What Do Vaccines Protect My Pets From?

Vaccines trigger protective responses, preparing the immune system to fight future infections. They stimulate the production of antibodies by the immune system. Vaccines can prevent or reduce the severity of certain diseases. They can protect pets from deadly and contagious diseases. A single vaccine can provide protection or immunity against one or several illnesses. 


Understanding Vaccination

Vaccination is a form of preventative health care. Vaccines help protect pets from various illnesses. They can help pets live a long and healthy life. Different vaccines protect against various diseases. They are available in different types and combinations. 

They prepare the immune system to fight against the invasion of organisms that cause disease. They contain antigens that mimic the disease-causing organism without actually causing the disease. The vaccine stimulates the immune system, preparing it to recognize danger. 


Reasons to Vaccinate Your Pet


Vaccinations can help improve your pet’s quality of life. Reasons to vaccinate include:

  • They prevent many pet illnesses

  • Some pet vaccines are mandated by state or local governments

  • They can help you avoid costly treatments for preventable diseases

  • They reduce the risk of contracting contagious diseases from wildlife

  • Help to prevent animal-to-human infections

Your vet will help you understand the various types of vaccines, including the core ones.


Protect Your Pet


Vaccines offer protection against a range of potentially life-threatening diseases. Dogs, for instance, can be vaccinated against common aliments such as distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.  These vaccines play a vital role in preventing severe illness, organ damage, and even death. Cats, on the other hand, benefit from vaccines that guard against feline panleukopenia, calicivirus, herpesvirus, and rabies.


Vaccination Protocol


It is necessary to note that not all animals need vaccination against every disease. Your vet will discuss the best vaccination protocol for your pet. Factors such as environment, lifestyle, travel habits, medical history, and age will determine the schedule. 

Most vets will recommend core vaccines for healthy pets. These vaccines are considered vital based on the disease severity and risk of exposure. They help protect against diseases that are transmissible to humans. Vaccines for rabies, canine parvovirus, and canine hepatitis are considered core. 

Your veterinarian will help determine the best frequency and timing of vaccinations for your pet. There are laws regarding mandatory vaccinations. Most states will require proof of rabies vaccination. 

For more on what vaccines protect your pets, visit Community Pet Outreach at our Lewisville, Texas office. Call (972) 848-8930 to schedule an appointment today.

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