Vaccinating Your Pet

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Altona Veterinary Clinic
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When it comes to your pets health, vaccinations are an important part of their life, they trigger the animals immune system to fight a specific infectious agent.

After the initial puppy and kitten vaccination course, they require yearly vaccinations to ensure they are protected from infectious diseases. Your pet will also receive a health check at the time they are vaccinated to ensure there are no other health concerns.

Dogs and cats will require yearly vaccinations, but did you know that they are vaccinated for different things? Dogs receive a C5 vaccination, while cats will receive a F3 vaccination and some cats receive the feline aids (FIV) vaccination, if they go outdoors.

Vaccinations play an important role in your pets preventative health program. The immunity that your pet gains from being vaccinated diminishes with time; this is why vaccinations are required yearly to ensure they are fully protected against several serious and potentially fatal diseases.

The white blood cells in their bodies produce proteins (called antibodies), that together with other white blood cells fight the infectious agent (called antigens). Yearly booster vaccinations ensure that their bodies still have enough of the trained antibodies to be able to fight against the infectious germs when needed.

Boarding kennels and catteries also require your pet to be fully vaccinated and up to date before your pets stay. Obedience schools and doggy day care also require you dog to be fully vaccinated.

Dogs are vaccinated with a C5 vaccination, this protects against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Kennel Cough (Bordetella & Parainfluenza).

Cats are vaccinated with a F3 vaccination, this protects against respiratory diseases, also known as cat flu (Feline Herpes and Calicivirus) and Feline Enteritis.

It is also strongly recommended that any cat that is indoor/outdoor at any stage of their life get vaccinated for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Feline aids has no cure and is spread when a FIV positive cat has a fight with an un-vaccinated cat.

Before we vaccinate any kitten or cat with the FIV vaccination they require a small blood test to ensure they have not already contracted the virus. If the results indicate that the cat does not have FIV, an initial course of 3 FIV vaccinations is required every two weeks and then a yearly booster is necessary along with your regular annual F3 vaccination.

If you are unsure of your pets vaccination status or would like to make an appointment to update their vaccinations please contact the clinic on 9398 3333.

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