Pets need vaccinations, just like humans, and according to the vet’s recommendations may require an annual booster to keep them effective. Maternal antibodies in kittens/puppies are lost 5-6 weeks after birth. Puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated between 8-9 weeks of age, followed by a booster vaccination in 3-4 weeks and a third vaccination may be required between 16-18 weeks, followed by a booster once a year.
Vaccinations are administered to every kitten and puppy and it protects them against:
C3=Canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus (which causes infectious hepatitis) and canine parvovirus
C4=C3 + parainfluenza virus
C5=C4 + Bordetella bronchiseptica
F3=Feline parvovirus and the two viruses that cause feline
F4=F3 + leukemia virus
F5=F4 + immunodeficiency virus
In Tasmania it is a legal requirement for dogs over 6 months old to be microchipped.
Cats must be at least 8 weeks old, microchipped, desexed, wormed and vaccinated before they can be sold. It is illegal to breed cats unless you are a registered breeder.