We know that during the lockdown one of the biggest concerns for our clients has been vaccinations and maintaining protection against preventable diseases in our pets. It’s also one of our priorities as veterinary professionals and so despite the continuing lockdown, we are restarting our vaccination appointments.
Because of the need to continue social distancing in our surgeries, it will take us some weeks to catch up with overdue vaccinations, as we will only be able to offer a limited number of appointments each day. Please be patient with us while we do this and if possible do not call our surgeries. Our vaccination schedule is outlined below with email details for you to use to request appointments if you are shown as a priority, but have not yet been offered one.
Staff are currently calling clients with pets who are the most vulnerable, or overdue to offer appointments. Dog and cat vaccinations will take place at our Telscombe and Shoreham branches, rabbit and ferret vaccinations will be at our Brighton hospital.
Our planned vaccination schedule is as follows:
- Puppies who have had their first vaccination, but not their second will be offered appointments first.
- Our next priority are puppies who are 10 weeks or older and have not had their first vaccination.
- Dogs that are overdue their first yearly booster by two weeks or more will be seen next.
- Older dogs needing their annual booster vaccinations will still be protected by last year’s vaccination for up to three months from their due date. We will only be offering appointments for boosters that are more than five weeks overdue.
If your dog is in our priority list and you have not been offered an appointment yet, email either [email protected] or [email protected], whichever is your closest surgery with your pet’s details and they will organise an appointment for you.
- Kittens that have had their first vaccination, but not their second will be offered appointments first.
- Next will be kittens that are a week or two overdue for their first yearly booster.
- Cats that are overdue for their annual booster vaccinations by six weeks or more will be offered appointments next.
- Please note that unvaccinated kittens should be kept indoors. First vaccinations for kittens will be offered from the end of May.
If your cat is in the above priority list and you have not yet been offered an appointment, email either [email protected] or [email protected], whichever is your closest surgery with your pet’s details and they will organise an appointment for you.
Ferrets and Rabbits
- Rabbits that are kept outdoors, or that live in groups will be offered vaccinations first.
- Outdoor ferrets that are more than 4 weeks overdue for their vaccinations are also a priority and will be offered initial appointments.
- Indoor rabbits will be offered appointments if they are four weeks or more overdue for their vaccinations.
- Indoor ferrets that over 6-8 weeks overdue should contact us for an appointment.
If your pet is in the above rabbit and ferret priority list and you have not yet been offered an appointment, email [email protected] with your pet’s details and we will organise an appointment for you at our Brighton surgery.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we catch up with vaccinations. We appreciate that the on-going service restrictions are worrying for many owners, but please be assured that we are as concerned for your pet’s welfare as you and that we will continue to offer the essential care your pets need.