Vaccine and Annual Check
Why should I vaccinate my pet?
Vaccines are essential in preventing life-threatening diseases. They work by exposing the immune system of your pet to a “deactivated” infectious agent. This helps the body build a defence against that specific infectious agent, meaning that the vaccine will protect your pet from developing the disease.
Vaccines are relatively pain-free but can cause adverse reactions; however, these are rare and, most of the time, mild.
DHPPi: a combination vaccine that protects against Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Infectious Hepatitis.
Leptospirosis: protects against a dangerous bacterial infection.
FVRCP: a combination vaccine that protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia.
Feline Leukemia Virus: an incurable virus transmitted through cat bites during fights. It’s recommended for kittens even if they will not be going outdoors. For older, indoor-only cats, boosters are not required.
When should I vaccinate my cat or dog?
Our vets will recommend the exact schedule for your pet, and we’ll send you reminders one month before your pet is due for a vaccine booster. Here’s an example schedule.
Yearly blood work
Blood tests are the key to picking up early-stage diseases or to ensuring that the therapy of your pet is working well and at the correct dosage. This becomes even more important in elderly patients. A Complete Blood Count can detect infections, anaemia, dehydration, blood disorders and the immune system response. Blood Chemistries show if any enzymes, electrolytes, minerals and hormone levels are too low or too high, often indicating a problem in how organs function. Bloodwork is also essential to determine whether your pet is healthy enough and ready to undergo anaesthesia.
Post dental care
Most cats and dogs recover relatively quickly from a dental cleaning. A little wooziness is not unusual, and some post-anaesthesia anxiety is normal. You can feed your pet the evening of their procedure; soft food is recommended for a few days if any dental extractions are performed. If any extractions were performed, we would send them home with pain relief to keep them comfortable and pain-free.