Just like with us humans, our pets can be susceptible to certain diseases, which in many cases, can be life-threatening, to both you and your pet. Which diseases your pet can be vaccinated against, depends on which country you reside in or indeed are travelling to.
In the UK, many of the diseases are potentially very dangerous and generally highly contagious, in some cases to humans! These are the vaccinations you can expect your vet to administer to your pet in a routine vaccination treatment:
Standard dog vaccines include; Canine distemper, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Adenovirus 1 and 2 and Canine Parainfluenza. You may also require Kennel Cough or Rabies.
For cats, the most common vaccinations are to prevent Cat Flu, Feline Infectious Enteritis, Feline Chlamydophilosis and Feline Leukemia.
Rabbit vaccines include; Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease and Myxomatosis, both of which are fatal diseases.
Myths About Pet Vaccines
There are many myths that float around about pet vaccination, some of which lead pet owners to become concerned about if they should vaccinate their pets. Many of these myths are just theories, with no factual evidence to support them. It’s important to know the facts when making the important decision of whether or not to vaccinate your pet.
Here are some of the most common myths:
Vaccinations aren’t Necessary as Diseases are Rare
This is true, in that many of these diseases are now very rare. This is largely a result of widespread vaccination!
Vaccinations Don’t Always Work
It may indeed be possible for an animal to contract a disease, which it has been vaccinated against. This is due to there being different strains as they mutate over time. Rest assured, a vaccinated pet will usually have much milder symptoms and higher survival rate.
Vaccinations are a Money-Making Ploy for Vets
A vet’s role is to support the health and wellbeing of your pet. There actions and choices are made in line with industry recommendations and backed up with scientific evidence. Yes, vet fees are often costly, but it would cost you a lot more in fees if your pet contracted one of the diseases.
Vaccinations aren’t Safe
Vaccines are produced under very strict and regulated conditions. In extremely rare cases, an animal can have an adverse allergic reaction to some vaccines. With thousands of pets vaccinated every day without a problem, the benefits outweigh the potential low risk of this.
Why Vaccinate Your Pet
1. Vaccines Save Lives
Quite simply, in many cases, if your pet contracts one of these life-threatening diseases, which it has not been vaccinated against, you will likely lose your beloved friend. By not vaccinating your pet, you are putting their life at risk.
2. Prevention Over Cure
In many cases, these diseases are incurable or extremely difficult to treat, should your unvaccinated pet contract one of them. Is it really worth taking this massive risk?
3. Wide-Reaching Impacts
If everyone vaccinated their pets, it could help eradicate these diseases from the whole community, this is known as the ‘herd immunity’ theory.
4. Cost Effective
As mentioned about, when we covered myth busting. The cost of the initial vaccinations and the subsequent annual booster will prove to be much cheaper than if your pet were to contract one of these nasty illnesses.
5. Benefits Outway Risks
There is such a small percentage of risk involved, it’s really a case of why you wouldn’t… rather than why you would…
6. Protection for Yourself
In the case of Leptospirosis, a disease which can be vaccinated against in dogs can be passed directly to humans causing severe kidney and liver disease. It really is peace of mind and safety for your whole family.
If you are still undecided as to whether you should choose to vaccinate your pet or not, it might be worth contacting your vet and ask to have an open conversation about it. They will be able to go into greater detail with you and provide answers to your individual concerns and questions.