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Types of Puppy and Dog Vaccinations

There are two classes of vaccines for canines. ‘Core vaccines’ should be given to every dog, while ‘noncore’ vaccines are only recommended for certain dogs. The core dog vaccinations are:
  • Distemper
  • Canine Adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory disease)
  • Canine Parvovirus-2
Following a typical routine, dogs usually receive their vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. The first three vaccinations are usually given a booster every three years after the initial three puppy vaccines. The kennel cough is given annually. If you plan to put your dog in the kennel or take it to doggy day-care or an off-leash park, you should consider the Kennel Cough vaccine. This is done at 12 and 16 weeks of age with a booster once a year.

Types of Kitten and Cat Vaccinations

Kitten and cat vaccinations are also divided age and lifestyle. The core kitten vaccinations are:
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Panleukopenia
You begin the first three vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age and then again once every 3 to 4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks or older. We also offer non-core kitten and cat vaccinations such as:
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Importance of Timely Pet Vaccinations

It’s important to make sure your pet gets vaccinated at the right time in their lives, especially when they’re young. This will maximise the effectiveness of the vaccine and the health of your pet. Our vets strive to make sure your cat or dog is vaccinated at a point when their maternal antibodies are not high enough to defeat disease. Maternal antibodies offer young kittens and puppies protection against infectious diseases passed on by the mother, but this fades as they grow. One way to ensure that your pets are getting their vaccines on time is to sign your pet up for one of our wellness packages. These packages offer stress-free ways to provide your pet with preventative care, including vaccinations. Our wellness packages are also affordable, with monthly payments that suit every budget.