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Vaccinations

Vaccination has played a vital role in reducing the incidence and severity of many potentially fatal diseases in all species of animals. These diseases, however, are still present in the dog, cat, rabbit and ferret populations, which reinforces the importance to vaccinate.

In recent years there have been many advances in vaccination protocols allowing us to individually tailor your pet’s vaccination requirements and prevent over-vaccination.

Our routine dog vaccination includes the following viruses

  • Distemper Virus
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis australis
  • Leptospirosis grippotyphosa
  • Leptospirosis canicola
  • Leptospirosis icterohaemorrhagiae
  • Adenovirus Type 2

We can start your puppy’s vaccination course from as early as 6 weeks of age with a second  and third vaccine at 10 weeks and 12 weeks or 2-4 weeks after the first. The vaccine protocol may vary depending upon the age at which your puppy first comes to visit us but the vet will advise and discuss this with you in detail at your first puppy visit.

Your puppy will be protected against Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Distemper Virus one week after the second vaccination so you may begin socialisation outdoors.  However, still take care around water sources and areas with lots of rodents as immunity to Leptospirosis will not be fully guaranteed until one week after the third vaccination. 

Annual vaccination is recommended to maintain immunity.

We would also highly recommend vaccination against Bordetella bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza virus (causes of Kennel Cough) which is very prevalent in this area and is spread through direct contact. The vaccine is given into one of the nostrils and must be repeated on an annual basis.

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious condition in dogs and is easily spread wherever dogs meet – out on walks, at training classes, dog shows and of course in boarding kennels.

Dogs with kennel cough typically have a dry hacking cough, commonly followed by retching. The cough is often described as having a “honking” sound. In mild cases, dogs will continue to eat and be active and alert. However in more severe cases the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever and lack of interest in food. While some mildly affected dogs recover relatively rapidly (usually in 5-10 days), others may take several weeks to recover fully and antibiotic treatment is often required.

Don’t take any chances with kennel cough – contact us to ensure your pet is vaccinated!

 

For all of 2015 we will be upgrading our vaccine protocol to include all four Leptospirosis strains.  When your dog is due it's annual booster and health check, you will be offered a second vaccine FREE OF CHARGE four weeks later to ensure your pet has full immunity to all four strains of Leptospirosis above.  Previously we have only been able to vaccinate against two of the Leptospirosis strains. 

Please speak to a member or our team with any questions.

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