Dog and cat vaccinations begin early in a puppy or kitten's life and reputable, registered breeders and animal shelters will have already commenced your new pet's vaccinations, veterinary checks and identity microchip implants and provide you with relevant certificates at the point of purchase. The breeder or animal shelter will let you know when your pet is due for its next shot.
According to the Ballarat and Wendouree Veterinary Practice:
"The recommended vaccine for dogs is known as the C5. This vaccine protects against
-Canine infectious hepatitis
The first three viruses are contained in one vaccine and is available as an annual and a triennial (3 year) vaccine. The canine cough component is an annual vaccine. The C5 is recommended for all dogs and is compulsory for dogs going into boarding kennels."
"The recommended vaccine for cats is the combination F4/FIV. This vaccination protects against
-Feline Immunodeficiency Virus which cause feline AIDS
FIV is considered the most important of these as it is very common, once infected your cat is infected for life, and the disease is eventually fatal. FIV is caught from a bite from another cat. ie during a fight (another good reason to have your cat desexed and locked in at night as these are the most prominent reasons that cats will fight)
The 2 vaccines are given at the same time and boosted annually."
Horses can now be vaccinated against equine flu, thus be protected against the disease that caused havoc to equine sports, competitions and pony club meets when the first outbreak occured in Australia some years ago!
I only wish it were possible to have my backyard chickens vaccinated against preventable chicken diseases, like the poultry industry. Sadly the Department of Environment and Agriculture will only release huge batches of the stuff. For this reason it incenses me when the poultry industry blames the keepers of small backyard poultry flocks for outbreaks of chicken diseases within their industry. So long as small flocks of backyard birds are unable to access the vaccines, is it any wonder we do lose chickens to the very diseases they fear?
Further information can be found on the Ballarat/ Wendouree Veterinary Practice website, or speak to your own vet.
Do not neglect to have your animals vaccinated and ensure they receive their boosters when they are due. You owe it to both your own pets and those of others in the prevention of contagious diseases that threaten the precious lives of our pets.