Should My Dog Be Vaccinated?

The response to that question should be a no-brainer. But in the last few decades, some pet owners and sections of the veterinary profession have been questioning the use of vaccines. And one particular area has raised any issues: the annual booster vaccine. This article sets out to answer a few of the questions concerned dog owners are asking. 

In non-medical conditions how can dog vaccines work?

In much the same manner that human ones do. The dog is given an injection that contains a tiny, quite weak dose of fragments of this disease that it will eventually prevent. The pet’s immune system responds by producing antibodies to correct the imbalance. They cling to destroy the deadly bacteria, but the viral agents leave a footprint. Any subsequent viral attack is recognized and can be dealt with similarly by a better-informed immune system.

When should I vaccinate my puppy?

A high level of immunity to illness is administered by a pup’s mother via her smoking, but this early immunity begins to break down from around six weeks old, and in 20 months is virtually non-existent. The vet will immunize your dog against the ailments mentioned above with a single dose, which is usually given at 12 weeks old.

Are there any side effects to vaccinating my dog?

Supplying you have been smart in your choice of veterinarian, your pet should be given a comprehensive medical before any inoculation. Just as with people, reactions to immunization may and do happen. Modern vaccines are meticulously tested, and undergo intensive security trials. However, for a few pets’ problems will appear. It is often characterized by a pet sleeping more than usual, and by a loss of normal appetite. This normally lasts for 24-48 hours after immunization.

Only on very rare events can a more serious allergic reaction grow. The symptoms are diarrhea, sometimes accompanied by nausea, and in a few extreme cases, facial swelling. Obviously, if your pet develops any of these symptoms you must immediately contact your vet.

The central recommendations being provided to veterinarians by both organizations are:

Any decisions concerning a dog’s immunization schedule need to take into consideration the dog’s current health, its era, its breeding, and its own way of life and neighborhood environment. Scientific evidence revealed that some vaccines could provide more than 1 year of resistance. They also advised that annual boosters could cause autoimmune problems, vaccine-site infections, and degradation of their immune system.

There’s a thriving Internet market for herbal and homeopathic remedies. For whatever reasons, a growing amount of people are shying away from conventional medicine and turning to other solutions for their pets’ health problems. Some retailers of those products claim that homeopathic nosodes can, and will prevent pet viral illnesses. There have been a couple of studies done, and their conclusions are published in Homeopathic magazines: however, any evidence that homeopathic nosodes functioned was inconclusive.

Most responsible homeopathic vets would have to agree that using homeopathic nosodes independently as a way to prevent canine viral ailments is not a wise strategy.

Should I get my puppy vaccinated?

Problems with vaccines can arise. If left unprotected the pet owner is running the risk that an infection can and possibly will kill your dog. Ignoring that caution is comparable to gambling with your pet’s future health.

Protection & Prevention

Our veterinary team at Angel Animal Hospital is focused on preventative and proactive care to keep common ailments, conditions, and infections from developing on your pet in the first place.

Preventative veterinary care may give your pet their best opportunity at a long and healthy life. Our veterinarians will work closely with you to develop a preventative treatment plan that is targeted at your pet’s specific needs.

Our veterinarians can help prevent a broad assortment of common and severe diseases in Farmington Hills vet dogs and cats employing regular puppy and kitten shots and parasite prevention treatments. Learn more about our pets services here.