Proper vaccination is a crucial step to preventing contagious, potentially life-threatening diseases. It is far easier to vaccinate to prevent diseases such as distemper or parvovirus and leptospirosis, than it is to try to treat the illnesses. As a matter of fact, several diseases that are easily preventable with proper vaccination cannot be successfully treated and can kill beloved pets. This is often the situation with diseases such as Feline Leukemia, Distemper, and some cases of Parvovirus. It is very important to make sure that your pet's vaccinations are kept current and that you discuss vaccinations with Dr. Els Slurink, so that your pet can receive the proper vaccines at the proper intervals.
Not every animal needs every vaccination, but all pets may need some vaccinations. Dr. Els Slurink will examine your pets and make recommendations as to the proper vaccination protocol for your individual pets. This decision will be based on a variety of factors, including your pet's age, health, prior vaccination, potential exposure to diseases, and lifestyle.
Good medical practice mandates that all pets be examined prior to receiving vaccinations. This ensures that your pet is as healthy as possible, so the vaccines will work correctly. Pets with illnesses, organ problems, or parasites may not be able to respond properly to the vaccines and the vaccines may not work as well as needed. Dr. Els Slurink may suggest fecal examinations, blood screening, or other laboratory tests to make sure that your pet is in tiptop shape before being vaccinated.