LIONS FOUNDATION OF CANADA DOG GUIDES
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1983. It’s the largest school of its kind in Canada with its training school in Oakville and breeding facility in Breslau.
What are Pet Vaccines and Why are They Important?
The importance of pet vaccinations cannot be emphasized enough.
Apart from helping to keep your pets safe and healthy it also works against the spreading of dangerous (and some deadly) diseases. Kennels, catteries and dog daycare or dog hotel businesses also require owners to provide proof of vaccinations before considering applications.
VACCINES FOR DOGS
Dogs may also receive non-core vaccines to fight against highly contagious viral diseases such as Rabies, Canine Distemper (CDV), Canine Parvovirus (CPV-2) and Canine Adenovirus (CAV-2).
Dogs may also receive non-core vaccines to fight against typically bacterial based diseases such as Bordetella (“canine cough”), Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, etc.
When you buy or adopt a puppy or older dog, ask your Veterinarian to recommend a vaccine program for your dog based on its medical history (if available), general profile and health needs.
VACCINES FOR CATS
Cats should receive core vaccines to fight against Rabies, Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), Feline Calicivirus (FCV) and Feline Herpesvirus (FHV).
Cats may also receive non-core vaccines to fight against Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Chlamydia and Bordetella.
When you buy or adopt a kitten or older cat, ask your Veterinarian to recommend a vaccine program for your cat based on its medical history (if available), general profile and health needs.
WHEN SHOULD VACCINES BE ADMINISTERED?
Veterinarians recommend yearly pet vaccinations for the following reasons:
- Core vaccines offer immunity for at least a year (confirmed by vaccine manufacturers)
- During an annual vaccination visit, veterinarians can also perform a general health check
Annual general check-ups are essential for the early detection of health problems, which may include the following:
- Heart disease
- Renal disease
- Skin disease
Certain later studies showed that SOME core vaccines (for cats and dogs) can provide protection for 3 years against:
– Canine parvovirus
– Canine distemper
– Feline panleukopenia
– Infectious canine hepatitis
Still, not all manufacturers offer identical vaccines and not all pets respond the same to vaccines in general. You should consult your veterinarian to determine the best vaccination program for your pet.
THE PURPOSE OF VACCINATIONS
– Reduces the severity of the diseases, if contracted
– Increases the chance of survival threatened by clinical signs
Vaccines cannot completely prevent your pet from getting a disease. It is administered to provide some protection if the disease is contracted. There are too many factors, including environmental factors, that hinder complete prevention.