Vaccination is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet stays healthy.
Rather than have a “one injection for all” Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s risk factors and tailor their vaccination program to suit their needs.
We also offer Titre Testing, which is a laboratory test that measures the level of antibodies in your pets blood. This test can give you an indication as to wether your pet may require a vaccination or not.
For puppies, we recommend vaccinating against Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 16 weeks of age, which is the protocol recommended by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.
If your dog may be at risk from canine cough this is also done at the second and third vaccination. We use Nobivac high titre vaccinations which means protection should be stronger and longer lasting.
ADULT DOG VACCINATIONS
Dogs are given a booster 1 year after their final puppy vaccination. We can use a Nobivac® vaccination which means your dog only requires a vaccination every three years. If your dog has a kennel cough vaccination., they still require KC boosters annually as the protection given by the vaccination is not as strong as for the parvo , distemper and hepatitis vaccination.
We do recommend an annual health check and physical examination in between boosters. As our pets age so much faster then humans do so it is important to make sure they are fit, healthy and well.
Other diseases such as Feline Leukaemia and Feline AIDs virus can also be vaccinated against, if your kitten will be at risk later on.
Annual booster vaccinations are recommended but if your cat is at low risk, such as being indoors only, less frequent boosters may be appropriate- our vets will help to advise you in these cases.
Because these diseases are extremely contagious try not to take your puppy or kitten out of their house or yard until they are fully vaccinated.
Rabbits are vaccinated against calicivirus at 10 – 12 weeks of age and then every 12 months to maintain immunity throughout life. Calicivirus and Myxomatosis are diseases that have been introduced in Australia to help control the wild rabbit population. Whilst there are no vaccines available to prevent myxomatosis, rabbits should be vaccinated against calicivirus which is spread by insects.
Distemper occurs in ferrets. Distemper is also known to exist in Australia, therefore the ferret population can be considered to be at risk. We recommend vaccinations at 8-10 weeks of age the followed up 4 weeks later and then every 12 months to maintain immunity throughout life.