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Why should you get your pet vaccinated?

For the cost of a yearly vaccination you are protecting your pet against potentially fatal diseases such as Canine Parvovirus and Feline Calicivirus. Vaccinations have been successfully protecting our pets in Australia since the 1960’s. Regular boosters are necessary to continue this protection for life. Without regular booster vaccinations of the majority of the pet population, outbreaks of deadly diseases such as Distemper and Parvovirus may occur.

During your pets vaccination appointment with one of our veterinarians, a full health check will be performed. This also allows you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like regarding your pets health, nutritional requirements, behaviours, or flea and worming treatments for example.

Which diseases is my pet being vaccinated against?

DOGS

  • Parvovirus – Severe gastroenteritis causing vomiting and bleeding from intestines. This virus can survive for extended periods of time in the environment (in excess of 12 months). This highly contagious viral disease spreads easily between dogs. Early symptoms include a loss of appetite, watery, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. If your puppy or dog is showing any of these symptoms, immediate veterinary attention is required.
  • Distemper – Virus leading to flu like symptoms and severe seizures and paralysis with a mortality rate of 50%.
  • Hepatitis – Virus leading to acute liver failure with complications including blindness.
  • Canine Cough – The most common disease seen in practice that we can vaccinate for. Dogs develop a highly contagious cough that may develop into pneumonia.

CATS

  • Flu – Caused by Herpesvirus and/or Calicivirus, symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis and fever. Eye and mouth ulcers are seen in severe cases and the disease can be fatal in susceptible cats.
  • Enteritis – Severe virus causing vomiting and bloody diarrhoea and often fatal.

RABBITS

  • Calici Virus

FERRETS

  • Distemper vaccination
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