Dog vaccines are a requirement for the health and well being of your beloved pet. Just like human beings, there are certain illnesses and diseases that dogs are susceptible to that can be prevented with vaccines.
Let’s begin by looking at how a vaccine works. When a foreign body is introduced into a being at a low dose, the body produces antigens which will bind to the foreign body and effectively it will kill it. When we inject a vaccine that is what occurs. Then when a live form of the virus or disease is introduced to your dog, the body immediately recognizes it as an interloper and will react much quicker, “knowing” how to get rid of it.
Of the types of dog vaccines available, you will find that there is a “killed” type, and a “live” type, both of which have been attributed its own merits. The modified live type has to be given only once, it is stronger and lasts longer and helps to build up local immunity. The killed type dog vaccines cannot become virulent and do not produce local immunity, but they are stable when stored. These may have to be given more than once.
Some researchers blame the rise of immune-mediated disease on overuse “live” doses of vaccines though it has not been scientifically proven to be so. They believe it is because of the overstimulation of the immune system, and that the use of vaccines will cause the body to believe that everything is foreign and lead to tissue rejection.
The risks associated with dog vaccines are very slight. The benefits of the vaccines far outweigh the minimal risk involved. Take the rabies vaccine for instance. This vaccine can very well have saved millions of animal lives. In an animal, rabies, distemper and parvovirus are usually fatal. The vaccine prevents them from getting any of those viruses when they come in contact with the disease though it is highly recommended that if they do come in contact with another animal that has any of those, that they be observed for a period of time.
Rabies will cause an animal to go “mad”. It is also known as hydrophobia, and it can absolutely be prevented by taking your dog for its vaccines on the schedule prescribe by the vet. Basically what happens is acute encephalitis in mammals, which is the swelling of the brain. The “madness” appears in the final stages which is why it is generally fatal to animals. That is but one reason why dog vaccines are so important.
The overall good health of your pet is even more important to your pet than you his owner. It is the responsibility of pet owners to maintain their pet in as healthy a manner as possible. Your pet depends on you for his well-being and in return you have a happy, healthy animal that will live longer and bring you great joy for years to come!
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