When you arrive at Penzance you will show staff the vaccination record card that the vet has filled in to say which vaccinations your pet has received and when. If you have lost this, ring them and ask the vet administrator to email a copy of it to you or us at Penzance (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
You can also scan this document to us prior to your pet arriving and this lets us discuss any problems early. If you have travelled from a different country, you will need to do this early, as we may wish to do some research about the injections your pet has received overseas.
Your Dog must be vaccinated against: Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus (all in one injection) and Kennel Cough (now called Canine Cough) in a separate injection or nasal vaccination. There are various brand names for the vaccinations, check with us if unsure.
There are other vaccinations which your vet may offer you. Currently we do not require them in the kennels but you must decide how protected you want your pet to be in the general outside environment.
Your Cat must vaccinated against: Enteritis (Panleucopenia), Calcivirus and Herpes(snuffles) Usually in the same injection. Many brand names exist for the type of injection each vet chooses to use, but they are all scientifically proven. Cats require a yearly vaccination.
There are other vaccinations which your vet may offer you. Currently we do not require them in the cattery but you must decide how protected you want your pet to be in the general outside environment.
Each vet looks at the data available about which ever brand of vaccine they choose to use. Then they make an interpretation since the data is varied and incomplete. This means that different vets will advise different things, all of the advice grounded in correct but differing expert knowledge. Individual health problems may also affect your vet’s choice of treatment.
Don’t be afraid to ask your vet why they give injections more/ less regularly than other vets. Sometimes new data initiates a change of practise……..and then we have to ask questions too!
Because some vaccinations are not done yearly, we will often need to see more than one entry in your record book. Please recognise this if you are getting a new book from the vet – it may not have all the necessary history in it.
The combined vaccine that covers Distemper etc…..lasts for more than one year. Most vets give it every three years. It is likely to be called Nobivac DHP or Vanguard 5 plus or DHPPI.
We believe the Canine cough vaccination only lasts one year. This is likely to be called Nobivac KC or Bronchishield. Make a yearly appointment with your vet to check general health of your pet and this will help you remember to renew this vaccination.
Note: If the old injections are overdue, you MUST organise your visit to the vet so that your pet has had the new vaccinations at least 10 days before arriving at the kennel. Despite being vaccinated, some animals are silent carriers of diseases but never show any symptoms – so the stand down period of 10 days ensures the vaccine is replicated in the bloodstream and working well for your pet.
Cats should go to the vet once a year to check general health – you might think your cat is healthy but it’s best to check. If you do this, you will keep a handle on your cat’s vaccinations. Most brands are renewed yearly but recently the brand Felocell 3 has been left to run for three years. HOWEVER, other injections have been given alongside Felocell 3 because it is not clear whether ALL the vaccine components can remain active for the three years.
Acceptable yearly vaccinations are called Tricat Trio or Ducat or Felocell 3 or Felocell 4.
Note: If the old injections are overdue, you MUST organise your visit to the vet so that your pet has had the new vaccinations at least 10 days before arriving at the cattery. Despite being vaccinated, some animals are silent carriers of diseases but never show any symptoms – so the stand down period of 10 days ensures the vaccine is replicated in the bloodstream and working well for your pet.
A word to owners of puppies and kittens.
Puppies and Kittens have different vaccination needs to adult dogs and cats.
Puppies and kittens need more vaccinations because natural chemicals in the mother’s milk may prevent the vet’s injections working properly. By 16 weeks, those chemicals are out of the bloodstream and we can be sure that the vaccination will give the protection it is meant to.
During the 16 weeks, vaccinations are given to boost natural immunity, but it is the final adult vaccination usually given between 12 – 16 weeks that is important for the protection required at Penzance, where pets mingle freely.
Our policy is to board pets that are 16 weeks and have received their adult vaccinations AT LEAST TEN DAYS BEFORE BOARDING.
Worms and fleas
Despite the advice that you may not need to flea and worm your pet if it is staying at home - in the kennels and cattery we highly recommend that you do complete these treatments before boarding your pet at Penzance.
This is because of some things that are different from the home environment:
- In winter we keep the facilities warm and comfortable. Heat can set off a flea cycle.
- We keep the facilities very clean but it is unlikely that we can sanitize the grass where lots of dogs exercise.
- Animals are encouraged to socialise and may meet many other guests while they are here, all with different home standards.
- If we had an outbreak here (we haven’t but it’s not an impossible concept) your pet would stay comfortable and you wouldn’t end up with extra guests at your breakfast table !!
Prevention is better than cure - if everyone does it, there won’t ever be a problem !