Responsible animal ownership includes the management of your pet's basic health. The primary healthcare of pets covers vaccinations and health examinations, as well as castration and sterilisation. The Small Animal Hospital also offers a range of specialist clinic and veterinary specialist services.
Vaccinations are part of primary veterinary healthcare and an easy way of protecting pets against dangerous viral diseases. Travelling with pets, an increasingly common custom, increases the risk of contagion abroad. In addition to travelling, certain vaccinations are in fact a requirement for shows and competitions. This makes it important to have as many pets as possible appropriately vaccinated.
At the time of vaccination, your pet must be healthy for its body to be able to react to the vaccination and to receive the best possible protection from it. For this reason, the animal's health is examined at vaccination appointments.
Regular revaccination is important to ensure the required level of protection. The vaccination programme for puppies and kittens begins at the age of 12 weeks.
Species-specific vaccination recommendations of the Finnish Food Authority (in Finnish only, including exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs).
Further information on vaccination recommendations is available from the patient office.
The purpose of health examinations is to ensure that pets are able to live as good and long lives as possible. Your pet's health status should be determined at least once a year. Health examinations are often performed in conjunction with vaccination appointments.
These examinations are of particular importance to ageing pets that are susceptible to a number of diseases. Health examinations carried out every year can often help identify diseases before any symptoms appear. With the appropriate medication and the right diet adopted in good time, many problems can be treated, and their progress slowed down.
When performing a health examination, the owner is asked about the health of the pet, the pet’s condition is determined, and when necessary, blood and urine samples are collected. Regular sample collection provides information on the functioning of the pet’s internal organs. Testing also helps determine the baseline levels of the pet’s blood values and any changes to them.
We also carry out official examinations and related scans. Further details are available from the patient office.
Pets need an identification marking to be able to, for example, take part in official animal shows. Just in case an animal breaks loose, mixed-breed dogs and housecats should also be registered. Having the owner's details findable through a marking expedites the return of lost pets. Identification markings can be made with a microchip or a tattoo.
According to a decision by the Finnish Kennel Club, identification markings are required for all dogs used in breeding as well as dogs entered into the Club’s register.
In official shows organised by Suomen Kissaliitto (‘Finnish Cat Federation’), identification markings are compulsory. Identification markings are also required when travelling to certain countries.
When travelling within the European Union, dogs and cats must have a pet passport. The passport is also required for travelling to many countries outside the EU.
Read more about the import and export of animals on the Finnish Food Authority website.