Let’s help you out with some common questions we get about vaccinations.
Does my pet need a vaccination every year?
Yes, definitely. Vaccinations protect our pets against multiple, very serious, disease conditions. Although there are some vaccines (for dogs) that provide protection for three years, they will still need to come in each year for their kennel cough boosters and their annual health checks.
Not sure what your pet’s due for? No worries, just bring in their vaccination card to their appointment, or give us a call to have a chat prior.
What is my dog being vaccinated against?
- Canine Distemper Virus
- Canine Hepatitis Virus
- Canine Parvovirus
- Bordetella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough)
- Canine Parainfluenza (Kennel Cough)
Your veterinarian may also recommend vaccination against Canine Coronavirus and Leptospirosis.
What is my cat being vaccinated against?
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Panleukopaenia Virus
- Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus
Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, your veterinarian may also recommend vaccination against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (feline AIDS).
Is there any danger in administering vaccinations yearly to my pet?
No. There is no compelling evidence to suggest that there is any harm/risk in vaccinating your pet yearly.
How are the vaccinations administered?
A small gauge needle is used to inject the vaccine under the skin between the shoulder blades on the back of the neck. Your pet will feel a little sting (less so than we feel for our vaccinations, which are given into the muscle).
Dogs may also receive an oral vaccine which is trickled onto the gums, providing a strong immune response against kennel cough.
Will my pet get a health check during the vaccination appointment?
Absolutely! Vaccination time is a great opportunity for your pet to get a thorough physical examination. Our clinical team will also be very eager to chat about what foods you are feeding, parasite control, exercise regimes as well as addressing any other questions or concerns you may have about your pet.
My pet is sick, can he still get his vaccination?
It’s safest to wait until he’s feeling all better again. His immune system is busy dealing with his current illness, and therefore he may not be able to provide a sufficient immune response to the vaccine that is needed for adequate protection.
Will my pet feel sick after the vaccination?
The most commonly reported “side-effect” by owners is tiredness. This may simply just be a result of all the adrenaline and excitement from being at the vet.
True vaccine reactions are very rare, but can occur. So, close monitoring for the first 30 mins is recommended (just like us humans).
If you notice any decrease in appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, swelling or anything else out of the usual, please inform your veterinarian.
I want to bring in my pet for vaccination, but they hate the vet. What can I do?
Making an appointment to have a chat with our clinical team is the best place to start. This way we can tailor a “Comfort kit” to ease your pet’s anxiety and make it a fear-free experience for them (and you).
Are there alternatives to avoid annual vaccinations?
Yes, titre testing is now an option. Where a blood test is performed to determine whether your pet still has enough effective antibodies from their previous vaccines to keep them protected. It is important to remember that this should not be used as a “cheaper option” (because it isn’t!) titre testing still needs to be done annually and there is every chance that after a titre test your pet may still need vaccinating anyway. Best to bring this option up for discussion with your vet if you’re interested.