Vaccines play a major role in animal health by reducing the chance of disease occurrence in pets. Although pet vaccination is now common, there are still misconceptions about vaccines. We give you some of the most frequent ones.
Vaccines offer 100% protection
Many believe that if their pet has been vaccinated for a disease, it’s guaranteed that it will never get sick. That’s not entirely true. Vaccines strengthen the immune system so it can fight a certain disease more easily. They can sometimes prevent infection, and in some cases, keep the pet from falling seriously ill. They also enable faster recovery if the pet does fall ill. It is also important to know that some vaccines can prevent the symptoms from appearing, but they don’t prevent the infected pet from becoming contagious.
Only one set of vaccines is enough for a pet
Some pet owners have been wrongly told that their pets had received their first vaccines at the breeder or at the pet shop, so they believe that it’s enough and that their pet doesn’t need vaccination anymore. Most pets, regardless of their age, require regular annual protection.
All pets need the same vaccines
Although the vaccination protocol is similar for most cats and dogs, as they grow, the protocol can change depending on the pet’s lifestyle and the geographic area where it lives. Pets spending most of the day outdoors will have different vaccination recommendations than those that spend most of their time indoors.
Allergic reactions to vaccines depend on the pet’s age
Even though it seems younger pets are more prone to vaccine reactions, they can occur with pets of any age. Vaccine reactions usually occur with pets that are being vaccinated for a disease for the first time, and they are allergic to the vaccine. It only seems that younger pets are more prone to reactions because that’s the period when they get vaccinated the most.
Certain breeds are more prone to allergic reactions to vaccines than others
Years of practice have shown it to be false that some breeds respond to vaccines worse than others. All breeds can respond equally well or badly.
When vaccinating your pet, talk to the vet so you know what disease exactly the vaccine is for. Also, feel free to describe your pet’s lifestyle, so you and the vet together can reach a decision about what kind of protection suits your pet best.