Vaccinations

It is essential that we give your pet a full clinical examination every year to make sure that nothing has developed that may effect 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.


We all know that keeping our pooch’s vaccinations up-to-date are important, but what are the diseases that we protect against, and why are they so important?

The vaccines we administer to dogs are termed “C5”. These vaccines offer protection against:
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Parvovirus – This virus is present in the soil and spread by the vomitus and faeces of affected dogs. It is a devastating gastroenteritis causing severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. Affected dogs require intensive hospitalisation however, the disease is often fatal. 

Distemper – Due to vaccination of the dog population in Australia this disease is luckily now quite rare. It causes respiratory and neurological disorders and can be fatal
Infectious Hepatitis – A viral disease that leads to liver damage that can be irreversible and in some cases, fatal.
Parainfluenza – The viral component of Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis (sometimes referred to as kennel cough) which causes a severe respiratory infection resulting in coughing. Contrary to popular belief, your dog does not need to be in a kennel to contract this disease.
Bordatella bronchiseptica – The bacterial component to Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis.
 
Prevention against these debilitating diseases is as simple as ensuring your dog’s vaccines are up to date. If you have 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 that 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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