Woman in white uniform holding a kitten in her arms and a vaccination needle

Vaccinations are extremely important for the health and wellbeing of your pets, particularly cats and dogs. Kittens and puppies begin vaccinations early, to protect them from infectious diseases while their immune systems are still developing.

Diseases such as rabies, hepatitis, parvovirus, feline respiratory viruses and feline enteritis can be very serious and even fatal, especially in young animals. Therefore, it’s important to take preventative measures to ensure dogs and cats are protected against these diseases in the first place, rather than reacting to them later down the track.

Read on for more guidelines on how to make sure your puppy or kitten is properly vaccinated, giving them the best chance at a long and healthy life.

 

How Do Vaccines Protect Your Pet?

First of all, how exactly do vaccines work?

Vaccination exposes your pet’s immune system to an infection, causing its white blood cells to produce antibodies to start fighting it. These antibodies then bind to the infection and neutralise it, and work to kill off cells that have been infected.

Our bodies remember this process, and if the same infection comes into our system again we quickly produce a strong immune response to fight it off again. Today’s pet vaccinations are very safe, tested and common place.

Vaccinations for Dogs

Puppies must receive their first vaccination between 6-8 weeks of age. This is then repeated monthly, or at 4 week intervals until your dog is at least 4 months old.
Booster vaccines are then maintained annually – your vet will be able to advise you of the exact timeframes for scheduled vaccinations for your pet.
Speak to your vet about ensuring your dog is vaccinated against the following:
• Canine Distemper
• Canine Infectious Hepatitis
• Canine Parvovirus
• Canine Parainfluenza
• Bordetella Bronchiseptica

Serology testing is now available – speak to your veterinarian in Rockingham today!

Vaccinations for Cats

Cats are generally vaccinated at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks and then once a year, to protect them from diseases such as feline enteritis, cat flu, feline chlamydia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which can be very serious and even fatal, particularly for kittens.

Your cat should be vaccinated against the following infectious diseases:

• Feline Panleukopenia
• Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
• Feline Calicivirus

 

Why Pets Insurance ?

It’s a pet owner’s nightmare when your pet has taken seriously ill or in an accident and you are facing a bill you hadn’t budgeted for. Pet Insurance is separate to Wellness Packages but there are all kinds to suit your budget and needs. Pets are much more than animals, and having a pet insurance helps take the financial stress out of emergencies and bring happiness into the family.

Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital is offering its clients medical cover through Petplan.

 

Preventative Healthcare for Your Pet

Vaccinations are just one aspect of proper pet care. Remember, becoming a pet owner is a long-term responsibility, requiring an investment of time and money as well as love – all animals deserve caring homes, so make a commitment to your pet’s healthcare.

Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital offers a range of affordable wellness packages  for pets in Rockingham and its surrounding suburbs that provide regular preventative care for the health of your cat and/or dog. Regular check-ups ensure the ongoing good health, and by preventing illness and disease in the first place you’ll also be saving money on potentially expensive vet bills.

Monthly payment plans will take a lot of the financial stress out of owning a pet, giving you 100% peace of mind that you’re looking after them properly, and have somewhere to turn to in case of emergency. You’ll also have compassionate and skilled vets always on hand to offer you guidance and support at any stage of your pet’s life.

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