Why should I vaccinate my animal?
Why are we vaccinated as children? This is the same answer as to why we vaccinate our animals. There are numerous life-threatening diseases to which our animals are at risk from and as an owner you have to decide whether or not to take that risk and not vaccinate. Vaccinations do two things, they prevent an animal from getting a disease, which they could die from, and they also prevent that disease from spreading and becoming an epidemic. You also need to think about your own health as some diseases can be spread from animal to human. This is why vaccinations are a critical component to preventative care.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to a disease organism so that the animal is protected against various pathogens in its environment. If the immunised animal is later exposed to the infectious agent, these antibodies react quickly to attack and neutralise the disease.