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Vaccinations

 

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are designed to protect your loved pets against common and often fatal diseases. You will no doubt have heard someone tell you their dog or cat lived to a ripe old age and never saw a vet in his life.

This may well be true in some cases but remember the reason their pet never caught one of these nasty diseases is because outbreaks are now rare due to responsible pet owners continuing to have their pets regularly vaccinated.

Vaccination is a little like an insurance for your house—it probably won’t burn down, but if it does, the consequences are disastrous.

 

 

 

For your pet’s safety, we recommend the following vaccination programs:

 

DOGS

Age Vaccination Type
6-8 weeks C3 (Distemper / Hepatitis / Parvovirus) and
C2i (Corona Virus and Leptosipirosis)
10-12 weeks C3 & C2i and Bronchoshield III
14-16 weeks C3 & C2i
Yearly Booster C5 (Distemper / Hepatitis / Parvovirus/ KC)

Distemper
A viral disease that is causing initial vomiting, diarrhea, depression along with coughing, and nasal discharges. It is frequently progressing to severe Central Nervous System problems (convulsions, etc.) Usually fatal or left with long term nervous system problems.

Hepatitis
Viral infection of the liver causing vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, depression. Mostly fatal.

Parvovirus
Severe viral infection causing vomiting and diarrhea with blood, depression, can be fatal within 12 hours in young pups, highly contagious and is the most common of the fatal diseases we vaccinate against.

Kennel Cough (KC)
Most frequently caused by a combination of virus (Parainfluenza) and a bacteria (Bordetella). Symptoms include a harsh dry hacking cough and can lead to secondary lung problems. Highly contagious and especially important in boarding kennels etc.

Corona Virus
Canine Corona Virus ties with Canine Parvovirus as the leading causes of severe diarrhea in puppies. Clinically, the two infections can be indistinguishable. In retrospect, Canine Corona Virus rarely kills the puppy while Canine Parvovirus often does.

Leptospirosis (Leptospira icterhaemorrhagiae)
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects many species of animals as well as human beings. Dogs become infected with leptospira through contact with urine of infected animals. The first signs of disease are fever and depression. Joint pain and excessive bleeding sometimes occurs.

 

CATS

6-8 weeks Feline Infectious Enteritis / Rhinotracheitis / Calicivirus (F3)
11-13 weeks F5 (F3 + Feline Leukaemia Virus and Chlamydia ) (or F3)
16-17 weeks F5 (or F3)
Yearly F5 (or F3) Booster

The recently available F5 vaccine which contains protection against two additional diseases—Feline Leukaemia Virus and Chlamydia.
To achieve maximum protection for your pets, we now recommend the use of F5 vaccine at least for all new kittens.

Feline Infectious Enteritis
Severe viral infection causing vomiting, diarrhea, depression and death in a short period of time

Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus
Common causes of Cat ‘Flu’. Both viral and results in blocked or discharging nose, sore throat, mouth ulcers, runny eyes, secondary pneumonia. Highly contagious and at times fatal. Some cats will develop a carrier status and remain infective to other cats. The disease can also result in chronic sinus infections.
Feline Leukaemia Virus
Can cause a range of symptoms : bleeding problems, cancers, leukaemia to destruction of blood forming tissue. Tends to be a long term infection causing problems after moths or years of being infected.
Chlamydia
Also causes Cat Flu signs especially conjunctivitis.

 

RABBITS

A single yearly vaccination against the fatal Rabbit Calicivirus is recommended from 8 weeks of age.

Calicivirus was released to control wild rabbit population and has been only moderately successful in doing so. However it does occur in pet rabbits and can cause sudden death with little or no other symptoms.