Vaccination programme for dogs

Puppies under 16 weeks:

  • 6 (8) weeks – 5-in-1
  • 10 (12) weeks – 5-in-1 (if 12 weeks, give first Rabies now)
  • 14 (16) weeks – 5-in-1 plus Rabies (if 12 weeks at first Rabies vaccination, this would be the booster)

Adult dogs that had their puppy vaccinations:

  • 1st year – 5-in-1 plus Rabies
  • Every 3 years – 5-in-1 plus Rabies (preferably in alternate years, 5-in-1 one year, rabies other year)

* Rabies is given once, then repeated in no less than 1 month and no more than 9 months – so the rabies booster can be given before 1 year of age, as long as it is more than 1 month after the initial vaccination

Adult dogs with no prior vaccinations:

  • 5-in-1 once off, then every 3 years
  • Rabies – immediately and again within 1 to 9 months, then every 3 years

Kennel cough vaccinations

Please note that the Kennel Cough vaccination is not included in the standard annual vaccinations and has to be specifically requested from your vet. There are two types of Kennel Cough vaccines: injectable  and intranasal.

  • Intranasal (Nobivac KC) – First vaccination at least 4 days before boarding and thereafter an annual booster.
  • Injectable (Bronchicine or Pneumodog) – Two doses are required with an interval of two to four weeks between the doses. We will only accept dogs after the second vaccine. After the initial two vaccinations, it should be boosted annually.

What is in the 5-in-1 vaccine:

  1. Parvovirus
  2. Distemper (hondesiekte)
  3. Adenovirus 1 (hepatitis)
  4. Adenovirus 2 (tracheobronchitis – kennel cough)
  5. Parainfluenza (tracheobronchitis – kennel cough)

Vaccination programme for cats

Kittens under 16 weeks:

  • 8 (9) weeks – 3-in-1
  • 12 (13) weeks – 3-in-1 plus Rabies

Adult cats that have had their kitten vaccinations:

  • 1 year – 3-in-1 plus Rabies
  • Every 3 years – 3-in-1 plus rabies, preferably alternate years

* Rabies is given once, then repeated in no less than 1 month and no more than 9 months – so the rabies booster can be given before 1 year of age, as long as it is more than 1 month after the initial vaccination

Adult cats that have had no prior vaccinations:

  • 3-in-1 once off, then every 3 years
  • Rabies – immediately and again within 1 to 9 months, then every 3 years
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb):
  • Cats older than 4 weeks – annually

What is in the 3-in-1 vaccine:

  1. Feline panleukopenia virus
  2. Feline rhinotracheitis virus (snuffles)
  3. Feline calicivirus (snuffles)

Other vaccines not required at Menlyn Kennels and Cattery:

  • Some vaccines also include Chlamydia making it a 4-in-1.
  • Chlamydia vaccine is given once, repeated after 3-4 weeks, then annually.
  • Feline leukemia virus vaccines are usually given to kittens in high-risk households. It is given immediately and repeated after 3-4 weeks, then every 3 years.
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus is given to kittens at 8 weeks, then repeated twice every 2-4 weeks (i.e. three in total). If older than 3 months, the cat must first be tested for FIV. Then also 3 doses and repeated annually.
  • Deworming for dogs and cats should be done at least 2x a year.

Summary: Requirements for Menlyn Kennels and Cattery

Dogs and cats older than 16 weeks:

  • 5-in-1 or 3-in-1 given within the past 3 years.
  • Rabies given within the past 3 years provided that the initial rabies vaccination was followed up within 9 months.
  • Kennel cough / Bb within 1 year, at least one week before coming to the kennels.

Dogs and cats under 16 weeks of age:

  • At least one 5-in-1 or 3-in-1 vaccination within the last 4 weeks.
  • If older than 12 weeks, a rabies vaccination.
  • Kennel Cough / Bb within the last week.

Please note that it is NOT ideal to vaccinate for KC and Bb in the kennels – clients should have their pets vaccinated before they come to the kennels. Vaccinating animals during their stay in the kennels is not in the animals’ best interest since kennel stress breaks down their immune systems and they do not build up as good an immunity then, as they would have done had they been vaccinated (at least 3 days) before arrival.

Parasite treatments

Tick and flea treatment

The heat and humidity of summer are ideal breeding conditions for these nasty little bloodsucking critters. Make sure your pets are treated before they arrive, to keep them bug-free. Preventative options are:

  • Spot-on treatments (Advantix, Advantage, Advocate, ExSpot, Fiprotec, Frontline, Revolution). These last approximately a month.
  • Tablets (Bravecto, Comfortis, Nexguard). These last between 30 and 90 days, depending on the tablet.
  • Collars (Seresto). The Seresto collar typically keeps working for 8 months.

Your vet will be able to advise you on the various options.

Deworming

Drontal, Milbemax, Quantel and Triworm are all available from your vet and should be used according to your vet’s recommendation, but we would appreciate it if you would deworm your pets within 2 weeks of being boarded. To be effective against Spirocerca Lupi (https://www.zuki.co.za/killer-worm-south-africa-spirocerca-lupi/) it is important that your pet be treated monthly with a dewormer such as Milbemax or Advocate Spot-on treatment. Please let us know when last you dewormed you pets before check-in.