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Dog Vaccinations

It is vital that your dog is protected against the following important diseases:

Canine Parvovirus

Parvo causes a severe, often fatal diarrhea most commonly in puppies/young dogs. Dogs become infected after coming into contact with the virus which can be shed in large numbers in infected faeces. The virus can also survive in the environment for a long time.

Canine Distemper Virus

The distemper virus causes severe respiratory and neurological disease that usually results in the affected animal being euthanased. The distemper virus is spread by inhaling infected droplets (ie close contact with an infected animal that sneezes/coughs) and is most prevelant in young animals. Thankfully because of vaccination Distemper is rarely seen these days.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Canine Adenovirus 1 Infection may cause acute fatal inflammation of the liver or may result in chronic liver disease.

Canine Parainfluenza Virus and Adenovirus 2

Both viruses cause infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) The most common symptom is a severe hacking cough that persists for 10 -14 days. They are transmitted by inhaling infected droplets (ie sneeze/cough) so are a particular issue in kennels or dog shelters where animals are in close contact

Bordetella Bronchiseptica

Is a bacteria that can also cause kennel cough either by itself or in combination with other respiratory viruses. Like the respiratory viruses it is spread by inhaling infected droplets. The predominant symptom is a harsh cough that resolves within 10-14 days.

Leptospirosis

Is a bacterial infection that is of particular relevance as it can be passed to humans. In dogs liver and kidney failure may be seen and severe acute infections are often fatal. The disease is transmitted via close contact with an infected animal through urine, the placenta, bites or by eating infected material Humans can contract Leptospirosis through contact with infected dog urine.

Recommended Vaccination Protocols

Vanguard Plus 5 (Parvo, Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus) + Leptoguard (Leptospirosis)

Initial Vaccination Course

  • 6-8 weeks Vanguard Plus 5
  • 9 – 11 weeks Vanguard Plus 5 and Leptoguard
  • 12 – 14 weeks Vanguard Plus 5 and Leptoguard +/- Nobivac intranasal vaccine*

* If your pet is likely to be going in to kennels within six months it will require a Kennel Cough Intranasal Vaccine.

Booster Vaccinations

  • Vanguard 5 given at one year of age then every 1-3 years thereafter
  • Leptoguard – given annually
  • Nobivac Intrasal Kennel Cough – every 12 months but depends on the Boarding kennel requirements.

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Cat Vaccinations

Respiratory Viruses

The two viruses commonly associated with cat flu or snuffles are the Feline Herpesvirus and the Feline Calicivirus. Both cause upper respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, conjunctivitis and discharge from the nose and eyes. The Herpesvirus tends to cause more severe symptoms. Ulcers on the tongue and chronic inflammation of the gums may also be seen with Calicivirus infection. Cats become infected by close contact with infected cats. Cats are at greatest risk of contracting snuffles at a boarding/breeding cattery or animal shelter. Recovered cats may continue to shed the virus without showing symptoms potentially infecting many animals.

Feline Panleukopenia

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Is a parvovirus that may cause depletion of white blood cells, severe intestinal damage, diarrhea and death. Abortion and abnormal brain development in young kittens (cerebellar hypoplasia) may also be seen.

Recommended

Vaccination Plan

  • 6 weeks Nobivac Tricat (Herpesvirus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
  • 9 weeks Nobivac Tricat
  • 12 weeks Nobivac Tricat
  • 1 year Nobivac Tricat and every year thereafter.

Note that most boarding catteries require that cats be vaccinated every 8-12 months. Please check with the individual establishment

Other Vaccines

Vaccines against the Feline Leukaemia Virus, Chlymaydophilia Felis, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus are also available but are not included/recommended in our routine vaccination protocols. If you have any queries about these please ask David or Rachael

Rabbit Vaccinations

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is a calicivirus of the genus Lagovirus that causes rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD).This RHD virus was introduced into New Zealand to try to control the rabbit population especially in the South Island. The virus is deadly to both wild and domesticated pet rabbits so we do advise vaccinating pet rabbits.
The recommended plan is to vaccinate at 9 to 12 weeks of age and then to give an annual booster vaccination.

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