What is Vaccination?
Vaccines are products made from infectious agents (virus, bacteria) that have been modified to not cause the disease but still able to stimulate the immune system to help prevent the diseases that they are made from if the animal is exposed to the virus or bacteria in the future.
Why do I need to vaccinate my pet?
Some worldwide life-threatening diseases can be prevented and controlled by vaccination. They are called CORE vaccines and pets must be protected from them:
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Why do they need so many injections to start with?
During the first few weeks of age puppies and kittens are protected against many viruses and bacteria by maternal (from the mother) antibodies. Over the first few weeks of life these antibodies tend to decrease gradually leaving them very vulnerable to the Core diseases so their immune system needs to be stimulated with a vaccination to protect them. The first vaccination series starts at an early age as these maternal antibodies decrease, according to the latest guidelines the series of vaccinations is completed when the immune system is fully responsive at 16 weeks.
How often does my pet need a booster?
Core vaccinations are known to commonly induce long-term efficient immunity. Vaccination guidelines from WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) recommend that in many cases CORE vaccines are required every three years (sometimes with longer intervals) and support the use of titre tests to assess antibody levels along with the most important annual health check. This does not apply for the Leptospirosis vaccine, which is licensed for 12 months only. No in house titre test exists at the moment for this infectious disease.