Vaccinations

It is essential that we give your pet a full clinical examination every year to make sure that nothing has developed that may affect their health. We all want our pets to live a long, happy and healthy life. We will consider every aspect of their health to make sure they are with us for years to come.

We will also review the vaccines they might need. We tailor the vaccination schedule according to your pet’s age and general health. Sometimes we suggest checking immune system antibody levels to check to see if vaccinations are even required that year or not.

Pets need a host of other regular treatments and we will make sure your pet gets the most appropriate ones at the right time. These may include treating internal and external parasites and preventing the dangerous heartworm.

 
Feline Vaccinations

Just like dogs, cats need annual vaccinations and health check-ups too.

The vaccination most commonly received is termed “F5” however we also offer the “FIV” vaccine. The F5 protects against:

Feline Infectious Enteritis – Also known as “Feline Panleukopaenia”, this disease causes vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, dehydration and Dorothy Eldridge Outdoorsreduced white blood cells. If a queen contacts the disease while pregnant, the kittens will often be born with neurological problems. It is often fatal.
Feline Herpesvirus – Once of the causes of “Cat flu”, causing sneezing, nasal and ocular discharge, depressed appetite, mouth ulcers and conjunctivitis. This can develop to chronic disease leading to deformation of the nasal bones. The infection can also become latent, meaning in times of stress the disease will recur. 
Feline Calicivirus – Another cause of “Cat flu”.
Feline Chlamydiosis – A bacterial disease that is mostly seen in multi-cat environments and causes a local infection of the mucous membranes of the eyes but may also involves the lungs
Feline Leukaemia FeLV – A virus that can result in a multitude of serious health problems for your cat, including everything from cancerous conditions such as leukaemia to a wide range of secondary conditions caused by the destruction of the immune system. Cats may not show symptoms of its presence for months, if not years, yet all the while infect others.

FIV (additional vaccine) – refers to “Feline Immunodeficiency Virus”. It causes immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections, consequently leading to severe infections, chronic disease and death. This disease is predominately spread through bite wounds during cat fights. We strongly recommend protecting your cat against FIV, especially if they ever venture outdoors.

Prevention against these debilitating diseases is as simple as ensuring your cat’s vaccines are up to date. If you and any queries about vaccinations, please contact our clinic – we are more than happy to assist!

 

Microchipping

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. It can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. 

In Armadale, Microchipping is now compulsory. 

If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.

Should you move or change any of your details in the future, you will need to get in contact with the database to update your details, as these will not update automatically.  

If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted.  If you find a lost pet please call us on 9497 7488 to arrange a scan, we can reunite microchipped pets with their worried owners.

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