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Why do we vaccinate pets?

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Does a single vaccination protect my pet for life?

The short answer is no.

Major studies have been done to determine what the minimum period of protection is for certain vaccines in pets. As a result, some vaccines are now licensed to protect pets for up to three years against a range of diseases. Whilst immunity may endure longer for some individuals, boosters are generally advised given at the recommended revaccination intervals to help ensure those individuals, whose immunity does reduce over time, continue to be protected

In addition, some diseases still require yearly boosters. Leptospirosis in dogs is a very serious disease that can also affect humans, and none of the available vaccines for this provide cover beyond 12 months

Protecting the individual pet

A primary objective of a vaccine is to protect the individual pet. It is worth remembering that many of the pet diseases we vaccinate against are potentially lethal or debilitating. Where pet vaccination is not widely practiced, the lives of dogs and cats are cut very short by the impact of infectious disease.

Protecting pets in the community

By consistently vaccinating your pet, you are also making sure that the population develops and maintains a healthy “herd Immunity”. This fundamental principle is why vaccines are so effective. This essentially means that the higher the herd immunity is, the lower the chance of contagious diseases spreading within the population. By making sure that both your pet and others are vaccinated, you are helping reduce the chance of a major disease outbreak taking place and therefore the risk of your pet being exposed to disease in the first place.

Preventative health and protecting your family

A lot of pet owners don’t realise that some diseases that affect their pets can also be transmitted to humans. This shouldn’t discourage you from getting a pet – as there many benefits that outweigh the risks, but it is another important reason why both vaccination and parasite control are important for your pet. If your pet is protected against infectious diseases, then that means that they won’t be able to transmit the diseases to your or to you family, helping keep everyone safe.

Does a single vaccination protect my pet for life?

The short answer is no.

Major studies have been done to determine what the minimum period of protection is for certain vaccines in pets. As a result, some vaccines are now licensed to protect pets for up to three years against a range of diseases. Whilst immunity may endure longer for some individuals, boosters are generally advised given at the recommended revaccination intervals to help ensure those individuals, whose immunity does reduce over time, continue to be protected

In addition, some diseases still require yearly boosters. Leptospirosis in dogs is a very serious disease that can also affect humans, and none of the available vaccines for this provide cover beyond 12 months

Protecting the individual pet

A primary objective of a vaccine is to protect the individual pet. It is worth remembering that many of the pet diseases we vaccinate against are potentially lethal or debilitating. Where pet vaccination is not widely practiced, the lives of dogs and cats are cut very short by the impact of infectious disease. Even in the UK today canine parvovirus remains common, widespread and potentially fatal threat due to unvaccinated dogs continuing to spread the virus.

Protecting pets in the community

By consistently vaccinating your pet, you are also making sure that the population develops and maintains a healthy “herd Immunity”. This fundamental principle is why vaccines are so effective. This essentially means that the higher the herd immunity is, the lower the chance of contagious diseases spreading within the population. By making sure that both your pet and others are vaccinated, you are helping reduce the chance of a major disease outbreak taking place and therefore the risk of your pet being exposed to disease in the first place.

Preventative health and protecting your family

A lot of pet owners don’t realise that some diseases that affect their pets can also be transmitted to humans. This shouldn’t discourage you from getting a pet – as there many benefits that outweigh the risks, but it is another important reason why both vaccination and parasite control are important for your pet. If your pet is protected against infectious diseases, then that means that they won’t be able to transmit the diseases to your or to you family, helping keep everyone safe.

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