Why Should I Get My Pet Vaccinated?

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Pet vaccinations help prevent disease in your pets and others as well.

By Krista Magnifico, DVM, Special to Everyday Health

Vaccines help protect your pet from disease. Many of the vaccinations we give provide protection from the most common infectious ailments our pets face when they come into contact with other animals – some of which can be passed on to us. By simply vaccinating pets, rates of diseases like the following have been significantly reduced:

  • Parvovirus: A viral infection that causes vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy primarily in young dogs under 6  months old.
  • Distemper: A viral infection primarily in young or older unvaccinated dogs. Can appear as a mild respiratory infection, neurologic disease, ocular disease, or as hard foot pads.
  • Kennel cough: Highly contagious to all ages of dogs. Typically seen after boarding, or in densely populated dog colonies.
  • Rabies: A viral infection that is fatal to dogs and can be fatal to humans.
  • Lyme disease: A bacterial infection transmitted by a tick bite.

Parvovirus: A viral infection that causes vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy primarily in young dogs under 6 months old.
Distemper: A viral infection primarily in young or older unvaccinated dogs. Can appear as a mild respiratory infection, neurologic disease, ocular disease, or as hard foot pads.
Kennel cough: Highly contagious to all ages of dogs. Typically seen after boarding, or in densely populated dog colonies.
Rabies: A viral infection that is fatal to dogs and can be fatal to humans.
Lyme disease: A bacterial infection transmitted by a tick bite.
Why are some pet-owners reluctant to vaccinate their animals? In my opinion, they have a fear of over-vaccination. This is why it’s imperative to have a discussion with your vet and ask:

  • Which vaccines are required?
  • Which are recommended?
  • Which apply to your pet’s specific needs?

Every day in practice I see a pet who is suffering from a preventable disease simply because its guardian didn’t recognize the importance of vaccines, the low cost of prevention, and the risk that living in our diverse pet communities represents.

Tailor your pet’s healthcare – including vaccinations – with the help of your vet. With modern medicine and appropriate vaccine use, you’ll be protecting your pet from costly and deadly diseases.

The specific vaccines your pet will need depends on where you live, and whether your pet goes outside. For a general guide to the core dog and cat vaccinations, see the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Guidelines.

PHOTO CREDIT: Cara Slifka/Stocksy

Last Updated: 9/28/2015

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COMMENTS FROM THE LOVINMYPUP.COM ADMINISTRATER:    VACCINATIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT TO HAVING A HEALTHY AND DISEASE FREE PET.   MY SERVICE DOG,  BELLA IS FULLY VACCINATED .  WHEN WE DECIDED TO TAKE HER TO SOUTH CAROLINA ON VACATION, I BROUGHT HER TO OUT VET TO SEE IF SHE NEEDED ANY ADDITIONAL VACCINATIONS.   OUR VET WENT OVER SOME OF THE DIFFERENT ORGANISMS THAT WE MIGHT ENCOUNTER.   IN THE END, NOTHING ELSE WAS NEEDED.

KEEP COMING BACK, THERE IS MUCH MORE TO COME!   MAKE SURE THAT YOU SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH YOUR DOG OR CAT TONIGHT!

 

 

 

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