Vaccinations: why they’re essential for your pet

Vaccinations are regrettably controversial. Thousands of parents (now known as anti-vaxxers) are choosing not to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases because of a single (now disproved) study that suggested a link between vaccination and autism. And the same is happening with pet parents. Veterinary clinics are experiencing anti-vaxxers too.

Veterinarian Dr Esmaré of EberVet Pet Clinic in Strand

We understand that some pet parents have serious concerns about vaccinations, mostly concerns that are fear-driven, and we’d like to work with you to explain why they’re so important for your pet.

We’re very strongly in favour of vaccination because we’ve seen what happens to pets who aren’t vaccinated; we’ve seen the terrible suffering of animals dying from diseases they could have been protected against. Vaccines are better studied than any other medicine we prescribe, and the manufacturers guarantee their safety and efficacy.

The vaccines we recommend are the vaccines we think your pet needs, and they’re the vaccines we use on our own pets.

Here Dr Esmaré of our EberVet Pet Clinic in Strand gives more information on vaccinations:

Vaccinations: why we advocate them

Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure, and in most cases of viral infections – like rabies – there is no cure, so prevention is absolutely essential. Vaccination is the single most effective method to protect your pet against contracting dangerous and highly contagious diseases.

How they work

The vaccine contains a weak or partial version of the pathogen in order to stimulate the pet’s immune system to produce antibodies against the pathogen. If the pet is later exposed to the disease, these antibodies will recognise the pathogen and fight of the virus more effectively.

Why do our pets need vaccinations every year?

The immunity provided by vaccination declines with time and your pet can become susceptible again to diseases so the vaccination must be repeated, usually annually. This is so the antibody level is kept high enough to provide continuous protection. Sometimes, in a sick pet or one with suppressed immunity, a low or no response will occur and this is called a vaccine fail. For more on pet vaccinations and when yours should have them read this

As a pet parent, we respect your right to be heard and to be involved in decisions about your pet’s  healthcare. We’d like the chance to explain to you how vaccinations work; to help you understand the risks of not vaccinating and to help you source more information should you wish it.