We all agree that vaccinations are an inexpensive and effective way to prevent many deadly diseases in pets. Veterinarians overwhelmingly agree that vaccines are an affordable and effective way to prevent many deadly diseases in pets. Vaccines work by introducing antigens that prime the immune system to destroy the disease-causing pathogen when encountered. Our veterinarians will help you to determine which vaccinations are appropriate for your pet.
It's understandable to have questions about pet vaccinations. Read on as we debunk some of the top myths about vaccines.
Pet Vaccinations are Risky
Any medication or medical procedure does carry some risk. While an animal can have an adverse reaction to a vaccine, most side effects are transitory and mild. Of course, a veterinarian can adequately assess your pet to determine what vaccinations are recommended in your particular situation.
Vaccines Cause Diseases
Many pet owners fear vaccination will give their pet the exact disease it's designed to protect. Vaccines expose your pet to an antigen, a substance that looks like a disease. However, vaccines do not contain the disease-causing pathogen. For example, your dog or cat can't get rabies from a rabies vaccine.
Indoor Pets Do Not Need Vaccinations
This myth is a fairly common misconception. Because vaccinations protect pets from diseases found in the outdoors or other animals, many owners believe indoor animals do not need vaccinations.
However, even indoors, dogs go outside for walks, exposing them to potential pathogens. Indoor cats may not have as much outdoor exposure but should still be protected by vaccines. What happens, for example, if a cat were to escape and be exposed to a highly contagious disease? Indoor cats may also be disclosed in indoor/outdoor areas, such as a porch, balcony, or while grooming or boarding.
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Pet owners want to do their best to protect their pets' health. However, staying up to date on pet vaccinations is a simple step that can prevent the heartache and expense of severe disease. Our veterinarians can help set up a pet vaccination schedule to keep your furry family members happy and healthy for years to come.