Vaccinations

Vaccinations and my pet

Why does my pet need vaccinations?

Just like us, regular vaccinations for pets are essential to their ongoing health. They protect your pet from serious preventable disease. Many of these diseases don’t have a cure, only drawn-out and often painful treatments – this is why vaccinating is so important.

How often does my pet need to be vaccinated?

Vaccination schedules will depend on your pet type and age. Ideally, puppies and kittens won’t yet have been exposed to diseases. This means they will need a series of injections known as a ‘primary course’ to build up their immunity. Once your pet has had their first round of vaccinations, your Greencross Vet will help you to decide the best long-term vaccination program to keep your pet in top health.

Puppies – core vaccination schedule:

 

  • 6 to 8 weeks old – first vaccination
  • 10 to 12 weeks old – second vaccination
  • 14 to 16 weeks old – third vaccination

Adult dogs – booster vaccinations:

  • one year after your dog’s 14-week vaccination
  • after that top-up, your vet will determine the most suitable ongoing vaccination program guided by your dog’s lifestyle and environment

Ongoing

Dogs require a canine cough vaccination every year (mandatory if attending a boarding facility)Click here for more information on vaccinating your dog.

Kittens – core vaccination schedule

  • 6 to 8 weeks old – first vaccination
  • 10 to 12 weeks old – second vaccination
  • 14 to 16 weeks old – third vaccination

Adult cats – booster vaccinations

  • cats require booster vaccinations to ensure long-term immunity against contagious diseases like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • if your cat is exposed to the outdoors or neighbourhood cats, consider incorporating the FIV vaccine into your cat’s program (this can be given from 8 weeks of age)

Ongoing

Your Greencross Vet will determine the most suitable ongoing vaccination program guided by your cat’s lifestyle and environment.

Unvaccinated pets are at risk of contracting serious diseases. Keep your sidekick safe and speak to your Greencross Vet today about the best possible vaccination program for their ongoing health.