Vaccinations

VACCINATIONS


DOGS

Puppies require an initial course of 3 vaccinations. A C4 vaccination has components to help protect against Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza. The first 3 disease are contagious and can be fatal, but vaccination is very effective in preventing infection. A C5 vaccination has compoents to help protect against Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza plus Bordatella. The latter 2 agents are causes of kennel cough, a disease similar to human flu in that is transmitted via droplets in a cough or sneeze. As it is caused by a number of bacteria and viruses, vaccinations can not cover all infective agents but aim to help protect against the most common causes. Kennel cough is generally dry and hacking. It is often described as the dog sounding like it has something stuck in its throat. A C5 vaccination is required by boarding kennels.

AGE

VACCINE

6-8 weeks

C4. Your puppy may have had their first vaccination before you get them. Most puppy schools will allow pups to attend at this time.

10-12 weeks

C5 (Intranasal Bordetella). A common question at this time is where owners are able to take their pups as they want to socialse them and introduce them to as many new experiences as possible. However, as puppies are not fully protected we recommend that about 7-10 days after this vaccinationt your pup can socialise with other healthy, vaccinated animals. Try and avoid areas where there are high numbers of dogs whose health status is unknown, such as parks.

14-16 weeks

C4. About 7-10 days after this final puppy vaccination, the pup is able to be taken to the park and can mingle freely with other dogs.

Yearly Vaccination

C5. If too much time elapses after their annual vaccination is due, your dog may need a course of 2 injections to bring it back up to date.

 

CATS

Kittens require an initial course of 3 vaccinations. A F3 vaccination has components to help against Panleucopenia, Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis. Feline Panleucopenia is often a fatal disease that is know as Feline Enteritis. Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis (herpes virus) are viruses that can cause cat flu. A F3 vaccination is required for cats boarding in catteries.

AGE

VACCINE

6-8 weeks

F3

10-12 weeks

F3

14-16 weeks

F3. If you are planning on allowing your cat outdoors, 7-10 days after this final vaccination is when immunity peaks, before this it is sensible to keep your cats indoors.

Yearly Vaccination

F3. If too much time elapses after the annual vaccination is due, your cat may need a course of 2 injections to bring back up to date.