Companion animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets are all susceptible to a range of diseases which can be prevented through effective and safe vaccination programs. Specific vaccinations and programs will vary depending on your pet’s individual circumstances and we can help you decide on the best option for your pets.
Puppies and kittens should have their first core vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age. This should then be followed up with their second vaccination a month later, then their final puppy/kitten vaccination another month after that. They will then require a booster every 12 months to maintain their immunity.
Parvovirus – This nasty virus is seen in our region and can potentially be fatal. It is often but not exclusively seen in puppies, and causes vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. Treatment involves intensive medical care including multiple days of hospitalisation.
Infectious Hepatitis – This disease is spread via an infected animals bodily fluids. It affects dogs eyes, kidneys and liver causing potentially irreversible damage.
Distemper virus – This infectious virus is often seen in puppies. Pup’s will initially show respiratory signs such as coughing and nasal discharge before the virus progresses to affect the neurological system.
Kennel cough – This is an upper respiratory tract infection that is caused by a combination of virus’s and bacteria. The vaccination provides protection against the main two components of most kennel coughs, Bordetella and Parainfluenza virus. It is often transmitted when dogs come in contact with each other, and is a requirement for all dogs attending boarding kennels.
- Feline enteritis – This is a dangerous contagious virus with a high mortality rate. Pregnant cats may abort, whilst other cats may show signs of depression, abdominal pain, violent vomiting and bloody diarrhoea.
- Feline Rhinotracheititis and Feline calicivirus (cat flu)– These are virus’s that affect the respiratory tract of cats of any age. Affected cats may develop runny eyes, coughing, nasal discharge, tongue ulcers and loss of appetite.
- Chlamydiosis – This bacterial disease is associated with chronic conjunctivitis. It is usually seen in kittens and can lead to further eye issues.
- FIV (feline aids) – This vaccination is a “non-core” vaccination which means it is not appropriate for all cats. FIV is transmitted via cat scratches and bites. For this reason only cats that are allowed outdoors and are in contact with other outdoor cats should consider vaccinating. Cats may show no signs for many years before eventually becoming sick and wasting away. There are many different strains of FIV in our environment and the vaccination only covers a few of these. This means that even vaccinated cats may potentially contract a new strain of the virus and can be affected. It is recommended that before starting FIV vaccinations in older cats that tests are done to determine whether or not the cat is already affected.