Our pets encounter all kinds of infectious bacteria and viruses in their adventures, some of which can be deadly. Vaccinations keep them, and your family, safeguarded against these diseases, starting from when your pet is 6 weeks old and continuing throughout their lives.
Our vets get a lot of questions about kitten immunisations and puppy vaccinations and what we need to protect against in Western Australia. Below, we answer some of the most common questions about dog and cat vaccinations, including some you might not think to ask.
Vaccinations follow a 10-week course starting from around 6 weeks of age.
After their kitten and puppy vaccinations, cats and dogs will then require annual boosters for life to continue to top up their disease defences. At Vetwest, your pet's vaccination also includes a comprehensive health check to ensure they are keeping fit and healthy.
The first kitten and puppy immunisations deliver core vaccines, which protect against the most common and critical viruses that cause disease in the community. Core (or essential) vaccines are included in the annual immunisation boosters to prevent the spread of those nasty diseases in our local community.
Vets commonly group these as the “C3” dog immunisation or 3 in 1 vaccination.
At Vetwest we highly recommend vaccinating your dog with core and non-core vaccinations. This is particularly important for social animals, dogs spending time in kennels, or dogs living in rural areas. This includes protection against:
As parts of the family, we believe in giving our pets the best chance for a happy and healthy life. A big part of this is protecting them with vaccination. For comprehensive protection against common diseases in our local Perth community, we recommend the C5 or 5 in 1 vaccination providing protection against:
Also referred to as core vaccinations
Also referred to as non-core vaccinations
Transmitting diseases to humans is rare, but not impossible. Kitten and cat vaccinations keep your whole family safe from these infectious nasties.
Allergic reactions to immunisations are unlikely, but as a pet owner, you should still know the signs and keep an eye on your pet after vaccination. If your pet displays any signs of a reaction within 48 hours after receiving a vaccination or booster, contact your vet immediately for advice:
Our vets will sometimes administer immunisations weeks apart, as (generally) more vaccinations given closer together can increase the risk of a reaction.
If your kitten or puppy has previously experienced a reaction, consult your nearest clinic for advice. They may administer an anti-inflammatory/anti-histamine before vaccinating or recommend spacing out vaccinations.
But remember, allergic reactions are uncommon, and you still need to vaccinate your cat or dog. Deliberately missing a vaccination is risking their health and the health of other animals in your community.
At Vetwest all vaccination appointments include a full nose-to tail health check to monitor your pet’s overall health and check for early warning signs of other illnesses.
We'll also send you home with a vaccination certificate showing what vaccination was given and the date and we'll set you up with a 12 month vaccination reminder to let you know when your pet is next due for their vaccinations.
Feline pregnancies last between 58 to 65 days, and canine pregnancies 61 to 64 days (approximately). During this time, and afterwards, when they are nursing new kittens and puppies, your vet may recommend to not administer vaccinations.
There are many individual factors at play, including your pet’s vaccination record, their gestation time, overall health, lifestyle and strength levels. The best idea is to speak to your Vetwest vet about dog and cat vaccinations if your pet is pregnant or you are considering breeding them.