- Every day we have clients who do not think vaccinations are a necessary wellness preventative for their pets. Again I have to say, you are playing a risky game! When I have invested significant money to purchase a pet, why would I not protect my investment. And that only talks about money, what about my connection to my pet. The emotional toll it will take on you when something happens to your pet can scar you for a lifetime. My current australian shepherd is watched ten times more cautiously because our first was run over because she starting chasing cars one week prior.
There are many vaccines available on the market today and we can classify them into the two categories to help you know what vaccinations should not be optional and which ones you can pick and choose. Hopefully this helps make the decisions easier.
- Core vaccines, some of which are required by law, protect pets against diseases that have public health significance, are highly infectious, and pose risk for severe disease. Core vaccines are considered high-benefit and low-risk to the general patient population. Examples: Rabies, distemper combination and bordatella (kennel cough)
- Noncore vaccines, which are typically recommended for patients only at risk because of their specific location or population, should be administered based on the risk associated with vaccine administration versus the pet’s risk for contracting the disease. Examples: Influenza, lymes