Vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s preventative health program.
Are vaccinations really necessary?
Many serious diseases and illnesses that can affect dogs and cats are completely preventable with regular vaccination. Vaccinations typically form part of a regular health check and are a key component in keeping your pet in good health.
While it is very uncommon for a pet to have any serious side effects from being vaccinated, we understand that some pet owners may have concerns about vaccinations.
During your pet’s health check, our vets take the time to discuss the different vaccinations available and will recommend a vaccination program that is tailored to you and your pet.
Which diseases will my pet be protected against?
While your pet’s vaccination program is designed to suit their lifestyle and age, a more common vaccination schedule would include protection against:
- Dogs – parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and kennel cough
- Cats – panleukopaenia, herpesvirus, calicivirus and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
How often should my pet be vaccinated?
Your pet’s vaccination schedule is usually determined by their stage of life. It is recommended that puppies and kittens receive their first vaccination when they are 6-8 weeks old, and then their third vaccination at 16 weeks of age or older. The timing of their second vaccination can vary depending on your pet’s individual needs.
After these initial three vaccinations during the first stage of their lives, cats and dogs typically move to an annual vaccination schedule.