CONSULTATION / HEALTH CHECK / VACCINATIONS / MICROCHIPPING
Whether it just be for the routine annual health check, or there is an abnormal lump or bump, your pet is scratching, shaking their head or otherwise, book them in for a consultation with our qualified and experienced veterinarian to diagnose and discuss any issues your pet may have.
Exotic & Unusual Pets
At Blair Street Veterinary Hospital we take care of other pets that aren't your typical four legged companion. We offer a range of services for your pet whether it is a Bird, Python, Rabbit, Rat, Ferret or Fish.
Why Vaccinate you pet?
Vaccinating your pet protects them against the most common contagious viral diseases. Vaccinating also protects the wider population, to some extent, by limiting spread of viruses (a concept called 'herd immunity').
Dog Vaccination Recommendations
Our practice recommends vaccinating puppies at 6-8 weeks of age, 12 weeks of age and again at 14-16 weeks. You should avoid taking your puppy into public areas, especially those frequented by dogs, until after the initial vaccination course is complete. Your puppy may attend Puppy Preschool at a Vet Clinic providing he has had his first vaccination.
Dogs are routinely vaccinated against Parvovirus, Canine Hepatitis, Distemper and Kennel Cough. Due to the fact that pets age so much quicker than we do, we recommend an annual checkup to ensure ongoing good health.
Cat Vaccination Recommendations
We recommend vaccinating kittens at 6-8 weeks of age, 12 weeks of age and again at 14-16 weeks. You should keep your kitten inside until after the initial vaccination course is complete.
Cats are routinely vaccinated against Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu (Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus). However, if your cat goes outside, we would recommend additional protection against Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV is particularly prevalent in the suburban cat population with some studies showing infection rates in WA as high as 29%. Vaccination courses for FeLV and FIV can be undertaken as kittens or later in life after blood testing for the diseases shows that your cat is not already affected.
Due to the fact that pets age so much quicker than we do, we recommend an annual checkup to ensure ongoing good health.
Rabbit Vaccination Recommendations
In Australia, there is no vaccine available against Myxomatosis, which is spread by mosquitoes and biting insects. Insect proofing your rabbit's habitat is the only way to protect them against this horrible disease.
However, rabbits can be vaccinated against the other virus that affects them - Calicivirus. Calicivirus is spread by mosquitoes and direct contact with infected animals and causes death within a few days. Recently, a new strain was released in Australia, leading to the AVA recommending a change in vaccination protocol to ensure bunnies are protected. Young rabbits should now be vaccinated at 4, 8 and 12 weeks of age, and then every 6 months. Adults should receive TWO vaccinations one month apart, followed by 6-monthly boosters.
Ferret Vaccination Recommendations
Ferrets are susceptible to Canine Distemper. Vaccination is recommended at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, and then annually.
A microchip is the most effective and safe form of identification for pets. Each microchip is a little smaller than a grain of rice. The microchipping procedure is very common and quick to perform and almost any animal can be microchipped - from ferrets to birds to horses and everything in between.
Each microchip is encoded with a 15 digit number which corresponds to your contact details on a national database. Rangers, vets and similar organisations are able to scan your pet, retrieve the number and look up your details to enable them to contact you should your pet wander and be found. A microchip is not a GPS tracker.
Microchipping involves a quick, relatively painless injection into the scruff of the neck (in most animals). Blair Street Veterinary Hospital have been microchipping pets since the late 90's, and we only use the very latest "mini-chips." These are smaller than a standard microchip, meaning an even smaller needle is required.