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Yearly vaccination of dogs and cats – Why all the Confusion?

It used to be easy – puppy and kitten vaccinations at 8, 12 and possibly 16 weeks and then a booster every year, right?

So what happened? Why all the confusion about vaccination?

What’s changed for vaccination of pets in Australia?


Thanks, Barbara, for "SuperZach"!


Cat vaccination hasn’t changed. A yearly booster after the first course of vaccine is recommended

Dog vaccination for Canine Cough hasn’t changed. Most veterinarians recommend a yearly booster after the initial course, and in really severe outbreaks even 6 montly boosters might be necessary.

Dog vaccination for “the big three” (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus) has changed DEPENDING on the brand of vaccine. Some brands can give a booster period of up to three years.

So what do I do now?

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