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Albany Veterinary Hospital
312 Albany Highway
WA 6331

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Vaccinations can be a hot topic amongst people, widely debated, researched, embraced or feared.

 Here at Albany Veterinary Hospital we advocate preventative medicine to protect your pets. We are lucky to have vaccinations available to prevent life threatening diseases in dogs, cats and rabbits.

 Our current recommendations follow label guidelines.


Protecting our dogs

Puppies are so tiny and cute, and use their mouths on everything just to test them out. And have tiny little naïve immune systems which can easily be overwhelmed by infection.


The first step in protecting your pup is an initial vaccine given at 6-8 weeks.

This is then followed up with a booster vaccination 2-4 weeks later.

Our early finish regime at Albany Veterinary Hospital consists of two visits at 8 and 10 weeks, with puppies reaching their full immune response by 12 weeks, when they are able to socialise and be taken out to public areas safely in their impressionable younger weeks.


What can we vaccinate against?

Canine parvovirus (our most commonly seen vaccinable disease): a severe and painful gastrointestinal infection which causes large amounts of bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, rapid dehydration and death in many patients. Intensive care is required including IV fluids.

            Canine adenovirus/infectious hepatitis virus - can cause sudden death in puppies, weakness, fever, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and bleeding in adult dogs

            Canine distemper virus - almost unheard of now, largely due to vaccination.

            Causes neurological signs including spinal damage, weakness, seizures, conjunctivitis and nasal discharge. Highly contagious, treatment is often ineffective.

            Canine cough (aka Kennel Cough) - a combination of a bacterial and viral infection which leads to a debilitating harsh, barking cough which is highly contagious (not just in kennels) and can be picked up from the environment. Vaccination does not always prevent infection but it does reduce the severity and longevity of symptoms.



Keeping Your Kitty Virus-Free.


Our curious cats (that are into everything) are prone to catching viruses from the environment and directly from other cats.

Keeping cats inside and/or in protected outside runs is an excellent idea, but does not completely protect them from airborne infections and those that can travel on people and garments. And it does not always protect them from contact with other cats

What can we vaccinate cats against?

            Our core vaccine covers:

            Feline enteritis virus - a severe form of gastroenteritis causing high temperatures, depression, vomiting, diarrhoea and can be fatal.

            Feline chlamydophila- a cause of infectious conjunctivitis in kittens and cats.

            Feline respiratory disease, "cat flu" - A highly contagious debilitating condition with flu like symptoms, sneezing, eye discharge, loss of appetite, dehydration; can be life threatening.

These three vaccinations come combined as an F3 vaccination.

            Our 'extra' vaccines can protect against

            Feline leukaemia virus- leukaemia virus attacks the immune system, leaving affected cats weak, lethargic and prone to infections. It can be fatal and there is no cure. The virus is transmitted via mutual grooming, shared bowls, fighting and mating behaviours.

            Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) - This blood borne virus leads to feline AIDS, which suppresses the immune system. Infected cats can initially present

            with fever, sores, lethargy, diarrhoea and progress to weakness and chronic infections as the immune system is overcome. FIV infection is potentially fatal and there is no treatment. At risk cats are those which have contact with outside cats with no known vaccination history, through fighting wounds and can also be passed across the placenta and through the milk of an infected queen to her kittens (therefore all stray kittens could potentially be carriers of disease).

The recommended kitten course is two core vaccines (F3) four weeks apart for indoor only cats.

Or, for the full F5 + FIV course, two F5 vaccines 4 weeks apart, plus 3 FIV vaccines given in two week intervals (i.e. Day 1 F5+FIV, Day 15 FIV, Day 29 F5+FIV).

The vaccine(s) can then be given annually. 


Rabbit Vaccination + Calicivirus News


Calicivirus is a wild rabbit disease which is easily spread to domestic rabbits via contact or spread by insects. The virus was introduced in 1996 to quickly cull large numbers of rabbits in the wild, which is effective as it is highly contagious and deadly.

We have a commercial vaccination for the common strain, which was given in two doses, 4 weeks apart for kittens (baby rabbits) or unvaccinated rabbits, then annually.

However a new strain of virus, originating in Europe has been identified in Australia which is causing deaths in domestic rabbits.

There is some partial protection with our current calicivirus vaccine however the recommendation is now 3 vaccinations given two weeks apart for kittens, followed by 6 monthly booster vaccinations.


The most effective method of preventing infection until a new vaccine has been developed is to either bring rabbits inside, or if that is not possible to insect-proof their enclosures as much as possible. Calicivirus can be spread by contact with infected rabbits, insects (mosquitos, flies and fleas), and contact with hands and clothing that carry infection. Keep in mind you could carry the infection from a walk in the bush into your home on your shoes or clothing.


Be strict with hand washing before handling rabbits and their food and water. Change clothes after being out and about and consider leaving shoes outside/in a container to prevent tracking particles into the house.

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