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 necessity of vaccinating companion animals annually has recently come under scrutiny due to advancements in both human and animal medicine. The pharmaceutical industry can now establish that vaccine protection might persist longer than first believed because to advancements in technology. Also, a longer history of vaccinations suggests that there may be some vaccine dangers that need to be considered.
Regular vaccinations against potentially lethal, infectious diseases may still be necessary for your pet. You have the option to regularly immunize your pet against diseases that are particular to our region or to the specific conditions of their exposure. The response of each pet to testing for viral antibody levels may influence how frequently they receive immunizations. When choosing a vaccination schedule for your pet, you should review the vaccination requirements with kennel and event managers 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 choice to reduce the frequency of vaccinations or the number of vaccines given should not change your animal’s need for an annual physical examination. Regular physical examinations, increasing in frequency for geriatric animals, are still your first defense against the onset of serious diseases or health conditions.
Please ask your veterinarian to help you make informed choices in planning an immunization program suitable for your furry family member.