Many years ago, the lifespan of our canine and feline pets were significantly shorter. This is because disease and illness were easily contracted and widespread. But today we don’t have this issue! Thanks to the level of prevention and protection available to our furry friends by vaccinations, their lives are now longer and healthier almost all the way through.
A vaccination is “the administration of antigenic material to stimulate an individual’s immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a pathogen”. Or in other words, a vaccine gets your animal’s body exposed to a false virus, giving it the ability to fight the real virus. Vaccines will lower the severity of a future viral attack or stop a future attack from happening at all, depending on the vaccine and strain of illness.
Vaccinating your pet is something that must be done while they are young, and continuously every few years after that. Vaccines will protect your pet from highly contagious deadly diseases. A high number of previously prominent diseases are no longer a concern due to the amount of animals vaccinated against this disease.
A disease being gone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t vaccinate your dog or cat though! The disease still exists and is still present in the air, most animals are protected from it because of their shots. The use of vaccines in the last couple of years has prevented many from losing their loved animals before their time.
Some diseases can be transmitted from a pet to their owner. These are called zoonotic diseases and are diseases like tapeworms or rabies. More than 6 out of 10 infectious diseases in humans come from animals. Vaccinations have helped to slow the rate of this transference. Your pet will not get you sick with these diseases when it has been vaccinated.
To make sure your pet has the best possible protection, our veterinarians will work with you to create a vaccination plan for your pet. Different vaccines must be administered at different times, while your pet’s lifestyle and your home’s location can also affect what vaccines.
Core vaccinations, such as rabies, feline panleukopenia, and canine distemper are given to most pets. Other non-core vaccinations, like feline leukaemia and canine kennel cough, may be given depending on the specific needs of your pet.
The majority of vaccinations will be introduced to your pet while they are young, during the first year of their lives. We include these vaccination shots in our puppy and kitten care services to build up antibodies and your little pet’s immune system. An appointment should be made at six to eight weeks of age.
After that first year some shots will continue annually because their protection only lasts for a year. Other vaccines will only need to be given again every three years or so, their protection lasting longer. Prevention is the key here and preventing diseases that affect your pet and your family is a number one priority.