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Vaccine: An injectable  mixture that is given to help stimulate the body's own immune system to produce antibodies to fight a certain disease.  It is the antibodies that are created in response to the vaccine that protect against a future infection, there by preventing the target disease.

Vaccines are a very important part of your pets health care plan and continued well being. Majority of the diseases we vaccinate against have little or no treatment options. Prevention is often the only cure.


Spearwood Veterinary Hospital vaccination protocols:

DOGS - 1st puppy vaccination at 6-8 weeks, 2nd puppy vaccination at 12 weeks and final puppy vaccination at 16 weeks.  Adult dogs require an annual booster every year to remain fully protected against the below diseases.

CATS - 1st kitten vaccination at 6-8 weeks, 2nd kitten vaccination at 12 weeks and final kitten vaccination at 16 weeks. Adult cats require an annual booster every year to remain fully proteced against the below diseases.

RABBITS - 1st vaccination is given at 6-8 weeks of age, with a second booster given at 12 weeks of age. Adult rabbits require an annual vaccination every year to remain fully protected.


What we vaccinate dogs against:

Canine Parvovirus -  Is a highly contagious gastroenteritis. It causes vomiting and diarrhoea (often bloody) and is often fatal.

Canine Hepatitis - Is a highly contagiousl disease which can cause fever, abdominal pain and can result in sudden death.

Canine Distemper - Is a highly contagious disease which affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Distemper almost always results in death.

Canine Kennel Cough (para influenza & bordatella) - Both of these cause respiratory infections and are generally associated with a cough. While not fatal it is highly contagious and has the ability to make your dog very unwell.


What we vaccinate cats against:

Feline Entertits - Is a haghly contagious disease that causes vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of appetite and fever. It is often fatal.

Feline Respiratory Disease (Cat flu) - Is highly contagious and can be passed on from cat to cat by sneezing and respiratory droplets. It can cause nasal and eye discharge, depression, lack of appetite and dehydration. It can be fatal in kittens and older, debilitated cats.

Feline Leukaemia Virus - This virus weakens the cats immune system, making them more susceptible to infection and illness as well as prone to developing certain cancers. Symptoms are non-specific including weight loss, lethargy, and poor health. A blood test can detect if a cat is infected, however there is no cure for this fatal virus.

Feline Imuno-defieciency Virus - Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus (FIV) is a viral disease which affects the immune system of cats. The virus acts by destroying the immune system and leaving a cat susceptible to infections and disease. Once the cat has been infected, FIV can then progress to feline acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, otherwise known as Feline AIDs. As the disease progresses a cat’s immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections or disease and as a result, they will usually die from one of these subsequent infections.


 What we vaccinate rabbits against:

Calici Virus - Can cause sudden death.  Loss of appetite, depression, breathing difficulties and nasal discharge are all signs of the disease.