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Vaccination is the process by which we can protect your dog/cat against some of the most serious diseases, by giving injections as a puppy/kitten and by "topping up" the cover with the all important annual boosters.


When do I vaccinate my dog/cat?:

Normally, we vaccinate puppies/kitten from eight weeks of age.

We can give an additional temporary vaccine at six weeks of age to high risk puppies/kittens. Please ask, if you are worried.

Puppies/kittens normally receive two vaccinations, the second one being three weeks after the first, or at twelve weeks old, whichever is the later.

Adult dogs/cats who have had no vaccines or where the boosters have been neglected can receive what we call an "adult starter". This comprises two injections, given two to six weeks apart and this will bring the protection up to level.

At Europets Hospital we schedule sufficient time for a thorough check of your pet at the time of the vaccination and we are happy, at the time, to discuss any concern you may have.

Boosters are given twelve months after the starter course and every twelve months thereafter


Vaccinate against What?:

For your Dog

  • Parvovirus, common in UAE

     This is an extremely unpleasant dysentery type of disease. Affected dogs are profoundly depressed, they vomit, have abdominal pain and pass large amounts of foul smelling, bloody diarrhea.

     When we see cases, prompt and aggressive treatment is the only hope of a cure and most estimates give only a 50% chance of survival. The mainstay of treatment is replacing the fluid loss by intravenous drip, whilst the infection runs its course. It is not uncommon to give more fluids than the whole body weight of the the patient during treatment. Those dogs lucky enough to survive, take a long time to recover, fully, as they lose a tremendous amount of weight

  • Distemper, common in UAE

     This is one of the oldest dog diseases known and is still to be found in virtually every city in the UAE. Usually, dogs start with a runny nose and eyes and have a cough. Later on they develop vomiting and diarrhea. If they survive, they can go on to develop thickening of the foot pads (this is why distemper is sometimes called hard pad), and damage to the teeth, which become yellowed and are lost, prematurely. The most sinister long term consequence of distemper, in those dogs who survive, is the damage to the nervous system which can lead to fits in later life. In my experience, most of the older dogs presenting with fits are those who have not been vaccinated or where the annual boosters have been neglected.

  • Para influenza, common in UAE

     This virus accounts for some dogs affected with "Kennel cough" syndrome. The hepatitis part of the vaccine protects against adenovirus 2, another virus involved in "kennel cough".

  • Rabies, uncommon in UAE

    It is wise and obligatory, in the UAE, to give your dog a rabies vaccination. It is possible for rabies to be transmitted to humans and can be fatal. Therefore, it is very important to protect yourself, your family and your pet from getting this disease by having regular vaccinations.


  • Kennel cough, common in UAE

      Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in dogs. Fortunately, the majority of cases are not serious resolving on their own in 1 to 2 weeks . But because some dogs develop life- threatening complications, you should take precautions to prevent your pooch from becoming infected with this highly contagious disease.

     Kennel cough can be caused by a number of different airborne bacteria (such as Bordetella bronchiseptica) and viruses (such as canine Para influenza) or a mycoplasma (an organism somewhere between a virus and a bacteria). Typically, more than one of these pathogens (disease-causing agents) must bombard the dog at once to trigger illness. Such a multifaceted attack is most likely to occur when a dog spends time in close quarters with many other dogs. Dogs that attend dog shows, travel frequently, or stay at kennels have a higher risk of developing kennel cough than do dogs that stay at home most of the time.

     Viral causes of kennel cough (such as distemper, adenoviruses, and Para influenza virus), are covered by the "DHLPP" vaccination that all dogs should receive annually. The major bacterial agent associated with the disease, Bordetella Bronchiseptica, may be vaccinated against as well. That is what we call the kennel cough vaccine. As preventative measure it is advisable to give your dog a booster against Bordetella seven to 10 days prior to a show or kenneling, and annual boosters if you feel your dog is at high exposure to other dogs.


  • Leptospirosis, uncommon in UAE
  • Infectious hepatitis, uncommon in UAE


For your Cat

  • Cat 'flu

     'Flu is a respiratory disease causing conjunctivitis and discharge from the eyes and nose. The mouth can be ulcerated and the cat becomes fevered and depressed. As you will know the smell of food is important to your cat and 'flu cats often stop eating and drinking completely resulting in rapid weight loss and dehydration. Prompt and aggressive treatment is required to support the animal whilst the cat's defense mechanism tries to get rid of the virus. Fortunately the majority of treated cats do survive and some manage to rid themselves completely of the virus. However, a sizeable number are left unable to clear the virus and although they appear to recover, they carry the virus for the rest of their lives being potentially infectious to other cats. The carrier cat tends to exhibit 'flu symptoms again and again, when under stress or ill for another reason.

    Cat 'flu symptoms are usually as a result of one of two viruses, Rhinotracheitis or Calicivirus. Calicivirus is the most difficult to deal with as there are many strains, most causing 'flu but others cause joint pain and lameness.

    Vaccination is the only preventative measure that we have but even vaccinated cats can, on occasions, show Calicivirus symptoms from these more unusual "wild" strains. Research is constantly ongoing to incorporate extra strains within the vaccine.

    Calicivirus is one of the major causes of the distressing mouth problems (stomatitis) we see in cats. The virus attacks the edges of the gums causing redness and ulcers. This leads to pain when eating and usually a loss of appetite and weight. Repeated and fastidious dental cleaning combined with long term medicines are usually required to help these cats. In extreme cases all the teeth need to be extracted to allow healing of the gums.


  • Enteritis

    This is a dysentery disease characterized by profuse watery and sometimes bloody diarrhea, vomiting and profound dehydration and depression. Many affected cats are dead within 24 hours.


  • Chlamydia

     This is another respiratory disease causing a particularly nasty conjunctivitis, but also general 'flu symptoms, fever and depression. Fortunately we cure almost all cats of the disease but a lengthy course of antibiotics and eye treatment is usually necessary. It is thought that Chlamydia causes over a third of conjunctivitis in the cats we see.

    Chlamydia can also cause infertility in breeding queen cats


  • Rabies, uncommon in UAE

    It is wise and obligatory, in the UAE, to give your cat a rabies vaccination. It is possible for rabies to be transmitted to humans and can be fatal. Therefore, it is very important to protect yourself, your family and your pet from getting this disease by having regular vaccinations.

  • Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

     This is a sinister viral disease which destroys the immune system allowing the cat to fall victim to all sorts of infections and certain tumors. It has been shown that 80% of diagnosed cats succumb to one of the consequences within three years. Cats can contract leukemia before birth, or from mating or being bitten by infected cats. In addition saliva exchange during mutual grooming in multi cat households can spread the disease over time.

    Unfortunately there is another immune destroying virus called Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). There is, as yet, no vaccine against this disease.

    At Europets Hospital we can test all the suspicious cats for FIV/FeLV. For this test we take a little bit of blood and then we have the result in 10 minutes.