Vaccinating your pets is important and is recommended by veterinarians in all areas of Australia.
Many pet owners don’t know what is in the vaccines given each year, so it is important that they are able to understand and learn about the different vaccines and be aware of when they are due.
A C5 vaccination is the most common type of vaccination currently given in Australia for dogs. This vaccination covers:
- Canine Cough
Initially puppies will have three vaccinations done on a schedule, with the first between six to eight weeks of age, the second around 12 weeks of age, and the third around 16 weeks of age. Once complete, they will then need to have a yearly vaccination to keep them fully protected as adult dogs.
An F3 vaccination is the most common type of vaccination currently given in Australia for cats. This vaccination covers:
- Feline Panleukopenia
- Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus
- Feline Calicivirus
As kittens, they will have three vaccinations done on a schedule, with the first between six to eight weeks of age, the second between 10-12 weeks of age, and the third between 14-16 weeks of age. Once complete, they will require a yearly booster vaccination to keep them fully protected, just like dogs.
Boarding your dog or cat
Boarding establishments and doggy day care centres throughout Australia will require a current vaccination certificate to be presented by the pet owners prior to boarding, so it is important that pet owners keep their vaccinations up to date at all times.
Unvaccinated pets are at risks of contracting serious diseases, so any time there is any uncertainty about the status of a pet’s vaccination, it is important to speak to your veterinarian for advice.
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