Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires kittens and puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats and dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.
Kitten and Puppy Vaccination
Kittens and Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten and puppies.
A Guide to Cat Vaccination
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia and leukaemia virus at or after 8 weeks of age. Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age. An annual health check and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet
A Guide to Dog Vaccination
IAdult dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease. The core vaccine we recommend at the Beach Street Veterinary Clinic protects your dog against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis. There is also a vaccine to protect against kennel cough, which is optional for dog owners and is recommended for dogs which will be socialising with large groups of dogs (eg. obidience training). The kennel cough vaccine is manditory for dogs needing to go to boarding kennels.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your cat may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet