Vaccination of your pets is very important to ensure protection against a number of serious infectious diseases.
- Feline enteritis (panleucopaenia) is an acute, highly contagious infection of the intestine, characterised by vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration, and is often fatal.
- Cat flu – feline influenza – is caused by two viruses leading to chronic upper respiratory tract infections, with the exotic breeds being more susceptible. The viruses are:
- Feline rhinotracheitis or herpes virus is characterised by eye and nose discharge, sinusitis, sneezing, loss of appetite, dehydration, difficulty breathing, hypothermia or fever.
- Feline calicivirus is characterised by severe mouth ulceration, fever and loss of appetite.
- Feline leukaemia is a very contagious viral infection leading to immunodeficiency and cancer in cats. Infected cats are highly susceptible to bacterial, viral and fungal infections, and are prone to develop leukaemia, which is often fatal.
- Feline chlamydia is often a chronic infectious disease characterised by conjunctivitis, upper respiratory disease and pneumonia. It is reported to occur in up to 20% of cats in Australia. Transmission of this organism to humans has been reported.
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (feline AIDS).
We recommend the following vaccines, which are very safe and effective for your cat:
- KITTENS – first F3 (feline enteritis and cat flu) vaccination at 6-8 weeks old
- F3 booster at 12-14 weeks old
- F3 booster at 16 weeks old
- CATS – annual F3 booster vaccinations.
There are some infectious diseases of cats for which a vaccine is not yet available, such as feline infectious peritonitis.
Vaccination of your dog is important to ensure protection against a number of serious infectious diseases:
- Canine distemper is an acute, very highly contagious viral infection which is often fatal. The infection results in severe respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system (brain) disease.
- Canine hepititis is a serious viral disease that targets the liver, kidneys, eyes and blood vessels. The infection may result in death; however, some patients may recover with chronic liver or eye abnormalities.
- Canine parvovirus is an extremely infectious viral disease in dogs characterised by an acute illness with vomiting, dysentery, dehydration, shock and septicæmia. Parvovirus is usually fatal in puppies, while older dogs have an increased chance of recovery. In some dogs the infection may cause complete heart failure.
- Kennel cough is a very contagious infection in dogs of all ages. There are two organisms that are primarily responsible for kennel cough:
Canine bordetella (which is similar to whooping cough in humans)
Canine parainfluenza virus.
We recommend the following vaccines, which are very safe and effective for your dog:
first vaccination at 6-8 weeks old
booster at 10-12 weeks old
final booster at 14-16 weeks old.
Puppies should not be taken for walks until they have completed their course of vaccinations. This is vitally important to avoid possible exposure to canine parvovirus.
DOGS – annual booster vaccinations for Kennel Cough (KC), triannual booster for distemper, adenovirus and parvovirus