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Pet vaccinations can be tricky sometimes. But that’s no reason to skip them. Vaccinations are really important. Different vaccines have to be administered at different stages of your pet’s life. And it’s important that you know which vaccine to administer when. While the science behind a lot of pet vaccines are still progressing, the pet vaccines that are available to us serve a very important and effective purpose – protecting our dogs against deadly and potentially life-threatening diseases.Animal vaccines don’t just help our pets, but they also help us by controlling and preventing diseases that are also capable of being passed on to humans. According to the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), over 55 000 people from all over the world die from rabies on an annual basis. It’s not just rabies that proper vaccination can protect against.Vaccination also helps control canine parvovirus. While it scared people in the 1970s when it first surfaced, less and less dogs are being affected by this virus nowadays because of all the preventative measures like vaccines that have been put in place. While some vaccines help and are important, just because a vaccine exists doesn’t necessarily mean that your pet needs it.Here Are Some Factors That Could Affect Certain Vaccine Protocols:
- AgeA younger pet will require a different set of vaccines. I.e., puppies and kittens would need different vaccines than more senior pets.
- GeographySome diseases are more prevalent in certain places than others. For example, if you’re a dog owner living in New England, your pet would be a great candidate for the vaccination against Lyme disease. But if you’re living in an area where Lyme disease hasn’t been identified, you’ll not need to administer this vaccine unless you’re planning on travelling to New England.
- LifestyleAccording to the American Animal Hospital Association, all cats should stay inside. But in the event that your cat goes exploring, you should probably talk to your vet about administering the feline leukemia vaccination to your cat. This is also applicable if you’re a big-hearted pet owner who brings home strays. Keep in mind that the animals living inside a shelter often require a different set of vaccines than the animals living in homes.In order to lessen the risk of adverse side effects or reactions, avoid administering all the necessary vaccinations in the same visit to the vet.Have a detailed conversation with your vet about vaccines. He is a medical professional and will as such have all the information. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. When it comes to the health of your pets and in this case, your entire household, no question is too small or stupid.