Vaccinations 2019-09-30T00:37:10+00:00


Vaccinations are essential to protect your pet from serious illness and death. Vaccines stimulate your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies (disease-fighting cells & proteins) against the most common highly contagious diseases:

Canine Cough (Kennel Cough)

Feline herpes virus & Feline calicivirus: (Cat Flu)
Feline enteritis

Hendra (HeV)

BEF (3 day sickness)
Clostridial diseases


Many of these diseases are untreatable and potentially fatal.

Immunity from vaccinations weakens over time, leaving pets once again susceptible to disease. Therefore regular booster vaccinations are required for the duration of your pet’s life.

Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet.

Dog Vaccinations

Puppy Vaccination

Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy.

Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.

After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

Infectious Diseases of Dogs that We Vaccinate Against

Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups and older dogs. The virus attacks the intestines causing bloodstained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Dogs often die from severe dehydration despite intensive veterinary care. It is not necessary to have direct contact with other dogs for the disease to be spread. The virus is so persistent that the infected dog’s environment needs to be cleaned with a potent disinfectant to prevent spread to other dogs. Outbreaks occur regularly throughout Australia, especially in summer.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs of any age with young puppies being at highest risk. Symptoms vary but can include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Muscle tremors, fits and paralysis usually occur later in the disease. Treatment is usually ineffective and the recovery rate very low. Dogs that do recover may have permanent brain damage.

Canine Hepatitis

Canine hepatitis is a viral disease which, like distemper is extremely contagious and often fatal. Dogs of any age can become infected, however severe cases are rare in dogs over two years of age. Symptoms include high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases death can occur within 24 to 36 hours. Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems and can act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs for many months.

Canine Cough

Canine cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious diseases, which can be easily spread wherever dogs congregate, such as parks, shows, obedience schools and boarding kennels. Among the infectious agents associated with canine cough is the bacterium known as Bordetella bronchiseptica and the canine viruses parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 and distemper. Affected dogs have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. It is distressing for pet dogs and their owners. It is a major problem for working and sporting dogs. Pneumonia can also be a consequence of infection.

Vaccination Regimes for Cats

The F3 vaccination protects your cat from Feline Herpes virus, Feline Calcivirus & Feline Parvovirus.


Kitten should be vaccinated at 8 weeks old with booster vaccines given at 12 and 16 weeks of age. Kittens over 12 weeks of age will only require two initial vaccinations, given at a 4 week interval.

Adult Cats:

After the initial kitten vaccines, adult cats will require an annual vaccination to maintain immunity. Previously unvaccinated adult cats will require two vaccines at 4 weeks interval, followed by an annual booster.

FIV Vaccination:

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), also known as Feline AIDS, is a viral disease which affects the immune system of domestic cats. The FIV vaccine regime is an initial course of three vaccinations at 2-4 week intervals, followed by a yearly booster. Prior to commencing FIV vaccination, cats must be tested to ensure they are not infected with the disease.

Vaccination Regimes for Horses


Hendra virus is carried by flying foxes and can be transmitted from horse to human through close contact with respiratory secretions and/or blood from an infected horse. Horses from 4 months of agecan be vaccinated against the deadly Hendra Virus. They require two initial doses given 3 to 6 weeks apart, then a booster every 6 months.


Equine Strangles is a respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi. The highly contagious disease is spread via direct contact between horses or equipment. Horses (over 3 months old) require three vaccines with a two week interval between doses. A booster every 6 months is recommended.


Tetanus occurs when a wound becomes infected with spores of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. These spores are commonly found in soil where horses and other animals are kept. The spores multiply after entering the wound and then produce a toxin affecting the muscles and nerves of the horse. Horses (>3 months of age) require two vaccine doses at a 4 week interval followed by an annual booster.

Vaccination Regimes for Cattle

BEF (3 day sickness):

Bovine Ephemeral Fever (BEF) is a viral disease of cattle and buffalo. Typically affected animals are only sick for a few days, hence the alternative name – Three Day Sickness. BEF vaccinations should be administered in spring. Two doses of the vaccine at an interval of 2 – 4 weeks are recommended to produce long-lasting immunity from 6 months of age. One dose will not provide any immunity as it is only a sensitising dose. Annual boosters are recommended.

Ultravac 5 in 1:

Ultravac 5 in 1 is effective in the prevention of the Clostridial diseases Pulpy Kidney Disease, Tetanus, Black Disease, Blackleg and Malignant Oedema in cattle and sheep. Two doses of vaccine are given from 3 months of age with an interval of 4 weeks. An annual booster vaccine is required.

Vaccination Regimes for Rabbits

Rabbit calicivirus disease causes haemorrhage and damage to internal organs. There is no treatment available and most affected rabbits will die. The virus is spread via direct contact with affected rabbits (usually wild rabbits) or via indirect contact with feed, clothing and feed bowls. Rabbits require a single vaccination at 12 weeks of age, followed by an annual booster.

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