Vaccinations

Here at Vet on Wheels, we understand the importance and necessity of vaccinations in eradicating many diseases caused by the spread of viruses. The vaccines we carry are able to protect your pet against the following diseases:

  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Adenovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis

While vaccinations are important, especially in the first few years of a pet's life, we do not advocate over-vaccinating unnecessarily.

 

We take into consideration the age of your pet, the environment and potential exposure, vaccine history and results of any vaccine titre done, before recommending the best vaccination plan for your individual pet. The choice to vaccinate or not is made by you, the owner, after a discussion of the risks and benefits with our veterinarian.

We stress that an annual physical examination by a veterinarian is important, even if no yearly vaccinations are done.

What Are Vaccine Titres?

Instead of routinely injecting pets with a vaccine every year without knowing whether they need them, there is now an option of doing vaccine titres, which tell us if a pet has enough "protection" from a previous vaccine. To do this, we take a small blood sample from your pet, and from it, test for the amount of antibodies against the same diseases that we are vaccinating for. If the resultant antibodies present is high, your pet is likely to be "protected" against the core vaccines, and we may advise vaccination with simply an individual vaccine against Leptospirosis. A low titre result indicates your pet may not have the necessary immunity. Given our evaluation of your pet's lifestyle in light of the results of the test, we will  recommend the most appropriate vaccination protocol suitable for your pet.

We use VacciCheck, which IN DOGS tests for antibodies to 3 diseases:

  1. Parvovirus
  2. Adenovirus (Canine hepatitis)
  3. Distemper