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It is important to vaccinate your pet against infectious diseases to prevent fatal illness. You will also need to consider keeping your pets vaccinations up to date if they visit boarding kennels, catteries or visit dog parks and training classes.

When do I start vaccinating my pet?

When you get your new puppy or kitten at 8 weeks of age, bring them straight into the clinic for a comprehensive check up and their very first vaccination. Until your puppy is fully vaccinated they should not leave the property or meet any unvaccinated dogs due to the potential risk of picking up parvovirus or other fatal diseases.

Your pet will need at least one booster vaccination depending on what age they join your household.

Why is it important to vaccinate my dog?

The core puppy vaccination protects your dog from diseases such as Parvovirus, Distemper and Canine Infectious Hepatitis. Canine parvovirus is a deadly disease commonly seen in unvaccinated puppies. It is spread from infected dogs via virus particles that are found in faeces and in the environment. The spores are very hardy and can survive up to two years in the environment! This is why it is important that your puppy is fully vaccinated before you take them for walks outside your property.

Distemper is an airborne virus that affects numerous organ systems including the central nervous system. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of appetite, seizures, and lots of mucus coming from the nose and/or eyes.

If your dog goes into boarding kennels they will need to be vaccinated for Kennel cough. Common signs of kennel cough include a high temperature, nasal discharge and a dry ‘hacking’ cough. To prevent kennel cough, dogs require an intranasal vaccination which must be given yearly. It is recommended to vaccinate your pup against kennel cough if they are in contact with other dogs or visit boarding kennels.

If your dog lives rurally, or is used for hunting, we strongly recommend they are also vaccinated for Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a significant disease that causes kidney and liver disease in dogs that can lead to death.

Why is it important to vaccinate my cat?

Vaccinating your cat will help protect them from Feline Infectious Enteritis, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Chlamydia.

Feline Infectious Enteritis (or Feline Panleukopaenia) is well controlled by vaccination. It is a highly contagious disease that results in fever, vomiting, weakness, severe diarrhoea and death. It can be considered the Feline form of Canine Parvovirus.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (or cat flu) causes sneezing, fever, and conjunctivitis. In serious cases cats may be inappetant, dehydrated, and develop bronchitis or pneumonia which can occasionally lead to death.

Feline Calicivirus infects the mucous membranes in the nasal, oral and respiratory tract so nasal, mouth, and tongue ulcers are common signs. Cats can salivate, have nasal discharge, inappetance and fever.

Feline Chlamydia causes cat flu-like symptoms, but more often affecting the eyes.


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