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Vaccinations... Is your pet up to date? - Compassionate Care Animal Clinic
We all cringe at the image of a long hypodermic needle, but we all know how important vaccinations are to our long-term health. Our pets are no different. Vaccines help prevent many of the illnesses that plague our pets throughout their lives, and vaccinations have long been considered an easy and effective way to ensure that our dog or cat lives a long, healthy life. As you might imagine, there are a host of diseases that can infect pets, from distemper to hepatitis to bordatella. Fortunately, science has done a good job of keeping up with nature and, as a result, there are as many different types of vaccines as there are different types of illnesses. Now, it goes without saying (probably) that a vaccination is a medical procedure and like any, has the administering of vaccinations has its risks. These risks are minimal, of course, but when considering a regimen of vaccinations for your pet is imperative that you discuss it with your South Florida area veterinarian. He, or she, is intimately familiar with both the benefits and the risks as they pertain to your particular pet… all must be considered, including but not limited to age, size, breed, health, weight and lifestyle. Your vet is the keeper of this information, so start there! Understanding Vaccines So, what exactly is a vaccine? Vaccines help prepare the body’s immune system to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Contrary to popular belief, injecting someone with a vaccine is not the same as injecting them with the illness. Vaccines contain antigens, which look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but are not, and don’t actually CAUSE disease. When the vaccine is introduced to the body, …