Why you Need to Vaccinate Pets!

dog vaccinationVaccinating your pets is one of the most critical and important proactive measures you can take to ensure your pet’s health and physical well-being. Pet vaccinations help to ward off many contagious diseases and illnesses that can cause severe pain and even death to our pets! They are generally not harmful and most have very limited side effects.

What are Vaccines?
Vaccines are boosters that contain antigens that look like “real disease” organisms to a pet host’s immune system, but don’t actually cause disease. The pet host’s immune system is thus mildly stimulated by the vaccine, which causes it to make antibodies in response. As a result, the immune system has now created an immunity barrier that allows the pet host to fight off the “real disease,” should the pet ever contract it.

Benefits of Vaccinations
Because pets are susceptible to many different viral, bacterial and bite-contracted diseases, pet vaccinations are crucial in managing the spread of illness. Vaccinations help pets build antibodies to such diseases such as Rabies, Feline and Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza, Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Canine Parvorvirus, Lyme Disease, Bordetella (Canine Kennel Cough) and many, many more.

What Vaccinations Does My Pet Need
Pet vaccinations
vary by region, and your veterinarian considers many of these factors when creating your pet’s vaccination schedule. Your pet’s medical history, age, environmental demographics, travel habits and lifestyle will all be considered before vaccinations are given.  

How Often Should I Vaccinate My Pet?
Pet vaccination schedules 
vary depending on state laws and your veterinarian’s vaccination plans; however, most veterinarians recommend pets receive their “core vaccinations” and Rabies shot yearly.

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