Vaccinations

VACCINATIONS:

 

Protecting your best friend

One of the most important things you can do to give your pet’s long and healthy lives is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common canine diseases. Your pet’s mother gave her babies immunity from disease for the first few weeks of life by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period it’s up to you, with the help and advice of one of our skilled veterinarian’s to provide that protection.

How Do Vaccines work?

Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “Killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your pets’s immune system to produce disease fighting antibodies to protect against disease.

 

Dogs:

When should my dog be vaccinated?

The immunity that a puppy gains from its mothers milk begins to diminish sometime after 6 weeks of age, it’s then usually time to begin the initial vaccinations usually a course of 2 or 3 injections given 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, your dog will require repeat vaccination at regular intervals for the rest of their life. As vaccines vary in the duration of immunity they provide, above all, follow the vaccination schedule recommended by one of our veterinary team.

What diseases do I need to vaccinate my dog for?

Our skilled Vet’s believe that your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious & which can cause serious illness. Such diseases include Canine Parvovirus (Parvo), Distemper, hepatitis & Canine Cough. Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on our veterinarian’s evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your dog’s particular environment & lifestyle.

 

 

Cats:

When should my cat be vaccinated?

Generally the immunity that a kitten gains from its mother milk begins to diminish after 8 weeks. It is then time to begin the initial vaccinations, usually a course of 2 or 3 injections given 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, your cat will require vaccination boosters every year for their lifetime.

What diseases do I need to vaccinate my cat for?

Again our skilled Vet’s believe that your cat should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious & which can cause serious illness. Such diseases include Feline Panleucopenia (enteritis), Viral rhinotracheitis (Cat Flu) & calicivirus (Cat Flu).  Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on our veterinarian’s evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your cat’s particular environment & lifestyle.

 

Horses:

 

Having a suitable vaccination and drenching protocol in place will greatly reduce the risk of preventable diseases in your new foal. Below is a table of recommended vaccinations for foals in this district.

Vaccine

Starting age

Foal doses

Boosters

Tetanus

3 months

2 doses 1 month apart

12 months

Strangles

3 months

3 doses 2 weeks apart

6 months

Herpes

5 months

2 doses 1 month apart

6 months

Hendra

4 months

2 doses 3-6 weeks apart

6 months

 

Vaccines are also available for Rotavirus and Salmonella when the situation arises. Pregnant mares that haven’t received vaccination require the same doses as foals with the last dose falling at least 6 weeks before they are due. If they have been previously vaccinated then they require just 1 booster 6 weeks before they are due.

Foals should be drenched for worms at 6 weeks of age and then every month until 6 months of age.

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