Preventative Health Care
Just as we take our children to the Doctor for vaccinations to prevent diseases we need to give our pets the same preventative measures.
Vaccinations are our best tool for eradicating viruses capable of causing serious illness or death. For example, Canada and the US are polio-free but in Afghanistan and Pakistan children are still becoming disabled or are dying from this disease.
Rabies is a disease we are all familiar with. It is always deadly and can infect any mammal, including humans. Rabies is on the increase again in Ontario. Vaccination against this extremely dangerous virus is very effective at preventing the spread of disease.
Did You Know That Raccoons Can Carry and Spread The Canine Distemper Virus?
For the last couple of years, distemper has been spreading through the raccoon population in epidemic proportions. If your dog comes in contact with an infected raccoon and is not up to date on vaccinations there is a real risk that the dog will develop distemper.
How Do Vaccines Work?
Vaccines work by teaching the immune system to recognize the virus as an invader. This can result in vaccine “reactions”. As Veterinarians we always weigh the pros and cons for each individual in our care. We ask questions to get an idea of the individual pets’ risk of exposure to various diseases. We use vaccines with longer lasting protection when possible thereby decreasing the frequency of vaccinating. We can also offer to not give all required vaccines during one visit. It means an extra trip to the Veterinary Hospital but studies have shown that the risk of vaccine reaction increases if more vaccines are given at the same time.