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All you need to know about vaccinations

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Immunization or also known as vaccination is a highly debated topic in pet health care. The dog vaccinations can help protect your dog from contracting illnesses, even the ones that could have been fatal.

Dog vaccinations are usually administered by your regular vet during the routine wellness visits. Vaccines are far more important for your dog than you think. They are an integral part of your dog’s overall health plan.

Why you should get your dog vaccinated?

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At the moment, there is a lot of widespread disinformation about dog vaccinations, but in the end, the final decision rests on you. If you aren’t sure about anything, you should consult your vet and talk it out. Here are some of the things you should consider before making your decision.

  • Your dog won’t be vaccinated for the same diseases every year

  • The vaccines used are rigorously tested and checked so as to minimise any risk of doing harm to your pet.

  • Depending on the data received from the vaccine manufacturers, the pets receive a full booster every 2nd or 3rd year. In the interim years, they continue receiving a booster that contains only the vaccines that require annual top-ups.

  • Viruses generally change over time and by regularly vaccinating your pet, you will cover up any emerging strains for your pet that might not have been around a few years ago.

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Do vaccinations ensure protection?

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For most of the dogs, vaccinations are effective in preventing any future disease and only rarely does a vaccinated dog has insufficient immunity to fend off that disease. It is very important that you follow the vaccination schedule that your vet has provided you to reduce the possibility of gaps in the protection.

Is there any risk to vaccinating your dog?

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Every medical treatment has associated risks. The risks need to be weighed against the benefits of protecting not just your pet but your family and community from potentially fatal diseases. Most of the dogs respond well to vaccines. The common adverse responses to vaccinations are short-term and mild. Serious reactions are very rare.

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Do dog vaccinations have any side effects?

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It is common for any dog to experience mild side effects after they receive a vaccination, usually starting within hours of the dose. If the side effects last for more than 1-2 days or cause significant discomfort to your dog, you should get in touch with your veterinarian. Some of those side effects are –

  • Mild fever

  • Discomfort and swelling at the vaccination site

  • Sneezing, mild coughing, or other respiratory signs can occur for 2-5 days after your dog has received a booster vaccine

  • Decreased activity and appetite

There are some serious, but rare side effects such as allergic reactions that can occur within minutes to hours of the vaccination. These side effects can be life-threatening and call for immediate medical assistance. You should seek veterinary care immediately once you observe these signs develop –

  • Itchy skin that seems bumpy (hives)

  • Diarrhea or persistent vomiting

  • Severe coughing and difficulty in breathing

  • Collapse

You should inform your vet if your dog has had any prior reaction to any medication or vaccine. If you are in doubt, you should wait for an hour or two following the vaccination before taking your dog home.

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Village Vets – Get your dog vaccinated and kick the diseases out of the door

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At Village Vets, you can easily get all the dog vaccinations done for your dogs as we pay attention to detail and take special care to get everything right. Our aim is to treat every pet as our own which is why we offer attractive pet health plan offers where you can get a number of free amenities. Your pet will get free vet visits throughout the year, free annual blood or urine tests, nail trimming sessions, and a lot more.

We have a team of trained specialist vets who have done several courses to achieve expertise in pet health care. We also have several hardworking nurses who work 7 days a week, even during the holidays to make sure your pet gets the deserved love, affection, and care.