One of the most hotly debated topics in the domestic animal world is whether or not to vaccinate your pet. There are many questions surrounding the topic, such as how often do they need to be vaccinated? Which vaccinations are essential? Is it necessary? In recent years, many of these questions have derived from believers of the holistic practise, which has led to a complacency and lack of appreciation of the importance of regular vaccinations for our furry friends.
Thanks to advancements in modern science, the incidence of diseases such as distemper, cat flu, and hepatitis has fallen dramatically. These diseases, many of which are preventable, can have devastating effects on our pets. Vaccinations provide key protection, and can prevent some diseases from spreading to humans. As well as the cost of treatment, the emotional impact that can ensue is a stark comparison to the peace of mind felt when your pet is vaccinated.
Vaccinations trigger immune responses in your pets and prepare their immune systems to fight future diseases. The type of vaccination your pet will receive will depend on whether it is ‘core’ or ‘non-core’, and whether your level of exposure to a disease requires it. Examples of core vaccines include Canine Parvovirus, and Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE).
We’d like to take this opportunity to give you reasons as to why you should vaccinate your pet, but please do not hesitate to contact your local Medivet for more tailored information.
It is quite a self-explanatory reason to vaccinate your pet – by not vaccinating your pet you are automatically putting its life at risk. Without vaccinations, life-threatening diseases would still be as prevalent as they were 100 years ago. Also, not all diseases are transmitted through contact with other animals, as they can be transferred into homes on clothing or footwear.
As well as protecting your individual pet from harmful diseases, it contributes to the number of pets in the community getting vaccinated. If every pet parent took responsibility for vaccinations, it could lead to the diseases being eradicated entirely from the community. This is called the ‘herd immunity’ theory, where a diseases such as parvo are eradicated in a community if enough dogs are vaccinated against them.
The financial costs of having to deal with many of these diseases are simply too high for many pet parents, and can often impede the support we can offer. Also, many of the diseases are incurable or extremely difficult to treat, even with the high quality care at Medivet. However, by ensuring your pet is protected from a young age, it can benefit both pet and pet parent greatly in the long term.
If the cost of vaccinations concern you, then Medivet’s Healthcare Plan - a specially designed affordable way of covering your costs - will be a great option for you. It is a comprehensive plan for your pet’s preventative healthcare, which includes things such as annual booster vaccinations and health checks. There is more information on the website, or feel free to contact your local Medivet practice as your vet will be happy to discuss this further with you.
In today’s society, vaccinations are high quality and have very high efficiency. When combined with annual booster shots, they can have even longer lasting benefits than initially anticipated. For this reason, new laws have resulted in you being able to take your pet abroad and return to the UK without having to put them through quarantine, assuming you have the correct vaccinations. To do this, you will need a rabies vaccination and a pet passport – contact your local vet for more information. As is the case with all vaccinations, the occasional individual might not get full protection from the vaccination, however this is very uncommon.
As mentioned previously, please do not hesitate to contact your local Medivet practice for more information regarding your pet’s vaccinations. They will be happy to offer you more advice and answer any queries you may have.