Viral infections such as parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis can be fatal to dogs and vaccination is essential.
Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks of age, a second vaccination at 10-12 weeks, and a third vaccination at 12 months of age. Boosters every 1-3 years are required to maintain immunity.
Feline leukaemia virus, feline enteritis, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline respiratory disease (cat flu) can be fatal to cats and vaccination is essential. Some of these diseases have no treatment or cure.
Kittens should receive their first vaccination at 8 weeks of age, a second vaccination at 12 weeks, and a third vaccination at 12 months of age. Boosters every 1-3 years are required to maintain immunity.
In times of high disease prevalence a third or 14-16 week juvenile vaccination may be recommended to ensure adequate immunity.
Titre testing is available, and if your pet has adequate immunity, booster vaccinations are often not necessary.
Different brands of vaccinations have different protocols.
Calicivirus and myxomatosis were introduced to control wild rabbit populations. There is no vaccination for myxomatosis however there is a vaccination for calicivirus.
Rabbits should receive their first vaccination at 10-12 weeks and boosters every year to maintain immunity.
Microchips are the same size as a grain of rice and are inserted just under the skin between your pet's shoulder blades.
Your pet's details along with this unique microchip number is recorded on a national register. In the event your pet is lost, this number can be scanned by vet clinics, animal shelters or councils to retrieve your contact information from the national register.
It is compulsory in WA for all dogs over 3 months of age and all cats over 6 months of age to be microchipped.