Vaccinations

When it comes to providing you pet quality care, it is important to be informed and up to date with all health requirements and prevention methods. Vaccinations for your pet is important to ensure your pet will live a fulfilling life without disease or illness.

Are pet vaccinations really important?

You bet they are! Serious diseases that can easily be vaccinated against causes misery and distress in pets. These diseases can either be fatal or cause serious ongoing medical complications. Unfortunately many preventable diseases are still all too commonly seen.

Do animal diseases still exist in the community?

Fortunately, due to vaccinations, many pet owners never see these diseases in their pets, which is fantastic. However, the risk of your unvaccinated pet contracting these diseases still exists within the community today.  Parvo virus, for example, is a potentially fatal disease that stays within soil and the environment for many months.

With one infected pup shedding millions upon millions of viral particles, exposure of your dog is almost guaranteed on the streets, in parks, and walked home by your own shoes!

When should I begin vaccinating my pet?

Vaccinations begin between 6 and 8 weeks of age and require a course of vaccinations.

 Puppy vaccinations are vital for strengthening your pet's immune system in the early stages of its life. Annual vaccinations are then required to maintain this prevention against life-threatening disease.

What if I have missed a vaccination?

If you have missed a vaccination for your pet, please contact us immediately to discuss re-starting the vaccination course. 

C5 vaccination for dogs

We recommend this vaccination annually for all dogs and it is often required for boarding kennels admission and admission to our hospital for non-emergency procedures. It protects against the following potentially fatal diseases:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Canine Parvo virus
  • Canine Parainfluenza Virus
  • Bordetella

F3 vaccination for cats

We recommend this vaccination annually for all cats and it is required for admission to many catteries (including ours) and for admission to our hospital for non-emergency procedures. It protects against the following fatal and potentially fatal diseases:

  • Feline Panleucopaenia
  • Feline Herpes Virus
  • Feline Calici Virus

F3 vaccination for cats

We recommend this vaccination annually for all cats and it is required for admission to many catteries (including ours) and for admission to our hospital for non-emergency procedures. It protects against the following fatal and potentially fatal diseases:

  • Feline Panleucopaenia
  • Feline Herpes Virus
  • Feline Calici Virus

FIV vaccination for cats

FIV stands for Feline Immuno-deficiency virus; which is the virus that causes Feline AIDS.  Feline AIDS is a potentially fatal feline disease that affects the immune system and makes the cat susceptible to a range of other infections and disease.  Transmission is via cat bite from an infected cat.  Prevention is available with a vaccination that involves three injections initially (2-4 weeks apart), then annual booster vaccinations.

Are there vaccination risks?

We know that some of you may be cautious about 'over vaccinating' your pet. The risk of vaccination is minimal compared to the risk of diseases. We are happy to discuss the relative risks of different vaccines and the risk of not vaccinating.

Many different vaccine types, brands, and vaccination protocols exist. Our recommendation is based on first-hand experience of diseases in the area, manufacturer’s regulatory recommendations, and best practice guidelines of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. 

Rabbit vaccinations

Rabbits are vaccinated against Calicivirus at 10 to 12 weeks of age, and then every 12 months to maintain immunity. 

Vaccination4Life program

This one-off payment plan provides your pet with annual boosters and health checks for the rest of their life!

The Vaccination4Life is a lifetime vaccination plan that saves you up to 75%.

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