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Vaccinating your Cat

Vaccinating your Cat

Vaccinating your Cat

Your kitten should have received its first vaccination together with a physical check up at 6-8 weeks of age, however this can be done at any time.   This may have been done prior to the cat being re-homed and you would have received a vaccination certificate as proof of this.

A booster is required 3-4 weeks later, at approximately 10-11 weeks with the final booster at 14-16 weeks.   Full immune protection cannot be relied upon until after this final booster. Your cat will then need a booster a year later, going on to 2 yearly vaccinations.

The major diseases we vaccinate against include Feline Panleukopaenia Virus, Feline Herpes Virus, and Feline Calicivirus.

Feline Panleukopaenia is a very serious disease causing severe vomiting, diarrhoea, and dehydration. It is often fatal in unvaccinated kittens and young cats, despite intensive veterinary care and therapy.

Upper respiratory disease is a common contagious disease resulting in sneezing, weepy eyes, loss of appetite and lethargy. Herpes virus and Calicivirus are the most common agents involved.

A further vaccination against Feline Aids (FIV) is an optional addition.   FIV is a immune disease predominantly spread by bites from other infected cats.   We strongly recommend cats be covered against this fatal disease.  There is an initial course of three vaccines given 3 weeks apart, then annual boosters are required.

Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping Your Dog, Cat, Horse…..even your Bird!


We all hope our own pets will never stray from home and get lost, or even worse be involved in a road accident. We should never assume this won’t happen to our own pets. Many stray pets never see their owners again and the uncertainty of knowing whether a lost pet is still alive can be difficult to cope with.

Technology in the form of a microchip implant now provides a quick and easy method of identifying your pet. The microchip contains electronic information allowing pet and owner to be quickly reunited in the event of straying.

Any pet animal can be fitted with a chip. The law now requires that puppies first registered after 1st July 2006 must be microchipped with the exception of working dogs.

The chip is smaller than a grain of rice and is easily inserted under your pets skin by an injection. The chip remains in place for life and the pet remains unaware of its presence.

A microchip can be implanted at any time, and we can combine this with their vaccinations. However, we recommend the most convenient time is when the dog is anaesthetised for desexing. While the law states that a microchip must be implanted within two months of registration, your local council may give a time extension to allow the microchipping to take place at the time of desexing, which is often done at 5 – 6 months of age. If you are going to take your puppy out and about and feel your recall is not quite polished enough, do not hesitate to microchip during the last puppy vax!

Once microchipped your pets unique identification number becomes registered on a national database. There are two national databases in operation. One is the National Dog Database, which all microchipped dogs must be registered with. This is the government run database that Tasman District Dog Control Officers have access to. However, vets and the SPCA do not have direct access to this database and in the event of a lost dog being taken to a vet or the SPCA there may be a slight delay in reuniting the pet and owners until Dog Control releases the details. To overcome this delay an optional database run by the New Zealand Companion Animal Society is in operation. This database is for ALL animals, not just dogs. The advantage of this database is that vets and the SPCA have direct access to owner’s details ensuring there is no delay. For your dog or other pet to be registered on this database, there is a small one off fee.

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us

Worming Your Cat and Dog

Worming Your Cat and Dog

Worming Your Cat and Dog

Worms are a common cause of ill health in dogs and cats and can cause symptoms ranging from poor condition, loss of appetite, pot belly, vomiting and diarrhoea, coughing, anaemia and even death. Young animals and those who scavenge or hunt are most at risk of worms and treatment for worms is especially important in these animals.

There are four worm types in New Zealand – round worms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.

Roundworms are white, and round bodied. They may be vomited up or passed out in the stool. If present in large numbers they can cause ill heath or stunting of growth.  Young animals can be infected through their mother’s milk and pregnancy and high burdens can occur in puppies and kittens of mothers who have not been regularly treated.

Tapeworms are long, flattened segmented worms that live in the intestine.  Eggs develop in the segment, which then breaks off the worm, looking like grains of rice in the stool. Animals can be infected from birds, mice and rats; but also from infected fleas, therefore good flea control helps reduce infection. Fortunately, the Hydatid tapeworm is no longer common in dogs and can occur only when dogs are fed infected, uncooked sheep or goat offal containing cysts.

Hookworms can cause very severe signs including blood loss and weakness, and severe infestations can be fatal.

Whipworms resemble a stock whip and cause weight loss or diarrhoea in dogs.

Roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms can occasionally be a health hazard for people.   Infection occurs simply by swallowing the eggs or larvae and this is most likely with young children who are playing with puppies, or who are in a soiled environment.   Regular worm treatment combined with simple hygienic measures such as ensuring young children wash their hands after contact with pets and particularly before eating, will minimise the risk of infection.

Worming Schedule for dogs and cats:

Puppies and kittens should be treated with an all-wormer Fortnightly from 4 weeks of age until 12 weeks, monthly until 6 months and then every 3 months for the rest of its life

If your dog lives or regularly visits a sheep farm, they may need to be wormed more frequently.  Please contact contact us for further advice.