17 Aug 5 Questions-Answers About Animal Vaccination
Vaccines save lives! Here are 5 answers to 5 frequently asked questions about pet vaccination.
1. What Are Vaccines for?
They prepare animals to fight future infections caused by pathogenic agents by stimulating their antibodies. A vaccine may even reduce the seriousness of a future disease, or simply keep it from occurring at all.
2. Are Vaccines Always Effective?
The short answer is no. However, they are effective for the majority of animals, whom will never develop signs of diseases thanks to vaccination. Let’s not take unnecessary risks!
3. Are Vaccines Risky?
Just like any medical intervention, vaccines come with risks. The most common responses are benign and last a short period of time (fever, loss of appetite, calmer behavior…). None of these should last longer than a day or two.
Rarely, a severe allergic reaction may occur. This asks for an emergency visit to the veterinarian! You should look out for the following symptoms:
- Repeated vomiting
- Itching of the whole body
- Difficulty to breathe
- Swelling on the face or the paws
Don’t worry, this type of reaction is very uncommon and justifies in no way refusing vaccination. Without vaccines, your pet is vulnerable to all types of potentially fatal diseases.
4. Why Do Puppies and Kittens Need Numerous Vaccines?
When their mother’s milk’s natural immunity slowly fades, puppies and kittens are very sensitive to infectious diseases.
That is why a series of vaccines is planned every 3 to 4 weeks until the animal is 16 months old. Vaccination fills the lack of protection!
5. Which Vaccines Should my Pet Get?
It all depends on its lifestyle! If it is in contact with other animals or if it travels outside the country, your pet will not need the same vaccines as one who stays inside the house at all times.
A custom vaccination plan should be established with your veterinarian as soon as you adopt your cat or your dog.
Un plan de vaccination personnalisé devrait être établi avec votre vétérinaire dès l’adoption de votre chat ou votre chien.