Ensuring your pet is up to date with their vaccinations is very important to prevent deadly diseases. Vaccinations involve your pet having a small injection under their skin that allows their body to become familiar with the inactivated disease particles. That way if they are ever exposed to the real disease, they are ready to fight it.

Currently, in Australia, there are no commercially available vaccines for parrots, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, rats or mice. However, we routinely vaccinate rabbits and ferrets and recommend it an important part of their preventative health program.

Rabbit vaccination

Rabbit Vaccinations

Rabbits have been widely adopted and domesticated into many households as intelligent, inquisitive and gentle pets. This has led to the research and development of vaccinations for rabbits.

We recommend rabbits be vaccinated biannually (every 6 months) against calicivirus.

Several caliciviruses have been confirmed in Australia, with three of these viruses known to cause disease in rabbits.

When Should Rabbits Be Vaccinated?

Rabbits can be vaccinated from six weeks of age. They will require two vaccines, administered four weeks apart. A booster is then required every six months for the rest of their life.

Ferret Vaccinations

Ferrets are susceptible to the canine distemper virus. If contracted, it is fatal in most cases. Maintaining your ferret’s vaccination program is essential for their health and wellbeing.

When Should Ferrets Be Vaccinated?

Ferrets should commence their primary vaccination course when they are young, typically between 8-10 weeks of age. They will then require a second vaccination between 12-14 weeks. After this point, a booster is required every year for the rest of their life.

Our vaccination appointments also include full health and dental check-ups for your pet rabbit or ferret.

For more information on our rabbit or ferret vaccinations, please contact us directly or make an appointment online.

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Client – Sunshine Coast

There is a great positive vibe felt when you walk in the door! The staff are friendly, caring, and welcoming. Highly recommended. Thank you, from Pepper Pig.

Brad Symons

Client – Ferntree Gully

Very professional vets there! They have the vaccination available when every other vet clinic I called didn’t. They know rabbits so well that I was feeling very comfortable and confident to let them take care of my rabbit even though its further from home!

Danielle Lam

Client – Ferntree Gully

Love the welcoming receptionist and the vet. They treated my fur babies with care and also follow-up the subsequent day, just to make sure my bunnies are recovering well.

Timmy Toppy

Client – Sunshine Coast

The whole team at UPV Sunshine Coast are friendly, accommodating, professional, passionate, and caring! I have regular contact with the team as one of my parrots requires ongoing medication and they are always prompt with sorting out prescriptions and meds. Highly recommend. 

Lee Stone

Client – Sunshine Coast

Thank you to the team at UPV for taking care of Oscar the Eckie! We had a wonderful first appointment and Dr Pat took good care of my little guy, even though he can be nervous and difficult. I really appreciate you guys for going the extra mile to keep Oscar safe and to give him a positive experience.

Kiah Nash

Client – Sunshine Coast

Dr Alex at Buderim clinic was extremely kind and caring. His knowledge about bearded dragons is incredible. He was successful in helping Kiko our bearded dragon get back to optimal health. I was also impressed that he kept me informed twice a day. Many thanks. 

Penny Thompson

Client – Balcatta

Great staff and wonderful doctors, so helpful and caring about our pets. Really appreciated the respect and care given to our little friends.

Adam Cliff

Client – Balcatta

Thank you to Dr Yang for her attempt to help and care my rabbit, Lola. Even though it wasn’t the result we hoped and prayed for Dr Yang was very caring and professional with Lola even letting my mother and I having our last moments with her. We couldn’t be more grateful for that. Even sending us a condolence card in the mail. Dr Yang and team are highly recommended.

Anthony Koomen

Client – Balcatta

Absolutely amazing staff! They are all so caring, supportive, and professional. I had to provide palliative care for two of my older rabbits and the information & support I received from the staff was incredible. 10/10 would recommend! Plus, my rabbits give them the big tick of approval, so really that’s the main thing.

Sarah Manfredi

Client – Balcatta

I cannot speak highly enough of the care that my bird received at The Unusual Pet Vets in Balcatta. Dr Green was in constant contact with me leading up to Chirpy’s surgery and even gave me a call just prior to him going under. I can highly recommend them for any unusual pet you may have.

Sheree Bennison