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What is in a Cat's Vaccination?

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a tortoishell cat in an opened carrier having a vaccination

In some way it would be great to wrap our pets in cotton wool to stop them getting hurt or sick. In my experience, there a few animal that this would be more difficult do with than a cat. Since bundling them up (not to mention herding them away from danger) is not really practical, we have to rely on other disease prevention strategies and the cornerstone of these is vaccination.

What is in a Dog's Vaccination?

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C5 vaccination in a syringe and needle with the words: what's in a vaccination

Vaccination is at the heart of disease prevention in dogs. We at CAVH recommend for most dogs, that they receive a C5 vaccination, to best protect them from preventable diseases in our area. While most people are aware of the Parvo component of our vaccinations, many people don't know what other diseases their dogs are covered for.

What's in a C5 vaccination?

The 5 in “C5” refers to the 5 different components of the vaccine, each one covering for a different cause of disease.

The New CPV-2C Canine Parvovirus Strain and Vaccination- the facts

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french bulldog puppy in someones arms
  1. There are different variants of the virus in Australia including the 2C strain which was recently confirmed in dogs in South Australia and Victoria. 
  2. Vaccination is highly effective against all strains of canine parvovirus including the 2C strain.
  3. The vaccines we use are used globally in other countries where 2C has been identified for years and is protective there. The current vaccines have also been shown to be effective in challenge studies.

Rabbit Calicivirus - New Strain to be Released In March

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Rabbit Calicivirus, also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV), is a viral disease first released in Australia in 1996, in an effort to control feral rabbits. There are a number of different strains in Australia.  A new strain, RHDV1 K5, is to be released in the Illawarra and over 600 sites across Australia in early March. This timing corresponds with peak feral rabbit numbers.

How does it spread?

The virus is spread by rabbit to rabbit contact, flies and fleas, as well as contaminated clothes and environment.

Killer Virus Hits Dapto Dogs

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Dog being treated for parvovirus in isolation cage

There has been a spike in the number of cases of parvovirus in Dapto in recent times and this mainly because there is an increasing population of unprotected dogs. All of the cases we have seen have been adolescent dogs that did not receive their full course of vaccinations when they were young. Canine Parvovirus is a killer virus. Even with intensive treatment many dogs don’t survive.

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