Is it necessary to vaccinate yearly?

 

 

Ask A Vet: Louise Rayment-Dyble BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS 

Vaccinations For Pets

Is it necessary to vaccinate yearly?

 

Hi,  With dogs and cats we vaccinate yearly because not all components of the vaccinations can be proven to last beyond a year, for example this is the case for Leptospirosis in dogs. For this reason, we recommend them to come in yearly, but we will only vaccinate against everything every third year. That way we still cover the important diseases but reduce the risk of over-vaccinating. 

A vaccination is only as good as the dog’s immune system at the time, so if a dog is poorly or incubating the disease at the time, they can still become ill –I have indeed seen this with parvovirus. However, I am a great believer in vaccinations, and we quickly forget how bad things were with horrible diseases like parvovirus and distemper back in the day when vaccinations weren’t commonplace. So long as your pet is vaccinated by a reputable and responsible veterinarian using the most up to date and tested products, the benefits I believe far outweigh the risks.

 

Best wishes

Louise Rayment-Dyble BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS 

All Creatures Healthcare