What are vaccines?


Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses in pets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines can lessen the severity of future diseases and certain vaccines can prevent infection altogether. Today, a variety of vaccines are available for use by veterinarians. Some vaccines are administered via injections using a [...]

What are vaccines?2019-03-25T19:14:47+00:00

Is it important to vaccinate?


Yes! Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases. Experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. If an unvaccinated pet develops one of these diseases, treatment can become very expensive and many of these diseases can [...]

Is it important to vaccinate?2019-03-25T19:13:55+00:00

Does vaccination ensure protection?


For most pets, vaccination is effective in preventing future disease. Occasionally, a vaccinated pet may not develop adequate immunity and, although rare, it is possible for these pets to become ill if exposed to the disease. These gaps in protection should be as short as possible to provide optimal protection against disease for the first [...]

Does vaccination ensure protection?2019-03-25T19:13:18+00:00

Are there risks?


Any treatment carries some risk, but these risks should be weighed against the benefits of protecting your pet from potentially fatal diseases. Most pets respond well to vaccines. The most common adverse responses are mild and short-term, including fever, sluggishness, and reduced appetite. Pets may also experience temporary pain or subtle swelling at the site [...]

Are there risks?2019-03-25T19:12:48+00:00

Why do puppies and kittens require a series of vaccines?


Very young puppies and kittens are highly susceptible to infectious diseases because their immune systems are not fully mature. While nursing, their mother’s milk contains antibodies (special proteins) that provide some immunity to diseases; however, these maternal antibodies do not last long, and there may be gaps in protection as the milk antibodies decrease and [...]

Why do puppies and kittens require a series of vaccines?2019-03-25T19:12:04+00:00

Which vaccinations should my pet receive?


Not all pets should be vaccinated with all available vaccines. “Core” vaccines are recommended for most pets in a particular area because they protect from diseases most common in that area. “Non-Core” vaccines are reserved for individual pets with unique needs. Your veterinarian will consider your pet’s risk of exposure to a variety of preventable [...]

Which vaccinations should my pet receive?2019-03-25T19:11:33+00:00

How often should my pet be vaccinated?


For many years, a set of annual vaccinations was considered normal and necessary for dogs and cats. There is increasing evidence to support that immunity triggered by some vaccines provides protection beyond one year while the immunity triggered by other vaccines may fail to protect for a full year. Consequently, one vaccination schedule will not [...]

How often should my pet be vaccinated?2019-03-25T19:11:06+00:00

What are antibody titers, and do they replace vaccinations?


Antibody titers are blood tests that measure the amount of antibodies in the blood. Following exposure to a disease-causing organism (such as a virus) or a vaccine, the body generates antibodies that help to destroy the organism and prevent or minimize illness if the body is exposed to the same organism again. Antibody titers do [...]

What are antibody titers, and do they replace vaccinations?2019-03-25T19:10:38+00:00
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