Getting a shot is no fun. They hurt. It is also uncomfortable taking our pets to get their shots. Kids and pets both seem to have a sixth sense that tells them when they are going to get a shot. Then we, as the responsible adults, have to watch them go through it. Despite the pain, we owe it to our furry loved ones to get them the vaccinations they need. Vaccines prepare their little bodies for the war on infection. They prepare a fortress around your pet’s immune system, making it harder for germs to get in and cause illness. 2 Paws Up Inc. is here with the information you need on vaccinating your pets:
What Vaccines are Important
Your veterinarian should talk to you about the proper shots for your pet on your first visit. The standard vaccines include Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Corona, and Parainfluenza. There may also be shots your pet needs based on the region you live in. This sounds like a lot, and it is. But it is of the utmost importance to start building your pet’s immune system from the beginning.
They Prevent the Spread of Disease
Diseases can be passed from one animal to another or from an animal to a human. Some diseases can be contracted just by being around an infected animal. Pets risk being introduced to disease every time they leave the house. We have to keep our pets healthy if we want to keep our friends and family healthy. By vaccinating your pet, you are protecting your family and your entire community.
When Should My Pet be Vaccinated?
Our pets actually receive a form of vaccination right at birth. Their mother’s milk has important antibodies that begin building the fortress around their immune system. Puppies and kittens should begin getting vaccinated at six to eight weeks of age. As adults, dogs and cats will need to get their shots either annually or every three years.
Vaccines come with some risks, like all medical treatment. Allergic reactions, soreness, fever, and stomach issues are some possible side effects. It should be noted, however, that most pets do not experience any of these symptoms. Many more lives are saved by vaccines than the number of pets who are affected by these side effects.
We at 2 Paws Up Inc Pet Sitting and Dog Walking hopes that this answers your questions about your pet’s vaccinations. It may be scary in the beginning, when our pets are young and little. Just remember that those needles and maybe a few tears represent a strong fortress being built around your pet’s immune system. It has to be added to periodically to keep out germs. By staying strong and going through it, you and your fur babies can win the war on disease for years to come.