When you first acquire your new addition, a visit to your local veterinary srugery is a must and often free. At this time, the veterinary srugeon will advise you on a variety of topics including protocols and prices. Once the initial course of vaccines has been given, you will receive a vaccination card for safe keeping.
All of our beloved pets need vaccinations against a variety of diseases EVERY year. Your veterinary surgeon will often send you reminders, but remember if you have moved areas, the reminder may be sent to your previous address, so register with a veterinary surgeon as soon as you have settled in. The new surgery should be able to acquire all your pets health records from your previous surgery and be able to advise you when vaccinations are due.
You may / should have a vaccination card which will need to be presented at the time of vaccination for updating. This will be very important if your pet needs to go to kennels or cattery at short notice.
If you have a PETS passport for travel abroad, this will replace the vaccination card and will need to be presented in the same way. Failure to have the correct details on the passport may see your pet stay overseas or be placed in quarantine for 6 months on your return – this will be costly not to mention very heart-breaking. For upto date travel advice from DEFRA click here.
Please remember rabies vaccinations and horse vaccinations have specific dates of expiry which cannot be exceeded without involving a lengthy repeat vaccination protocol. It is very important, therefore, these do not expire !!!