Vaccinations play a major role in disease prevention. They arm the immune system with the signals required to identify illnesses early optimising the rate at which our immune system responds to infection. Vaccinations also provide us with an opportunity to perform a clinical examination on a regular basis promoting early detection of any other non-infectious conditions.
Vaccines need to be given 3-4 weeks apart during the booster period. Puppies can be vaccinated as young as 6 weeks of age (this is usually done by the breeder or rescue agency). When your puppy is next due a vaccination depends on the age of the puppy and when the last vaccine was given (if it has been given one at all).
We recommend puppies be vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age (or 9, 12 and 16 weeks). If you have your pup at 6 weeks of age and he/she has not had any vaccinations, we would then do 6, 9, 12 and 16 week booster vaccinations.
Now that we have established the timing of the vaccinations, we must now consider the vaccines. There are 4 vaccines for dogs:
Vanguard 5 must be given at all booster vaccination.
Leptoguard and Injectible KC must be given at the 8 and 12 week boosters (or 9 and 12 weeks).
Intranasal KC only requires a single dose from the age of 12 weeks, otherwise 2 doses 3-4 weeks apart if given to pups less than 12 weeks of age.
Full immunity takes effect 10-14 days after the last vaccine of its kind has been administered. The exception is intranasal KC which takes effect after 72 hours.
Once the boosters have all been given, annual vaccinations then follow. We strongly recommend all vaccines, especially if your dog will be exposed to other dogs (in boarding facilities or when out walking).
Vaccines need to be given 3-4 weeks apart during the booster period. Kittens can be vaccinated as young as 6 weeks of age (this is usually done by the breeder or rescue agency). When your kitten is next due a vaccination depends on the age of the kitten and when the last vaccine was given (if it has been given one at all).
There are 2 types of vaccines for cats:
Felocell 3 is the primary vaccine used to prevent cat flu (or snuffles). FIV is for the prevention of feline aids.
Felocell 3 needs two boosters, 3-4 weeks apart. We recommend kittens be vaccinated at 8 and 12 weeks of age (or 9 and 12 weeks). If you have your kitten at 6 weeks of age and he/she has not had any vaccinations, we would then do 6, 9 and 12 week booster vaccinations.
FIV vaccines require three boosters. These can be given at the same time as Felocell 3 vaccines at 6, 9 and 12 weeks, or at 9, 12 and 16 weeks of age (with FIV being the only vaccine given at the 16 week booster).
Full immunity takes effect 10-14 days after the last vaccine of its kind has been administered.
Once the boosters have all been given, annual vaccinations then follow. We strongly recommend both vaccines, especially if you know of any stray cats in your neighbourhood. Stray cats are known to carry FIV.
Cylap is the only vaccine available in New Zealand licensed for protection against rabbit haemorhagic disease (caused by calicivirus). A single vaccine can be given from 9 weeks of age. We then advise annual vaccinations. If there is a high risk of calicivirus in your area (such as an outbreak of calicivirus in feral rabbit populations), you may vaccinate pet rabbits younger than 9 weeks of age, as long as they have a booster at 12 weeks of age to complete the course.
Rabies vaccination will be required if you wish to export your pets to certain countries. If you are interested in rabies vaccination, please call our administration first so that they may arrange this for you.
All vaccinations we perform include a full clinical examination. It is extremely important for pets to be healthy prior to vaccination. If there are any possible issues, our staff will inform you at the end of the health check. We can also administer worm and flea treatment. This is particularly useful for pets who are very difficult to treat with both oral and topical medications.
We offer blood, urine and other lab tests for pets who are easily restrained by their owners. Blood and urine tests are especially useful for senior cats and dogs. Furthermore they are also important tools for monitoring pets who have a history of chronic illness(es) or are on long term therapy. Lab tests have great sensitivity for detecting many conditions at an early stage before they start to show clinical symptoms. Early detection improves survival rates.
Please note that occasionally some pets may be slightly subdued after vaccination. This is normal and results from the immune system developing an immune response to the vaccine antigens or agents administered. It normally lasts no more than 24 hours after the vaccine has been administered.
If you have any questions about pet vaccinations, please feel free to contact our team.