Just like us, our pets are exposed to a myriad of diseases everywhere they go. Immunizations are a critical link to your pet’s health and longevity.
What Does It Mean to Immunize My Pet?
The immunization of a pet is the process of vaccinating the pet against one or more potentially debilitating and potentially lethal diseases. A vaccination is the introduction of an antigen (something that looks like a specific disease to the body, but does not cause the disease) in order to stimulate the immune system to be ready to fight against the actual disease to reduce or eliminate the symptoms and consequences of the disease.
What Is the Reality of the Threat?
Meeting other animals, exposure to ticks, fleas, and worms, and other environmental exposures can introduce our pets to a wide array of debilitating or life threating diseases. The threat to your pet is real and it is critical to make sure that they are protected so they can live long, healthy lives.
The basic immunizations your pet should have include distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies. If you board your pet or if your pet goes to day care, the dog park or another environment with other animals, tell your veterinarian so they can help navigate the other potential vaccinations that they may require.
You should also talk to your veterinarian about other disease prevention measures that you should consider based on your environment, specific geographical location, and normal activities that you and your pet enjoy. These threats may include fleas, ticks, poisonous plants, parks, or open areas know to have risks of rabies, hantavirus, or other potential health risks.
Can There Be Side Effects?
Just like with people, our pets can have side effects from receiving a vaccination. Most side effects are temporary and minor. Your veterinarian will be able to explain what each specific vaccine is for and what the potential side effects might be.
Where To Get More Information
The best source of information is your veterinarian and the local SPCA. If your pet needs vaccinations or if you want an evaluation of your home environment, consider using a mobile veterinarian. In the Salem, Oregon area you can always rely on Rolling Vet Animal Care. Learn more at www.rollingvet.com or 503-400-7992.