Vaccinations

 

 
Having your pet vaccinated against infectious diseases is part of being a responsible pet parent. At Racecourse Road, we will provide your cat or dog with all the vaccinations they need, both as babies and later as adults.
 
 
 

Kittens & Puppies

 
While kittens and puppies are still nursing, they are temporarily protected against diseases due to the antibodies they get from their mother’s milk. Once weaned, that protection will begin to fade, so bringing your pet in between 6-8 weeks of age to start the first round of vaccinations is a must.
 
 
Puppy vaccination — Veterinary service in Racecourse, QLD
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adult Dogs & Cats

 
Over time as cats and dogs age, the protection they have from the series of vaccinations they received as babies will start to fade. Annual health checks and vaccine boosters will provide your adult pet with the best protection, so they go on to live a full life.
 
 
Cat vaccination — Veterinary service in Racecourse, QLD
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aftercare

 
It’s possible for your cat or dog to be off colour for a day or two after their vaccination and they may have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Provide them with food, water and a comfortable place to rest to ensure a quick recovery. If your pet exhibits any severe reactions (fever, vomiting, etc.) please call us immediately.
 
 
Dachshund — Veterinary service in Racecourse, QLD
 
 
 
 
 
 

Infectious Diseases of Cats That We Vaccinate Against

 
 

Feline Enteritis (also known as Feline Panleukopenia)

 
This is an extremely contagious disease with a high death rate, especially for cats under 12 months of age. Cats who are pregnant with this disease may experience complications or ... Read more
 
 
 

Feline Respiratory Disease (Cat flu)

 
90% of Cat flu cases are either caused by the feline herpesvirus (also called feline rhinotracheitis) or feline calicivirus.
It can affect cats of all ages and though it is highly contagious, it’s ... Read more
 
 
 
 
 

Chlamydia

 
Feline Chlamydia can cause severe persistent conjunctivitis in up to 30% of cats. Kittens who are infected with Cat flu are a high risk of also getting Chlamydia. Vaccinations against both Cat flu and Chlamydia will help protect against clinical disease.
 
 
 

Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)

 
Caused by the feline leukaemia virus, FeLV attacks the cat’s immune system. Symptoms can include lack of appetite, weight loss, apathy, pale or yellow mucous membranes, vomiting, diarrhoea, ... Read more
 
 
 
 
 

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

 
Infection of FIV is a direct cause of feline AIDS and affects the cat’s immune system, inhibiting their body’s natural defence against other diseases, much like human AIDS. It’s important to note though, that feline AIDS is NOT transmittable to humans.

Unfortunately, infection by FIV is a common issue for cats in Australia. The virus is transmitted through the saliva, so if your cat is bitten by another cat it’s important to get them checked immediately. While most cats won’t show any symptoms, some may display fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. Other symptoms such as weight loss, sores in and around the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat and chronic infections may occur as the disease progresses.

A cat infected by this disease will eventually die of multiple infections from other diseases because the body is no longer able to fight them off.
 
 
 
 

Infectious Diseases of Dogs That We Vaccinate Against

 
 

Canine Parvovirus

 
Canine Parvovirus attacks the intestines, causing bloodstained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Dogs will often die of severe dehydration as a result. It can affect any dog but is most serious in puppies and elderly dogs.

This virus can be spread without direct contact, it’s vital that the infected dog’s environment is cleaned with a strong disinfectant and that access to other dogs is extremely limited. Outbreaks of this disease occur frequently in Australia, especially during the summer.
 
 
 

Canine Distemper

 
Puppies are at the highest risk for canine distemper but it can affect dogs of any age. It is also highly contagious.
Symptoms of canine distemper include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Muscle tremors and paralysis can occur later in the disease.

This disease has a high mortality rate and any dogs who recover usually suffer permanent brain damage.
 
 
 
 
 

Canine Hepatitis

 
Much like distemper, canine hepatitis is extremely contagious and fatal but severe cases in dogs over two years old are rare.

Symptoms: high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. Severe cases can cause death in as little as 24 to 36 hours. Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems and can act as carriers for many months.
 
 
 

Canine Cough

 
Canine cough can be a condition caused by a variety of highly infectious agents, such as Bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2, distemper and pneumonia.

A cough can be spread wherever dogs congregate like parks, shows, obedience schools or boarding kennels.
Dogs affected with canine cough produce a dry hacking cough that persists for several weeks, often distressing both the dog and owners.
 
 
 
 
 

Canine Coronavirus

 
Coronavirus is another virus that produces depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea, especially in younger dogs. Most dogs will recover with treatment but if other infectious agents are present it has the potential to be fatal.
 
 
 

Canine Leptospirosis

 
Canine Leptospirosis is spread by the urine of rats and rat bites, often transmitted to dogs by contaminated food and water. It’s a serious risk and can cause high death rates.

Areas with a high rat population are at increased risk, especially rubbish dumps and sugar cane cutting areas. Long periods of wet weather that force rat populations to move or concentrate are also at risk.