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Why Should I Vaccinate My Pet?

Vaccinations protect your pet against harmful and potentially fatal diseases. If you have to board your pet for any reason, they will need to be up to date with their vaccinations. Vaccines trigger a protective immune response that prepares your pet to fight disease in the future, and some vaccines can even prevent infection completely. The vaccinations we recommend and use at The Ark Vet are safe and effective.


1st Vaccination: 6-8 weeks – Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus

2nd Vaccination: 10-12 weeks – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Canine Cough

3rd Vaccination: 14-16 weeks – Distemper, hepatitis, Parvovirus and Canine Cough

Your puppy can be taken for walks 14 days after their second vaccination. Socialisation is critical for the first 14 weeks of your puppy’s life, but we recommend avoiding beaches and dog parks until they are completely vaccinated.

Annual Vaccination protects against Canine Cough

Triennial Vaccinations protects against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus


1st Vaccination: 8 weeks – protects against Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Chlamydia

2nd Vaccination: 12 weeks – booster against Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia and Leukaemia

3rd Vaccination: 16 weeks – final booster against Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia and Leukaemia

Annual vaccinations protect against Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia and Leukaemia

What do you vaccinate against?


FELINE ENTERITIS (Panleucopaenia) is an acute, highly contagious infection of the intestine characterised by vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration and is often fatal.

CAT FLU is caused by two viruses leading to chronic upper respiratory tract infections, with the exotic breeds being more susceptible. The viruses are:

FELINE RHINOTRACHEITIS or HERPES virus is characterised by eye and nose discharge, sinusitis, sneezing, loss of appetite, dehydration, difficulty breathing, hypothermia or fever.

FELINE CALICIVIRUS is characterised by severe mouth ulceration, fever and loss of appetite.

FELINE CHLAMYDIA is often a chronic infectious disease characterised by conjunctivitis, upper respiratory disease and pneumonia. It is reported to occur in up to 20% of cats in Australia. Transmission of this organism to humans has been reported.

FELINE LEUKAEMIA is a very contagious viral infection leading to immunodeficiency and cancer in cats. Infected cats are highly susceptible to bacterial, viral and fungal infections, and are prone to develop leukaemia which is often fatal.


CANINE DISTEMPER is an acute, very highly contagious viral infection which is often fatal. The infection results in severe respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system (brain) disease.

CANINE HEPATITIS is a serious viral disease which targets the liver, kidneys, eyes and blood vessels. The infection may result in death, however, some patients may recover with chronic liver or eye abnormalities.

CANINE PARVOVIRUS is an extremely infectious viral disease in dogs characterised by an acute illness with vomiting, dysentery, dehydration, shock and septicaemia. Parvovirus is usually fatal in puppies, while older dogs have an increased chance of recovery. In some dogs the infection may cause complete heart failure.

CANINE COUGH is a highly contagious respiratory disease leading to severe coughing, loss of appetite, bronchitis and pneumonia. It can affect dogs of all ages. There are two organisms which are primarily responsible for Canine Cough:

CANINE BORDETELLA (which is similar to Whooping Cough in humans),