Vaccinations


Vaccinations increase the body’s immunity to disease causing bacteria and viruses by stimulating antibody production, which provides immunity and protection against potentially fatal and debilitating diseases.

The main diseases dogs and cats should be protected against:

DOGS
CATS
CORE VACCINATIONS
CORE VACCINATIONS
Canine Parvovirus
A potentially fatal disease that causes severe gastrointestinal illness, resulting in profuse bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. Dogs of all ages can be affected. Puppies are the most susceptible. Transmission is via oral-faecal route.

Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus)
A fatal disease that causes severe gastrointestinal illness, resulting in profuse bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. Unvaccinated cats of all ages can be affected. Kittens are the most susceptible. Transmission is via oral-faecal route.
Canine Distemper Virus
A highly contagious disease that affects the respiratory and nervous systems leading to permanent lung and nerve damage. Transmission is via contact with infected respiratory secretions, tears, saliva and faeces.
Feline Herpes Virus & Feline Calicivirus (Feline Respiratory Disease complex)
Commonly referred to as “Cat Flu”. These highly contagious viruses can cause severe respiratory tract infections. Transmission is via contact with aerosolized secretions.
Canine Adenovirus (Canine Hepatitis)
A disease that causes acute liver failure and kidney disease. Transmission is via contact with infected urine and nasal secretions.
Canine Parainfluenza Virus
A viral component of “Kennel Cough”. Results in debilitating respiratory problems. Transmission is via contact with aerosolized secretions.
Feline Chlamydia
A disease that causes severe and persistent conjunctivitis. Progression can lead to other respiratory symptoms
NON-CORE VACCINATIONS
NON-CORE VACCINATIONS
Bordetella bronchiseptica
Commonly referred to as “Kennel Cough”. This bacterial disease causes respiratory symptoms, mainly a dry, hacking cough. Transmission is via contact with aerosolized secretions.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
FIV causes significant life-long immunosuppression. Transmission is via bite wounds. This virus is not transmissible to humans.
Leptospira
A bacterial disease that causes acute kidney failure. Transmission is via infected urine and contaminated water-bodies.
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
FeLV causes significant immunosuppression. Transmission is via secretions (saliva, tears, urine, nasal).

 
VACCINATION SCHEDULE
Puppies and Kittens require 3 booster vaccinations, 4 weeks apart. Followed by annual boosters.

  1. 6 - 8 weeks of age
  2. 10 - 12 weeks of age
  3. 14 - 16 weeks of age
  4. Annual vaccinations thereafter

In an Adult Dog or Cat with an unknown vaccination status / history, 2 vaccination boosters are recommended, 1 month apart. Followed by annual boosters thereafter.
 
POST VACCINATION CARE
Vaccinations are designed to challenge the body and stimulate an immune response. Some patients may experience a transient episode of lethargy or inappetence, 24 - 48 hours after a vaccination. In rare cases, patients may develop a hypersensitivity reaction (facial swelling, hives). There may also be slight swelling, tenderness and / or pain around the injection site(s).

Close monitoring is recommended 72 hours after every vaccination.