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10 myths about vaccinating dogs and cats


Myth 1: A pet does not need to be vaccinated if it stays at home and never goes outside.
This position is dangerous for the life of a four-legged. The stay-at-home cat may not go out, but you do it every day. You can bring a source of infection into the apartment on shoes and clothes. In addition, the infection can occur even with an insect bite, through biological fluids (saliva, urine, blood) or airborne droplets. Therefore, vaccinating cats, even domestic cats, is very important.

A loved one will never be 100% isolated from the outside world, so there is always a chance of infection.

Myth 2: A cat or dog can still get sick after being vaccinated. It turns out that vaccinating an animal is useless.
Some factors can interfere with the development of strong immunity, and the vaccine manufacturer cannot consider all of them. But even ill, a vaccinated pet will carry the disease much faster and easier than if the infection would have occurred without vaccination. And most importantly, he will get immunity.

Myth 3: If a pet has already had a disease, then you can not be vaccinated against it. The body has already developed immunity.
An animal’s body cannot form a long-term stable immunity to any of the causative agents of dangerous diseases. And with age, the defenses of any pet only weaken. Therefore, not vaccinating your tailed ward means voluntarily putting him at risk.

Myth 4: You can get the vaccine when your pet is still small. This will be enough for him for the rest of his life.
Antibodies in the body of a puppy or kitten can remain for some time, but this is a short period, on average about a year. After that, disease resistance is lost. Therefore, revaccination should be carried out annually or at the time intervals that a specific vaccine suggests.

Myth 5: A vaccine negatively affects the quality of a puppy’s or kitten’s teeth.
In the 70s and 80s of the last century, there was a belief that if you vaccinate a dog or cat at an early age, it will ruin the pet’s teeth. They will turn yellow, they will not form correctly, the bite itself will deteriorate.

Previously, the vaccine cleaning system was at a low level, and for the treatment of the same “plague”, tetracycline antibiotics were used, which negatively affected the color of bones and teeth. However, now things are different: each modern vaccine goes through several stages of cleaning and control and does not affect the condition of the teeth.

Myth 6: Pet size affects the amount of vaccine given. You can even vaccinate 2-3 small dogs with one dose.
According to vaccination requirements, the size of the animal does not matter at all. Each vaccine contains a minimum immunizing dose that must be given in full, no matter whether the dog is large or small.

Myth 7: Small dogs do not need to be vaccinated against rabies.
Some owners of small breed dogs feel that they do not need rabies vaccine. They are small, not as dangerous as large breeds, and do not tolerate such drugs well.

This opinion is wrong. Rabies can be infected by all mammals, regardless of size, and it will be equally lethal for all. And any dog ​​infected with rabies, even the tiniest ones, is dangerous to others. And intolerance and a bad reaction to the vaccine is individual reaction that can happen in any pet, not just in a small breed.

10 myths about vaccinations
Myth 8: Revaccination and strict adherence to deadlines between vaccines are unnecessary.
Some owners believe that nothing terrible will happen if they have not brought the pet for revaccination. But if the animal received only one dose of the vaccine out of two, this is equivalent to the fact that there was no vaccination at all.

Usually, the first vaccine only prepares immunity, and only the second immunizes. If more than six weeks have passed after the first injection, and the second component has not entered the body, you will have to do everything again and this time observe the interval.

Myth 9: Mongrels and outbred animals do not need to be vaccinated, they have strong immunity by nature.
Stray dogs and cats die in huge numbers from a variety of diseases, people just do not see it. For example, a dog that could easily live for 10 years dies after only 3-4 years of wandering. If there were massive and systematic vaccinations of dogs from the street, many of them would live much longer.

Myth 10: You can not vaccinate animals, because in our city for many years there has been no outbreak of this or that disease.
Now, outbreaks of diseases in pets are very rare, but this does not mean that this disease has ceased to exist. The absence of outbreaks is due to just the mass vaccination. As soon as the population abandons the vaccine, a general infection will not keep itself waiting long.

We hope that we have managed to dispel many myths and argue our position on vaccination. We wish you and your pet’s health!

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