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Vaccination Policy during Covid -19 UPDATED

During the Covid-19 pandemic, from 14/4/2020, Park Veterinary Hospital has decided in agreement with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), to offer where needed:

Primary vaccinations and year 1 boosters in dogs and cats

Yearly leptospirosis vaccines in dogs (other core vaccinations and kennel cough can be given at the same time)

Rabbit boosters

Delayed Cat Vaccinations (15 months from last vaccination)

To vaccinate or not, given current government restrictions on travel and social distancing?

The decision to uptake the available vaccinations for your pet should be based on disease prevention (through vaccination or reduction of risk measures detailed below) alongside the government guidelines for social distancing and urgent travel only. At the practice we are doing our best to ensure social distancing through the measures detailed here.

The decision to vaccinate will be based on your vets clinical judgement and risk assessment in line with the government guidelines, on each individual case.

Measures to reduce the risk of disease without vaccination include reduced contact with other individuals and avoidance of acquired disease through environmental contact.

Dogs    Distemper- spread from infected dogs respiratory droplets.

           Hepatitis- spread from infected dogs via urine, faeces and saliva.

           Parvovirus- spread from infected dogs in faeces.

           Leptospirosis- spread from infected dogs’ urine or contaminated water.

           Kennel Cough- spread from infected dogs from respiratory droplets.


Rabbits Myxomatosis- spread from infected rabbit direct contact or fleas.

            Viral Haemorrhagic Diarrhoea- spread from infected rabbit direct contact or contaminated objects.


Delayed vaccinations

The decision to delay cat boosters when travel restrictions are in place is a finely balanced risk assessment. Many of the risks of infectious disease are highest where animals freely mix and we would expect reduced contact with other individuals will reduce the risk of disease to an extent, although some infectious diseases are acquired through environmental contact.

 Cats     Cat Flu- spread from infected cats respiratory droplets or contaminated objects

            Enteritis- spread from infected cats faeces or contaminated objects

            Leukaemia- spread from infected cats saliva or urine

With this in mind, decreasing your pet’s contact with other animals and restricted environmental contact will reduce the risk of disease.

When cats reach 15 months from their last vaccination, a booster can be given. To delay any longer would result in the need for 2 appointments (to restart the vaccination process) and be against Covid guidelines.

Best wishes at this difficult time,

Donna, Carmel & all the team at Park Veterinary Hospital and Hope Valley Veterinary Clinic

Posted 7th June 2020