Three Year (Triennial) Dog and Cat Vaccinations
Pet owners are gradually becoming aware of a major change to their pet’s vaccination schedule through the educational efforts of their vets and animal welfare organisations. The change is the introduction of triennial or ‘3-year’ vaccines. So, what are these new vaccines, and what do they mean for your pet?
Vaccination protocols are constantly being updated as new vaccines become available and research is conducted into the immune systems of our pets and the risks and benefits of vaccination. The most recent vaccination protocols (2010) from the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) recommend the use of a three year schedule.
VetMobile uses the latest 3-year vaccination protocol, as recommended by the AVA and WSAVA.
The FAQs about 3 year vaccines
What does this mean for my new puppy or kitten?
Puppies and kittens still require a series of vaccinations early in life to develop crucial protection against several life threatening diseases. They also require a booster 1 year later to consolidate their immunity before moving onto an adult vaccination schedule.
Does this mean that my adult pet only needs a vaccination every 3 years?
No. Long lasting immunity is only possible to achieve for some diseases. For example in dogs, vaccinations against Distemper, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus are now given every 3 years, but protection against important diseases such as Kennel Cough must be maintained on a yearly basis.
Your vet will make individualised recommendations based on your pet’s vaccination history, age and health profile, and an assessment of exposure risks. It’s more complicated, but it means that your pet receives only the vaccines they need to keep them healthy throughout their life.
Why does my vet still send me an annual vaccination reminder?
Some diseases, e.g. Kennel Cough in dogs, still require yearly boosters for protection. If you are unsure of the vaccination protocol that your vet has recommended for your pet, just ask!
How often then does my pet need to see their vet?
An annual health check at minimum is recommended for healthy animals even when they are not due for a vaccination. Due to our pet’s shorter lifespan, this is like you going to your doctor every 7 years! Annual health checks will allow the early detection of many conditions, and also allow you a vital opportunity to discuss any concerns or problems you may have about your pet.
Senior pets and any animals with known health issues need to see a vet much more frequently. Your vet will discuss with you recommendations for revisits and checkups as part of an individualised treatment or health management plan.
About the Author: Dr Chris Wilson BVSc is the principal veterinarian of VetMobile Pty Ltd, a mobile vet service which services the suburbs of North Brisbane. VetMobile offers dog and cat vaccinations, examinations and pet care in the convenience of your own home, as well as discount online pet products. Find out more about our mobile vet services in Brisbane.Follow @vet_mobile