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Everything You Need To Know About Cat & Dog Vaccinations


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Malvern Veterinary Hospital
547 Dandenong Rd
VIC 3143

03 9509 7611

Canine 3 yearly vaccinations

The adult dog vaccine used at Malvern Vet for distemper, hepatitis and parvo virus lasts for a full three years. This "C3" vaccine has been specifically tested and registered for use on a 3 yearly basis. Not all C3 vaccines last for 3 years. There is no vaccine available for the two most commonly occurring diseases - parainfluenza virus and bordetella brnchiseptica (which cause canine cough). Our vets recommend using the triennial C3 vaccine every 3 years, and the parainfluenza/bordetalla vaccine annually. This is the best "C5" coverage available.

Malvern Vet Hospital can provide vaccinations for dogs and cats of all ages. Vaccinations are extremely important for animals of any age as they can be exposed to many threatening diseases. Puppies need to be exposed to as many experiences as possible and the new vaccinations used at Malvern Vet provide a safe way to do so. Our veterinary clinic specialises in animal vaccinations in addition to cat desexing, dog desexing, dog grooming, cat grooming, cat boarding and more to ensure your animal receives the highest level of care.

At our veterinary clinic, your pet will receive a thorough clinical examination with their required vaccination. Our vets and nursing staff will take utmost care treating every patient. Whether your animal requires a first time vaccination, cat desexing, dog desexing, cat boarding, dog grooming or microchipping, our team will provide a professional, caring service each time.

To book in your animal for vaccinations or other veterinary services, contact our vet clinic today.

Puppy Vaccinations

With the superior vaccines we use, puppies 10 weeks and over now only need a single C5 vaccination. Booster injections will not be required until they are over 14 months old. This vaccination covers distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, bordetella bronchiseptica and parainfluenza 2 – canine cough/kennel cough. The best part is that the pups can be socialised (allowed out for walks and playing with other dogs) much earlier – allowing a more normal social development.

With every pup vaccinated at our veterinary clinic we offer a free health check at 16 weeks of age to ensure they are developing normally.

Adult Dog Vaccinations

The triennial C5 vaccine given at our veterinary clinic covers for distemper, hepatitis & parvovirus for 3 years, and covers the bordetella bronchiseptica and parainfluenza 2 (canine cough/kennel cough) for one year. The heartworm injection (proheart SR 12) also covers your adult dog for one year.

Kitten Vaccinations

Kittens need to be vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. We recommend an F5 vaccination as it covers for feline enteritis, herpes, calcivirus, chlamydia and feline leukaemia. For kittens likely to be outdoor cats as adults, we also recommend the FIV (AIDS) vaccine. Feline AIDS is highly prevalent in the feline community and is contracted through bite and scratch wounds. People cannot contract Feline AIDS.

Adult Cat Vaccinations

Cats need annual booster injections to remain healthy. For indoor cats we recommend an F5 ( feline enteritis, herpes, calcivirus, Chlamydia, and feline leukaemia) and an F6 (includes feline AIDS) for cats that spend time outside.Recent studies show that between 14% and 29% of cats in the community are positive for the feline AIDS virus (FIV). FIV is spread through cat bite and scratch wounds and causes a condition similar to human AIDS. If a cat has never been vaccinated for FIV before, they will need a series of three vaccinations to give them adequate immunity. A blood test prior to vaccinating is recommended for high risk adult cats to make sure they don't already have the disease.

Why Choose Malvern Vet Hospital?

Our vet clinic is one of the few vet clinics in Victoria to operate as an Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association (ASAVA) accredited “Hospital of Excellence”. This unique accreditation enables us to provide exceptional dog grooming and additional services including, dog desexing, dog grooming, cat desexing, cat boarding, veterinary consults, vaccinations and a host of others. 

Our accredited veterinary staff can also help prepare your pet for export overseas. We have over 20 years experience preparing pets going overseas and can both assist with animal exportation preparation and help define the criteria that needs to be met before travel.

Malvern Vet Hospital is open 7 days a week and offers dog grooming, dog desexing, cat desexing, cat boarding, vaccinations, veterinary consults and many more services each day. Malvern Vet Hospital has a team of industry professionals that are committed to practicing the highest standards of medicine.

To learn how we can care for your best friend, contact Malvern Vet Hospital or submit an enquiry form today.