Healthcare, Vaccinations and Desexing

Vaccinations

Dog Vaccinations

Puppy Vaccination
Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy.

Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.

After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

Please call us on (07) 3279 3999 to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your puppy or dog.

Cat Vaccinations

kitten vaccination

Responsible pet care requires kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.

Kitten Vaccination
Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten.

Adult Cat Vaccination
The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.

A Guide to Cat Vaccination
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia and leukaemia virus at or after 8 weeks of age. Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age.

After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your cat may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet kitten or cat.

Desexing

Cats and dogs are loving pets that provide companionship and affection to many people across Australia.  Tragically however, each year, shelters take in around 160,000 animals nationally, many of which are the result of unplanned breeding.  Desexing is an effective strategy to prevent these unwanted pregnancies.

Aside from preventing accidental litters, there are many health and behavioural benefits to desexing.

  • Desexed animals are generally less likely to get diseases and certain illnesses such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
  • Desexing will also reduce behaviour problems such as roaming, aggression and urine marking in males.
  • In females it prevents mating behaviour and false pregnancy. Reducing the desire to roam also reduces the risk of being in a traumatic accident such as being hit by a car.

At Monier Veterinary Clinic we recommend Desexing at 6 months of age for dog and cats. The only exception would be larger breed dogs just to make sure they are fully mature before desexing. Speak to our friendly Team today to book an appointment.

Family fit consultations-

pre purchase advice

Are you looking for a new pet? there’s nothing more important than making sure you understand it’s health, welfare and long term needs so that you’re fully aware of the commitment you’re making.  You need to think about costs, and how the pet will fit in with your family and lifestyle.

If pet ownership is new to you and you would like some help on deciding which pet would suit your family at Monier Veterinary Clinic we are here to help.

Book a consultation with one of our nurses and bring your ideas and problems before you go out and buy a puppy or kitten.

Lots of mistakes can be avoided by asking about certain breed problems. Will a certain size or temperament suit your family. We don’t want to wait until it is too late to change your mind.

Our nurses have a lot of information for you before you buy a pet and when you have decided we will be here to welcome you with your new furry family member. ( or scaly or maybe feathery if that better suits your family)

• Animal behaviour

• Dental preventative care and treatment

• Preventative Medicine- parasite control

• Nutritional advice

• Weight management

• Blood pressure monitoring

• Microchipping