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Pets and Vaccines


Vaccinations keep your pet safe from many common diseases. Without the protection that routine vaccinations give, killer diseases such as parvovirus, feline enteritis and many others would still be commonplace, and the outlook for your pet would be very different than it is today.


When is comes to vaccinations we take take into account your pet’s health status, vaccination history, lifestyle and living environment.


Cat and Dog Vaccinations fall into 2 Main Groups:

  • Core Vaccines and
  • Non – Core Vaccines



Core vaccines protect against disease that are irrespective of your pet’s lifestyle. Dogs and cats don’t need to come into direct contact with other animals to be at risk of catching these diseases.


For dogs these diseases are:

  • Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus – Commonly called a C3 Vaccination


For Cats, these are:


We recommend all dogs and cats are protected from these core diseases through regular vaccinations and health checks.



Non core vaccines protect protect against diseases that are more lifestyle based. This includes Canine Cough for Dogs and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) for Cats.



Dogs that interact with other dogs (especially at dog parks and beaches) or visit boarding kennels need to have both the C3 as well as the Canine Cough Vaccine. This combination of vaccines is called a C5 Vaccination.


Annual or Triennial?

The C3 Vaccine is available as a triennial vaccine which means it has been proven to provide adequate immunity for dogs for at least 3 years.


This means your dog only needs to be vaccinated every 3 years instead of annually.


The Canine Cough vaccine is NOT available in a triennial form and therefore is still needed to be given every year.



There are no triennial vaccines available for cats so for optimal protection from core diseases, cats need to be vaccinated annually.


For outdoor cats (including cats with outdoor cat runs) we also highly recommend they are vaccinated against Feline Immunodeficiency disease (FIV) – Commonly called “Feline Aids.” This is most often transmitted by fighting with infected cats. FIV is found all across the world however its prevalence in Australia is particularly high.


Many factors are taken into consideration when establishing you pet’s vaccination plan. We will tailor a program of vaccinations to help your pet maintain a lifetime of infectious disease protection.


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O’Halloran Hill Vet Centre

123 Main South Road
O’Halloran Hill, SA 5158

Hilton Vet Centre

142 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
Hilton, SA 5033