Have you have heard about an ‘isolation’ period that follows your pet’s annualvaccination? In fact, many vets write this at the bottom of your vaccinationcertificate when they issue it, and it will be something similar to thisstatement: “We recommend that you pet be isolated during the following 2-weekperiod”. What is the reason behind this, you may wonder?

Well, let us explain, because we know how tricky vaccination requirements canbe to understand! In Australia, there are many difference companies whomanufacture vaccines for domestic pets. These manufactures produce a varietyof different vaccines (all for the same purpose), and each vaccine that yourpet requires covers different things and has different requirements.

Interesting facts to consider:

  • Some vaccines are a ‘modified-live vaccine’, and others are an ‘inactivated vaccine’
  • Various vaccines are administered in different ways – they can be injectable, oral or intranasal (up the nose!)
  • Each of these various vaccines have 2 things to consider:

  • Duration of Immunity – how long the vaccine is guaranteed to last before a booster is required, and

  • Onset of Immunity – a period of time where the manufacturer can guarantee the onset of immunity after the vaccine is administered, which can vary from 48 hours through to 2 full weeks depending on the manufacturer and the type of vaccine.

So, as you can see, there is no simple answer!

What does this mean when it comes to boarding or socialising your pet?

Generally, pet care facilities will have policies in place to cover all thevarious types of vaccines, manufacturers and onset of immunity, to ensure thatall pets have sufficient coverage prior to boarding.

The aim is simply to reduce the risk of spread of any infections to thegeneral pet community. These isolation periods are not talking specially aboutpet boarding – they mean isolation from other domestic pets, which includeyour daily social routines (such as walking your pet or visiting communalareas such as dog parks).

Remember that whilst your pet can be vaccinated against a particular virus,they can still contract that virus (much like the human flu vaccine). Beingvaccinated ensures that if they do contract the virus in the future, theirimmune system will be much more prepared to fight it off.

If you have any questions about your pet’s vaccination requirements, call yourpet care facility well in advance of any holidays or Day Care activities toensure that your pet is able to stay with them.

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Or, to join and become a member with us, go to:https://www.australianpetcareassociation.com.au/membership/application/ orcontact us anytime by emailing [email protected]

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