Vaccinations

Vaccinations for all animals are able to be performed at FGVC. Puppies and kittens have a series of three initial vaccinations, followed by annual vaccinations.

Rabbits may also be vaccinated, usually from the age of three months onwards. We vaccinate ferrets with a standard C3 vaccination.

Dog Vaccinations

At Fountain Gate Veterinary Clinic, we recommend yearly health checks and boosters for the life of your pet

  • C3 – Vaccinates against three potentially fatal diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus
  • C5 – Vaccinates against the above three diseases as well as Canine Cough

We strongly recommend C5 vaccination for all dogs as it provides the best protection we can offer.

It is not until 10 days after your puppy’s final vaccination that they have optimal protection against these diseases. You should therefore take precautionary measures and keep your puppy isolated from unknown dogs and potentially infectious environments ie. parks

It is compulsory that all dogs entering boarding kennels or obedience classes have a current C5 vaccination.


Cat Vaccinations

At Fountain Gate vet clinic we recommend yearly health checks and boosters for life.

F3– Vaccinates against Feline enteritis and Feline Respiratory Disease or “Cat Flu”

FIV- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus has a relatively high prevalance in our area. Direct contact is required with an infected cat for transmission, with fighting being the most common method of transmission. Infections can remain symptomless for years before developing into Feline AIDS resulting in poor immunity, increased susceptibility to infections and eventually death.

We recommend that any cat who goes outdoors should be vaccinated against FIV

It is not until 10 days after your kitten’s final vaccination that they have optimal protection against these diseases. You should therefore take precautionary measures and keep your kitten isolated from other cats and potentially infectious environments ie. Keep indoors

It is compulsory that all cats going into a cattery have at least a current F3 vaccination


Rabbit Vaccinations

We recommend routine vaccination of your rabbit against Calicivirus. A vaccination course is usually commenced from three months onwards. Booster vaccinations are required every 6 months for adult rabbits.


Ferret Vaccinations

Ferrets should receive a C3 vaccination yearly.


After Vaccination Care

We are all aware of the importance of vaccination in preventing animals from being seriously ill. Fortunately, most pets need no special care following vaccination as they show no obvious response and go about their lives normally.

However, a small percentage of pets may show a mild response and look ‘off colour’ for a day or two. This is considered quite normal. You may notice that they have lost their appetite and just want to lie around and rest. Some animals may resent being handled and may be sore or tender at the injection site. This is not dissimilar to what we experience with human vaccinations.

The following points outline the best way to look after pets if they do show these signs:

  • Provide your pet with a warm cosy place to lie down and rest. However, don’t be concerned if they wish to rest somewhere else.
  • Make sure that they have access to water and their favourite food, but don’t be alarmed if they are not very hungry.
  • Avoid patting or playing with you pet as they may wish to be left alone. They will come to you if they feel like it.
  • Check on you pet every so often, just to make sure they are comfortable, but try to disturb them as little as possible.

The most important thing to remember is that this type of reaction is nothing to be alarmed about. By following the point listed above, your pet will soon be back to normal. However, if the response to the vaccination appears more serious than this, or your pet has not recovered within 48 hours then please do not hesitate to contact Fountain Gate Veterinary staff.