It’s important to remember to vaccinate your pet

By: Joerg Thamm

With busy lives it is all too easy for booster vaccinations to be missed, thus leaving your pet vulnerable to serious disease.

Vaccines stimulate the immune system’s production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body and provide immunity against one or several diseases.

‘Core’ vaccines are recommended for most pets in a particular area or geographical location because they protect from diseases most common in that area.

In dogs these are distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis.

Cats can be protected against cat flu and enteritis. These are serious diseases and can be potentially fatal.

In many instances, the first dose of a vaccine serves to prime the animal’s immune system against the virus or bacteria, while subsequent doses help further stimulate the immune system to produce the important antibodies needed to protect the animal from the disease.

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