There has been a lot of recent buzz on vaccines. Some are trying to muddy the waters around this life-saving procedure and suggest it actually does more harm than good. Thankfully, there is no evidence to suggest you or your pets should avoid vaccines. On the contrary, vaccines have been shown to save countless millions of lives. Here are some reasons you should continue following your veterinarian’s advice and vaccinate your pets.
- It’s the law – Here in north Carolina, as well as in most other states, you are required to have your pets vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is a fatal disease for mammals and can be contracted by humans. Dogs, cats, and some other pet species must have these immunizations by four months old according to North Carolina statute.
- It will save your pet’s life – There is a reason we don’t have polio, tuberculosis, smallpox, or measles outbreaks much anymore. The science behind vaccines is well established and pets get real, life-saving protection from multiple deadly conditions from them. The “core” vaccine given to all dogs includes immunization for distemper, hepatitis, adenovirus, and parvovirus. This has been successful in halting the spread of these diseases.
- Save money – As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is as good as a pound of cure. If your pet contracts a serious disease, you are not only putting their life in danger, but you may also be incurring large vet bills. Preventing serious disease in your pets is not just a life-saver, but a money-saver.
- It may protect you and your family from illness – Dogs and cats are mammals. This means they are susceptible to many of the same pathogens that you are. Rabies can be contracted by humans, and can even be fatal. Hepatitis, Lyme disease, and many other common pet diseases, can be passed to nearby humans. Don’t put you or your loved ones in danger by skipping the vaccinations.
Beyond the core vaccinations, other immunizations may be recommended depending on the age, breed, environment, and health history of your pet. For dogs, veterinarians will often recommend yearly vaccinations for many common infections. Other experts are now suggesting it may not be necessary to get them quite that often, but they are a safe treatment, so there is no major reason to push them back. It can be difficult to tell if your pet still has immunity if you go too long between injections.
Dogwood Veterinary Hospital in Chapel Hill can advise you on the best vaccination plan for your specific pet and will administer those vaccines on site. Contact us to begin or continue immunizations for your pet.