Vaccines as Prevention
Lucky for us, there are vaccines to help prevent many illnesses that affect dogs and cats. Vaccinating your dog or cat has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help him or her live a long, healthy life. Not only are there different vaccines for different diseases, there are different types and combinations of vaccines. Although vaccinations have the potential to protect pets against life-threatening diseases, vaccinations aren't without their risks. Recently, there has been some controversy regarding the duration of protection and timing of vaccination, as well as the safety and necessity of certain vaccines. What does this all mean for your dog or cat? Vaccinating is a procedure that has risks and benefits that must be weighed for every dog or cat relative to his or her lifestyle and health. Our veterinarian can determine a vaccination regime that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual dog or cat.
Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions regarding vaccines.
FAQ 1: What Exactly Are Vaccines?
Vaccines help prepare the body's immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but don't actually cause disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, the immune system is mildly stimulated. If a dog or cat is ever exposed to the real disease, his or her immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.
FAQ 2: How Important Are Vaccines to the Health of My Dog or Cat?
Bottom line-vaccines are very important in managing the health of your dog or cat. That said, not every dog or cat needs to be vaccinated against every disease. It is very important to discuss with our veterinarian a vaccination protocol that’s right for your dog or cat. Factors that should be examined include age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle. Most vets highly recommend administering core vaccines to healthy dogs and cats.
FAQ 3: What Are Core Vaccines?
Vaccines are divided into three categories - core, non-core and not recommended. Core vaccines are considered vital to all dogs and cats based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transmissibility to humans.
FAQ 4: Canine
Core Canine Vaccines: Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. Non-Core Canine Vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.
FAQ 5: Feline
Core Feline Vaccines: Feline panleukopenia, also called feline infectious enteritis and feline distemper, Feline Viral Respiratory Disease Complex, Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus and Rabies. Non-Core Feline Vaccines are given depending on the cat’s exposure risk. Including Feline Leukemia Virus
FAQ 6: What Vaccines Should My Puppy or Kitten Get?
Puppies and kittens should receive a series of vaccinations with a combination vaccine product that protects against the viruses and diseases that your pet is at most risk of coming in contact with.
Veterinarians of Animal Wellness Clinic of Tamarac can determine what vaccines are best for your dogs and cats. Call (954) 722-21-00 to schedule your appointment today.