Vaccinations are an important part of keeping your pet healthy, and all vaccinations include a full health check by the veterinarian. Regular health checks will ensure your pet is healthy and any problems are detected early.
If you are boarding your dog or cat at kennels, you will be required to supply an up to date vaccination card or certificate.
The canine vaccinations we administer are as follows:
C3 vaccination - Covers against the three common canine viruses; Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus. Distemper is a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus affecting the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Hepatitis affects the liver, kidneys and the cells lining the blood vessels, causing high fever, thirst, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, liver damage and bleeding. Parvovirus is a common viral infection, with symptoms including severe diarrhoea, fever and vomiting and death.
C5 vaccination (recommended) - Includes the cover given in the C3 vaccination as well as protection against a viral form of kennel cough and a bacterial form of kennel cough (the two most common forms).
Please note: for both of these vaccinations, the manufacturer recommends this vaccination be given once yearly. If vaccination history is not known, your dog will need a booster before full immunity is reached.
The feline vaccinations we administer are as follows:
F3 vaccination (minimum recommended): Covers against Enteritis, Calicivirus, and Herpes. Feline Enteritis is a disease caused by infection with feline parvovirus with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature and loss of appetite. The onset of this disease is very rapid and can often be fatal. Feline Calicivirus is a highly contagious virus that causes cat flu, with symptoms include sneezing, coughing, eye and nose discharge, dehydration and loss of appetite. Feline Herpes is a highly contagious virus that also causes cat flu.
F4 vaccination: This vaccination covers for the viruses that are mentioned above as well as Feline Leukaemia. Feline Leukaemia virus attacks the cat's immune system and makes cats more susceptible to infection and illness, as well as being prone to developing certain cancers. There is no treatment for this virus, only prevention.
F5 vaccination: The F5 vaccination includes the F4 vaccination as well as FIV, also known as Feline Aids FIV is a viral infection affecting the immune system of cats and is fatal.
All cats are different, with different requirements. We will discuss with you the best vaccination for your situation. For all of these vaccinations, the manufacturer recommends this vaccination be given once yearly. If vaccination history is not known, your cat will need a booster before full immunity is reached.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations to ensure they can protect themselves against serious and life-threatening illnesses.
In line with the vaccine manufacturers protocol, the vaccination course is as follows:
First vaccination: Puppies should get a C3 and kittens should get an F3 between 6 and 8 weeks of age. This immunity is not long-
lasting but is important for protection until they are old enough for the vaccines to take effect.
Second vaccination: Puppies should get a C5 and kittens should get an F3 (or higher) four weeks after their first vaccination, between
10 and 12 weeks of age.
Third vaccination: Puppies should get their final C5 and kittens should get their F3 (or higher) four weeks after their second
vaccination, between 14 and 16 weeks of age. 10 days after this vaccination your pet is safe to be in public
grassed areas and to interact with other animals. Their annual vaccination will be due one year from the date of
their third juvenile vaccination.
The major illness affecting domestic rabbits is Calicivirus, which was released to control the overpopulated wild rabbits in 1996. Along with this virus came a vaccination, which is recommended to be given every 6 months.
A tougher strain of the calicivirus was released in 2017, but this time with no vaccination. The original calicivirus vaccination does not completely cover against this second strain, but it does afford some protection in that the new strain is unlikely to be fatal in a vaccinated rabbit with treatment.
If you require any further information about the vaccination schedule or the recommendations, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 9275 3021.