05/08/2017 0 Comments
Pet Vaccination: A Controversial Issue
Diseases your pet may be at risk of
Vaccines can be divided into two categories: core and non-core. Although optional, core vaccines protect pets against serious, fatal and widespread diseases. These include: canine and feline distemper, canine parvovirus and hepatitis.
Non-core vaccines are also optional but they’re more likely to be given to pets whose lifestyle or background put them at risk. For example:
- Dogs that play in grassy, wooded areas may have the Lyme vaccination to protect them against potential tick bites.
- Dogs that visit kennels are often vaccinated against bordetella. Dogs can get this on the street or in the park but since there’s a much higher concentration of dogs in kennels, the risk of catching bortadella is elevated.
- Pets with a family history of leukemia may benefit from being vaccinated.
More often than not, pets only experience relatively mild reactions to vaccines, including:
- Loss of appetite
- Pain at the site of injection
- Facial swelling indicating an allergic reaction
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Although rare, the following severe reactions to vaccines are possible:
- Pets may become more at risk of getting certain types of cancer if vaccinated at a young age.
- Allergic and autoimmune diseases caused by vaccines are possible but uncommon.
- Although extremely rare, pets can have seizures and experience difficulty breathing.
If vaccination isn’t for you, alternative medicine, like homeopathic nosode vaccination, is a second option. You can also feed your pet with natural food containing immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals to help them fight off nasty diseases.
Toronto’s animal vaccination veterinarians
Our veterinarians at Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic in Toronto are here to help you and your pet stay healthy - whether you agree with vaccination or not. If you’d like to find out more about pet and vaccination, please contact us at our Toronto clinic.