Vaccinations: Why the jab?

Vaccinations are critical to your pet’s health and well being.

Unfortunately, there are still several potentially deadly diseases that exist nowadays.

For cats, vaccination can protect against viruses which cause severe contagious diarrhoea (panleukopenia), severe cat flu (calicivirus and rhinotracheitis) and the feline aids virus (FIV).

In dogs, vaccination can protect against viruses which cause severe and crippling diseases (morbillivirus- distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus) as well as highly contagious respiratory disease (kennel cough).

Just like any vaccine given to our human family members, your pet’s vaccine is a weakened non-living version of the virus that boosts their immune system. So, if your pet is ever exposed to the real disease their immune system will be prepared to recognise and fight it off, either entirely or reduce the severity of the illness.

Undoubtedly the reason why our part of the world has the happiest and healthiest pets is due to vaccination (also called herd protection effect). However, loosing track of when your pet’s vaccination status can happen!  Adopting a new pet or moving house may mean that it can be hard to stay on top of things. However, it is never too late to recommit to a vaccination plan, it is such an easy aspect of pet care and your vet is here to help!

If you are concerned about your pet’s current vaccination status, or have any questions regarding vaccination, please do not hesitate to call us, your partner in petcare! 

Woodend Veterinary Centre 5427 9200

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