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 due to 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 improved technology. Furthermore, a longer history with vaccines suggests that there may be some risks associated with vaccines that need to be evaluated.
Your pet may still need to be vaccinated against potentially fatal, highly contagious diseases on a regular basis. You may also choose to vaccinate your pet on a regular basis against diseases specific to our geographic area or your pet’s specific exposure circumstances. The frequency of vaccinations may be determined by your pet’s individual response to virus antibody level tests. If your pet is frequently boarded or attends events with other animals, you should discuss vaccination requirements with kennel and event managers before deciding on a vaccination program for your pet.
Seattle Veterinary Associates wants you to understand that vaccination is no longer the simple, purely protective procedure that it was once thought to be. As a result, we encourage you to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of vaccination and develop an immunization program that is tailored to your family member’s specific needs.
A decision to reduce the frequency or number of vaccines administered should not alter your animal’s need for an annual physical examination. Regular physical examinations, which are becoming more common in geriatric animals, are still your best line of defense against the onset of serious diseases or health conditions.
Please ask your veterinarian to assist you in making informed decisions when planning an immunization program for your furry family member.