Matamata Veterinary Services | Latest News

Latest News


September 2, 2019

The vaccination protocols we use here at MVS are guided by up to date scientific information collated by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.  We aim to ensure all of our pets are covered as best as possible against diseases they might come in contact with, but also minimize the amount of vaccines given.

Each and every pet has different risks based on where they go and what other animals they come in contact with and we take this into consideration with every vaccine we give.


PANLEUKOPAENIA is the cat equivalent of Parvovirus and is highly contagious.  This vaccination is very robust and after the kitten vaccine course, a vaccination every 3 years is  protective.


CAT FLU: The cat flu viruses that we vaccinate against are Calicivirus and the Herpes virus, which cause nasty infections in the eyes nose and mouth.  Depending on where your cat goes and how many other cats it contacts will determine how frequently we vaccinate for the cat flu.


PARVOVIRUS is a highly contagious viral infection in dogs is a highly contagious viral infection in dogs, especially young pups, which  causes vomiting and diarrhoea.  Even with hospital admission and aggressive treatment, the chances of survival and recovery are low.  Transmission is through contact with infected dogs, their faeces, or any surface or object that has been in contact with an infected dog.  Vaccination provides good protection.
We advise starting vaccinating pups from 6-8 weeks, with the puppy course ideally finishing at 16 weeks or older. A booster at a year old is needed, then we can vaccinate adults every 3 years.


LEPTOSPIROSIS is an extremely contagious, very severe life threatening bacterial disease which can infect many species including humans.  The clinical signs of leptospirosis are mainly related to the damage done to the dog’s muscles, kidneys and liver.
The strain usually contracted by dogs is spread by rats, mainly in their urine. Leptospirosis can also be spread by cattle, pigs, deer and wild animals.  Vaccinating dogs for lepto is highly recommended in the Waikato.

The vaccination for Lepto doesn’t last as long as some other vaccines, so we need to give 2 shots 4 weeks apart initially then every year thereafter to ensure your dog remains protected. 


CANINE COUGH is a highly contagious group of viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory signs including a nasty cough that lasts for weeks.  If complicated it can lead to a serious pneumonia.   The canine cough is spread from dog to dog so kennels are a high risk situation where vaccination is compulsory.