Don’t forget to protect your pet!

Don’t forget to protect your pet!
September 4, 2018 kernow

We know that with today’s hectic lifestyles it’s easy to forget keeping your pet’s annual vaccinations up to date.

If your pet’s vaccinations have lapsed, it can mean that they are no longer protected against nasty diseases such as Canine Distemper,  Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and cat flu.

At Kernow Vets we’re on a mission to get Cornish pets restarted on their vaccination courses. Experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented suffering in millions of animals. Even though some formerly common diseases have now become uncommon, vaccination is still highly recommended because these deadly diseases can sometimes reappear.

Until 31st October Kernow Vets are offering any lapsed pets over 18 months of age a full primary restart course of vaccination for the cost of a booster – so you get the second vaccination free!

Our vaccination amnesty makes it easy to get your pet covered against infectious diseases, so don’t delay, get your pet protected today!

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 your 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 just as the human medical world is.  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.

For more information check out the PDSA advice on vaccination by clicking here

And if you are still not certain, then by all means come and have an appointment with the vet to chat this through.  And if you decide not to progress with the options we set out for you then there will be no charge. We would just like to opportunity to talk through the options you have to keep your pet safe and give you peace of mind.  It means that much to all out practice team.