Pet vaccinations (also known as immunisation) are a safe and reliable way to protect your pet from contagious and dangerous diseases.
Why We Recommend Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a healthy life.
Here are our top reasons for vaccinating your pet:
- Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases
- Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of vet treatment for the diseases they protect against
- Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit the vet. If your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised so you want to make sure they are protected.
Your pet’s health, lifestyle and age may affect which vaccinations are necessary, so our expert vets will work with you to develop a simple and effective vaccination program for your pet.
Vaccinating your Dog
A puppy’s first vaccinations are at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, then annually. Only once fully vaccinated should your puppy be allowed to go outside and socialise with other dogs. Once your puppy is an adult we also use 3 yearly vaccines, where applicable, to maximise vaccine safety.
The diseases that are commonly vaccinated against are:
- Parvovirus: causes potentially fatal diarrhoea, especially in pups and dogs under 2 years
- Distemper: coughing, diarrhoea and sometimes twitching, seizures, loss of balance and blindness
- Hepatitis: vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and possibly liver failure
- Parainfluenza: a viral disease causing a nasty cough
- Bordatella bronchiseptica: bacteria causing a harsh, dry cough and lethargy
- Vaccination against leptospirosis and coronavirus (a common cause of gastroenteritis) is also available.
Vaccinating your Cat
A kitten’s first vaccinations are at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, then annually. Only once fully vaccinated should your kitten be allowed to go outside and socialise with other cats.
The common cat vaccinations are:
- Enteritis (Feline Panleukopenia) can be very severe especially in unvaccinated kittens less than 12 months of age. It causes fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, liver failure and sudden death
- Feline Calicivirus is part of the cat flu
- Feline Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus) is another part of cat flu and can lead to permanent nasal and sinus infection
In certain situations we can also vaccinate against:
- Chlamydia is a bacterial disease causing conjunctivitis, respiratory disease, infections arthritis and even abortion
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV or Feline AIDS) vaccination is advisable if your cat goes outside. It is a potentially fatal disease spread between cats via bites, for which there is no treatment or cure.
- Cats can also be vaccinated against feline leukemia and other respiratory diseases.
What is Included when Vaccinating My Pet?
The fee for a vaccine includes a thorough physical examination, which provides the opportunity to discuss nutrition, parasite protection and any other health issue regarding your pet.