Discussing Vaccine Safety with a Skeptical Client for Small Animals…
Discussing Vaccine Safety with a Skeptical
Client for Small Animals
What species are impacted?
When and how is it effective?
start at 6-8 weeks
boost every month until 4 months
rabies: at least 3 years
DHPP: 3 years
Why do I need this?
prevention against pet disease
prevention against diseases that can pass to humans
prevention against wildlife diseases
some states legally require it
What are the pros?
protection of other pets
saving money in preventing illness
protection against zoonotic disease
protection for young animals with undeveloped immune systems
What are the cons?
common sides effects
soreness at injection sie
rare side effects
immunocompromised animals can't receive it
What is the immunological basis?
Basic answer: stregthens the immune system against a disease
Intermediate answer: introduces a safe, modified form of the disease so that the body remembers it and is "locked and loaded" to defend against it in the case of exposure.
advanced answer: induces memory B and T-cytotoxic cells to react to a specific protein on the surface of pathogens