What vaccinations does my pet need?

State law requires updated rabies vaccines for all dogs, distemper. Canine distemper is deadly unless your pet has been vaccinated against the disease, canine hepatitis. The adenovirus, which is transmitted through contaminated faeces or saliva, can be deadly, the parvovirus. Rabies is 100% fatal to dogs and there is no treatment available.

Caused by an airborne virus, distemper is a serious illness that, among other problems, can cause permanent brain damage. Experts agree that the widespread use of vaccines over the past century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccines protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve their overall quality of life. When these vaccines are tested, all dogs in the test group receive the same dose of the vaccine and have been shown to be safe for dogs of all sizes at the recommended dose.

We read about so many different vaccines, for so many different diseases, that it can sometimes be confusing to know which vaccines puppies need and which are important but optional. Complementary vaccines are administered depending on the cat's lifestyle; these include vaccines against feline leukemia virus, Bordetella, Chlamydophila felis and feline immunodeficiency virus. It's best to schedule an appointment with your pet so that you can monitor your pet for any side effects after the administration of the vaccine. Your veterinarian will advise you on the right vaccines for your pet based on the relative risks of your dog and your specific lifestyle.

Any type of medical treatment has associated risks, but the risk must be weighed against the benefits of protecting your pet, your family and your community from potentially life-threatening diseases. It's important to follow the vaccination schedule provided by your vet to reduce the chance of a protection gap. For example, your vet may suggest certain non-essential vaccines if your cat or dog is only outdoors or if your cat or dog is being housed frequently. The above are not the only reasons for the failure of vaccination, but they are the most likely explanations.

In addition, there is no evidence that smaller doses of vaccines are associated with a lower likelihood of reactions to the vaccine. To maintain the best protection against infectious diseases, revaccinations have proven to be very successful. In these cases, the vaccine may provide some “cross-protection” or partial protection, but the protection may not be complete. Many vaccines provide adequate immunity when given every few years, while others require more frequent programs to maintain an acceptable level of immunity that continuously protects your pet.

The disease is usually mild and causes episodes of a dry, strong cough; sometimes it is severe enough to cause nausea and nausea, as well as loss of appetite. If you think your dog has contracted an infection for which he has been vaccinated, let your vet know.

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