Vaccinating your pet is one way to reduce the chances of serious disease. Choosing the right protocol is an important part of making sure vaccination
Vaccine protocols and recommendations are continuously changing as new research emerges. They help to prevent disease, improve quality of life, and maximize longevity when used appropriately. Our doctors routinely review details about current and emerging diseases, new and updated immunization options, and recommendations from researchers in the veterinary community. This allows them to collaborate with you to decide which vaccines are best suited to your pet’s lifestyle.
The need for annual vaccination of companion animals has recently been called into question by advances in both human and animal medicine. The pharmaceutical industry is now able to confirm that vaccine protection may last longer than previously thought thanks to advances in technology. Furthermore, a longer history with vaccines suggests that there may be some risks associated with vaccines that must be evaluated.
It’s possible that your pet still needs routine vaccinations against serious, potentially fatal illnesses. You may also decide to regularly immunize your pet against diseases that are exclusive to our region or to the unique exposure situations that your pet faces. The results of separate tests for viral antibody levels on your pet may determine how frequently they need immunizations. When choosing a vaccination schedule for your pet, you should talk with kennel and event managers about the vaccination needs if your pet frequently boarded or takes part in activities with other animals.
Seattle Veterinary Associates wants you to understand that vaccination is no longer the simple, purely protective procedure it was thought to be over the last century. We therefore encourage you to discuss the pros and cons of vaccinations. Talk with your veterinarian in an effort to develop a program of immunization that is customized to your family member’s individual needs.
A decision to reduce the frequency or number of vaccines administered should not affect your animal’s need for an annual physical examination. Regular physical examinations, which are becoming more common in geriatric animals, are still your best defense against the onset of serious diseases or health conditions.
Please ask your veterinarian to assist you in making informed decisions when developing an immunization program for your furry family member.
Northwest Veterinary Hospital