by on October 4, 2020

An immunization (or vaccination) is a great procedure to develop your pet's natural immunity from diseases before they get infected. This prevents them from catching the disease and spreading it. Vaccines prevent infectious, harmful, and deadly diseases from spreading. These include Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV), Lyme disease, Leptospira, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (a component factor in causation of kennel cough).

If a vaccinated pet comes into contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more efficiently, preventing the disease from spreading or substantially reducing its severity.

Vaccines will help keep your pet healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your pet’s life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you leave your pet endangered to diseases such as Ehrlichia, Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV), Lyme disease, Leptospira, Parvovirus and Anaplasmosis.

Vaccines would not give your pet a disease they are made to prevent.

Your pet cannot catch the disease from the vaccine. Some vaccines contain virus particles, bacteria, or other pathogens that have been grown in culture and then lose disease producing capacity, and it is impossible to get the disease from them. Others have live, but weakened, viruses designed to ensure that your pet cannot catch the disease.

Vaccination is very safe and reliable.

Vaccines are only given to pets after careful review veterinarians and healthcare professionals. Their side effects are mostly always mild, such as swelling or redness at the area of the injection, but this is nominal compared to the pain, discomfort, and risk of injury and death from diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as extreme allergic reactions, are very rare. The prophylaxis advantages of being immunized are much greater than the potential after-effects for nearly all pets.

When your pet gets sick, other pets and family members are at risk, too.

A vaccine-preventable disease that could make your pet unhealthy for a week or two could prove harmful to other pets and family members if it spreads to them. When your pet is vaccinated, you protect them and others as well. Cat Scratch Disease, for example, is one of the most common skin diseases in felines that are contagious and harmful to humans.

Vaccines are as important to your pet’s overall health as diet and exercise.

Like eating nutritious food, exercising, and having routine check-ups, vaccines play a crucial role in keeping your pet healthy. Vaccines are one of the most convenient and secure preventive methods available.


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