Last week I wrote about updates to the Rabies Law in Pennsylvania. This week, I want to focus on explaining the concept of “core” vs. “non-core” vaccines for dogs and cats. Have you ever thought about why we give vaccines to our dogs and cats? In my experience working in small animal practice, giving pets their “shots” is just assumed, both by the staff and by pet parents. I admit as a new vet 15 years ago, I didn’t question the vaccine protocols that stated we gave every vaccine to each dog or cat every single year. Thankfully, my thoughts and those of many others in my field have changed over time. In general, vaccination is meant to protect against infectious disease, and in the case of rabies vaccine, to protect human health. Without a doubt, vaccines have saved many animal and human lives from deadly diseases like distemper, parvovirus, and rabies. However, they are not without the potential for side effects. That’s why a one-size-fits-all strategy doesn’t make a lot of sense. [Read more…]
During the month of January, I will be writing about topics related to dog and cat vaccination. Although pets often receive multiple vaccines, there is only one disease for which vaccination is required by law: RABIES. In the U.S., all 50 states require vaccination for rabies. Most states specify this is for dogs and cats, but a few states, such as Washington and Vermont, also include ferrets in their statutes. Rabies vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets is required for one reason: to protect human health. Did you know that before 1960, most animal cases of rabies were in domesticated animals (like dogs, cats, and horses)? [Read more…]
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