Russell Vale Animal Clinic

17 Bellambi Lane
Bellambi, NS 2518

(024)284-5988

www.animalclinic.com.au

VACCINATIONS, COVID AND YOUR PET

Current as at 31st March 2020

Based on WSAVA “Advice for Veterinarians about Routine Prophylactic Vaccination during the Covid-19 Pandemic” dated 29th March 2020

If you have a puppy

WSAVA Recommends: “Wherever possible, a sensible precaution would be to limit contact of such animals with the outdoor environment. As soon as veterinary practices resume, those animals should receive core vaccine according to guidelines advice. This would mean a single dose of trivalent core vaccine at 16 weeks of age or older, with a follow up vaccine at 6 or 12 months for puppies. “

RVAC Recommendations:

Vaccination at 12 weeks with a C4/c2i

Vaccination at 16 weeks with a C4/C2i OR if no vaccination at 12 weeks of age, then a vaccination at 16 weeks  with a C2i booster 4 weeks later.  

Vaccination booster at six months of age  (C4 only) (then annual or triannual depending on requirements)

If your dog is > 12 months of age and due for their annual or triannual

WSAVA Recommends: “Adult animals that have been previously well vaccinated will, more than likely, be solidly protected until after COVID-19 dies down and can then be re-vaccinated once access to veterinary practices returns to normal”

RVAC Recommendations:

The annual vaccination that we use at RVAC does have an “off label claim” of extended duration of immunity against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus.

If your dog has turned 1, then a vaccination is recommended. For those 2 years or above, delay vaccinations until COVID-19 dies down.

If you have a kitten

WSAVA Recommends: “For kittens, a single dose of FPV at 16 weeks of age or older, with follow up vaccine at 6 or 12 months is also appropriate. WSAVA guidelines would recommend two doses of FHV1 FCV core vaccine (given 2-4 weeks apart), with follow up vaccine at 6 or 12 months.”

RVAC Recommendations: (F3 includes FHV1, FPV, FCV)

Vaccination at 12 weeks

Vaccination at 16 weeks OR if no vaccine at 12 weeks, then vaccination at 16 weeks and 20 weeks.

Vaccination booster at 6 months of age (then annual or tri-annual depending on requirements)

If your cat is > 12 months of age

WSAVA Recommends: “Feline core FHV1 And FCV vaccines may also be given triennially to “low risk” cats or annually to “high risk” cats. There is evidence that these vaccines also provide long – term protection to most cats and that protection is likely to persist until after COVID-19 dies down and cats can be revaccinated”

RVAC Recommendations:

The annual vaccination that we use at RVAC does have an “off label claim” of extended duration of immunity against Cat Flu (FHV1/FCV) and enteritis (FPV).

If your cat has turned 1, then a vaccination is recommended. For those 2 years or above, delay vaccinations until COVID-19 dies down.

Understanding Vaccinations:

WSAVA – World Small Animal Veterinary Association

RVAC – Russell Vale Animal Clinic

Trivalent core vaccine (dogs) – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus

FHV1 – Feline Herpesvirus (Cat Flu)

FCV – Feline Calicivirus (Cat Flu)

FPV – Feline Parvovirus (enteritis)

C3 – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus

C4 – C3 plus Parainfluenza

C5 – C4 plus Bordetella bronchiseptica

F3 – FCV plus FHV1 plus FPV

Annual – means an injection each year

Triannual – means an injection each THREE years.

In our puppies and in select dogs, we also do a C2i which covers against coronavirus (not COVID 19) and Leptospirosis. This is considered a non-core vaccine with the WSAVA unless there is evidence of this disease in the area, in which case it transitions to a core vaccine.

What about Heartworm Prevention in our Dogs?

The Proheart Sr-12 has a 3 month reach back, which means that if your pet is due for the Proheart injection in April, you have until July/August to get this done.

Dr Liz

Russell Vale Animal Clinic

31st March 2020

Disclaimer: The information enclosed is current as at 31st March 2020, and may not apply in the future (as things may change quickly). We will endeavour to update the website with the most current information or if you are concerned, contact us via email to russellvalevet@gmail.com or FB messenger.

Disclaimer: The information enclosed is current as at 31st March 2020, and may not apply in the future (as things may change quickly). We will endeavour to update the website with the most current information or if you are concerned, contact us via email to russellvalevet@gmail.com or FB messenger.

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Vaccinating your pet amongst the COVID-19 crisisUpdated 6th April 2020 with the WSAVA recommendations and our interpretation of these recommendations in light of local conditions.
WSAVA guidelines updated 31st march 2020the "Advice for Veterinarians about Routine Prophylactic Vaccination during the COVID-19 Pandemic"