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In common with human medicine the introduction of immunisation against several serious and often fatal diseases in pets has provided a widespread reduction in the incidences of these infectious conditions. It is tempting to assume that because we hear little of these diseases they are no longer a threat to pets. However, these infections have not gone away and are still present in our area. All cause distressing illnesses, which may be fatal despite veterinary treatment, and can leave surviving pets with permanent health issues.
How does vaccination work?
Vaccines contain harmless (either weakened or dead) variants of viruses and other infectious agents. When the animal is vaccinated the immune system in the body responds by generating a protective mechanism through the formation of antibodies. If exposed to the actual germ at a later date, the antibodies in the vaccinated animal will prevent the disease from developing. Animal immunisation mostly uses combined vaccines so that protection against multiple diseases may be given with one or two injections. However, vaccines don’t give lifelong immunity, so yearly booster vaccinations are recommended.
Does my pet need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Although your pet may not go outside, it is still possible for diseases to be brought into the house. This could be via soil on a dirty boot or other wildlife entering the home. Therefore, having full vaccination can provide the protection needed for all circumstances, meaning you don’t have to take the risk.
Here at Village Vet Finchley, we can vaccinate your cat against the following diseases:
- Cat Flu
- Feline Enteritis
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
- Feline Chlamydophila
We can provide the following vaccinations for your dog:
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Herpes vaccination
- Kennel Cough