Mrs Bobinoz walked back into the house this morning; she had a cat carrier in her hand with two cats inside and a dog on the end of a lead. “That’s all the pets’ injections up-to-date for another year!” She said. Before adding…
“Don’t ask me how much though.”
Of course, I then had to ask.
What were these injections for? For that kind of money, I would expect our cats and dog to be immune to…
And if any of them decided to go for a swim in the sea or to jump in a billabong for a splash, unlikely in the case of the cats, for that money I would expect them to be immune to sharks and crocodiles as well.
But what did we get instead?
This is a virus that affects dogs and can be spread through food and water as well as through contact with an infected animal. It comes with a pretty long list of nasty sounding symptoms and can ultimately lead to your dog being put down for humane reasons.
Canine Infectious Hepatitis
Just as nasty as the above, can lead to death due to liver failure although some dogs do recover without treatment.
Canine Parvoviral Enteritis
This may be the scariest of the lot for dogs; this disease is highly contagious and if it goes untreated can kill up to 91% of dogs.
Highly contagious and very often fatal, especially in kittens. 95% of kittens under two months old will die, sometimes within 24 hours.
Upper respiratory or pulmonary infection which can, again, lead to death.
This is another virus and it causes respiration problems but cats can and often do fight this one off with the help of their own immune system, often making a full recovery.
So, these injections were worth it, you might think.
Maybe not, we may have actually wasted some of our money.
Do dogs and cats need annual vaccinations?
Yearly vaccinations for cats and dogs are not necessary, apparently.
It’s a shame I decided to write a post about vaccinations for dogs and cats AFTER ours had been done, because if I’d investigated this subject before, they probably would not have gone and we would be $225.50 better off.
Vaccinations for the above diseases last for three years according to the experts, but here in Australia vets still recommend this vaccine on an annual basis. These days though, international standards recommend a three yearly top up and that’s what now happens in both the UK and New Zealand.
Australia is still doing it “the old way”. With around 5 million cats and close to 8 million dogs in this country, and at $70-$80 a jab, I’m sure the vets prefer “the old way” as well.
As many Australian vets do still “recommend” annual vaccinations, I suppose it is down to us as pet owners to make our choice of frequency on behalf of our pets. If that’s a decision you need to make, here are a couple of links that might help out:
- Pet owners dogged by ‘unnecessary’ vaccinations from ABC News and…
- Questions raised over pet vaccination – again, ABC News, but this one has a video.
Our 3 pets had other treatments today as well. Our dog, Hippy, had a heartworm injection which does last for one year, that one cost $110. She also got some chewable tablets at $24.95, this one helps prevent some kind of intestinal worm or other.
For the record, her injection was actually called the C5 Vaccination (at $79.50) which also helps prevent kennel cough.
Our cats got similar intestinal worm tablets at $14.50, and their jab is called the F3 Vaccination and they cost $73 each.
So yes, our pets are all up to date for another year, and maybe for the next couple of years we will skip those C5 and F3 jabs, saving us over $250 in the process.
What do you think? How often do you vaccinate your cats or dogs? Let me know in the comments below…