Vaccination is a critical pet health activity and a key part of responsible pet care.
High Street Road Animal Hospital offers hassle-free vaccinations delivered by expert veterinarians. It’s easy to protect your pet by booking a time with our friendly team.
Our expert team can help you:
- Find out what vaccinations your pet will need.
- Schedule, administer, and record vaccinations for your pet.
- Monitor your pet’s reactions once vaccines have been administered.
- Answer any questions or concerns you have regarding vaccination and your pet.
- Ask our team about getting a vaccination schedule for your pet, it’s a great way to keep your pet protected and plan health care expenses.
Here at High Street Road Animal Hospital, we advise routine vaccination of all dogs and cats. This starts at 6-8 weeks of age for a course of puppy and kitten vaccinations and is followed by yearly boosters.
Vaccinations are very important as they enable us to prevent disease and prevention is always better than a cure. It is important to remember that many of the diseases that we vaccinate against are potentially fatal!
What are the risks of vaccinating my pets?
The risks are extremely low. Uncommonly an allergic reaction to the vaccination may cause swelling of the face, depression and pain at the injection site. Report these signs to us immediately as an antihistamine injection can be given to stop the allergic reaction.
In a small number of cases, a reaction at the site of the injection may occur as a firm swelling underneath the skin. This usually disappears after a month. Some animals may also become quiet and less interested in food for about 24 hours after the vaccine but this is only temporary.
The very small risks associated with vaccinations are far outweighed by the risk of disease which they effectively prevent.
All kittens require a course of kitten vaccinations to provide protection against Feline Upper Respiratory Disease (cat flu) and Feline enteritis.
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease is caused by a feline herpes virus +/- calicivirus. Signs of infection include sneezing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, coughing and mouth ulcers. Severely affected cats can suffer dehydration and pneumonia.
Feline Enteritis is also caused by a virus and results in severe, often fatal gastroenteritis. Kittens suffer vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration and often death.
Kittens that are unvaccinated are at risk of developing severe disease and possibly death.
Our vaccination protocol for kittens is as follows:
- 6-8 weeks F3 (Feline Upper Respiratory Disease and Feline Enteritis)
- 12-14 weeks F3 (as above)
- 16-18 weeks F3 (as above)
An annual booster vaccination is needed to maintain immunity in adult cats. This visit always includes a full physical checkup by a Veterinarian.
Feline AIDS virus is reasonably common in the cat community with an estimated incidence of 26% of Victorian cats being infected. Although it is in the same family as the human HIV virus, it is a different virus and transmission to humans has never been recorded.
The virus is transmitted through the saliva of infected cats so fighting is the most common mode of transmission. Therefore any cat that goes outside should be vaccinated against the virus. Signs of the disease commonly include those associated with immunosuppression such as cat bite abscesses, dental disease, mouth infections, weight loss and poor coats. Eventually some cats can die from overwhelming infections.
A new vaccine is now available to protect against this disease. The vaccinations can be given to the kitten with the standard F3 vaccinations. Cats over 6 months of age need a blood test first to see if they are infected. All cats must also be microchipped before having the vaccination.