We regard vaccinations as one of the most important preventative health care measures that you can provide for your pet.
If you are choosing to own a puppy, kitten, cat or dog then getting them up to date with vaccinations is essential. At Dapto Veterinary Clinic we follow the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Vaccination Guidelines for all of our vaccinations.
PUPPIES & DOGS
Puppies require a primary course of vaccines. These are recommended at the following intervals;
- First Puppy C3 Vaccine at 6-8 weeks of age
- Second Puppy C3 Vaccine & KC Vaccine (called a C5 vaccine when combined) at 12-14 weeks of age
- Third Puppy C3 Vaccine at 16-18 weeks of age
The C3 vaccination will protect against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper Virus and Canine Hepatitis. The KC vaccine protects against Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis (also known as “kennel cough”)”.
Adult dogs require a booster 12 months after the last puppy vaccine and we currently recommend annual boosters thereafter combined with an annual health check.
If you own an adult dog and are unsure of his/her vaccination history we recommend a C5 vaccine, and then an ongoing annual booster.
In recent years there has been the introduction of three year vaccines for the C3 component. As we are in a high risk area for canine parvovirus we do not currently recommend this vaccine but as the virus prevalence changes we may adapt our vaccine protocol.
KITTENS & CATS
Kittens require a primary course of vaccines. These are recommended at the following intervals;
- First Kitten F3 Vaccine from 8 weeks of age
- Second Kitten F3 Vaccine at 12-14 weeks of age
- Third Kitten F3 Vaccine at 16-18 weeks of age
The F3 vaccination will protect against Feline Panleukopaenia Virus, Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calicivirus.
Adult cats require a booster 12 months after the last kitten vaccine and we currently recommend annual boosters thereafter combined with an annual health check.
Young rabbits require two Calicivirus vaccines 3-4 weeks apart if they are less than 14 weeks of age or one if they are over 14 weeks of age.
Adult rabbits require an annual booster against Calicivirus.