Why vaccinate dogs and cats?
Prevention by vaccination is the best way to protect your pet from a range of diseases. Dogs and cats are affected by a number of viral infections:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Hepatitis
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Cough
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (sometimes referred to as Feline AIDS)
- Feline Respiratory Disease (sometimes referred to as Cat Flu)
These diseases are not transmissible to humans.
Treatment for these diseases may be possible, but the success rate can be low. The most effective form of protection is vaccination, which enables dogs and cats to fight infection by stimulating their immune systems so that they make their own anti-bodies against the viruses. To maintain this protection, they must be vaccinated regularly so that the level of immunity is always high enough to prevent disease. Most boarding kennels, catteries and veterinary clinics require dogs and cats to be properly vaccinated before admission to protect both the incoming animal and those already within the facility.
For more information please contact your local vet.
Vaccinating other animals
Other animals such as rabbits, horses, cattle and sheep all require vaccinations to protect them from life threatening diseases. For more information please contact your local vet.