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Vaccinations and Annual Health Checks

Gippsland Veterinary Group’s experienced veterinarians offer the latest vaccinations for your dogs, cat and rabbits based on the most up to date science and recommendations. Following international and Australian best practice, vaccines are divided into Core Vaccines – those essential for all cats and dogs and Non-Core Vaccines – those recommended for the unique circumstances and environment of your pet. Your veterinarian will be able to give you the best advice about the right course and timing of vaccines for your pets.

Canine parvovirus risk in Australia, for example, has been shown to be significantly higher in rural than suburban areas. Puppy and kitten core vaccinations are vitally important in preventing disease.1

Core Vaccines Non-Core Vaccines
Dogs Canine distemper virus (CDV) Parainfluenza virus
Canine adenovirus (CAV) Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb)
Canine parvovirus (CPV-2) Leptospira interrogans
Cats Feline parvovirus (FPV) Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
Feline calicivirus (FCV) Chlamydia felis
Feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)


Why Vaccinate ?

Several of the diseases that we vaccinate against are contagious and serious and can result in death. Canine distemper for example is caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems and is carried and spread by both domestic dogs and wildlife. Feline calicivirus is a common respiratory disease in cats and is highly contagious amongst unvaccinated cats. It can be commonly found in catteries (hence catteries will ask you for vaccinations). The virus attacks the cats respiratory system, the intestines and musculoskeletal systems. The disease can be fatal if it leads to pneumonia in immune compromised cats.

Puppies and kittens are born with maternal derived antibodies but these levels vary depending upon the individual animal, their age and nursing conditions as a puppy or kitten. At Gippsland Veterinary Group we will administer vaccines to your puppies and kittens, from 6 to 8 weeks of age, then every 2–4 weeks. The final vaccine dose is then delivered at 16 weeks or later for the optimum outcome for your pets.

At GVG your pet will be given a thorough health check when vaccinated and we recommend annual health checks as the best preventative medicine. Some of the vaccines that we use will provide immunity for your pet for 12 months whereas the Core Vaccines are now available in triennial doses. As with all medicines, results for your pet and your personal circumstances may vary and your GVG veterinarian will be able to give you the best advice when you make an appointment to visit one of our 6 small animal clinics. GVG veterinarians can also assist you with rabbit vaccinations and care and advice for a wide range of companion animals.

  1. Australian Veterinary Association website “Vaccination of Dogs and Cats” August 2018