What is a vaccination?
A vaccination is the act of giving a vaccine. Vaccines are a small inactive bacterium, virus, or other disease-causing microorganism, which are injected into the body either under the skin or in the nose. There are different types of vaccine and each vaccine is created for a particular virus or bacteria, and for a particular animal.
The vaccine we would give a rabbit for example is very different to the vaccines available for cats because viruses are usually species-specific.
What pets can get vaccinations?
Vaccinations are available and recommended for canines, felines and rabbits.
How do vaccinations protect my pet?
When a vaccine is administered to an animal, it stimulates that animal’s immune system. The body’s white blood cells (which are part of your pet’s immune system) produce antibodies, which fight the disease-causing microorganism.
Your pet’s body has then learnt how to deal with and defeat that particular microorganism and remembers how to defeat it if that microorganism tries to invade the body again. This whole process is known as immunization.
How many vaccinations do animals get?
The number of vaccinations given to an animal depends on the species, their age and the diseases your vet recommends you vaccinate against. Sometimes your vet may also recommend vaccinations because of the area you live in or the areas you intend to visit.
Generally, young animals will need 2-3 vaccinations spaced a month apart to immunize them against diseases. Your vet will advise you on the number and frequency of vaccinations your pet will need.
Do my pets need to be vaccinated? It doesn’t seem important and it costs money.
Vaccinations are powerful because they prevent disease and are therefore one aspect of responsible pet care. When you vaccinate your pets, you are not only strengthening your pet’s health, you are preventing the spread of disease in your community and helping to ensure these diseases and suffering are minimised.
Pets are not cheap and caring for them costs money. It’s cheaper to spend money to prevent disease than to spend money for a sick animal that has incurred lots of vet bills for something that was preventable in the first place.
Unfortunately, because vaccinating has not been the priority of many pet owners, the diseases vets vaccinate against are still out there in the community. You can help protect your animal’s health and encourage them to live a long happy life by making sure they receive their vaccinations.
If you would like to have your pet vaccinated at our private vet practice in Newtown, give our friendly reception staff a call on 389 8044 to book an appointment with our vets.