Did you know...Many of the diseases and illnesses that can affect dogs and cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations.
What are pet vaccines?
Vaccines are special proteins that prime the immune system to fight off specific infections. They work in two ways: to reduce the severity of such diseases should they strike or to completely prevent an infection.
Unfortunately, we can protect against every disease. The vaccines we do use, however, allow us to implement programs that protect pets against some of the deadliest diseases.
Is pet vaccination really necessary?
Annual vaccinations are also important because they give the vet an opportunity to carry out a thorough examination of your pet and for you to discuss any concerns you may have.
When does my pet need to be vaccinated?
We encourage kittens to be indoors-only and their second vaccine is usually administered at 12 weeks of age. The timing of subsequent puppy vaccinations depends on the type of vaccine administered, the date the first vaccine was administered, where your puppy will be adventuring, and your individual needs. We encourage you to discuss this with your veterinarian.
All puppies and kittens need to receive their final vaccination at 16 weeks of age or older. They, then, receive annual boosters to ensure continued protection.
What diseases are my pet being vaccinated against?
Once contracted, these illnesses can prove painful, distressing, and even fatal. Luckily, most of these illnesses can be prevented with vaccination.
Do pet vaccinations have any side effects?
Side effects range from lethargy (in the first 24 hours after receiving their vaccination) to vomiting and diarrhoea. However, these are very, very rare.
Are dog/cat vaccines 100% effective?
In the overwhelming majority, however, vaccinated pets produce an adequate, protective immune response against disease.
My dog never goes to boarding kennels. Why does it need to be vaccinated against kennel cough?
Your veterinarian will make recommendations depending on your dog’s lifestyle and the region in which you leave.
My pet doesn’t socialise with others. Does it still need vaccinations?
We recommend discussing this with your veterinarian as the appropriate vaccination program can be tailored to you and your pet.