Vaccinations are a vital part of the practice of preventative medicine. When given and kept up to date, they are a central part of controlling diseases within a population. At Stanthorpe Vet Care, we are able to vaccinate dogs, cats and horses and we strongly recommend that this is carried out as part of being a responsible pet owner.
There are many benefits of vaccinating your pet, not only to yourself and your furry friend, but to the animal population. Many people can think that a yearly vaccine is an expensive exercise; however in the scheme of things, a vaccination is going to cost less than treating your pet against the nasty diseases such as parvovirus and feline enteritis. Vaccinating your pet is also important to what we call herd health, which is when resistance to a disease is being built up due to a proportion of the population becoming immune. The only way we will be able to eradicate diseases will be to make sure our pets are all up to date with vaccinations.
Initial vaccines are given to puppies and kittens at 6, 10 and 14 weeks, when their immunity that they receive from their mother is rapidly declining. It is important that these young animals receive all their initial vaccinations to make sure this “new” type of immunity that we are giving to them has the chance to kick in. Once they have had their initial vaccines, it is important for us to continue to see your pet on a yearly basis to give them their yearly booster shots and for an annual health check.
In dogs we initially give what we call a C3 + C2i vaccination, which will protect your dog against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Coronavirus and Leptospirosis. Once the initial vaccines are given, a C7 vaccine can be given which protects against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis and the two strains what we call kennel cough. A C7 vaccine is usually required before your dog can go into boarding in most places.
For cats, we give an F4 vaccination. This will protect your kitty from Feline Enteritis (Feline Panleucopenia), Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calcivirus and Chlamydia. We are also able to administer a separate vaccination that will protect your cat against FIV (Feline Aids).