This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Every year millions of pets have a short "holiday" in a cattery or kennels, and every year owners forget to check whether their pets vaccinations are up to date until the last minute
Several of the most serious infectious diseases in cats and dogs (eg Distemper, Infectious hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Kennel Cough, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia, Cat Flu and Rabies) can be prevented by vaccination and most owners do have their pet protected when they are young, but as time goes on fewer and fewer owners have regular boosters. There are two main reasons why you should make sure your pet is fully vaccinated before it goes on its holidays to a kennel/cattery :
Last minute vaccinations are sometimes accepted by a kennel or cattery, but this is a risky business because :
In addition, you should have your pet fully vaccinated before you take it away on holiday with you because it may come into contact with infections to which it has no natural immunity. This is particularly likely if you are going abroad to foreign countries.under the Passport Scheme. You should,try to have your pet vaccinated against as many diseases in your destination as possible eg Leishmania.
Provet's advice is : Have your pets booster vaccines regularly as advised by your veterinarian. If you do this your pet will be continuously protected and you won't get caught out if it has to go into a kennel/cattery at short notice.
Updated October 2013