Costs & Content of Kitten & Cat Vaccinations.
At PetCare Vets we offer three different vaccination programs for kittens & cats, but neither a kitten nor a cat should not be vaccinated unless it is absolutely healthy. If you have any doubts at all about your pet's health you should let us see your pet for an examination at once. If you are happy, your pet is active, play, eating and does not have any diarrhoea or vomiting, then let him settle in at home for 24-48 hours and observe him.
We are happy to perform initial health check of new pets completely free of charge. This also gives us an excellent opportunity to take some time to discuss and explain the complexities of vaccination programs of which ours are described below, and may sound a little daunting. It is also an ideal time for worm treatments, flea prevention, insurance etc to be thought about & discussed.
We have a video about vaccinations in cats to which you will be taken if you click here. We have many other videos available for viewing on related veterinary topics. If you click the icon to the right "PetCare Videos" you will be shown a list of them to choose from. If you want to discuss anything you see please ring us - our numbers are shown just below. These videos are intended for the situation in the USA. Protocols are different there because the threats are different. If you are unsure, again please contact us.
We also have some downloadable information sheets about vaccines in cats which you can view by clicking here. Again we have many other info sheets which you can read or download by clicking the PetCare Handouts icon seen on the right.
If you would like to take advantage of our free health check scheme and for one of our qualified vets to check your new puppy, then please call us on the following numbers for an appointment. If you simply have a matter you are not sure about, please do not hesitate to contact us .
For Lea Green Vet Centre,
Heaton Chapel, Stockport SK4 2RQ
0161 432 1688
For Amber Vet Centre,
1084 Stockport Road, Levenshulme Manchester M19 2SU
0161 442 8656
The Basic Course.
The Basic course costs £28.50 in total and includes the following components:
The type of vaccine used for this course, in order to make it work, contains what is called an "adjuvant". Vaccines with adjuvants are easier and cheaper to make. However, there is some evidence that the inflammation caused by the adjuvant in the skin as it works, can in rare cases, produce a type of malignant cancer. In this practice, we think that adjuvanted vaccines should only be used where the cost is of major & primary concern - this vaccine is far better than having no vaccine at all - the risk of the cancer developing is infinitely less than the chances of your cat catching infectious enteritis of cat flu.
If you want to compare the prices of our vaccines with others on the web you need to be sure you are comparing like with like. When comparing, you need to know the following:
The Standard Course.
The Standard course costs £38.50 in total.
The standard course includes the following components:
The Basic and Standard courses shown above, may appear to be exactly the same apart from the price - note this when comparing prices between sites.
However, the vaccine type we use for our standard course, DOES NOT contains an "adjuvant". (See above for details about adjuvants). The vaccine we use is called "PureVax" and is made by Merial Animal Health Ltd.. It is the only vaccine currently available that does not contain an adjuvant and therefore there is absolutely no risk of it producing a cancer at its injection site. This vaccine is more expensive to make and hence the higher cost.
The Advanced Course.
The Advanced course costs £56.50 in total.
The advanced course includes the following:
Again, the vaccine type we use for our advanced course, DOES NOT contains an "adjuvant". (See above for details about adjuvants). The vaccine we use is called "PureVax" and is made by Merial. It is the only vaccine currently available that does not contain an adjuvant and therefore there is absolutely no risk of it producing a cancer at its injection site. This vaccine is more expensive to make and hence the higher cost.
Other vaccines are available for cats in the UK. The first is Rabies Vaccine. Since the UK is currently free of Rabies this vaccine is currently unnecessary.
There is also a vaccine to protect agains Chlamidia infections, which cause a severe conjunctivitis in cats. These are generally only used and required in households with many cats or breeding colonies where a problem with this disease has already developed and has been a problem.