Until the day they finally stop using their mouths and noses as information sponges, vaccinations will remain the safest way to protect our pets from nasty diseases.
Vaccinations are a simple injection given by the veterinarian, and are always given after a physical examination has been performed. The examination allows us to detect and address concerns before they become health problems which will affect your pet’s quality and length of life! It will also give you the opportunity to discuss any other health care matters.
We recommend that Puppies are vaccinated at 6, 10, and 12 weeks of age. Adult dogs should be vaccinated yearly.
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Para influenza, and Bordatella are our most common diseases and viruses that we vaccinate against for in dogs.
Feline rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, panleucopenia virus and FIV are the most common diseases and viruses we vaccinate against in cats.
Which diseases should your pet be vaccinated against?
Canine Parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups and older dogs. The virus attacks the intestines, causing blood-stained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Dogs often die from severe dehydration despite intensive veterinary care. It is not necessary to have direct contact with other dogs for the disease to be spread. The virus is so persistent that the infected dog’s environment need to be cleaned with a potent disinfectant to prevent spread to other dogs.
Canine Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs of any age, with young puppies being at the highest risk. Symptoms vary but can include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Muscle tremor, fits, and paralysis usually occur later in the disease.
Canine Hepatitis is a viral disease which, like distemper is extremely contagious and often fatal. Dogs of any age can become infected, however severe cases are rare in dogs over two years of age. Symptoms include high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases death can occur within 24 to 36 hrs. Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems, and can carry and spread the disease for many months after their recovery.
Canine Cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious diseases, which can be easily spread wherever dogs congregate, such as parks, shows, obedience schools, and boarding kennels. Affected dogs have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. It is distressing for the pet. Pneumonia can also be a consequence of infection.