They often say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Vaccinating your cat or dog is one of the best ways to help them live healthy lives. There are several vaccines against the most common, most contagious and most serious diseases. Moreover, the cost of treating these diseases is much higher than the cost of vaccination.
In the first few weeks after birth, puppies and kittens are fed by their mother’s milk, which contains antibodies that immunize them against certain diseases. After those few weeks, they should be vaccinated once a month until the age of four months. Subsequently, vaccinations are given once a year throughout life.
How do vaccines work? Vaccines contain a small amount of virus, bacteria and organisms that cause disease. These organisms have been attenuated or killed and when administered to the animal, they stimulate the immune system to produce the cells and proteins that fight the disease.
Dogs are more susceptible to serious viral diseases because they socialize a lot. Here is a complete list of the most contagious canine diseases:
At Clinique Vétérinaire Laurentien-Keller, we administer vaccines against all these diseases and many others. Call us today for more information.