How Often Should your Pet be Vaccinated?
There is no getting away from the fact that vaccinations have transformed our ability to deal with some of the more dangerous viruses and bacterial infections that have plagued our world – for both people and our animals. In fact, vaccines have saved countless lives over the last half century alone. Nevertheless, the frequency with which we vaccinate our pets is a regularly debated topic.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by exposing the body to a synthetic version of the disease it is supposed to prevent. In doing so, it prompts the immune system to create antibodies to fight it, but since there is no real threat to the health of your pet, her body continues producing the antibodies and builds up a store of them. If your pet were to come into contact with the actual, harmful disease, the antibodies will do their thing, preventing your pet from becoming unwell or minimizing the effect of the illness.
How long are vaccines effective for
How often should my pet be vaccinated?
The answer to this question is not as simple as you might hope and depends on various factors including:
- Whether or not your pet had her initial vaccines on time
- The age of your pet
- The current health of your pet
- Where you live
- Your pet’s lifestyle
The exact vaccinations that your pet needs to have will also play a significant role in determining her vaccination schedule too. This is because while some vaccines may need to be topped up after a year, others may remain active for as long as three years. Since other elements also play a part in the frequency with which vaccination should be given, any good veterinarian will work with you to create a completely customized vaccination schedule based primarily on the needs of your beloved animal.
Infant animals have slightly different vaccination requirements
Since the immune systems of puppies and kittens
These appointments start around 6/8 weeks of age and progress until your furbaby is around 16 weeks old. After this time, further vaccinations will take place when she is around a year
The law surrounding pet vaccinations
In addition to the recommendations made by our veterinarian, your state will undoubtedly have laws and regulations about what vaccinations any domestic animals need. This principally applies to dogs and cats, but it is important that you check with your own animal control offices and follow the requirements made by your local authority. Most U.S. states have made it a law for dogs to be vaccinated against rabies, and you may have to provide proof of this. Failure to do so could see you being fined or even given jail time, while your animal may be quarantined or even forcibly euthanized.
If you are concerned that your pet may not have had the necessary vaccinations and could be at risk of disease, contact our offices as soon as possible where we can arrange for an appointment with our veterinary team.