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Veterinary practice Cockburn Veterinary Group on London Road in Coalville is launching its 2 Month long vaccine amnesty this week, to help protect cats and dogs from potentially fatal diseases.

Cockburn Veterinary Group is committed to improving the health of the region’s pets. As a result, the practice will be offering reduced price vaccinations for all dogs and cats whose vaccination has lapsed. Pets will receive a full vaccination course against the main diseases for the price of a booster during the 2 Month event. The practice team are setting themselves an ambitious goal to try and reduce the incidence of disease in family pets.

Routine vaccinations protect pets against potentially fatal diseases and, although some of these diseases are no longer rife, they still exist in the environment causing outbreaks without warning. Alarmingly some of these preventable diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can transfer from animals to humans. An example of this is Leptospirosis or as it is more commonly known Weil’s disease.

“For a variety of reasons not all pets’ vaccinations are kept up-to-date, which can put the pet at risk from an illness that could be easily avoided,” explains vet Diane Storer.

“Preventative medicine is preferable and less costly than treatment, or in some cases, it is the only option.” Adds Rob Bostock. “As vets, we are dedicated to helping pet owners keep their pets, which are part of their family, healthy. Of course, some problems can’t be avoided but it makes sense to reduce the risk – and that’s why we’re embarking on the vaccine amnesty scheme.”

Diseases that can affect dogs include Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Coronavirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, while cats can suffer from Feline Infectious Enteritis, Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia. All of the diseases can cause unnecessary suffering and some of them – such as Canine Parvovirus – are sometimes fatal.

Owners whose pets’ annual booster injections have lapsed, will need to organise a full vaccine course of two injections a few weeks apart; and thereafter an annual booster of one injection to maintain protection.

For further information or to take advantage of the vaccine amnesty and make an appointment please contact us on 01530 836654.