Dogs are “man’s best friend” and thus it is important to give them the proper care they need so vaccinations are the perfect place to start. When considering when to vaccinate or re-vaccinate your canine buddy it is best to speak with your veterinarian first to gain the proper knowledge for your dog. All vaccines come with a label warning from the manufacturer advising the practitioner to not vaccinate animals that are not healthy.
It is also a good idea to do your homework beforehand and find out which vaccines are necessary for licensing your pet in your town or boarding your pet at a kennel if necessary.
One thing to remember is that too many vaccines at one time can be detrimental to your pet’s health and do not allow the immune system to respond fully and efficiently. Many vaccines may also cause severe adverse reactions so you must weigh the pros and cons before you decide.
According to many holistic veterinarians, giving only the core vaccines as well as those particular to your pet’s individual situation or location is the best way to go.
By now you are probably asking yourself, “What are the core vaccines?” Well, rabies is definitely one of them. Rabies is one of the world’s most publicized and feared viral disease as it is what is called as a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed from animal to human. Other core vaccines are parvovirus and distemper. Check with your veterinarian for their recommendation about core vaccines.
Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine