Pet vaccinations are an essential part of maintaining the health and well-being of our furry friends. Vaccinations are simple shots that protect pets against a range of potentially life-threatening diseases. These include distemper, parvovirus, rabies, and feline leukemia. Here are some things to know about pet vaccinations.

How do Vaccinations work?

It’s important to understand how vaccinations work. The vet vaccinates an animal by exposing them to a small, safe dose of a disease-causing organism. By exposing the animal to the disease, their immune system creates disease fighting anti-bodies. After vaccination, pets have the tools to fight off the disease if they are exposed to it.

Our skilled vet administers vaccinations to pets, commonly given in a series of shots. We give the first shots when the pet is a few weeks old, usually 6 to 8 weeks, and continue vaccinations throughout their life with booster shots to ensure they are always protected

What are the required vaccinations for dogs?

The core vaccinations for dogs include: canine adenovirus, canine distemper virus and canine parvovirus.

Non-core vaccinations are administered depending on the risks to your pet. Contact your vet for advice on the non-core vaccinations, which include:

  • Parainfluenza virus (Bordetella)
  • Leptospirosis interrogans
  • Rabies

The basic schedule will be the same in the majority of Australia, but it is important to follow up with your vet for personalized advice. We have a schedule for you at South Eastern Animal Hospital to help you keep your pet happy and healthy.

What are the required vaccinations for cats?

The core vaccinations for cats include: feline calicivirus, feline viral rhinotracheitis and panleukopenia. Our vaccinations that may be required for cats include: feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, Chlamydophila Felis, Bordetella and feline infectious peritonitis. Speak to your vet on a schedule for your cat depending on age, activity and environment.

Do pets need rabies vaccinations?

Pets born and raised in Australia do not need rabies shots. Animals coming from or going to other countries potentially need a rabies vaccination.

Is Vaccinating safe?

Yes, we consider vaccinating your pet to be safe and effective at keeping them from contracting potentially life-threatening illnesses. There are, however, always risks. Make sure to discuss any concerns you have with your vet. Some pets may experience mild side effects, such as fever, swelling at the injection site, or lethargy. The benefits of vaccination definitely outweigh the risks.