As of 18th May, there have been no new updates and we continue to follow the guidance below.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis our number one priority has been the health of our colleagues, our clients and the wider community. We must seek to balance this with protecting the health of our pets and we continue to monitor the situation, considering advice from the Government and from within our Profession. After very careful consideration, we are able to offer a limited vaccination service from our Cambourne surgery.
We will initially prioritise puppies and kittens requiring the second part of the primary vaccination course. We will then consider puppies and kittens requiring a new primary vaccination course and those puppies and kittens who have missed the second part of their primary course as a result of the restrictions imposed earlier on in the crisis. We will also consider rabbits who need vaccination protection against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD) as this time of year.
We will then consider all those young pets who are approaching the 3-month overdue point for their FIRST booster vaccination. We will then consider all adult pets who are approaching the 3-month overdue point for their booster vaccinations.
The reasons for this prioritisation are severalfold. Most pets will have adequate immunity for a period after their boosters are due and the manufacturers have suggested that this will last for up to 3 months. Additionally, there are other ways you can help protect your pet such as avoiding water courses with your dogs and keeping them on the lead to avoid direct contact with other dogs. Cats can be kept in the house for longer periods of time and, if they will tolerate it, they could be kept indoors permanently during the lockdown period – useful information can be found at icatcare.org.
Until we are able to offer vaccinations for rabbits, there is a list of things that can help reduce the risk of your rabbit getting myxomatosis or RVHD:
- Buy dust extracted hay or kiln-dried grass
- Fit insect screens to outside enclosures
- Remove freestanding water where mosquitoes may breed
- Treat all your pets for fleas
- Ensure wild rabbits do not have access to your garden
- Try to discourage vermin and other wild animals into the outdoor runs and hutches.
Reducing unnecessary journeys and social contact is critical to protect human health currently. We recognise that these measures are not ideal, however they are important in helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Here are answers to some of the questions you may have for us:
- Why are we taking a staged approach to vaccinations?
To enable us to continue to protect the health of our staff and clients and reduce the potential for transmission of Covid-19, we can only offer a limited vaccination service at this time. It is therefore important we prioritise those of our pets at higher risk.
- Why are vaccinations only available at your Cambourne surgery?
For the time being, we have decided to limit our vaccination service to a dedicated team at a dedicated branch surgery to reduce the potential risk to our wider team.
- I am currently in self-isolation what should I do if my pet is due a vaccination?
We can discuss your pet’s vaccination status and see whether it is possible to postpone your pet’s vaccination with minimal increase in risk to them.
- Do I need to bring my vaccination card with me?
Please do not bring any vaccination cards with you. Materials such as card and paper can potentially transmit the virus from one person to another. We can always update these at a later date when it is safe to do so. There will always be a record of your pet’s vaccination on our computer system.
- How long can a vaccine go overdue?
The interval between a 1st and 2nd vaccination should not extend beyond 6 weeks and so we are prioritising puppies and kittens to have these vaccinations as they have reduced immunity. In the current Covid-19 situation, adult dogs and cats can go up to 3 months overdue safely before receiving booster vaccinations. Please be reassured that we will endeavour to ensure your pet receives their vaccination before this deadline.
- If my pet has gone over the 3 months, will I have to pay for a new primary course?
If this occurs as a direct result of us being unable to see your pet in time, we will re-start their vaccination course as soon as we are able to and at no extra cost to our clients.
We have had to make these decisions in order to balance the wellbeing of our patients, clients, staff and the wider community – we’ll continue to do our best, thank you for your understanding.