Why are Vaccinations So Important for Pets?

Vaccinations in humans are an often debated topic, but with our pets they have become common practice to effectively prevent canine diseases like distemper, rabies and hepatitis. Not only can these vaccines keep your pet healthy, but they can protect the health of the human members of your family since some pet illnesses can be transferred to humans.

Just like with humans, vaccinations have advanced exponentially in recent years to last longer and to also be more specific to your pet’s needs, with less frequent necessity.

There are certain guidelines in place in reference to pet vaccination. Every immunization schedule should be individually tailored to a dog’s specific needs and risk factors that include health, breed, age, lifestyle, environment and location. Certain cities and countries have different risk factors than others, so it is important to meet with your veterinarian to speak to them about the best plan for your pet.

Similar to the controversy that surrounds human vaccination, many pet owners are worried what the potential hazards are to vaccinating their pets. While there are a few small hazards, the risk is much greater for you, your family and your pet if they are not vaccinated.

If you are concerned with the side effects that vaccinating your pet may bring, make sure to have an in depth conversation with your veterinarian. They are there to relieve your stress, answer your questions and most importantly, protect you and your pets in the safest way possible!

There are two types of vaccinations your pet should receive:

The first type is core vaccines, which are vaccines that are extremely vital for a pet’s health. They include diseases that are easily transferred or fatal.

The second type is non-core vaccines. They provide protection against certain lifestyle diseases such as those that are dependent on location or environment. You will have to discuss with your veterinarian what vaccines are necessary based on lifestyle, location and overall environment of your pet.

To determine how often to vaccinate your pet, you need to also consider your pet’s lifestyle and activities. While many vets stick to a once a year vaccination schedule, many more are adapting to the newer standards that require vaccinations less often than that.

If your dog is frequently in contact with other dogs, or has certain predisposition to getting a certain disease, they may need a more frequent vaccination schedule.

For more information about vaccinations, or to schedule an appointment for your pet, contact us today!