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Why do we vaccinate?
Pets are vaccinated to help protect them from disease. Vaccines help the body's immune system recognize and fight diseases. Having your pets vaccines routinely boasted, as directed by your Veterinarian, keeps the immune system in top shape and insures your pet will have ample protection.

How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to recognize a disease. They contain a dead or modified version of a virus or bacteria, which is still similar enough to the original disease that the body recognizes it as a disease. When this "invader" centers the body, immune system is cued to fight the "invader". Each time the body encounters a vaccine or disease it develops a unique "plan" (immune response) to fight the disease. The more the body encounters the vaccine or disease the better the plan, response and memory of the immune system will be. This means better protection for your pet. However, the immune system is not perfect… it can forget. If a pet is not vaccinated regularly, the immune system will forget how to fight a particular disease and your pet will be at risk.

What are the Risks Associated with Vaccination?
The most common side effect to vaccinations are mild soreness at the injection site and grogginess. A few pets may experience flu-like symptoms, nausea and diarrhea, for 24-48 hours. Rarely, but pets may have a true allergic reaction which is primarily indicated by facial swelling. This is similar to a person with a bee-sting allergy. Pets with this type of reaction should see their Veterinarian immediately and require an anti-histamine injection. Also a very rare reaction is an abnormal growth which may develop at the sits of injection. Most of these growths are benign, but a very small fraction of them can become cancerous, and would require removal. Some theories suggest that vaccines themselves, cause pets to develop certain diseases later in life, however, there is no evidence to support that theory. It is much more likely that your pet could contract a disease, which could have been prevented through vaccination; than they would develop a serious reaction.

I would just like to compliment the doctors and staff at your clinic. Both times I have brought my dogs in have been enjoyable experiences. Everyone there seems to be professional and happy to help. Keep up the good work.



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