The Truth about Pet Vaccines

Facebook and Doctor Google have opened up a huge platform for delivering information that is often helpful however sometimes confusing and quite frankly, not in the best interest of patient care. This huge platform of information is inclusive of advice on medical care and preventative medicine for our pets.

This brings me to discussing vaccine advice for local pets as there is much conflicting advice.

Yearly vaccinations for our feline friends are required every year to keep their  immune systems competent enough to fight off the most simple of diseases. The core diseases being feline flu and enteritis. Tragically, feline enteritis killed 400 cats in Australia last year alone. The non-core disease being FIV (cat AIDS) which is on the rise in Australian cats, is an important deadly disease to vaccinate against for cats spending any time outdoors in our area.

Importantly in dogs, many cases of the vaccinatable deadly disease Parvovirus enteritis are diagnosed outside of the metropolitan areas and in particular, Albury-Wodonga. The main reason being that the virus is very hardy and can survive in the environment for up to twelve months. Unfortunately in our region, given the vast grassed and soil areas, we have the ideal environment to walk the virus around on our shoes or paws and unfortunately introduce it into backyards to dogs that may never go out. 
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Regular vaccination against this disease in particular is therefore extremely important in all local pets. Some of you may have heard of affordable in-clinic antibody titre tests used in an effort to detect appropriate levels of antibody or immunity in your pet. The Australian veterinary association has advised to approach these tests with caution, as they only assess part of the immune response rather than the actual total level of immunity. 

Thankfully, most informed and experienced local veterinarians employ strict AVA guidelines when taking care of the protection of your pet and in dogs and we are now able to use gentle vaccine yearly to three yearly to keep up a safe level of immunity and appropriate the best protection to your pet.