To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: that is the question. We’ve all heard about the need for children’s vaccines, but are pet vaccinations necessary too? To better understand, let’s look at how vaccines work, what benefits they offer, and whether you should vaccinate your pets.[/accordion-item]
How Do Vaccines Work?
Vaccines help to prevent or reduce the severity of diseases caused by organisms such as bacteria and viruses. Vaccinations work by introducing a weakened or killed form of the organism into the pet’s body to strengthen the immune system into mounting an initial defense. Later, if your pet encounters the live organism — for instance, if it is exposed to another animal who has the disease — then your pet’s body will already be primed and prepared to fight off the organism.
What Are the Benefits of Vaccinating My Pet?
Vaccines protect our pets from contagious diseases, some of which could be debilitating or even fatal. In addition, there are some diseases pet owners can get from their pets such as leptospirosis and rabies. Making sure your pet is current on vaccinations is also important to protect your health.
Learn more about leptospirosis.
Learn more about rabies.
Are There Any Side Effects to Getting My Pet Vaccinated?
Some pets experience side effects, but most do not. Vaccines could make a pet feel mildly sick for a short period of time. Symptoms may include reduced appetite, swelling at the injection site, depression, or fever. The most common allergic reaction is facial swelling but it can also be lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or the worst case would be collapse. The best thing to do if you are concerned about your pet post-vaccinations is to call us at (303) 757-5638 or bring your pet in for evaluation.
What Kinds of Vaccinations Are Recommended for My Pet?
Typical vaccines for dogs include rabies, distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis. If your dog goes to daycare, grooming, or boarding, additional vaccines such as Bordetella and influenza may be recommended.
Typical cat vaccines include rabies, rhinotracheitis, calcivirus, and paneleukopenia. If it is a cat that frequents the outdoors, leukemia will also be recommended.
Vaccines which contain a chemical called an “adjuvant” have been correlated with tumor growth at the injection site in cats. Vida Veterinary Care uses only non-adjuvanted vaccines for cats and strives to stay current with the most up to date and safest vaccines available.
Should my pet be vaccinated?
This depends on a number of factors including lifestyle, environment, and type of animal. During the health assessment and consultation we will discuss with you what vaccines are recommended for your pets.
Feline Vaccination Guidelines
For a personalized recommendation on whether your pet should be vaccinated, make an appointment today at Vida Veterinary Care.