Why Is It Important to Vaccinate Your Pet?
Vaccines are designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. 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 your pet’s body, your furry friend’s immune system is mildly stimulated. It produces antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body. This helps prevent certain diseases or reduce the severity of the illness.
Widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet’s overall quality of life.
Reasons to vaccinate your pet:
- Prevention of preventable pet illnesses that can be fatal.
- Avoid costly treatments for diseases that can significantly change quality of life for your pet.
- Prevent disease spread between animals and also from animals to people.
- Avoid transfer of diseases that are prevalent in wildlife to your pets.
- Many local or state ordinances require household pets to have certain vaccinations.
Core vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease, or transmissibility to humans. Your pets should begin to receive vaccines when they are young. For puppies and kittens, this means they can be vaccinated as young as six weeks old. After they receive their first vaccines, we will set you up with a booster schedule with occasional appointments for the next few months to get their immunity levels to an appropriate response.
Once your dog or cat has completed their vaccine schedule, they will receive annual boosters during their annual wellness visits. Pregnant animals are not typically vaccinated.