Vaccinations are the best way to protect your pet against disease. Unfortunately some diseases we haven't seen for decades are making a comeback, so vaccination is as important as ever.
We will work with you to match our recommendations with your pet's lifestyle. If your pet has already had a full course of vaccinations then we can do titre testing to check their immunity.
Parvovirus, or panleukopenia, is a disease that affects the bone marrow and intestines of dogs and cats. Signs start as vomiting and diarrhoea, and if treatment is delayed or unsuccessful, it can be fatal. The good news is that it is preventable. Every single one of our patients gets protected.
Anybody who has seen a pet suffer from parvovirus knows that it is a horrible disease, which is why we support Paws for a Purpose to help eliminate the disease from Australia.
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
FIV is a disease which is spread from cat to cat by fighting, from their mother, or from intercourse. It weakens the immune system, making other diseases and infections more likely, and more serious.
The risk of FIV can be minimised by desexing your cat and by keeping it indoors, there is also a vaccine available.
Distemper is a serious viral disease of dogs and ferrets. It has no cure once contracted, and patients can have a range of signs that require intensive treatment and nursing care to recover.
Outbreaks are hard to predict, but pets in regional areas such as Goulburn are at a higher risk.
Kennel cough is the name of a contagious lung infection in dogs. It's caused by a nasty combination of a virus and a bacteria. Luckily we can vaccinate against both. At GVC we use a vaccine which is given directly in the nose or mouth - this helps it to stimulate the immune system where it is needed most.
If your dog stays in a boarding kennel, competes at shows, or interacts with lots of dogs, protection for kennel cough is highly recommended (and required in some cases).
Feline Herpes + CHlamydia
No, these aren't the diseases you think they are.
Feline herpesvirus and chlamydophilosis are upper repiratory tract and eye diseases which can cause conjunctivitis, ulcers, and infections. The risk factors are slightly different for the different diseases, so we'll chat with you about which is right for your cat.