vaccination

Regular vaccination can truly save your pet’s life!

They give us unconditional love, the least we can do is offer immunity against some very nasty diseases. It is never to late to get your pet up to date with vaccination. Remember prevention is better than cure .

What does a vaccination do?

It introduces a small, non-infectious part of a disease into the body. The body’s natural defence, the immune system is stimulated to produce protective antibodies and immune cells that will protect the pet, should it come across the more serious, live natural infection.

What common diseases do we protect against?

Cats:

Feline Infectious Enteritis – severe viral infection causing vomiting, diarrhea, depression and death in a short period of time.

Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus – common causes of Cat ‘Flu’. Both viral and results in blocked or discharging nose, sore throat, mouth ulcers, runny eyes, secondary pneumonia. Highly contagious and at times fatal. Some cats will develop a carrier status and remain infective to other cats. The disease can also result in chronic sinus infections.

Feline Leukaemia Virus – can cause a range of symptoms: bleeding problems, cancers, leukaemia to destruction of blood forming tissue. Tends to be a long term infection causing problems after moths or years of being infected

Chlamydia – also causes signs similar to that of Cat Flu, especially conjunctivitis.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – FIV behaves like the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and can progress to AIDS. Up to 75% of unvaccinated cats in the Gascoyne region have FIV. It is transmitted through bodily fluids. Luckily there is a vaccination available to keep your cat safe.

Dogs:

Canine Distemper – Is spread by infectious airborne droplets expelled from the lungs. This nasty virus that attacks many body systems spreading  rapidly to the brain, lungs and stomach/intestine. It often causes runny eyes and nose, problems breathing, vomiting and diarrhoea, muscle tremors and seizures. This is a disease commonly FATAL.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis – attacks the liver. It’s spread by ingestion of urine, faeces, or saliva of infected dogs. Dogs  have fevers, severe  abdominal pain , vomiting/diarrhoea and blood clotting disorders. There is no known cure and commonly FATAL.

ParvovirusA highly contagious disease, is spread from dog to  dog in their faeces.  Parvovirus is endemic in the Gascoyne region and all strains have been isolated. It is very common and is a devastating disease, causing vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. Parvovirus often leads to death.

Kennel Cough –  Caused by a group of bacteria and viruses that cause an infectious laryngitis. It’s highly contagious and can progress to pneumonia.

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