According to the World Health Organization, “vaccine hesitancy” is one of the ten most significant threats to global health. With the sudden spike in disease transfer, the canine population can be the next to suffer. Vaccination can be a tricky subject, but our experts at The Grand Paw have whittled it down for you, so that your furry friend can be safe and healthy.

Read on for more:

What are vaccines and how do they work?

Veterinarian examining dog at Clinic.

Vaccines trigger protective immune responses to stimulate the production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body.

A vaccine contains weak versions of a pathogen that triggers the immune system to produce antibodies that fight against the pathogen. These antibodies identify and work against viruses or bacteria that cause disease so that in the future, if your pet catches the same diseases, it’ll be recognized by the body and fought more effectively.

The effect of vaccines has a particular timespan and declines gradually; this is why regular vaccinations are vital to keeping the immune system on duty against any virus or diseases can that affect your dog’s health.

Why is it important?

Besides saving your dog’s life from an array of illnesses, it has many other benefits. We’ve listed down the top three:

1. Complete Protection

Some diseases are zoonotic, i.e. they can be transmitted from animals to people. This includes leptospirosis, rabies, parasites, etc. Vaccinating your pet helps reduce the risk of human infection, keeping you and your family safe.

2. Prevention is Cheaper than Cure

The cost of the vaccinations and the annual boosters tend to be much cheaper than cure and hospitalization costs if your pet were to contract an illness.

3. Herd Immunity

These diseases could be eliminated from the whole community if everyone got their pets vaccinated. This is known as ‘herd immunity,’ which prevents the diseases from lingering in a community.

What are the core vaccines your pet should get? 

According to the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Task Force, the following are core dog vaccinations:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Rabies

Non-core vaccines are also essential; these include:

  • Bordetella
  • Canine Influenza (dog flu)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme vaccine
  • Rattlesnake vaccine

Vaccinating your dog is perhaps is the way to help them live a long, healthy life. At The Grand Paw, we ensure all our pets are safe and vaccinated. Dog owners are required to provide written proof that their pets have current rabies, DHPP, canine influenza, and Bordetella vaccinations. This helps ensure your pet’s safety so that we can provide the utmost care without the worry of unwanted infection. At The Grand Paw, we offer dog boarding and one of the best dog daycare facilities seven days a week at our pet resort in Indio, CAContact us today to learn more about our doggie day camp.