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Armac Veterinary Care | 24 Hr Vet Practices Bury, Bolton & Fairfield

  • 0161 764 4618

    info@armacvets.co.uk

  • Armac Vets, 147 The Rock, Bury,

    BL9 0ND

  • Open 24 hrs a day,

    365 day a year.

Why it’s important to vaccinate your pet.

Armac Veterinary CareBlogWhy it’s important to vaccinate your pet.

Why it’s important to vaccinate your pet.

16 July 2018 Posted by natalie Blog , , ,

Vaccinations are given to pets to prevent certain diseases and illness caused by micro-organisms, often viruses. These diseases are difficult or impossible to treat and can be fatal. Today, we have more opportunity than ever to make sure our pets lead healthy lives. Even though we can prevent and control the spread of several serious diseases by following our vet’s advice about the important vaccinations that our pet’s need, many are still not vaccinated which may mean that they are vulnerable to serious illness and may die if they are exposed to an infectious disease.

Infectious and contagious diseases are spread by physical contact or contact with bodily fluids, or they may be picked up from the environment or water if either are contaminated. Disease can also be airborne and pass from one animal or person to another. Your vet can tell you how to best protect your pet. It usually involves just an initial course of injections and then boosters at regular intervals throughout your pet’s life to protect them and prevent the spread of disease. Vaccination course and boosters vary from animal to animal and for different diseases.

Protecting your pet in this way helps protect everyone else’s pet because the more animals that are immune to a disease, the more difficult it is for a disease to spread. This  is the same as vaccination given to people to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like measles and to stop an epidemic from taking place. As with people , there can be some side effects with vaccinations but these are usually mild  and short-lived. serious or allergic reactions are rare.

Remember that prevention is better than cure. There is often no cure and animals that do survive can be left with permanent damage from a disease.

COMMON DISEASES YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR PETS AGAINST

DOGS

Canine Parvovirus ‘Parvo’ –

This causes severe, life-threatening gastro-enteritis.

Canine Distemper Virus ‘hardpad’

This causes fever, digestive and breathing symptoms. It then affects the nervous system, commonly causing convulsions and then death.

Leptospirosis

This causes severe kidney and liver problems. Some strains are also infectious to people and can be potentially fatal.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

This causes digestive problems, fever and jaundice. 50% of young dogs affected die.

Infectious Cough ‘Kennel Cough’

It is not life-threatening but if your dog is mixing with other dogs the vaccination is recommended. It causes a hacking cough and can cause other breathing problems.

Rabies

This is still a common disease in many parts of the world and kills tens of thousands of animals and people. Rabies causes an invariably fatal infection in the brain, when an animal is bitten by an infected animal. If you are taking your dog abroad, you must vaccinate against rabies.

CATS

Feline Infectious Enteritis

This causes severe, life-threatening gastro-enteritis.

Feline Herpes Virus

This causes upper respiratory problems and is often called ‘Cat Flu’. Infected cats become carriers of the virus which can flare up and cause the disease again.

Feline Calici Virus

Another ‘Cat Flu’ like virus which can flare up again and again.

Feline Leukaemia Virus

This virus cause severe disease which usually affects the immune system and can cause tumours. The vaccination is recommended for cats that may come into contact with other cats e.g cats that go outside. House cats who never leave the owner’s home are at a negligible risk.

Rabies

Rabies is still a common disease in many parts of the world and kills tens of thousands of animals and people. Rabies causes an invariably fatal infection in the brain, when an animal is bitten by an infected animal. If you are taking your pet abroad you must vaccinate against rabies.

RABBITS

Myxomatosis

This causes skin tumours and in some cases blindness, followed by fatigue and fever. It is a fatal disease.

Haemorrhagic Enteritis

This causes a highly infectious and often fatal disease.

Most of the diseases mentioned are highly infectious – an animal only needs to be exposed to a few particles to become ill. Most of the conditions are viruses, for which we have no specific treatment and antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Because of this, prevention by vaccination is extremely important.