Meet vaccination poster girl Poppy

In the cuteness stakes, Poppy the poodle has the competition licked.

Yet her owner Riannan Jurriaans knows that, even for four-legged friends, it's what's on the inside that counts.

Which is why Poppy, who is fully vaccinated, has become the poster girl for the importance of keeping pets up to date with their vaccinations.

Ms Jurriaans is the groomer at Bang Bang & Fluff Pet Grooming, located inside Greencross Vets Fairy Meadow.

The number of pets in the Illawarra that aren't vaccinated against easily preventable but potentially fatal diseases is staggering, according to Greencross Vets.

More than 44 per cent of pets presented at Greencross Vets across the country were not up to date with their vaccinations and were at risk of contracting preventable diseases such as distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus.

Greencross Vets Fairy Meadow vet director Dr Luke Michel said vaccination can also reduce the risk of diseases spreading to other, more vulnerable animals.

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