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What You Need To Know About Vaccinating Your Pet

Vaccinations are a critical component in the wellness of your pet. Vaccines help prepare the immune system to fight off the attack of all types of diseases. If your dog or cat is ever exposed to a disease, their immune system is now prepared to recognize and fight it off entirely or reduce the severity of the illness. Most vaccines are given by injection under the skin although some may be given as a spray up your pets’ nose.

The vaccinations work by training the white blood cells in your pets’ body to recognize and attack the viruses or bacteria contained in the vaccine. Most of the diseases that have a vaccine have no specific cure, and treatment can only support the animal in the hope that the immune system can fight off the disease.

There are many vaccinations available for your pets but not all pets need all the vaccinations annually. Vaccines are classified as either “core” or “non-core. In general “core” vaccines are considered those that should be given routinely to pets – dogs especially – because of the highly infectious widespread distribution and potential severity of the disease.

For example, rabies shots are considered core vaccines. Cats and dogs receive their first rabies vaccination at the age of 3 months and their second vaccination at the age of one. After the second vaccination, the need for revaccination for your pets are determined by the type of vaccine used and the number or rabies cases in your neighbourhood. Usually the veterinarian administers the vaccine every 3 years.

Non-core vaccines are those for diseases which are less prevalent. As the pet owner, you can decide on whether to administer the vaccine based on your pets’ lifestyle and level of risk. Owners with pets that travel frequent, go to daycare, or enjoy swimming should consider non-core vaccines. If a cat goes outside, or if you sometimes brings stray cats inside the home, the feline leukemia vaccine is typically recommended. Also, animals who live or have lived in a shelter setting may require different vaccines than those living in a home and have been bought by a breeder.

Vaccines are safe, however they can create mild symptoms ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. In most cases, your pet may feel tired or feverish for 24-48 hours after being vaccinated. In rare cases, your dog can develop facial swelling or a severe allergic reaction.

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