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Vaccinations are important. They protect pets against serious, even life-threatening diseases. Equally we do not wish to over-vaccinate and the availability since 2005 of vaccines that provide three years immunity against some diseases of dogs, and the fact that puppy vaccinations can now be completed at a younger age means the vaccination protocol for your pet may well have changed in the last few years.

Here are our current recommendations :

Puppies

We recommend a two dose puppy vaccination schedule. The first vaccination for distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus should be given at 6-8 weeks of age. Often pups will have had this first vaccination before they come to Millpoint.

Whether or not this first vaccine has been given, we can protect your pup against the three fatal viral diseases (distemper,hepatitis and parvo) and give him/her some protection against canine cough on a single visit at or after 10 weeks of age.

Since we recommend you wait ten days for immunity to develop, this means you can take your pup out of the house and backyard at eleven and a half weeks old. No further vaccinations are required for a year.

Dogs

Vaccination against canine cough and heartworm prevention injections require annual boosters. At Millpoint we start, from 15 months of age, vaccinating your dog with a tri-ennial vaccine for distemper, hepatitis and parvo. This vaccine is given ONLY EVERY THREE YEARS. The vaccine is safe and proven effective.

Kittens

Our current basic primary vaccination course for kittens requires two vaccinations again feline enteritis and feline respiratory disease administered 3-4 weeks apart from 8 weeks of age.

Millpoint Veterinary Centre recommends that all cats are kept indoors in Australia.
If this is not possible then further vaccinations against the viruses that cause Feline Leukaemia and Feline AIDS should be incorporated into the kitten vaccination schedule.

Cats

We recommend annual vaccination for infectious enteritis and feline respiratory disease while your cat is young. In Australia no cat vaccines are registered for longer than one year’s protection. Catteries may require annual vaccination regardless of age as a condition of boarding.

Immunologically, there is little doubt among the international veterinary community that protection persists longer than one year. The age at which to reduce the frequency of vaccination is a matter of debate. I believe I am fairly cautious in that I recommend annual vaccination up to and including four years of age, and then vaccination for enteritis and respiratory disease every second year thereafter.

Feline Leukaemia and Feline AIDS vaccines MUST be given EVERY year to maintain immunity. We recommend strongly that all adult cats are tested for these diseases prior to vaccination.