Vaccinating your pets is important and is recommended by veterinarians inall areas of Australia.

Many pet owners don’t know what is in the vaccines given each year, so it isimportant that they are able to understand and learn about the differentvaccines and be aware of when they are due.

C5 Vaccination

A C5 vaccination is the most common type of vaccination currently given inAustralia for dogs. This vaccination covers:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Canine Cough
  • Parvovirus

Initially puppies will have three vaccinations done on a schedule, with thefirst between six to eight weeks of age, the second around 12 weeks of age,and the third around 16 weeks of age. Once complete, they will then need tohave a yearly vaccination to keep them fully protected as adult dogs.

F3 Vaccination

An F3 vaccination is the most common type of vaccination currently given inAustralia for cats. This vaccination covers:

  • Feline Panleukopenia
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus
  • Feline Calicivirus

As kittens, they will have three vaccinations done on a schedule, with thefirst between six to eight weeks of age, the second between 10-12 weeks ofage, and the third between 14-16 weeks of age. Once complete, they willrequire a yearly booster vaccination to keep them fully protected, just likedogs.

Boarding your dog or cat

Boarding establishments and doggy day care centres throughout Australia willrequire a current vaccination certificate to be presented by the pet ownersprior to boarding, so it is important that pet owners keep their vaccinationsup to date at all times.

Unvaccinated pets are at risks of contracting serious diseases, so any timethere is any uncertainty about the status of a pet’s vaccination, it isimportant to speak to your veterinarian for advice.

This article was provided by Australian Pet Care Association (APCA). Become amember by visitingAustralianpetcareassociation.com.au/membership/application/or email [email protected]

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