Vaccinations

Our aim is to provide your pet with the best protection possible  from the more common diseases. We try to tailor a vaccination program which is appropriate for each animal.   In dogs,  parvovirus and canine cough are the most prevalent diseases, however distemper, and hepatitis are also preventable by vaccination.  Some dogs which travel out of the area may benefit from vaccination against Leptospirosis which is a serious bacterial disease.   

Currently we are using a vaccine which protects adult dogs against parvovirus for at least every 3 years.

For cats, we vaccinate against the herpes and calici viruses responsible for 'catflu' and panleukopaenia (a serious diseases similar to parvovirus in dogs)

Feline Aids virus is another disease for which there is a vaccine available, this vaccine was developed overseas and may protect against the New Zealand strain of Feline Aids.   Adult cats should be tested for this disease before vaccination and microchipped once the vaccine is given.  Cats most at risk are those in rural areas and those cats getting into fights.

For cats there has been some debate as to whether a vaccination every second year is satisfactory or whether a yearly vaccination would offer stronger protection.  The reality seems to be that some cats will establish better immunity than others and we don't know which cats do not respond as well, so it is difficult to make a recommendation for cats, we do not want to over vaccinate any animal, so discuss what is appropriate for your situation with us at your next appointment.

Remember, if you are putting your pets into a kennel,  you will need to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations, do not leave it until the last minute, it is best to vaccinate at least two weeks prior to your pet's entry to the kennel, this gives the immune system a chance to respond to the vaccine.

Christmas is always a popular time for vaccinations, so make sure you book your appointment early.