Vaccinations at Northern Beaches Vet
Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a healthy life.

Here are our top reasons for vaccinating your pet:

  1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.
  2. Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of vet treatment for the diseases they protect against.
  3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit the vet. If your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised, so you want to make sure they are protected.

Your pet’s health, lifestyle and exactly where in Cairns you live may affect which vaccinations are necessary, so our expert vet will work with you to develop a simple and effective vaccination program for your pet.

Vaccinating your dog

A puppy’s first vaccinations are at 6-8 weeks, then 12-14 weeks, 16-18 weeks and annually after that. Only one week after the final puppy vaccination should your puppy be allowed to go outside and socialise with other dogs.

Canine vaccinations are known by the codes C3, C4 and C5, and the diseases that are commonly vaccinated against around Cairns are:


  • Parvovirus causes potentially fatal diarrhoea, especially in pups and dogs under 2 years.
  • Distemper causes coughing, diarrhoea and sometimes twitching, seizures, loss of balance and blindness.
  • Hepatitis causes vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and possibly liver failure.
  • Canine cough is also known as ‘kennel cough’, but is not only a risk if your dog is boarding.
    • Parainfluenza is a viral disease and causes a nasty cough.
    • Bordatella bronchiseptica is a bacteria that causes a harsh, dry cough and lethargy.
  • Leptospirosis is a severe and sometimes fatal bacterial infection, from exposure to rat urine, that can result in kidney and liver failure.
  • Tetanus is a bacterial infection that affects the nerves, spinal cord and brain. It causes rigidity and muscle spasms and can affect breathing.
Northern Beaches Vet - Dog Vaccinations
Northern Beaches Vet - Cat Vaccinations

Vaccinating your cat

A kitten’s first vaccinations are at 6-8 weeks, then 12-14 weeks, 16-18 weeks and annually after that. Only one week after the final kitten vaccination should your kitten be allowed to go outside and socialise with other cats.

The main feline vaccinations are known by the codes F3 and FIV, and common cat vaccinations in Cairns are:

  • Enteritis (Feline Panleukopenia) can be very severe, especially in unvaccinated kittens less than 12 months of age. It causes fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, liver failure and potentially sudden death.
  • Feline calicivirus is part of the cat flu.
  • Feline rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus) is another part of cat flu and can lead to permanent nasal and sinus infection.
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV or feline AIDS) must be vaccinated against if your cat EVER goes outside. It is a potentially fatal disease spread between cats via bites, for which there is no treatment or cure.

For further information on vaccinations for your cat or dog, send through a message on our contact page.

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