Every compassionate pet owner wants their animal to live a long, healthy, and happy life. Unfortunately, there are just as many illnesses that can affect our pets as there are humans. Many of these are infectious and can be quickly transmitted between unprotected animals, putting entire populations at risk. Others can be passed between pets and humans, potentially causing harm to your human family. Fortunately, vaccinations have been created which can prevent our pets from being affected by the most serious diseases, and which have subsequently saved the lives of millions of animals around the world.
As owners, we are responsible for taking steps to protect our pets from the many different diseases that have the potential to make them sick. One of the best ways that we can do this is by ensuring that our animals receive the full complement of recommended vaccinations and that they also receive booster vaccines at the schedule recommended by your veterinarian.
One of the main reasons why it is so important to vaccinate our animals is because they don’t have the ability to protect themselves. As you probably already know, pets aren’t very discerning about where they put their nose or mouth, and this can lead to them picking up all manner of germs. Not only that, but they can then transmit them to those around them. By ensuring your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, you don’t need to worry so much about the substances that they come into contact with.
Zoonotic diseases are those which can be passed between pets and humans. There is a range of zoonotic diseases, with more being discovered. Rabies is probably the best example since if a human is bitten by an animal with rabies, they too are likely to contract the disease, which is nearly always fatal. Vaccinations are the best way to keep your furry and human families safe.
Pet vaccines work in the same way as human varieties – by preparing your pet’s immune system to fight against harmful invaders. They do this by introducing a very small amount of the disease which has been engineered so that it can’t cause your pet any harm. Nevertheless, your pet’s immune system will still be triggered to produce antibodies to fight it. Not only this, but their body will remember the characteristics of the disease so that it can fight it automatically if your pet comes into contact with the real thing.
Some of the other advantages of choosing to vaccinate your pet include the following:
You’ll be helping to control the transmission of serious viral and bacterial diseases in your local area and beyond.
You’ll be protecting your pet from diseases for which there are no current effective treatments, such as rabies.
You can reduce the risk of your pet developing chronic and serious health conditions as a result of other, preventable diseases that they have contracted.
Your pet won’t suffer unnecessarily.
You can avoid unnecessary trips to your veterinarian and expensive veterinary bills.
You could even save your pet’s life (certain vaccinations are mandatory in some states and if your pet isn’t vaccinated and hurts another animal or person, it could lead to them being euthanized).
Your vet will be able to advise you precisely what vaccinations your pet needs, which will be based on their species, age, and location. For more advice on pet vaccinations, or to schedule an appointment with our veterinary team to discuss what vaccinations your animal would benefit from, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.