A veterinary surgery near Sleaford is raising awareness of the importance of pet vaccination by running an ‘amnesty’.
Quarrington Veterinary Surgery, in London Road, is offering a full course for the cost of a booster to any adult dog or cat in the area that has fallen behind with regular immunisations or has not been vaccinated before.
Vet Matthew Fry, from the veterinary surgery, said: “We are aware that a number of dogs and cats in the area are not adequately protected against some of the more dangerous diseases, such as parvovirus and cat flu.”
“In dogs, parvovirus can easily be spread either via dog faeces, direct dog-to-dog contact, or even on shoes.
“When it affects unprotected dogs, young or old, it can be particularly unpleasant with continual vomiting and bloody diarrhoea.
“In many cases, despite the best veterinary care, the dog cannot be saved.
“Similarly for cats there are a number of diseases such as cat flu and feline leukaemia where failure to vaccinate leaves pets very vulnerable to distressing disease, and that can be potentially fatal.”
The surgery’s ‘amnesty’ runs until the end of August and applies to all adult dogs and cats that have not had a booster vaccination for more than 15 months.
These pets will need a full restart vaccination.