Vaccinating your pet ensures that they are protected from infection, allowing them to live a long, happy, and healthy life. It’s important that you keep up to date with your pet’s vaccinations and also conform with local laws that require certain vaccinations to be administered.
The immunity response provided by a vaccination lasts longer than one year and if a pet is over-vaccinated, this can lead to certain conditions such as skin cancer or immune-medicated disorders.
Kittens and puppies should be vaccinated three times at 3-4 week intervals starting with their first vaccination when they are eight weeks old. The last vaccination is typically administered between 14 and 16 weeks, and rabies vaccinations in particular are either given at the same time or between 20 and 24 weeks old.
Repeat vaccinations are necessary because the antibodies that the kitten or puppy may have gained from their mother can limit the immunity produced by the vaccinations. However, it’s essential that the kitten or puppy are immunized as quickly as possible.
For adult pets, one vaccination will provide sufficient immunity. If your pet has missed a couple of years of vaccination, then a course of vaccination is not required- one injection for each vaccination is sufficient.
Regardless of vaccinations, we always recommend yearly health checks as a minimum to ensure that your pet is in good health. Pet Health Club members receive complete health checks twice a year and essential vaccinations as part of their membership and is a cost-effective way to ensure your pet has access to everything they need throughout the year. Find out more here.
The routine injection contains protection against 3 infections:
FVR = Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
C = Calicivirus
P = Panleukopenia
The routine injection contains protection against 6 infections annotated by DHPPi/L.
D = Distemper
H = Hepatitis, Adenovirus-1 or -2
Adenovirus-1 causes Infectious Canine Hepatitis. This is spread by contact with the urine and feces of infected animals. The virus causes liver and kidney damage. Animals that survive may have chronic illness. Symptoms include but are not limited to: fever, lethargy, anorexia, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea.
P = Parvovirus
P (or Pi) = Parainfluenza
L = Leptospirosis
The vaccine is a non-core vaccine and severe allergic reactions have been noted in dogs with short noses and in small dogs under 8kg. Please discuss your pet’s risk with one of our vets.
Bordetella or Kennel Cough
The vaccine against Bordetella is not licensed for use in China and as such is not widely available.
The signs are far less severe in cats and the treatment simpler.
Whilst there is a yearly injection against Heartworm it is not actually a vaccination. The injection is a large dose of parasiticide that lasts for a year. In this case the “vaccination” has to be given yearly to maintain protection.
There are monthly treatments that also prevent both heartworm and other parasites.
Heartworm is not prevalent in Beijing as the winter period is too cold for the infectious parasite to survive. However the infection is seen in southern China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Generally vaccines are not required in the other commonly kept exotic species e.g. hamsters or chinchillas, excepting rabbits.
There are 3 vaccines that maybe used in rabbits; Myxomatosis, Hemorrhagic Gastro-enteritis and Rabies.
Both Myxomatosis and Hemorrhagic Gastro-enteritis are man made viruses not seen in China; neither are the vaccinations available.
However it is a reasonable precaution to vaccinate your rabbit against rabies if the rabbit stays outside, though please note that the rabies vaccine is not licensed for use in rabbits.