How do Vaccines work?
Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or "killed" viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your pet's immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins - or antibodies - to protect against disease.
Are vaccinations really necessary?
Vaccinations help protect your pet from a number of potentially serious and even fatal diseases, such as Rabies. Not only that, vaccinations cost considerably less than the treatments available for the diseases pets are normally vaccinated against. Every pet should be vaccinated - even indoor dogs and cats can be exposed to a rabid bat.
Why does my pet need regular booster vaccinations for the same disease?
The protection provided by a vaccine gradually declines over time. Your pet needs regular "booster" vaccinations to ensure ongoing immunity from disease.
One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common canine diseases. For the first few weeks of existence your dog's mother provided disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period it's up to you! The immunities that puppies have at birth begin to diminish at approximately 6 weeks. It is then usually time to begin the initial vaccinations, which will be repeated once a month until the puppy is about 3-4 months old. Thereafter, your dog will require repeat vaccination at regular intervals for the rest of his or her life. Above all, follow the puppy vaccination schedule - if there is too long an interval between the first vaccination and the booster, your dog may have to undergo the series all over again.
One of the very best tings you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Your cat's mother gave her kitten immunities from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period it's up to you to provide that protection. Generally the immunity that a kitten has a birth begins to diminish after 9 weeks. It is then time to begin the initial vaccinations, with the booster following 3-4 weeks later. Thereafter, your cat will require repeat vaccinations for the rest of his or her life.