Vaccinations are crucial to your pet’s safety and health. Widespread vaccination is so effective, it has the ability to nearly eradicate dangerous diseases. But, the more animals in the pet population there are who do not have their shots, the more preventable diseases that are allowed to persist.
Vaccines are effective because they expose the animal’s immune system to a very small amount of the disease. The immune system can easily fight off the dosage in the vaccination, and it receives some “practice” in fighting that particular germ. After receiving the vaccine, if your pet is ever exposed to the disease in the environment, their body will be prepared to fight it off.
Because the scientific community is at such a consensus about the definitive abilities of vaccinations to prevent disease, receiving certain vaccines is enforced by law for the protection of society. For example, the Rabies vaccine is legally required at least once every three years in the State of Texas.
Our veterinary doctors stay abreast of the current literature and scientific studies about vaccine frequency to inform their decisions. We recommend administering certain vaccines every year, and others every two or three years. Having your pet’s full medical history on file is important for helping us make the decisions about when to vaccinate for what.
Another factor that will inform our veterinarians about the appropriate shots for your pet is their individual lifestyle. We will want to know if they spend time outside, or with other pets. Some vaccinations may suit the lifestyle of one pet, but not another; whereas our “core vaccinations” we consider necessary for all pets.
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