Vaccinations

Why should you vaccinate your pet?

Vaccinations protect your pet from several harmful and sometimes life threatening illnesses. Vaccinating your animal will effectively prevent and protect your animal from endemic or exotic diseases. 

How does Vaccinations work?

Vaccinations stimulate your pet's natural define mechanism. When healthy animals are vaccinated, their own immune system responds to the vaccine and can remember the infectious agent to which the animal is vaccinated.  This means, if appropriately vaccinated animals are then exposed to the pathogen against which they have been vaccinated, they can expect a level of protection from disease.

Primary Vaccination Course

Dogs:

Initial vaccination course for puppies consists of 2 injections given between 2 and 4 weeks apart. The second injection must be given when your puppy is at least 10 weeks old - therefore the course is normally started at 8 to 10 weeks of age.

Cats:

The initial vaccination course for kittens consists of 2 injections given 3 to 4 weeks apart. The first injection must be given when your kitten is at least 9 weeks old.

Rabbits:

All rabbits, unless pregnant, can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age onwards. The rabbit is fully protected after one injection, which lasts for one year. For rabbits in high risk situations (eg. in close proximity to wild rabbits), it is recommend that they have boosters before that ‘high risk time of year’ i.e. in the spring. 

Boosters

After the primary course, the vaccinations are repeated annually to ensure that your animal's immune system is ‘boostered’ in order for their immune system to be reminded to protect against the diseases.