Vaccinations seem like something most pet owners would be ok with. However, recent data suggests that an increasing amount of pet owners are growing resistant to the idea. The diseases that are vaccinated for are serious and can present great danger to pets and humans. We will outline the importance of vaccinations below.
Rabies is a threat to dogs and their owners. Before vaccinating domestic animals against the disease became common place, most cases of rabies were found in pets and livestock. That is no longer the case with 90% of rabies cases now occurring in wild animals. The number of rabies cases in humans has also plummeted since then, going from 100 cases per year in the U.S. to just one or two.
Just like rabies, other diseases have also become much less prevalent since vaccinations became widespread. These diseases include distemper, parvo, dog flu, and hepatitis. Most of these illnesses are often fatal to pets. The saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Talk to your veterinarian about vaccinations if you are concerned about which ones your pet may need. There are a core group of diseases that are widely vaccinated against, but, there may be diseases your pet may be predisposed to based on his or her lifestyle.