SHOULD I VACCINATE MY DOGS?

2021 - Philip Uwaoma

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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question of the day for dog owners. Should you vaccinate your dog? Although the longevity and optimum health of your dog(s)largely depend on vaccinations, vaccines are not entirely risk-free. These days, however, as advances in science and medicine have shown that vaccine-induced immunity may last longer in pets than initially believed, Experts in veterinary medicine now agree that booster shots are better and safer administered less frequently instead of the typical yearly jabs.

 

Vaccinating your dog critical to ensure the health and longevity of young puppies as they grow into adult dogs and become seniors. Vaccination against distemper and parvovirus is important because these diseases can be deadly. Even if your dog(s) only stay indoors and do not make contact with other pets, without vaccination, your indoor dogs still run a high risk of exposure to diseases and illness unless they are properly vaccinated.

 

What is a Booster for a Dog?
Dogs require consistent lifetime booster jabs which should begin with an initial vaccination as a puppy. Booster shots are needed to guarantee lasting protection for your dog without which your dog’s immunity will wane leaving them susceptible to viral transmissions and illnesses. Your dog can get booster shots for viruses such as CPV, CPV2, or parvo only once in three years. The same goes for other serious canine illnesses such as distemper and hepatitis.

 

Annual booster vaccinations are required throughout your dog's life to maintain their protection from harmful diseases. Some boosters are required every year, while others are needed every three years. This is because the efficacy of the shots becomes less effective over time.

 

If your dog has missed their annual booster vaccinations they could be vulnerable to serious diseases. Vaccination is necessary to protect against life-threatening diseases. Recent findings by veterinary and animal health studies advise against vaccinating senior dogs of about ten to twelve years old because they otherwise run the risk of compromising their immune system. More so, senior dogs of such age gaps already have adequate immunity.

 

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