Many pet parents are faced with the dilemma of whether or not to get their puppy or kitten vaccinated against distemper and parvo viruses. The viruses can be deadly to young animals, especially young puppies and kittens. While there is no clear cut answer, there are a few good reasons why you might want to think twice about getting your pet vaccinated.
Vaccines Aren’t Always Worth It
There is no question that vaccines can be a great way to protect your furry friend against potentially dangerous illnesses. However, not all vaccines are created equal, and there are several reasons why you might want to skip out on some of the vaccines for your pets.
One of the reasons is simply that the vaccine doesn’t work very well for your specific pet and could even do harm to it. According to the Pet Health Network, certain canine parvo vaccines don’t work very well in certain breeds, such as English Bulldogs, Doberman Pinschers, and Rottweilers. In these breeds, there is typically an over-abundance of parvo antibodies already in the bloodstream, so the vaccine doesn’t offer much in the way of protection.
Additionally, there are times when the vaccine you are advised to give your pet doesn’t agree with their species. For example, the canine distemper vaccine shouldn’t be given to a cat due to the risk of developing seizures from the vaccine. Therefore, if you aren’t sure whether or not to vaccinate your pet, it’s probably best to skip out on a few of the vaccinations to avoid any possible health risks.
Vaccines Aren’t For Everyone
Another reason why you might not want to vaccinate your pet is that not everyone agrees that vaccines are a necessary part of pet care. Some pet parents choose to vaccinate their pets against certain diseases, but don’t consider it an essential part of their care regimen.
If you have a strong moral objection to vaccines, then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to skip out on vaccinating your pet. However, for the sake of your furry friend’s health, it’s probably best to give them at least some of the vaccines recommended by your veterinarian.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are certain groups of people for whom vaccines aren’t recommended. These include those with severe allergic reactions to vaccines or antibiotics, those who recently received a live vaccine, and those who are biologically immune-compromised. If you fall into any of these categories, then it’s probably best to skip out on some of the vaccinations for your pet.
More Than One Vaccine
Giving your pet multiple vaccines at once is another great way to protect them from illnesses. Unfortunately, some veterinarians believe that giving pets multiple vaccines at once can lead to an overabundance of antibodies, making it harder for their bodies to fight off infections. If you plan on giving your pet multiple vaccines, then it’s best to space them out over the course of several days to avoid any potential risks.
Some pet parents choose to give their animals a multivitamin supplement and vitamin C treatment after they’ve completed the vaccines to boost their bodies’ natural defenses. If you are interested in giving your pet these treatments, then it’s probably best to do so after they’ve had a chance to rest and build up their antibodies following the vaccination.
More Than One Viral Illness
Even if you think that you’ll never need to worry about your pet being exposed to viral illnesses, it’s still a good idea to be on the safe side. Viruses are considered the number one cause of pet disease, and many viral diseases can be passed from animals to humans. It’s always a good idea to get vaccinated against rabies and distemper/parvo viruses, regardless of whether or not you think these diseases are a risk to your pet’s health.
If you have more than one pet, then it’s a good idea to get them all vaccinated. If you notice, most pets that are exposed to viral illnesses don’t show any signs of being affected by them. This means that they have either built up sufficient antibodies in their bodies or that the viruses were of such a weak strain that it was unable to infect them. Having pets that are susceptible to viral illnesses is always a risky scenario, as they could very well pass the virus on to you. This is why it’s a good idea to get vaccinated regardless of whether or not you think you’ll ever need it, just to be on the safe side.
The decision of whether or not to vaccinate your pet is a personal one. Ultimately, it comes down to whether or not you think the risks of vaccination outweigh the potential benefits. There are risks associated with every aspect of pet ownership, but the risks of vaccination are relatively minor when compared to the risks of not vaccinating.