At Fremantle Animal Hospital, we offer a range of vaccine protocols to best suit your pet and your lifestyle.
The main diseases we vaccinate against in dogs are;
- Canine parvovirus - A highly contagious virus spread via direct or indirect contact to infected faeces. It affects the gastrointestinal system and causes extreme vomiting and diarrhoea. Unfortunately this disease is often fatal.
- Canine distemper virus - A viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. It causes sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.
- Canine adenovirus (infectious hepatitis) - This virus causes a severe organ dysfunction, causing problems with the liver, central nervous system, and blood clotting disorders.
- Bordetella bronchiseptica - A bacteria that causes infectious bronchitis, commonly known as "Kennel Cough"
- Canine parainfuenza - A highly infectious virus that causes a lung infection and is a common contributor to Kennel Cough.
Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.
Puppies are temporarily protected against many diseases by antibodies received through colostrum (first milk) from their mother. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy.
Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination can decrease over time, and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact the Veterinary team at Fremantle Animal Hospital for advice.