Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a healthy life.
Here are our top reasons for vaccinating your pet:
- Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases
- Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of vet treatment for the diseases they protect against
- Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit the vet. If your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised so you want to make sure they are protected.
Your pet’s health, lifestyle and exactly where in the Maldon area you live may affect which vaccinations are necessary, so our expert vets will work with you to develop a simple and effective vaccination program for your pet.
Here at Maldon Vet Clinic we follow the World Small Animal Association (WSAVA) guidelines for vaccinating pets, based on rigorous scientific evidence.
Dogs and cats require vaccinations at 6-8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then one year later.
Common diseases (most of them deadly) we can vaccinate against include, for dogs: parvo, distemper, canine hepatitis (C3), and Bordetella and Parainfluenza (KennelCough), and for cats: Feline enteritis, and Cat Flu Feline Calicivirus and Feline Rhinotraceitis Virus (F3), Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and Chlamydia.
Recent research has shown that parvo is a much bigger problem in Australia than anyone suspected: There are about 20,000 cases of parvo reported to vet clinics every year. The cost of treatment is usually more than $1500 per case, and survival rates are not good. Regular parvo vaccination is very successful in preventing this terrible disease.
The “core”vaccinations (F3, C3) may then be triannual (every 3 years) but the respiratory virus vaccines (kennel cough and cat flu) and other vaccinations (FIV, Chlamydia etc) need yearly boosters.
Call Maldon Vet Clinic to discuss with the best individual vaccination program for your pet.
Annual health checks are strongly recommended regardless of vaccination requirement.