While modern medicine has come a long way in terms of treating different conditions, there are still diseases out there, that are very challenging to treat. Examples of those diseases are Distemper, Parvovirus, Panleukopenia and Cat Flu.
In order to protect our pets from those diseases, we vaccinate. A vaccination allows the animals body to “learn” how to fight a disease well before it actually encounters the danger of it. This is like training your army or police for the worst case, getting them ready and geared up to fight efficiently in case it becomes necessary. In order to do so, we have to follow strict timing and protocol.
Think of your police again – do you think it would suffice to show them ONCE only who the bad guys are? Would they remember? Unlikely. In order to get the immune system to understand the danger of the disease, we give repeated injections:
After the first vaccination we give a booster after 2-4 weeks, after that always after a year. This insures that the body builds 'memory cells', the long term protective part of the immune system. Keeping up regular (yearly) booster shots keeps your pet's body's police forces well trained and prepared.
Please check your pets vaccination records today!
When was the last booster shot given? Was there an appropriate 2-4 week interval in the beginning of their vaccination records? If so, you can be reassured that your beloved four-legged family members have all the protection we can give them. If there are any doubts, please bring them in for one of our vets to double check and re-vaccinate if indicated!
During your vaccination appointment, our vet will take the time to check the records to ensure that the correct intervals are followed, to allow best protection.
He will also perform a thorough clinical exam on your pet. This is paramount to ensure that your pet is actually fit and healthy, and thus able to properly process the vaccination and build the necessary protection. Furthermore it allows us to give your pet a general check-over and ensure that no hidden problems are building up unnoticed, all to maintain your pet as healthy as we can, because we care more!
In the UAE, yearly vaccinations against rabies are compulsory by law for all cats and dogs!