Here at MyVet we believe that vaccinations are an important part of protecting your pets from severely harmful, yet preventable diseases and are an essential part of responsible pet care. Dogs, cats and rabbits are susceptible to a number of life-threatening diseases, but scientific advances and the introduction of immunisation has been very effective in reducing the number of cases dramatically. It is tempting to assume that they are no longer a threat to our pets as we hear little about them, but they still do remain a constant danger, meaning the correct vaccination programme is the best way to keep your pet safe.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines contain harmless (either weakened or dead) variants of the viruses and other infectious agents. When an animal is vaccinated the immune system in the body responds by generating a protective mechanism through the formation of antibodies. If the animal then becomes exposed to the actual disease at a later date, those antibodies will prevent the disease from developing.
The type of vaccines MyVet recommend will be based on your pet’s lifestyle, risk factors and current guidance. Modern vaccines give protection to multiple diseases with just one or two injections. It is important to remember though that vaccines don’t give lifelong immunity and that is why regular booster vaccinations are recommended. It is also an excellent opportunity for your pet to have a full health check. We send out reminders for all vaccinations; please contact us to book an appointment.
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Pet Vaccination FAQs
Are vaccines necessary?
This a very common question and the answer is a resounding YES! Having worked in the veterinary industry for many years all of our staff have seen pets whose lives could have been saved by vaccination. Parvovirus, leptospirosis, FeLV, cat flu are all devastating diseases that cause enormous suffering to pets and heartbreak for their owners. On the other hand vaccine reactions are extremely few and far between thanks to extensive research. It has been proven that immunity to these diseases decreases after 12 months which is why we vaccinate once per year.
What is canine cough and do I need to vaccinate my dog?
Kennel cough or Canine cough is a very contagious infection that causes a harsh, hoarse cough in dogs. It is very easy for dogs to contract canine cough – it just requires nose to nose contact or shared airspace. Canine cough can be contracted in parks, training classes, grooming salons, veterinary clinic waiting rooms, boarding kennels or just saying hello on a walk. While usually not life threatening it is unpleasant and often makes dogs feel very unwell. If you suspect your dog has canine cough please contact us to make an appointment – the sooner we treat the better.
Do I need to vaccinate?
We would advise that all dogs are vaccinated for canine cough. The vaccine lasts 12 months and prevents most strains of kennel cough. We see this disease very frequently and prevention is better than cure.
Why does my pet need to have vaccinations every 12 months?
Depending on the disease that your pet is being vaccinated against, the period of time that they are protected will differ. Certain diseases, such as leptospirosis in dogs and flu in cats only carry around 12 months protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though you pet might be being vaccinated every 12 months, it is not always against the same diseases – your vaccination card will show you which diseases they are getting boosters for each visit. Visiting us every 12 months for vaccinations also means your pet gets a full annual health check, which is equally important!
Does my pet need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Although your pet may not go outside, it is still possible for diseases to be brought into the house. This could be via soil on a dirty boot or via other wildlife that could enter the home. Therefore, having full vaccination can provide the protection needed for all circumstances, meaning you don’t have to take the risk.
I have heard that vaccines are risky and to avoid them – is that true?
Any veterinary procedure that is performed can carry some sort of risk, however in the case of vaccinations, it is important to remember that for the majority of pets the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweighs the risks. Vaccination reactions are rare and where they do occur, they are mostly short-term and mild. Reactions of this nature show that the vaccine is effectively stimulating the immune system. The team at MyVet are always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks associated with vaccinating your pet to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.
Are there any schemes/offers to help with covering the cost of my pets’ vaccinations?
Our Pet Health Plan is a great way to save on routine healthcare for your pet. MyVet's Pet Health Plan includes an annual health check and core vaccines to help keep your pet healthy. Includes Canine Cough for dogs and FeLV for cats (excludes rabies vaccine). Find out more or join online today!