Monthly Archives: February 2017

VACCINATIONS

WHY SHOULD I VACCINATE MY PET?

Experts would agree that within the last century the use of vaccines has prevented disease and death in millions of animals.  They protect your pet from contagious and deadly disease and overall will improve your pet’s quality of life. 

Some reasons to vaccinate are:

  • Vaccines can prevent many illnesses
  • They can help eliminate expensive treatments for diseases that can be prevented.
  • They can prevent diseases that can be passed not only from animal to animal but also from animal to human.
  • Pets that are unvaccinated can be infected by diseases prevalent in wildlife such as rabies and distemper.
  • Many states and counties require certain vaccines of household pets.

WHY DO KITTENS AND PUPPIES REQUIRE A SERIES OF VACCINES?

Because their immune system is not yet fully developed, very young animals are highly susceptible to infectious disease.  While they do receive protection through antibodies that are in their mother’s milk, it is not long-lasting and there may be gaps in protection as the antibodies decrease and the immune system is still maturing.  An incomplete series of vaccines could possibly lead to lack of protection, making kittens and puppies vulnerable to infection. 

To provide the very best protection against disease in the first months of life, a series of vaccines should be scheduled.  These are usually 3 – 4 weeks apart. And for most kittens and puppies, the final set of vaccines in the series will be at approximately 4 months of age.

Please talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle including any travel to other countries.  This will help determine your pet’s risk of exposure to a variety of preventable diseases that will help in making a decision for a vaccine program that is appropriate for your pet.