Vaccinations – annual, triannual re dogs, FIV and F3/F5 re cats, nurse role in puppy kitten checks, nurse role in care advice – feeding, worming, flea control.
Diseases contracted by your pets are very serious and can be fatal, even with treatment. We recommend regular Cats, Kittens, Dogs & Puppy vaccinations to prevent your pets from getting diseases.
Ferrets – can be infected by a dog virus known as Distemper Virus. Whilst very uncommon, it is almost always fatal if the ferret has not been previously vaccinated. Ferrets should be vaccinated against this three times as a kit (baby ferret) at 8wk, 12wk and 16wk, then once yearly after this.
Rabbits – there are two, almost always, fatal viruses in Australia that rabbits should be vaccinated against.
- Rabbit Calici Virus (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Virus) causes rabbits to bleed internally, with rabbits dying as soon as 1-2 days after first signs. Rabbits are vaccinated twice if younger than 12 weeks or once if 12 weeks or older and then once yearly after this. The virus can be transmitted by mosquitoes so rabbits and owners do not have to have any contact with sick rabbits for a pet rabbit to become infected.
- Myxomatosis Virus causes swelling of the eyes, nose, lips and genital tissues leading to death usually 1-2 weeks after first symptoms. Again, this virus is often spread by mosquitoes.There is a vaccine against this virus but at present, unfortunately, this vaccine is not available in Australia. Best protection at present is mosquito proof hutches if rabbits are kept outdoors. A very few rabbits may survive with aggressive veterinary care.
Cats – there are six different viruses/infectious agents that cats can be vaccinated against currently in Australia.
- Feline Calici Virus and Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, otherwise known as “cat flu” viruses. These viruses cause symptoms 2-5 days after exposure. These viruses are not usually fatal but can make kittens very sick for 1-3 weeks, with signs including inflamed conjunctiva, eye and nasal discharges, corneal ulcers and secondary bacterial infection of these tissues. Some revovered kittens can become life long carriers of these viruses and may shed the virus during periods of stress, unless vaccinated as a kitten prior to exposure.
- Feline Panleucopaenia Virus.