Category Archives: Other Animals


Vaccinations are an important part of any preventative health program for us and for our pets. In many cases vaccination will prevent a pet from contracting a disease, in other cases they will reduce the severity of symptoms.

At Keysborough Veterinary Practice we stock a variety of vaccines, and use different protocols depending on the lifestyle of your pet. Please call us to discuss this or book an appointment today.

Dogs: Vaccines for dogs are divided into Core Vaccines (Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus) and Non-Core Vaccines (Parainfluenza, Bordatella, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, etc). We recommend all puppies be vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. For adults we use Core vaccines every three years , and Non-Core vaccines every year if we have elected to use any based on your pet’s lifestyle.

Cats: Vaccines for cats are also divided into Core Vaccines (Herpresvirus, Panleukopenia, Calicivirus) and Non-Core Vaccines (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Leukaemia, Chlamydia). We recommend kittens be vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. The adult vaccination schedule will depend on your cat’s lifestyle.  If your cat is an outdoor cat, we highly recommend the incorporation of vaccines against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV- the cat equivalent of HIV in people) into  your cat’s vaccination schedule.

Rabbits: Currently the only vaccine available for rabbits in Australia is for Calicivirus, which causes sudden death. Myxomatosis, another disease of rabbits for which there is a vaccine available overseas, does not currently have a vaccine available in Australia.

Ferrets: Ferrets can be infected with both distemper and bordatella. We currently recommend ferrets be vaccinated for distemper as kits at 8 and 14 weeks of age, and once every three years if they are working or hunting ferrets.