Vaccinations and Microchipping
Vaccinations are one of our core services at Vets2Pets and our vet at home service is prompt and affordable.
Annual vaccinations are essential to safeguard your pets and will help prevent them from catching a multitude of potentially life-threatening conditions. With our vet at home vaccinations, you can save the hassle of transporting your pets to a practice and protect both you and them from unnecessary stress. Getting your pet into the car and the subsequent journey can itself be traumatic for the pet, but when the service is delivered in a familiar environment it is only natural that your pet will be much more relaxed.
Annual boosters are vital to help ensure your feline friend retains optimal health. Our experienced and skilled veterinarians can oversee the vaccination schedule for kittens and adults and take the worry away from the process by providing friendly reminders when their next booster is due, by text and or email.
Common Diseases and Viruses
Feline Enteritis (Panleukopenia)
The onset of this infectious disease may be very rapid and this disease may be fatal. Cats may catch it through contact with faeces, urine and nasal discharge, in addition to contaminated bedding, hands and food or water bowls. Typical symptoms include the sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, fever and loss of appetite.
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
This disease attacks the immune system which makes them more vulnerable to developing other infections and illnesses. It also makes them more prone to developing certain cancers. Transmission is from saliva or nasal secretions, but also from mother to kitten. Symptoms include weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, diarrhoea and weakness. This viral disease is fatal but the vaccination adds a high level of protection.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
This blood borne virus is transmitted by cat fight wounds and occasionally from a mother cat to her kitten. It affects the immune system and as there is no cure we highly recommend the vaccination as a preventative measure. Symptoms includes, fever, weight loss, poor coat, gingivitis, diarrhoea and chronic infections, as the immune system becomes compromised.
Feline Respiratory Disease (Herpesvirus, Calicivirus)
Also known as the “cat flu”, this contagious virus can be transmitted by close contact with other cats and can be fatal as it may lead to secondary bacterial infections and severe dehydration. Some cats can redevelop the disease over the course of its life as these viruses can show themselves again during times of stress or sickness. Common symptoms are sneezing, eye and nose discharge, lesions in the mouth and a fever.
Likewise, dogs must receive their annual boosters for various diseases which also includes heartworm prevention. Our vet at home service includes adult and puppy vaccinations, as well as annual heartworm prevention injections.
The C3 vaccinations are recommended for all dogs living in Australia and this prevents the development of the “big 3”, hence the common phrase, C3. These are Parvovirus, Distemper virus and Hepatitis virus.
If your dog is to be in regular contact with other dogs it is also highly recommended they receive vaccinations to prevent Parainfluenza Virus and Bordetella Bronchiseptica. These two, with the addition of the C3 is the “C5”, are mandatory for all dogs who are placed in day care, groomers and boarding kennels.
Diseases and Viruses
This highly contagious and often fatal disease may be spread through nasal discharge, contaminated water bowls or from sneezing. Symptoms include reddened eyes, a watery discharge from the nose and eyes, coughing, lethargy and loss of appetite. At later stages the disease may result in seizures, weakness and paralysis.
This potentially fatal viral disease in adult dogs, it is often the cause of sudden death in puppies. As its names suggests, it attacks the liver but also the eyes, kidneys and other organs. It is transmitted through urine, faeces, nasal discharge or saliva. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, weakness, loss of appetite, inflammation of the eyes and even blood loss.
This highly contagious virus is spread from dog to dog or by indirect contact with their faeces. Vaccinations prevent your dog from catching parvovirus and is highly recommended as without it the mortality rate is exceptionally high. This virus attacks the intestines and bone marrow. Symptoms include diarrhoea (often bloody), lethargy, a fever and loss of appetite.
Parainfluenza (viral) and Bordetella (bacterial)
This is what many people refer to as kennel cough. The symptoms include a dry cough and dry-retching but there is a risk of secondary infections and complications. Dogs who spend time in kennels, dog parks or beaches are more at risk of catching both these illnesses and vaccination provides an excellent level of protection.
In Western Australia it is compulsory for all domestic dogs to be microchipped as of 1st November 2015, by the age of three months. All cats by the age of six months must also be microchipped. This also provides peace of mind for pet owners as collars can fall off and the engraving of tags become faded or outdated. If your pet is lost, a shelter, ranger or veterinarian can quickly scan your pet and access your contact details.
Vets2Pets provides an efficient microchipping procedure and our vet at home services means we come to you and perform a quick implantation in the relaxed comfort of your own home. Many pets become anxious when removed from their usual surroundings and transported to a new setting, so by keeping them in the place they know best, means they remain calmer and happier.
One of our highly trained vets will insert the small microchip, which is as small as a grain of rice, beneath the skin between the shoulder blades of your cat or dog.
Both vaccinations and microchipping attract a multiple pet discount!