It seems we’re vaccinating the daylights out of all our loved ones. Is this a good thing?
There are nasty diseases around, both for humans and for cats. Those diseases can kill, but is injecting the dead virus into ourselves a good idea? Let’s have a look.
When getting vaccinated with an injection, we are bypassing our first lines of defense: The skin and mucous membranes. The virus is going directly into the body, no filters, no fights at the gate, just walking in where there isn’t already an opening. Wouldn’t this affect the action of the immune system? Indications (writer’s opinion only) that it does.
Do our animals need these vaccines every year? And why does the efficacy wear off?
Here is how the immune system works in a nutshell. The animal is infected, through bites, or contact, or just breathing. The fight starts at the opening where the virus entered. When it reaches the blood stream, the body then sends out it’s warriors to fight, and the press to record what happened so the body doesn’t forget. Either the body beats the disease, or the animal becomes infected. When the animal gets over the disease, it has permanent protection.
In bypassing our first lines of defense, it’s almost like the resistance to that virus is less. So, immunization has to happen again.
There have been nasal delivery vaccines, the complaint against these is that the animal got the disease. Hello! This is how the immune system works. The body experiences the disease, fights it, and now has a record of the intruder. This record is not so readily available to the body when vaccines are given. The vaccines aren’t 100%, but if the animal gets the nasty disease regardless of vaccination status, at least it won’t be so bad.
After following many animals throughout their lives, in doing rescue, this reporter has noticed that the fewer vaccines the cat got, and the later they got these shots, the healthier the animal was in old age.
This reporter will get the rabies shot after the kitten is about 6 months old, the rest when the animal is a year old. This is to give the immune system a chance to figure out what it’s supposed to do, before it is attacked by multiple viruses, which is what you’re doing with the combination vaccines.
Do your research, and make these decisions for yourself. The final decision is up to the guardian. For your animal’s health, read up, and make an informed decision.
You and your vet are a team. You work together. But don’t let that degree rule your common sense. Talk to your vet, and come up with an immunization plan that you both can live with.