Paws 'n' Claws

Peace of Mind for Pets and Property


There are a lot of diseases out there that can affect our pets. Hopefully you will never come across them as many, if not vaccinated against, can be fatal.  Here is a list:



Canine parvovirus - Still widespread and often fatal. Causes severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. About 15,000 UK dogs are believed to have suffered from the disease in the last 12 months. The virus is spread in the faeces of infected dogs and survives outdoors for months or even years. Once contracted, there is no specific treatment; it can be effectively prevented through vaccination.
Leptospirosis - A bacterial disease that causes serious liver and kidney problems in humans as well as dogs (it's called Weill's Disease in humans). Spreads in the urine of infected animals, which can include rats; any animal excercised in or around ponds and watercourses is at risk. An estimated 4,000 cases are seen each year in the UK.
Distemper - Another potentially fatal disease, spread directly from dog to dog. Caused major epidemics in the 1960s and 1970s but has since been brought under control by vaccination. Causes respiratory problems, diarrhoea, vomiting, 'hard pad' and fits.
Hepatitis - This devastating disease may prove rapidly fatal. It affects the liver, and may also involve the kidneys, eyes and lungs of infected dogs. This virus is shed in the urine of infected dogs. Routine vaccination provices effective prevention against this disease.
Kennel Cough - A very common and highly contagious respiratory disease which typically results in an unpleasant hacking cough. The cough can persist for weeks, and can be life-threatening in puppies and vulnerable dogs. Spreads through coughing, sneezing and nose-to-nose contact wherever dogs meet and mix - not just in boarding kennels. Effective vaccines given as drops up the nose are available to prevent disease due to the most significant bugs responsible for this disease.


Many Catteries and Kennels will not accept your animal if it has not been vaccinated against the diseases mentioned above.  Therefore the only alternative is to keep your pet at home and for a responsible, reliable and fully insured Pet Sitter to do the job for you.  This may cost a little more than the kennels but your pet gets the security and familiarity of its home surroundings, its own routine and a new friend.  Your home is also safeguarded against intruders as the property will not be left unoccupied for more than 3 consecutive hours during daylight or for 1 hour during the evening.