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Why Vaccinate?

Vaccinations: Why & When?

Your Pet Counts on You for Protection

One of the most important things you can do to give your pet a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common diseases. Your pet’s mother gave her immunity from disease for the first few weeks of life by providing disease-fighting antibodies in her milk. After that period, it’s up to you with the help and advice of your veterinarian, to provide that protection through vaccination.

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 antibodies to protect your pet against disease.

When Should My Pet be Vaccinated?

The immunity that a pet has at birth begins to diminish sometime between six and twelve weeks. Initial vaccination usually occurs at six weeks of age and is repeated every three to four weeks until the pet is four months old. Thereafter, your pet will require repeat vaccinations at regular intervals for the rest of his or her life.

How Effective is Vaccination?

Like any drug treatment or any procedure, vaccinations cannot be 100% guaranteed. However, used in conjunction with proper nutrition and acceptable sanitary conditions, vaccination is your pet’s best defense against disease. Plus, when you consider that treating a serious illness can cost you and your beloved pet in terms of both money and distress, prevention through vaccination definitely is the better choice.

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