treat it, cases can often be fatal or cause lifelong damage to the kidneys. If your dog contracts Leptospirosis, you should seek advice from your GP.

Kennel Cough: The most common symptoms are a dry, hacking cough followed by retching, and coughing up a white foamy discharge. Some dogs also develop conjunctivitis, an inflamed nasal mucous membrane and nasal discharge. In more severe cases, a dog can become feverish and possibly develop pneumonia, and in the extreme, Kennel Cough can be fatal. Vaccination is often a requirement of boarding kennels, as Kennel Cough is easily spread and can be serious in young or older dogs, or those who already have a weak immune system.

Cats and kittens

Feline Infectious Enteritis: A severe and often fatal gut infection. It is caused by the feline parvovirus (or feline panleukopenia virus).

Feline Influenza: Two types of cat ‘flu are vaccinated against: feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus. These viruses are very common and vaccination will protect your cat against prolonged illness, but as there are many different strains of cat ‘flu the vaccine will not totally eradicate the threat.

Feline Leukaemia Virus: FeLV is a lifelong infection and unfortunately most cats will die within three years of diagnosis, usually from a subsequent disease like leukaemia, lymphoma or progressive anaemia. It is not an airborne disease and can only be passed on via direct contact between cats, usually by saliva or bites.

Feline Chlamydophilosis: This bacterium, which causes conjunctivitis in cats, can’t survive in the atmosphere and is thus spread by direct contact between cats. It affects multi-cat households and kittens predominantly. Your vet will discuss your situation and advise as to whether this vaccine is necessary.


Myxomatosis: A viral infection caused by a member of the Poxvirus family. It is spread by vectors (mosquitoes and fleas) that have bitten an infected rabbit. Direct contact with an infected rabbit can also spread the disease.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease: This is a very serious infectious disease which is spread through direct contact between rabbits and also through contaminated surfaces such as bedding, hutches and clothing. Unfortunately, there is no cure once a rabbit is infected.