Pet Vaccinations

Why vaccinate your furry friends?

 

Vaccinating your pets in the first six months of their lives will protect them against many diseases by providing them with primary immunity. As your kitten’s and puppy’s immune system is still developing, they are more vulnerable to contagions which is why initial vaccinations must be administered within their first 8 weeks.

Here are the core vaccinations that will help keep your furry friends healthy and happy.

Core pet vaccinations

The most common core vaccinations your puppy will receive are:

  • Canine distemper virus (CDV)
  • Canine adenovirus (CAV)
  • Canine parvovirus (CPV-2)

Other non-core yet recommended dog vaccinations include:

  • Parainfluenza virus (PI)
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (BB)
  • Leptospira interrogan

Your kitten must be vaccinated against:

  • Feline parvovirus (FPV)
  • Feline calicivirus (FCV)
  • Feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1)

Other non-core yet recommended cat vaccinations include:

  • Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
  • Chlamydia felis
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

When to vaccinate your puppy or kitten?

 

Ensuring that your pet’s vaccination schedule is followed is essential for the health of your pet and your family. We, at the Matraville Veterinary Practice, recommend a tailored preventative health care program for every puppy, kitten, dog and cat which includes regular vaccinations.

The period of time between vaccination mainly depends on the age of your pet. Puppies and kittens are vaccinated three times in the six first months of their lives and then once a year after the age of 16 weeks. Older pets aged three years or more may be given additional vaccinations depending on their lifestyle and the environment they live in.

Puppy vaccination schedule

  • 6 to 8 weeks: first vaccination
  • 10 to 12 weeks: booster vaccination
  • 14 to 16 weeks: final vaccination
  • Every 12 months: annual booster vaccinations

Up until 18 weeks, make sure to not walk your puppy in public areas or let your pet interact with other dogs. Your pets may be up-to-date on their vaccination schedule but other furry playmates may not.

Kitten vaccination schedule

  • 6 to 8 weeks: first vaccination
  • 10 to 12 weeks: booster vaccination
  • 14 to 16 weeks: final vaccination
  • Every 12 months: annual booster vaccinations