Why We Recommend
Cat and Dog Vaccinations
in Whittlesea, Victoria
You can protect your four-legged family member from all kinds of dangers, but cat and dog vaccinations are the only way to keep “invisible” enemies like distemper and parvovirus at bay. At The Vet Practice in Whittlesea, we recommend a combination of core (essential for all pets) and non-core (lifestyle-based) vaccines to give your pet the best protection possible.
Along with keeping pets safer, cat and dog vaccines can also help to reduce or even prevent the spread of harmful diseases in our community, which helps to protect other animals and in some cases, people too. And to ensure that your pet only receives the vaccines that they really need, we base our recommendations on their health status, vaccine history, lifestyle, and home environment.
Are Cat and Dog Vaccinations Safe?
Vaccinating your pet has never been safer. Our veterinarians are very careful to make sure that every pet receives the vaccines they need, and no more. We also space out vaccination series so your pet has time to absorb the vaccine and adjust before receiving their next shot. Because we understand the risks that come with over-vaccinating, we always take precaution and base each patient’s vaccination schedule on their unique needs and lifestyle.
Our Core Vaccines for Dogs
Core vaccines are those which we recommend for all dogs regardless of their lifestyle. This means that your pet does not need to have a direct encounter with another animal to be at risk for the following diseases:
To protect dogs against these diseases, we provide them with what we call the C3 vaccination.
Core Vaccines for Cats
Cats also require certain vaccines to stay healthy, even if they spend all their time indoors. The diseases for which they need to be vaccinated are:
- Feline Herpes Virus
- Panleukopenia Virus
- Feline Calicivirus
Our F3 vaccination provides cats with ample protection from all of the above.
Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats
We’ll need to assess your pet’s health, lifestyle, and living environment to help you determine which non-core vaccines they’ll need over the course of their lifetime. Here are some of the non-core vaccines we recommend for dogs and cats:
- Canine Cough - dogs only*
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) - cats only, typically indoor/outdoor
*This vaccine can be combined with the C3 vaccine in what is called the C5 vaccination.
Puppy and Kitten Vaccines
Puppies and kittens can be very vulnerable to illness when they’re young, so it’s important to start vaccinating them at about 6-8 weeks old. Here are our recommendations:
- 1st C3 vaccination, 6-8 weeks old
- 2nd C3 vaccination plus intranasal Canine Cough vaccine, 12 weeks old
- 1st F3 vaccination, 6-8 weeks old
- 2nd F3 vaccination, 10-12 weeks old
- 3rd F3 vaccination, 16-18 weeks old
If we recommend that your kitten receive the FIV vaccine, they will undergo a series of 3 injections, each given 2-3 weeks apart.