Vaccinations

March 20th, 2012

Vaccination programmes are put in place to prevent the spread of disease amongst our furry companions. In the past, many animals became severely ill due to contagious diseases. With modern medicine these

diseases are now managed by regular vaccination.

Protect your pets by ensuring they receive regular vaccinations*!

What You Are Vaccinating Against

Dogs

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper Virus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Para-Influenza Virus
  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica

 Cats

  • Feline Infectious Enteritis
  • Feline Herpes Virus
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

 Rabbits

  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

 

*A vaccination is a small injection administered under the skin in the proximity of the animal’s neck.

Recommended Vaccination Protocol at Our Clinic

Generally, the immunity (disease-fighting antibodies) that a puppy or kitten gains from its mother’s milk will begin to diminish around six weeks of age in pups and eight to nine weeks in kittens.

It is recommended to begin the initial vaccinations at this time.

 Dogs/Puppies

  • First DHP vaccine can be given from six to eight weeks of age, followed by a booster vaccine three to four weeks later at 10 to 12 weeks of age.
  • A NobiVac Kennel cough vaccine may be administered with either of the above vaccines.
  • Nobivac DHP and Nobivac KC is given at one year of age, then every one to three years thereafter.
  • If your pet is likely to be going in to kennels, please check with individual establishment’s vaccine protocols.

 Cats/Kittens

  • First Nobivac Tricat vaccine can be given from eight weeks of age, followed by a booster vaccine three to four weeks later when kitten is 11 to 12 weeks of age.
  • If a FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) vaccine is administered on the first visit, another two boosters are due, to be given two to three weeks apart each time.
  • Nobivac Tricat is given at one year of age, then every three years thereafter – in between years, a Nobivac Ducat is administered.
  • Note that most boarding catteries require that cats be vaccinated every 12 months. Please check with the individual establishment.

 Rabbits

  • An initial vaccination of Cylap RCD is given when the rabbit is two-and-a-half to three months of age.
  • An annual booster vaccination is recommended.
  • If earlier vaccination is necessary (younger than two-and-a-half to three months), then a booster is advisable when the rabbit does reach two-and-a-half to three months of age.