Pets can be at risk for exposure to various infectious diseases, even if they spend most of their time indoors. Some infectious diseases are life-threatening, while others, such as rabies, also pose a public health risk.
Vaccinating your pet to help prevent common infectious diseases supports the first goal of medicine – disease prevention. Prevention of infectious disease is more beneficial to your pet than treating disease once it occurs. Preventive vaccination is one of the most reliable and cost-effective methods of health care available to a pet owner.
Vaccines contain killed or modified live (non-infectious) forms of viruses or bacteria. They stimulate production of protective antibodies in healthy animals that can neutralize the virus or bacteria if the animal is later exposed. Although vaccines help to provide protection against infectious disease, they do not treat or cure existing diseases.
Some vaccines contain combinations of viruses or bacteria that help immunize against several diseases, minimizing inconvenience to the owner and discomfort for the pet.
The benefits of vaccination are usually considered to far outweigh the relatively small risk of vaccine-related adverse effects. Allergic reactions to vaccination and local, injection-site irritation are uncommon but they do occur. We can advise you of the possible risks associated with vaccination and the steps to take if vaccine-related reactions occur.
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