Annual vaccinations are strongly recommended to keep antibody levels high throughout your pets life. Missing a year can open up a window of susceptibility to these diseases. We will send you annual vaccination reminders. It’s as easy as picking up the phone and making an appointment. This will also include an annual health care check.
All reputable boarding establishments require your pet to have up-to-date vaccinations before accepting them, so consider this before boarding your pet.
We use MSD(TM) vaccines which meet the highest quality standards for safety and effectiveness. We have a special medical-grade fridge that maintains the vaccines at the optimal purity. Storing vaccines in a regular fridge can reduce the effectiveness and interfere with the safety of the vaccination.
FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is very similar to the HIV virus in people, and while it is not transmissible to people it is a leading cause of chronic illness in pet cats in Sydney. It is transmitted through direct contact with infected cats, through saliva, scratches and bite wounds.
Vaccinating against FIV is recommended for all cats that go outdoors or that may go outdoors in the future. A large proportion of stray cats in the inner west and inner city are FIV positive.
FeLV (feline leukaemia virus) can be transmitted in the same way as FIV. Cats that contract FeLV have a very high chance of developing fatal leukaemia, a blood cancer. At Southern Cross Vets we offer vaccination against both FeLV and FIV.
We’re proud to be leading the way in protecting our feline patients. For more information about the new vaccination guidelines, please call the clinic on (02) 9516 0234.
An alternative to vaccinating your pets annually is to come to the clinic for a small blood test that tells us whether your pet has enough antibodies from previous vaccinations circulating in the blood which would protect them against the deadly viruses and bacteria. If antibodies are high enough, our Doctors will not recommend vaccination and would suggest re-testing or vaccination in a certain number of months or years based on the result.