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We all want our pets safe. So is getting all of those vaccines each year safe for them? Or is it more harm than good? Take a look at this list and make your own decision.
At What Age Should I Start Vaccinating My Pets?
Many vaccines can be given to pets as young as 6 weeks old. Contact your vet to be put on a vaccine schedule.
Do Pets Really Need Vaccines Annually?
Some vaccines like Rabies, you do. Others, you may not depending on the immune system of the animal. If the animal doesn’t pass a titer test, it may need a booster shot.
What Are Annual Vaccines for Dogs?
Annual vaccinations for dogs include rabies, lyme, bortedella (kennel cough), distemper and parvo.
What Are Annual Vaccinations for Cats?
Rabies, Feline Leukemia, Distemper, Rhinotrachitis and Calcivirus are annual vaccines for felines.
Can Re-Vaccinations Harm a Pet’s Heath?
According to Healthypets.com, if your puppy or kitty has been fully immunized against virus, they are immuned for years. If the vaccinations are successful, your pet’s immune system should be able to fight off a lot of viruses. Talk with your vet before re-vaccination.
Ask your vet about the kinds of vaccines your pet needs and how often. Also discuss the risks vs benefits of the vaccines with your vet.
What About Those Puppy and Kitten Shots…
According to Mercola, animals aren’t born with a lifelong protective immunity. It has to be established. ie, a single parvo and distemper vaccine before 12 wks and after 14 wks, if successful should protect them for life. Again, talk to your vet and look into titer shots which can test your animal’s immune system.
Rabies Boosters for vats are either required annually or every three years depening on vaccine and location. A bordetella booster also can be given annually. For dogs, rabies boosters are annually while others like parvo depend on the dog’s immune system.
Some side effects can happen after any vaccinations as well with humans. Some of the side effects can be worse than the disease itself such as anemia, fever, nervous system problems, and anaphylaxis.
Talk to your vet about the vaccinations, their frequency, potential side effects and more. Also, ask them about a titer test to test their immune system in order to determine whether or not future vaccines and boosters are required.