Puppies and kittens generally have a course of vaccinations to provide protection from some common infectious and potentially fatal diseases.
If you own a rabbit or ferret you should also consider vaccination from Rabbit Calicivirus and Canine Distemper Virus respectively. The fatality rate in these two species from those infections is very high. They can potentially be passed on by other vectors, meaning your pet can get infected without exposure to an animal of the same species.
Puppies will generally receive core vaccines to protect against Canine Distemper Virus, Infectious Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus. A Kennel Cough vaccine, to protect against Parainfluenza Virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica, will be added to the core vaccines to make up a C5 vaccination. Other vaccines may be added to this program depending you your dog’s lifestyle. The need for protection against other infectious diseases can be discussed with your veterinarian.
Kittens will be given core vaccines to protect against Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calicivirus, two causes of ‘cat flu’, as well as Feline Panleukopaenia Virus. Additional vaccines, such as Feline Chlamydia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, may be recommended depending on your cat’s lifestyle and level of risk.
Following the initial course of vaccines, an annual health check and booster vaccination are recommended for your puppies and kittens ongoing protection. Vet-O uses only the best quality vaccines from reliable manufacturers.
The Australian Veterinary Association suggests rabbits can be vaccinated from a young age (approximately 4 weeks) and would undergo a course before biannual boosters.
The ferret vaccination regime would include two canine core vaccines a month apart, followed by annual boosters.