Local vets encourage pet vaccines

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Thinking about your pet’s health should be a top priority. And just like humans, veterinarians strongly recommend getting shots for your pet.

“Vaccines, of course, are well known for providing immunity to a number of the common infectious diseases that animals come across. So it’s very important that they establish that immunity to protect their health,” explains Dr. Susan Moore, the Director of the Rabies Lab at the College of Veteinary Medicine at Kansas State Univeristy. 

But people who argue against shots, question the safety of them. 

“In reality, we know there can be vaccine reactions, but they are very low, especially the severe reactions. We see a lot more animal patients (that) we save with the vaccines, than are ever harmed by their vaccines,” explains Dr. Susan Nelson, a clinical professor at the K-State Pet Health Ceter

K-State veterinarians say, some people want to check their pet’s blood (titer) for disease, instead of vaccinating. But veteranirans say, not all measurements can reliably predict protection for all disease.

The Pet Health Center at K-State uses national guidelines to advise you on what core and non core vaccines your pet should get. 

CORE VACCINES FOR DOGS

1.Canine Distemper

2. Parvovirus

3. Adenovirus 

CORE VACCINES FOR CATS

1. Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia)

2. Feline Herpes (Rhinotracheitis)

3. Feline Calicivirus (a respiratory disease similar to the flu)

Many local cities also require rabies shots including: Topeka, Emporia and Manhattan. Dr. Nelson says, cost wise most prices are reasonable, but will vary depending on where you go to get them.

For more information on core and non-core vaccines for your pet visit: https://www.vet.k-state.edu/vhc/services/phc/vaccinations.html

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