Beaver Lake Animal Hospital
26325 SE 39th Street
Issaquah, WA 98029
Beaver Lake Animal Hospital
26325 SE 39th Street Issaquah, WA 98029
Vaccine Issues For Puppies and Kittens
Vaccination should be considered a serious medical decision. Although we may make it look like a simple shot' there are many variables that we have considered. Vaccinations do not directly protect our pets. Vaccinations stimulate the immune system to recognize disease causing viruses and bacteria. They stimulate the immune system to respond by producing antibodies against the virus or bacteria as well as some other responses to protect the pet from the disease. The pet is most protected about 2-3 weeks after a vaccination is properly timed and administered.
Pets should only be vaccinated when they appear healthy upon physical exam. Giving vaccines to sick or infected pets may not help the pet, and may put the pet at risk for other problems. Since vaccines are meant to stimulate the immune system, the pet should be physically mature enough for the immune system to respond to the vaccination. Giving vaccinations at too early of an age can leave a pet more susceptible to disease until they are properly vaccinated.
Vaccine reactions are not common at Beaver Lake Animal Hospital. Reactions can vary. Some pets, will be quieter for a day or so after a vaccine. In this situation, it's the natural response of the body to rest when it is protecting itself. This is self limiting. Reactions can also be varied with the timing. For instance there can be a more sudden reaction, sort of like a being that was stung by a bee. If the being is allergic to that, there may be a reaction of having hives and feeling itchy to outright anaphylaxis which is an acute reaction that could lead to death if not immediately treated. There are a number of reactions that may not show for several days to several weeks. All these reactions are the pet's immune system over-reacting and making mistakes. Certain breeds are more prone to reactions. Please ask us if your pet's breed may be prone.
Dr. Bennett has taken classes in immunology while in veterinary school and has continued her immunology education with AVMA sanctioned continuing education classes as well as reading journal articles and other veterinary sources. Dr. Bennett regularly communicates with local, national and internationally licensed veterinarians about vaccinations.
We take careful consideration in selecting the manufacturers and components of our vaccines. As well, we ensure proper transportation, storage and handling of vaccination products. We have recommended time of vaccines and repeat boosters. The consideration for these decisions are with your pet's health in mind. Remember, the illnesses the vaccines prevent or reduce can be significant. You should allow your pet to only be vaccinated by trained veterinary staff with vaccines that have been chosen for their known effectiveness. You should only allow vaccines to be given to your pet if you are satisfied the vaccine product has been properly handled and refrigerated from manufacturer to administration.
Many times before you have adopted or purchased your pet, the prior owner or breeder may have had the pet vaccinated. The pet may have been examined by an ethical, licensed veterinarian and a proper vaccine selected and administered. On the other hand; the breeder may have purchased some vaccine product and administered it to your pet without a veterinary exam. Please bring in any information the breeder has given you about vaccines or other health recommendations. As with all pets brought to us, we will determine a plan for future vaccinations based on the information you have brought us.