Preventive care services are performed for the prevention of disease or sickness and help to ensure your pets are staying healthy. These services include vaccinations, parasite control, wellness exams, and even weight management help. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about our services in preventive care.
We provide veterinary services for every stage in your pet’s life, from her first shots to a lifetime of preventive care to keep her happy and healthy.
Why Vaccinate Your Pet?
Vaccinating your cat, dog, puppy or kitten is one of the most important things that you can do as a responsible and caring owner. It will help your pet to live a long and healthy life.
These vaccines provide antibodies against the most common and contagious, life-threatening diseases that your dog or cat will come across during their lifetime. Many of these diseases either have no cure, or would involve long, expensive and often unsuccessful treatments for you pet.
When should I vaccinate?
During the first few weeks of life, your puppy or kitten will be protected from disease by immunity passed on by the mother before birth, and through her milk. (These are known as maternally derived antibodies). Unfortunately, this immunity only lasts until your puppy or kitten is around 12 weeks of age. This is why it is so important to get the vaccinations completed as soon as possible.
We recommend having the first vaccination at 8 weeks old in puppies, and 9 weeks old in kittens.
The second vaccination is then given between 3-4 weeks later.
This means that the protection provided by these vaccines starts at the approximate time that the immunity passed on by your pet’s mother runs out.
After the primary course, an annual ‘booster’ vaccination is essential, providing your loved pet with continuous protection. Annual boosters are very important as, unlike in humans, the effect of vaccination only lasts a limited time.
What Diseases Does The Vaccine Cover?
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – ‘CAT FLU’ – very common
Easily transmitted from one cat to another
Causes sneezing, fever, lack of appetite, discharges from the eyes and nose and coughing
Even if a cat recovers, symptoms may occur on and off for life
Feline Calicivirus – Very common
Another major cause of ‘cat flu’
Widespread and highly contagious
Causes ulcers in the tongue and mouth and pneumonia (lung inflammation), sneezing and runny eyes
Treatment is difficult
Infected animals will continue to spread the disease to other cats, and may have lifelong problems
Feline Panleucopenia – cat ‘Parvo’ or Enteritis
This disease can survive for up to a year outside of your cat’s body
Most cats will come into contact with it in their lifetime
Causes diarrhoea, vomiting, severe dehydration and fever
Once infected, a cat can spread the disease to other cats in the area
Vaccination is essential for this potentially fatal disease – treatment is very difficult, and not always successful
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) – Common
This disease can result in a number of health problems for your cat, ranging from bacterial infections to cancers
After being exposed to the Virus, an infected cat may show no symptoms for months, if not years, while continuing to affect other healthy cats
A potentially fatal disease
Canine Parvovirus – Common
Spread via infected faeces dog to dog
Highly contagious and often fatal
Causes fever, vomiting, and diarrhoea with blood
The disease can stay in the environment for months, continuing to infect other dogs
Often fatal and very difficult to treat
Spread dog to dog by eye and nose discharges
Causes fever, coughing, diarrhoea, vomiting, fitting and paralysis
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Spread dog to dog by infected urine, faeces or saliva
Symptoms similar to Distemper
Causes Liver failure, eye damage and breathing problems
Can be fatal
Leptospirosis – Common
Infected dogs can suffer from Liver and Kidney damage
This disease will need a long period of treatment if they are to fully recover
Often fatal and CAN INFECT HUMANS
Infectious Tracheobronchitis – ‘Kennel cough’ – Very Common
Transmitted from dog to dog easily
Caused by various airborne bacteria and viruses just like the human cold
Causes a dry, hacking cough – often resulting in vomiting
Requires a separate vaccine given by squirting liquid up the nose