Keeping Up-to-Date with Vaccinations
Everyone knows the benefits of vaccinations in humans and the same goes for your pets. You wouldn’t want your pet to get a disease that could have been prevented because you didn’t organise a vaccination. Vaccinations not only prevent certain diseases from occurring, they also contain diseases so they don’t spread and cause problems for other animals and humans. Diseases can also lead to other nasty health complications. That’s why it’s important to keep up-to-date with your pet’s vaccinations! Luckily, it’s quick and easy to do, and the team at Floreat Veterinary Centre can make the procedure as simple and painless as possible for you and your pet!
What Do Vaccinations Protect Against?
Dogs and cats are susceptible to many diseases and the necessary vaccinations will depend on the particular environment and the specific risks your pet is exposed to.
The most common vaccinations for dogs are:
- Canine parvovirus – a highly infectious and potentially lethal viral gastroenteritis that causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Canine distemper – a highly contagious disease with symptoms such as conjunctivitis, convulsive seizures, and spinal cord damage. Canine distemper can also be passed to humans; although it shows no symptoms in humans, you can still act as a carrier towards other pets.
- Canine infectious hepatitis – caused by canine adenovirus, this acute liver infection causes fever, depression, loss of appetite, coughing, jaundice, vomiting and fatalities.
- Canine cough – a disease caused by viruses and bacteria, causing a hacking and distressing cough. Although it can be passed to humans, it is very unlikely unless the human has a compromised immune system.
The most common vaccinations for cats are:
- Feline leukaemia virus – a virus that attacks the immune system and makes cats more susceptible to infection and illness.
- Feline enteritis –a virus that has a rapid onset and causes profuse bloody diarrhoea, severe dehydration, malnutrition, anaemia and often death.
- Feline respiratory disease or ‘cat flu’ – causes sneezing, coughing, eye and nose discharge, loss of appetite and ulcers on the tongue. This can lead to severe dehydration and potentially fatal weakness.
How Frequently Do I Need to Get My Pet Vaccinated?
The Australian Veterinary Association recommends that cats and dogs be administered ‘core vaccines’ every three years to protect against severe, life-threatening diseases with a global distribution pattern.
However, be sure to consult with one of our experienced vets to make sure that there aren’t any other specific diseases that your pet is susceptible to. We’ll make sure that your pet isn’t either over-vaccinated or under-vaccinated.
Choose Floreat Veterinary Centre
Australia is a great place to raise a pet in a low-risk environment, compared to many parts of the world. This is in large measure due to our sound and proactive vaccination procedures. If you suspect your pet hasn’t received all the necessary vaccinations, contact our friendly team today and help keep your pet (and the rest of Australia) healthy and happy!