At Franklin Vets, we recommend you vaccinate your pets to protect them against diseases that would otherwise be contagious and/or fatal. 

Even the best cared for pets are at risk of coming into contact with diseases either directly from other animals or indirectly from the environment e.g. from the air, dust or discharges from animals.

The young are most susceptible to disease. Vaccinations can commence at six weeks of age in both puppies and kittens, followed by booster vaccinations throughout your pet’s life. Our vets will advise you on which vaccinations are required and the frequency.


Feline Panleukopenia 

A highly contagious viral disease causing loss of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy, dehydration and frequently death; most commonly severe in young kittens but can affect all vaccination

Feline Respiratory Disease “Snuffles”

A common and highly contagious upper respiratory tract disease causing sneezing, runny eyes and nose, mouth ulcers and loss of appetite. In severe cases, cats may die or be left with a chronic respiratory infection.

Optional – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

FIV is a potentially fatal disease, which interferes with the immune system of the cat. Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off infection and cats become unwell and die.

Vaccination Schedule

Initial kitten course – vaccinations every 3-4 weeks from 6 weeks of age until 12 weeks of age, then at 6 months then every 3 years after that unless cattery requires annual vaccination.

FIV – 3 vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart as an initial course (can be started at 8 weeks) then annually.

Lapsed Vaccinations

If regular vaccines in a previously vaccinated cat have lapsed by more than 6 months, then one dose is all that is required to get back onto the 3-yearly course.

Cat Vaccination Schedule



Canine Parvovirus

A highly contagious and often fatal viral gastroenteritis that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Parvovirus is most severe in young dogs.

Canine Distemper

A highly contagious and often fatal viral disease with a wide range of symptoms such as loss of appetite, runny eyes and nose, vomiting, coughing and/or nervous symptoms which may be ongoing.

Canine Hepatitis

A viral disease, mainly of younger dogs, affecting the liver, resulting in vomiting, loss of appetite and jaundice.

Canine Cough

A complex highly contagious disease caused by a number of different organisms affecting the respiratory system. A dry harsh cough develops which is seldom fatal but debilitating and can last several weeks.

Canine Leptospirosis

A severe bacterial liver and kidney disease spread in water contaminated by infected animals (commonly rats) which is fatal in the majority of cases. Symptoms include fever, jaundice, vomiting and sore muscles. Importantly, this disease can be spread from infected dogs to their owners.

Vaccination Schedule

Canine parvo/distemper/hepatitis vaccination – starting at 6 weeks vaccinations every 3-4 weeks for the puppy until it is 16 weeks old,  then a booster at 1 year then every 3 years.

Leptospirosis – 2 vaccines at 9 and 12 weeks then every year.

Kennel cough – depends on which vaccination you choose. Intranasal – 1 vaccination once a year. Injectable – 2 vaccinations, 4 weeks apart then annually.

Lapsed vaccinations

If regular vaccines in a previously vaccinated dog have lapsed by more than 3 months, it will require two vaccinations with Leptoguard to get back on track, but only one with Vanguard Plus 5.

Dog Vaccination Schedule



Rabbit Calicivirus

A highly contagious and often fatal disease affecting the liver, spleen and kidneys causing loss of appetite, coma and death in nearly 100% of infected rabbits.

Vaccination Schedule

If under 12 weeks – need 2 vaccinations with second at 12 weeks or over 3-4 weeks apart, then annually after that.

If 12 weeks and over – need 1 vaccination then annually after that.


After Vaccination Care

After vaccination, your pet may be lethargic and off food for a day or two. Your pet may have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for your pet to recover. However, if the response seems more severe or you are concerned for any reason, please contact Franklin Vets for advice.