In the United Kingdom there are number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases which can affect our pets. There are no specific treatments for these diseases and, as vets, we can only provide supportive care; sadly this means affected patients often die. The simple and effective way to prevent against these diseases is by vaccination. A primary course followed by regular booster vaccinations is vital to protect your pet against these diseases.
The simple and effective way to prevent against these diseases is by vaccination. A primary course followed by regular booster vaccinations is vital to protect your pet against these diseases.
Does vaccination work?
Today’s vaccinations are very effective and of high quality however an occasional individual may not get full protection from a vaccination. This is most likely to happen if the pet is unwell or stressed at the time of vaccination and this will prevent the immune system from fully responding to the vaccination.
It is important that your pet has a full clinical examination prior to a vaccination and, if illness is suspected, this must be treated and the vaccination delayed until a full recovery is made.
How will a vaccination protect my pet?
Vaccinations work by showing the body’s immune system the disease in a safe form. This trains the immune system to react quickly and effectively should the body come into contact with this disease in the future. The disease will be eliminated from the body and infection will be prevented. Vaccinations are usually given by an injection underneath the skin; most pets tolerate this very well.