Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age primarily to provide them with temporary protection against
parvovirus until they receive their next vaccination at 3 months of age.
Unfortunately we see far too many young unvaccinated puppies with parvovirus that are only 8-10 weeks old. It is really important
that they receive this first vaccination, as they are often critically ill if they contract parvo as young puppies.
In addition, our vets may recommend that your pup be vaccinated against Canine Cough (sometimes called Kennel Cough).
Canine Cough can be a serious disease in the young and aged dogs as well as any with a heart or respiratory problem.
All dogs that enter a boarding kennel and many competitions such as shows, are required to be vaccinated against Canine Cough.
Kittens require vaccination against Feline Enteritis and “Cat Flu” from 6 weeks of age.
In addition they should be vaccinated against FIV ( the cat equivalent of HIV) which is mainly spread through cat saliva. It only
takes one bite from a stray cat with FIV to infect your kitten or cat, so if your moggy goes outside at all, it is not worth the risk of
Horses and donkeys should all receive tetanus vaccinations with yearly boosters
Our vets are able to advise you on the need for Strangles vaccination given the particular circumstances of your horses, but give
the small premium in using a combined Tetanus/strangles vaccine it is a small price to pay for peace of mind and additional security
of your horses well-being.
All our vets are accredited to administer Equivac HeV , the new vaccine for Hendra Virus which is a usually fatal disease of horses
spread from flying foxes. Infected horses can infect other horses and humans. Of the seven known cases in humans four have been
fatal. In 2013 the Royal Queensland Show became the first organization to require mandatory Hendra virus vaccination for all horses
attending or competing at the “Ekka”.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) supports the RNA's decision to make vaccinations mandatory with the aim of protecting
horses and humans.