Vaccination is the best way to protect your pet from serious infectious diseases. Most of the diseases we vaccinate against have no specific cure or where treatment is available it can be prolonged, costly and often unsuccessful.
All adult dogs require yearly booster vaccinations to ensure they maintain long term immunity.
Some dogs may be off colour for a few days after vaccination and on rare occasions they may develop a slight swelling and pain around the injection site. Provide your pet with somewhere quiet, warm and comfortable to rest and sleep with access to food and water. Please contact the clinic if this continues for more than a few days or you are concerned.
Canine Parvovirus –Parvovirus is a highly contagious gastroenteritis virus that infects puppies and adult dogs. Spread through the droppings of infected dogs, the virus can survive in yards, parks and streets for up to a year. It can be picked up on shoes, clothes, paws etc. and then spread from area to area. The virus attacks the intestines causing bloody diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. This disease is often fatal despite intensive veterinary treatment.
Canine Distemper –Canine Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs of any age. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. In the late stages of the disease, muscle tremors, fits and paralysis are common. Treatment is ineffective and the recovery rate is extremely low.
Canine Hepatitis –Canine hepatitis is a viral disease which is highly contagious and often fatal. Symptoms of the disease include loss of appetite, fever, depression, vomiting and diarrhoea. In some cases death can occur within 24 hours. Recovered dogs often develop liver and kidney problems and act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs.
Canine Kennel Cough -Dogs affected with Kennel Cough have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. Pneumonia can be a consequence of infection. Kennel Cough is highly contagious and is often present in boarding facilities, parks and obedience schools.
Canine Leptospirosis –Canine Leptospirosis is a serious disease risk for both humans and dogs. It is spread by the urine of rats and is usually transmitted by contaminated food, water or by rat bites. Cairns is a high risk area due to number of Sugar Cane paddocks. The symptoms of leptospirosis will vary and may include fever, weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, anaemia, jaundice and haemorrhage.
Tetanus –Tetanus vaccination is recommended if your dog lives, plays or hunts on farms, bushland or around horses. Tetanus is caused when tetanus bacteria grows in a wound and produces a toxin which causes a stiff rigid paralysis. Tetanus is often fatal.