BOOSTER VACCINES Ė
ARE THEY REALLY NECESSARY?
(puppy and kitten) vaccination is essential in order to prevent the
once common puppyhood and kittenhood fatal diseases from returning.
However, recent research
indicates that all vaccines
may not require yearly booster vaccines.
have any concerns in this area please do not hesitate to discuss them
with us. The problem is one of risk and benefits. There is no evidence
that annual booster vaccination is anything but beneficial to the
majority of pets. To establish whether boosters are really necessary,
blood tests to measure the amount of antibodies present in your pet
are necessary. Unfortunately, these are usually more stressful and
certainly more expensive than a simple revaccination. Published
research has shown conclusively that omitting to re-inoculate against
some of the major diseases can put some pets at risk.
Vaccines are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA). Vaccine manufacturers must prove that the vaccine is safe and
effective before it can be used in your pet. Through vigilance and
high standards, the veterinary vaccines used today are the safest and
most protective ever.
would prefer my pet to have boosters only when necessary. Is this
possible but the level of immunity against any of the preventable
diseases has to be established by individual blood tests. That
immunity has to be boosted and cost factors have to be considered. The
inoculation against a single disease is likely to cost as much as a
multivalent vaccine and at present there is no scientific evidence
that annual multivalent boosters actually cause harm. From your petís
point of view, it is preferable to receive one injection against the
common diseases rather than a series of single disease inoculations.
Are there any other advantages of annual vaccination?
annual health examination involves not only vaccinations but, more
importantly, a thorough health check Ė ears, eyes, heart and chest are
all examined. Diseases of the mouth and teeth, ear, heart and other
problems are frequently detected during this examination and can be
successfully treated because of early diagnosis.
Deciding which vaccinations your pet receives should be based on your
petís lifestyle, age and health status. Our trained veterinary
healthcare team can help guide you through this decision-making
process to ensure that your pet receives the highest standard of care