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To Vaccinate or not to vaccinate. A debate that is relatively new. When some of us were much younger, there were large pushes to vaccinate to prevent and eradicate contagious diseases such as polio, measles and mumps. With our pets in mind, vaccines have substantially reduced the risk of contracting parvovirus, distemper, influenza, lyme disease and most notably rabies.
Recently there is a trend against vaccines based largely on the belief that either the disease has been largely eradicated or that the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease we are vaccinating against. A York region family found much to their regret that rabies is alive and well in the bat population when a bat they attempted to rehabilitate died and it was discovered had rabies, resulting in their exposure to this fatal disease.
This debate over whether or not to vaccinate can be very confusing. At Abbotsford Animal Hospital we believe that a vaccine protocol should be individualized for each of our patients. Based on your pets health, age, exposure, and other risk factors a customizable wellness plan can be created for your specific pet. To vaccinate or not is a choice you the owner can make.
At Abbotsford Animal Hospital we will provide you with the tools and information to make the best informed choice that works for you and your pet.
Dr. Jory Bocknek
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