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Posted on 12-29-2014

The subject of vaccinating pets is part science and part opinion.  We know that because of effective vaccines, diseases that not long ago caused death in dogs and cats are rarely seen today.   We also know that vaccinating a pet is not to be done casually because there can be side effects.  Progressive thinking supports vaccinating pets based on lifestyle not what vaccine is currently marketed and available.  Southfork Animal Hospital abides by AAFP http://www.catvets.com  and AAHA http://www.aahanet.org vaccine guidelines which recommends vaccinating less frequently and vaccinating for only what a pet needs.  Part of an annual wellness exam is a lifestyle discussion.  For example a dog that frequents woods or wetlands needs a lyme and lepto vaccine.  A kitten automatically gets  leukemia vaccines but after a year, it is repeated only if the cat gets outdoors.  Southfork Animal Hospital also takes added precautions by using a non-adjuvented vaccines whenever possible and separating virus vaccines from bacterial vaccines.    I remember my hometown vet having a ward full of parvovirus dogs before the vaccine.  I also remember many sick cats with feline leukemia virus.  Currently, we see many cases of lyme disease each year with the deadly kidney form in labradors and golden retrievers.  While this subject can not be taken lightly,  I strongly feel the risk of these diseases far outways the risk of the vaccines.  Please call us to find out what your pet needs (952)892-7970.

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