So why vaccinate?
Cats and dogs are at risk from a range of infectious diseases. If infected then these can have a serious impact on their health and welfare and can be fatal. Here in the UK we are lucky to have safe, effective, high quality vaccines, developed to tackle many of these diseases. Prevention is better than trying to cure – and in some of these diseases there is no cure. All vaccines on the UK market show greater benefits that outweigh any small risk associated with using any medicine – human and veterinary.
Vaccines have helped over the years
Living in the time we do the impact that vaccines have had can easily be forgotten. In fact, some human and cattle diseases have been completely eradicated by widespread use of vaccines. They can really be that successful in controlling disease. When vaccine rates fall below a certain level then the risk of a disease outbreak increases. So, vaccinating your pets makes good sense; the benefit is not just for you pet but also for the wider community. Without widespread vaccination the alternative is to see a flare up of disease – much like the human measles outbreaks we see.
Vaccines can help cut down on antibiotic usage
Some of the diseases we vaccinate against are either caused by bacteria or have an element of bacterial involvement. The treatment for these potentially life-threatening illnesses often involves the use of antibiotics. As a practice we working to minimise our use of antibiotics as the human medical world is as well. By using vaccines to prevent disease it has the potential added benefit of further minimising antibiotic use as we all look to using antibiotics responsibly.
Come and discuss vaccination options with our vet or nursing team so you have all the facts to decide the best for all your pets.