To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate, that is the question!
Well, what happens if a raccoon, deer, or other wildlife frequents your backyard? These animals carry disease that can be spread to your pet, even if they do not touch each other. Urine, feces and saliva of wildlife can transmit disease to your unsuspecting pet. The risks of potential illness to your pet far outweighs the risk of vaccine side effects. Vaccines continue to get safer, less painful and side effects are far less common then they were just 5 years ago. Yes, they can cause a little discomfort to your pet but this is much less harmful then the illness they protect your pet from and mild pain relievers can be prescribed if your pet is extra sensitive to an injection.
So if you want to reduce vaccination for your pet but keep them safe? Great news! So do we! We assess your pet's risk factors and will recommend what will protect them best. Then you can get other vaccinations only if, and when, your pet's risk factors change. So if you start taking them to the groomer, you can add in that Bordetella vaccination or if they are going to start hiking in the mountains, the Lyme vaccine can be given. Each year, let your veterinarian know what life style changes you and your pet have experienced. This way, we can proactively get your pet on the right vaccination plan.
Oh, and Rabies vaccination is required by law! Check out the details at NHC Animal Services Unit website.