Small Animal

Vaccinations

Vaccination saves lives

It is of vital importance to ensure your cat & dog vaccinations are up to date. Vaccinations protect against viral and bacterial diseases.

Any pet, whether indoors or outdoors, are at risk of getting infected. It is much more costly to treat your pet for a serious illness, that could have been prevented if your pet was vaccinated. See the vaccination guideline for South Africe below.

Basic vaccination programme for dogs

Antigen

Initial puppy vaccination

Initial adult vaccination

Re-vaccination recommendation

CPV, CDV, and CAV-2

Core

6 weeks

9 weeks

12 weeks

Thereafter veterinarians may suggest to vaccinate again at 16 weeks and perform serological testing to confirm protective titres thereafter

Two doses 3 weeks apart

Booster at 6 months of age to 1 year of age and thereafter every third year (use of vaccines with a licensed DOI of three years is encouraged)

Rabies

Core

12 weeks

4 months of age to 12 months of age

Single dose

Every 3 years (use of vaccines that have a three-year duration of immunity claim on the manufacturer’s data sheet is encouraged). When pet is likely to travel, recommendation should be annually.

Parainfluenza

Non-core but highly recommended

6 weeks

9 weeks

12 weeks

Thereafter veterinarians may suggest to vaccinate again at 16 weeks and perform serological testing to confirm protective titres thereafter

Two doses 3 weeks apart

Revaccination (booster) at

either 6 months or 1 year of

age, then annually for all pets at risk

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Non-core but highly recommended

As per data sheet from manufacturer

Two doses 3 weeks apart if booster is required or single intranasal dose

Annually for all pets at risk

Leptospirosis

Non core

Initial dose at 8 weeks of

age or older. A second

dose is given 3 weeks

later

Two doses 3 weeks apart

Annually for all pets at risk. Local relevance remains questionable and further research is required. Travel regulations may require vaccination against Leptospirosis.

Canine corona virus

Not recommended

Basic vaccination programme for cats

Antigen Initial kitten vaccination Initial adult vaccination Revaccination recommendation

FPV, FHV-1, FCV

Core

6 weeks

9 weeks

12 weeks

Thereafter veterinarians may suggest to vaccinate again at 16 weeks and perform serological testing to confirm protective titres thereafter

Two doses 3 weeks apart Booster at 6 months of age to 1 year of age and thereafter every year in cats with high risk and every third year in cats with low risk with owner informed consent

Rabies

Core

12 weeks and again at 4 months of age to 12 months of age Single dose Every 1-3 years depending on whether the cat is likely to travel or not

Feline Leukaemia Virus

Non-core but highly recommended in young cats

8-9 weeks of age with a second dose

administered 3 weeks later

Two doses 3 weeks apart

Revaccination (booster) at 6 months to 1 year of age, then annually for cats with sustained risk

Bordetella bronchiseptica

Non-core

Administer a single dose intranasal as early as 4 weeks of age. Administer a single dose intranasal.

Annual booster is indicated for cats with sustained risk

Chlamydia felis

Non-core

Initial dose at 8 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 3 weeks later Two doses 3 weeks apart

Annual booster is indicated for

cats with sustained risk

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