Are Vaccines Important for Our Animals?

Like human vaccines, animal vaccines are designed to create an immune response that protects your pets against infectious diseases. There are many reasons why vaccinating your pet has benefits to your health as well as their own. Some diseases can be transmitted from wildlife in your backyard to your pets, and from your pets to you or your family. These are called Zoonotic diseases meaning that they transmit from animals to humans.

Vaccines are a very safe way of protecting your pets against infectious diseases. Although, like many other things, there are some common side effects, such as; lethargy, mild fever, some discomfort and localized swelling at the area of vaccination. These side effects could last 1-2 days, just like with human vaccines. Some more serious allergic vaccine reactions are hives, facial swelling, continuous vomiting or diarrhea. If some of these more serious symptoms occur, you should contact your veterinarian.

Overall, vaccines are a very safe way to prevent the infectious disease from you and your pet. There are many vaccines that can be modified to your pet’s lifestyle. Ask your veterinarian what vaccines are right for your pet.

Written by: Karie Boudreau, VA



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