Vaccinations

Annual Vaccinations & Health Checks

During your pet’s annual health check, we discuss with you your pet’s history at home since your  previous visit and any matters of concern you may have regarding your pet’s health.

Our exam includes;

  • nose
  • oral cavity (including teeth & gums)
  • eyes
  • ears
  • heart and lungsvet_exam320x213_0
  • abdomen
  • musculoskeletal system
  • skin
  • lymph nodes
  • body temperature, pulse rate and quality, heart rate, respiratory rate & weight

 

We discuss any abnormal findings from the full physical examination with you, and suggest further diagnostic or treatment options as needed. If all is well, then your pet’s vaccination will be administered.

During the annual health check consultation, we also discuss your pet’s internal and external parasite control – fleas, ticks and gastrointestinal worms – & heartworm prevention.

If your pet is more mature in years, we may also suggest a routine blood screen to check their internal organ function.

 

imagesCAQW189J                      VACCINATING YOUR DOG

Dogs should be vaccinated against all of the serious (but preventable) viral diseases that are present in South Eastern Australia – Parvovirus, Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, & Parainfluenza (the viral cause of Kennel Cough).

This combination is known as a “C4 vaccination”. For added protection, a “C5 vaccination” may be given instead of a C4. The C5 vaccination inoculates against Bordatella bronchiseptica, a bacteria that makes Kennel Cough worse. A C5 vaccination is often required if your dog frequents boarding kennels.

Disease Clinical signs Disease Characteristics  
Canine   Distemper Signs vary, but may include fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, depression, muscle tremors & paralysis. Dogs of any age can be affected by this virus, with young puppies at greatest risk. Vaccination
recommended
Infectious   Hepatitis Signs include fever, depression, abdominal pain, vomiting & diarrhoea. Severe cases are rapidly   fatal. Dogs of any age can be affected, but most severe cases occur in dogs less than two years of age. Vaccination
recommended
Canine   Parvovirus Signs include sudden death in young pups, bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain & uncontrollable   vomiting. Most severe in the very   young and very old but dogs of all ages may be affected. Vaccination
recommended
Kennel Cough Hacking cough. Not usually fatal, can be severe & prolonged. Dogs of any age can be affected. Vaccination
recommended
 

The recommended vaccination schedule for puppies starts at 8-9 weeks of age when using the vaccines stocked by Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital. This first vaccination is then boosted at 11-13 weeks of age. Because the immunity gained from these initial vaccinations weakens over time, we recommend annual booster vaccinations to provide the best protection throughout the life of your dog.

 

VACCINATING YOUR CAT

At Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital, we recommend that cats are vaccinated against Feline Enteritis and the two viruses which cause Feline Respiratory Disease – this vaccine is known as an “F3”. We also have a vaccine against Feline Leukaemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Chlamydia, please discuss with us the suitability of this additional vaccination for your cat.

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Disease

Clinical Signs      

Disease Characteristics Prevention
Feline
Enteritis
May cause vomiting & diarrhoea (sometimes with blood), depression, loss of appetite, & intense abdominal pain. Can also cause birth defects & abortion. Highly contagious & has high death rate, especially cats under 1 year. Cats that recover continue to carry and spread the virus. Vaccination
recommended
Feline
Respiratory Disease
Also known as “Cat ‘Flu”. Causes sneezing, coughing, discharge from the eyes & nose, decreased appetite, & ulcers about the mouth & tongue. Highly contagious, but death rate is low except in very young kittens. The disease may be quite distressing for both cat and owner. Cats that recover continue to carry & spread the virus. Vaccination
recommended
Feline
Chlamydia
Causes a severe persistent conjunctivitis in up to 30% of cats. Kittens are more severely affected by Chlamydia following exposure to “Cat Flu”.
NB: This disease is NOT transmissible to humans.
Highly contagious, but non-fatal. Chlamydial organisms may also be shed for many months after the initial infection. Vaccination
available
Feline
Leukaemia
Loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting & diarrhoea. Associated with reproductive problems, leukaemia & tumours. Any age affected. Approximately one third of cats that recover continue to carry & spread the virus. Vaccination
available
Feline
Immuno-
deficiency
Virus
Increased susceptibility to other diseases, much like human AIDS.
NB: This disease is NOT transmissible to humans.
Any age affected. More prevalent in undesexed male cats. Vaccination
Recommended for outdoor cats

The recommended vaccination schedule for kittens starts at 8-9 weeks of age (F3) when using the vaccines stocked by Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital. This first vaccination is then boosted at 11-13 weeks of age (F3) and 14-16 weeks of age (“Flu” vaccine). Because the immunity gained from these initial vaccinations weakens over time, we recommend annual booster vaccinations to provide the best protection throughout the life of your cat.

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After receiving a vaccination, your pet may appear a little “off-colour” for a day or so. Occasionally, vaccine reactions can occur. Please contact us immediately if you are concerned about your cat after vaccination.

If you are not sure about your dog’s current vaccination status or would like to discuss vaccination further with one of our staff members, please visit us or give our hospital a call.

 

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