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Having your pet vaccinated and regularly checked is important to keep them healthy

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Owning a pet is an exciting experience especially if it is a new pet.  However, just like us,  they need lots of care and attention while they’re young to ensure they’re growing up healthy and happy.

At Blackwater Vets we strongly recommend that you bring your new pet to see us once a month until they’re six months old.

This allows us to monitor their progress, catch any potential problems early on, and develop a great bond with the new addition to your family. It also really helps your pet learn to love their visits to the vet and this should stick with them throughout their adult life.

Once your pet is 6 months old, they should only need to come and see us every 6 months for a routine check-up, or more frequently if they’re unwell.


A vaccination is an injection that is given to an animal to prevent them from developing some of the nasty diseases they’re susceptible to. At Blackwater vets your pet is in good hands.

When it comes to the health of a young animal, its important to vaccinate them.  Some people may feel anxious when bringing a pet to have vaccinations.  At Blackwater vets we have extensive experience when administrating vaccines.  This means that the whole process is over quickly, with very little pain or stress.

In the majority of cases, two initial injections are required a couple of weeks apart. Once your pet has received these they will only need a ‘booster’ vaccination once a year.


Puppies should have their first vaccination at 8 weeks of age and their second 3-4 weeks later. Kennel cough vaccination does not require second vaccination and Rabies vaccination should not be given to puppies younger then 3 months old. Puppies can be vaccinated against:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper Virus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Kennel Cough
  • Rabies 


Kittens should have their first vaccination at 9 weeks of age and their second 3 weeks later. Rabies vaccination should not be given to kittens under 3 months age.Kittens can be vaccinated against:

  • Cat Flu Viruses (Feline Herpes and Feline Calici Virus)
  • Infectious Enteritis
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus
  • Rabies

Kits (Baby Rabbits)

Kits (baby rabbits) should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) from 5 weeks old.

At Blackwater Vets we understand that some of our clients may have concerns about vaccinations and the frequency they are given. There is serology antibody testing available for clients who prefer to only have their animals vaccinated when absolutely essential. This involves a blood test (just as you may have at the doctor) and will highlight which of the antibody levels are low and therefore would be required that year, unfortunately this blood test can not determine the length of immunity .Please feel free to ask questions.

If you would like to book your pet for vaccinations, please call:

01206 384999