Let's Talk Vaccines
Part 1 - Introduction
Companion animals are susceptible to a wide range of diseases that can be potentially deadly if left untreated. Some of these diseases are considered zoonotic, or transferable to humans, and can be especially harmful in children and elderly adults. The good news is that these diseases are very easily prevented. Parents are familiar with immunizing children from infancy into childhood, and in some situations adults are required to have certain vaccines boosted before traveling into certain parts of the world. The same rings true for dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, rabbits, and even some birds!
Vaccines are specially prepared substances created for the purpose of training the body to fight off certain diseases. Viruses and bacteria are modified so that they aren’t infective, but still stimulate the body’s immune system to create antibodies that are capable of fighting the disease, should the body ever become exposed.Vaccines, also called Immunizations, or ‘shots’, are typically given via injection, however some are able to be administered nasally or orally.
In the next few articles we’re going to talk a bit about dog and cat vaccines, and the diseases they protect against. Vaccinating your pets on a schedule recommended by your veterinarian is one of the easiest and best ways to help your pet live a long, healthy life.