Why Does My Companion Need Vaccinations?
Vaccinations are an essential factor in preventing of many companion animal diseases, and as such play a key role in your companion’s wellness program. We are fortunate that many serious (and potentially fatal) diseases can be prevented with the help of vaccines. Many of these diseases do not have an effective cure, or when a treatment is available it can be incredibly costly and require prolonged recovery time. By maintaining up-to-date vaccines, you are protecting your companion’s health.
Protection for Your Companion
Vaccines offer protection against specific diseases by stimulating the body’s immune system. Simply put, this means that after vaccination the body is armed and ready to fight off, rather than to succumb to, an infection. Young animals are initially protected by the antibodies present in their mother’s milk. As this protection wears off, vaccinations prompt the body to generate its own protection. This is why puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccinations just like human babies. For adult animals, most vaccines require either an annual or three-year booster. Your veterinarian will work with you to determine the most suitable long-term vaccination program – your companion’s lifestyle (including travel, activities, and living environment) need to be taken into consideration when deciding on the most effective disease prevention program.
Vaccinations protect your companion from common infectious diseases which can be serious or even fatal. Helping to avoid disease protects their health and enhances their quality of life.
In addition, some diseases like rabies and leptospirosis can also be transmitted to humans. By vaccinating your companion, you are also protecting yourself and your family from potential illness.
When dogs are vaccinated as puppies, the immunity they receive will not protect them for the rest of their lives. To maintain protection, regular booster vaccinations are required for adult dogs.
We will work with you to establish a vaccination regime that is specific to your companion based on the vaccine type, their lifestyle, and any risk factors.
When we recommend a vaccination plan, we always take into consideration the health, age, and lifestyle of your companion. We want to make sure that your companion receives only the necessary or most beneficial vaccines, and that the potential for adverse reactions is minimized. Such reactions are generally rare, mild, and short in duration, and typically resolve on their own.
If you are worried that your companion is experiencing an adverse reaction after receiving their vaccine, please call us at 250-658-5922. We will be happy to help you and support your companion.
Examinations are required prior to vaccination to make sure your pet is healthy enough to receive them. We will perform a full physical examination to confirm that is safe to administer the vaccine(s). Because vaccines initiate an immune response in the body, it is important that your companion be in a healthy, resilient state on vaccination day.
For more information on what steps our veterinarians take during an examination, visit our Wellness Exams information page.