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Today we are going to talk about pet vaccines. Recent studies have shown that the more frequent we vaccinate our pets, and also the more we vaccinate against, can actually cause a myriad of other health problems of their own. Recent studies have shown the percentage of dogs and cats that show signs of cancer, and other immune diseases actually have been vaccinated multiple times a year, and vaccinated for multiple things at a time. It is common to see cancer in dogs and cats under 5 years of age, and many believe it can be from over-vaccination.
Risks that come with vaccinating your pet include immune meditated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) , immune mediated skin disease, leukemia, and neurological conditions to name a few. I recommend a limited vaccination program, where vaccination is only given for necessity. This is especially recommended for any breeds known specifically for cancer and other chronic diseases. Cats are especially to vaccine related sarcoma a form of cancer with symtoms of tumors of lung, bone, skin and more. For dogs, over vaccination continually stimulates the immune system. In older pets, this could bring on a series of undesired effects.
Given the risks of vaccines, it is still good to have regular check ups for your pet. I would recommend as far as vaccines go, if you live in a neighborhood, I would recommend a parvo vaccine to prevent the spread of this airborne disease. This disease can be deadly if not treated immediately. For everyone whose dogs and cats have outside privileges, I would also recommend a rabies shot as well. The rabies shot I believe can be given once every five years. This will keep your pet if they should come into contact with a wild, or otherwise infected animal.
This vaccine is also required to travel outside the borders of the US with your pet. As far as the age of vaccination, I would suggest that you wait until your pet is a little older to begin the vaccination process. Vaccinate only for what diseases they are likely to get without theses vaccines, and what they may be exposed to given where you live, if they will be boarded at a kennel, etc.