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Why vaccinate?

Do I have to VACCINATE my pet?

We highly recommend annual health checks and vaccinations for all pets.

Vaccinations are an important part of your pets’ preventative health care. They help prepare the immune system to fight off disease causing organisms. Not every animal needs to be vaccinated against every disease, we will discuss with you a protocol that is individually tailored to your pets needs. Recent veterinary medical advances have enabled us to reduce the number of vaccinations given to an animal over its lifetime, so your pet is not given anything they don’t need.

Dogs are vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus. Parvo causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, which results in severe illness and often death. Fortunately due to widespread vaccination, we rarely see Distemper or Hepatitis. We also recommend vaccinating against Canine Cough (previously called Kennel Cough). This highly contagious infection is treatable, but the dog feels really miserable while infected.

Cats are normally vaccinated against “cat flu” and panleucopaenia. “Cat flu” is highly contagious and is very commonly seen in the general cat population. Panleucopaenia fortunately is now quite rare due to vaccination, but is a potentially fatal viral disease of cats. Any cat that spends time outdoors will benefit from a Feline Aids vaccine. Feline Aids is caused by infection with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). It causes a potentially fatal viral infection that interferes with their immune system. FIV positive cats infect healthy cats usually via biting during a cat fight.

 

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