Vaccines are a wonderful tool that offers your pets immunity from diseases. Pets are routinely vaccinated from a young age against diseases like rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. Here are some questions you may have about pet vaccination:
1. What if your pet has already been vaccinated?
Even if your pet has already been vaccinated, they will likely need to be vaccinated again in the future. Vaccines only protect your pet for a certain amount of time. After that, a booster shot will need to be administered. According to PetMD, you should take your pet back to the veterinarian one year after they get their initial course of vaccinations. During this appointment, booster shots will be given to offer continued immunity from diseases.
2. What if your pet is older?
Even older pets need to be vaccinated. Most shots only protect pets for a period of up to three years. Dogs will need vaccines throughout their lives. Whether you've raised your pet since they were a baby or adopted them at a later age, all pets need occasional vaccinations.
3. What if your pet lives indoors?
Pets who live exclusively indoors usually have longer and healthier lives. Outdoor pets are exposed to all sorts of hazards that don't affect indoor pets. However, even indoor pets should be vaccinated. Diseases like parvo can be contracted while your pet is on their daily walk. Even indoor pets can come in contact with germs that can make them sick. Every pet should be vaccinated, no matter where they live.
4. What if your pet is very young?
Pets need to be a certain age to receive their first vaccines. Vaccines work by introducing a small amount of the inactive virus or bacteria into your pet's body. Your pet's immune system will use that organic material to build antibodies, which will prevent your pet from contracting that disease in the future. Very young pets don't have immune systems capable of creating this response, which will develop as they get older. Ask your vet what the right age is for vaccination. They will guide you in selecting the appropriate time.
Your pet's veterinarian can administer all the vaccines they need. They will keep a record of your pet's vaccinations, and they can alert you when your pet is due for additional shots. A good relationship with your pet's vet can help them get the care they need through all stages of life.