AMBER ALERT: Vaccinate your animals now!

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Cape of Good Hope SPCA isolation facility has reached 60% of capacity.  Pet owners are encouraged to ensure their pets are vaccinated without delay. Animals that have been vaccinated should have their vaccinations made current and kept up to date.

Increase in the number of cases

There has been an increase in Rabies cases reported in KZN.  The rabies vaccination is not included in the standard 5 in 1 vaccination and is administered separately. It is a legal requirement in South Africa for all cats and dogs to be vaccinated against the rabies virus at 12 weeks and to have a booster before 12 months of age. Thereafter yearly or every third year depending on the specific vaccine manufacturer.   Rabies vaccination is available free of charge at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.  Read the KZN rabies report here.

Vaccinate now

We have also noted an increase in the number of Parvovirus cases locally. Pet owners need to ensure their pets are vaccinated and that their vaccinations are kept up to date. This helps to improve the resistance of the animal against specific diseases such as life-threatening canine Parvovirus and Distemper. Vaccination against the parvovirus is done at an early age because puppies are especially susceptible to parvovirus. The booster dose for each vaccine needs to be given at the prescribed time intervals which help to build up immunity. Early vaccination is encouraged and is usually started at the age of five to six weeks. It is always better to deworm the animal before vaccination.  

For Dogs

The standard 5-in-1 vaccination for dogs covers

  1. Canine distemper
  2. Adenovirus type 2
  3. Infectious hepatitis 
  4. Parainfluenza
  5. Parvovirus

OPTIONAL – Leptospirosis and Bordetella

The vaccine is administered in three doses with one dose given every three weeks and thereafter once annually for the duration of your dog’s lifespan.

For Cats

The standard 3-in-1 vaccination for cats covers

  1. Panleukopenia
  2. Rhinotracheitis
  3. Caliciviruses

OPTIONAL – FeLV

The vaccine is administered in two doses given every three weeks and thereafter once annually for the duration of your cat’s lifespan.

Vaccination queries can be directed to our Hospital on 0217004145 or by email hospital@spca-ct.co.za

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