Vaccinations are an essential part of ongoing pet care.

Protect your pet from a number of serious illnesses by making sure their vaccinations are all up to date.

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What are vaccinations and why do our pets need them?

In simple terms, vaccinations protect pets from a number of potentially dangerous diseases. By injecting them with a very weak or man-made version of the disease, your pet’s body produces antibodies to fight and defeat it. This means that if they catch the same disease in the future, their immune system is able to efficiently recognise and resist it.

Pets need to be vaccinated early to ensure they stay safe from disease. Young pets are at a much higher risk of catching serious illnesses, and if they do fall ill, these diseases are more likely to be fatal or cause lifelong health issues. This means it’s vital your young pet is vaccinated at the right time and that you follow all of the instructions given by your vet.

Are there any side effects?

It’s incredibly rare for a vaccination to be associated with severe side effects.

There are unsubstantiated claims that they cause a hard lump known as injection-site sarcomas. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this.

While your pet may seem quiet, under the weather, or off their food for a day or two after their injections, this is short-lived and they should be back to their normal selves quickly.

Your vet will be able to assess the individual needs of your pet based on their age, overall health and lifestyle to ensure they receive the right vaccinations.

For more information on vaccinating your pet, speak to your vet.

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