Vaccinations for dogs and cats

12 Nov

Vaccinations have through the years been proven to provide successful disease prevention and some diseases have even been eradicated due to stringent vaccination protocols.

Our pets are exposed to several potentially serious diseases that can even cause death, but that can be prevented by regular vaccinations.

 

Dogs:

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WAHG advises the following vaccination protocol for dogs:

Puppies need to be vaccinated at the ages of 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 12 weeks.

Thereafter dogs need to be vaccinated annually.

 

The vaccines provide protection against the following diseases:

  • Parvoviral enteritis (commonly known as cat flu)
  • Canine Distemper
  • Contagious Hepatitis
  • Para-Influenza
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies

 

There is an additional vaccination against Kennel Cough which is given to dogs that go to boarding kennels, shows and sporting events.

Please note that this vaccine needs to be given twice, 2-4 weeks apart when given for the first time and then needs to be given as an annual booster. It also has to be given at least 2 weeks before the dog goes into boarding kennels when given for the first time in order to be effective.

 

 

Cats:

Kitten

 

WAHG advises the following vaccination protocol for cats:

Kittens need to be vaccinated at the ages of 9 and 12 weeks.

Thereafter cats need to be vaccinated annually.

 

The vaccines provide protection against the following diseases:

  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Rabies

 

The Leukemia vaccine is given as an optional vaccine, but we very strongly advise the use of this vaccine as Leukemia is a very common disease in our area and is potentially life-threatening.