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Vaccinations and Your Pet

Posted by petsavenuevet on January 4, 2016 in Pet Healthcare, Vaccinations | No Comments

Vaccinating your pets is not only essential in keeping them healthy and safe from nasty infections that can be otherwise life-threatening, it also protect us from those diseases that are transmittable to humans. Find out more about the types of infections that can be prevented with routine vaccinations at your vet’s.

 

PetsAvenue A guide to getting your dogs and cats vaccinated

Vaccines are given to your pet to stimulate their immune systems so as to help them combat viral and bacterial infections. The vaccines do not prevent infections but instead help the body fight them more off effectively.

Newborn puppies and kittens are protected against infections by antibodies obtained from their mothers’ milk. These are called “maternally derived antibodies”. The maternal antibody level starts decreasing around the age  8 – 10 weeks old, which may cause gaps in the protection and leave them susceptible to infections. As such, a series of vaccinations are given to young animals, usually three to four shots to ensure adequate protection and response to the vaccinations.

TYPES OF VACCINES

PET VACCINES CAN BE GROUPED INTO:  CORE VACCINES & NON-CORE VACCINES

Your cat can be vaccinated against diseases like:

Rabies

Viral disease spread via the bite of a rabid animal that can affect neurological function

Feline calicivirus

Viral infection that can cause respiratory disease in cats

Chlamydophila fells

Bacterial infection that can affect the eyes of cats

Feline viral rhinotracheitis

Contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory function

Feline panleukopaenia virus

Highly contagious viral disease that can be spread through the contact of an infected animal’s bodily fluids.

Your dog can be vaccinated against diseases like:

Rabies

Viral infection spread via the bite of a rabid animal that can affect neurological function

Kennel Cough

(Canineidmtioustntheobronchitis)

Highly contagious bacterial infection caused primarily by the bacterium, Bordetella

Leptospirosis

Bacterial infection that is spread by skin contact and can be spread to humans

Canine Parvovirus

Highly contagious viral infection spread by contact with an infected dog and its feces

Canine Distemper

Highly contagious disease spread by an airborne virus

Canine Adenovirus Type 2

Contagious viral infection by contact with an infected dog’s bodily fluids

THINGS TO NOTE

SIDE EFFECTS

ALLERGIC REACTION

However, some pets may develop more serious allergic reactions, typically observed within minutes to hours  post-vaccination. You should seek immediate veterinary care if you observed that your pet is:

! Vomiting or having diarrhoea persistently

! Having difficulty breathing and/or is coughing severely

! Having bumpy and itchy skin

 

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