It is important that pet owners learn about the vaccines which will be most beneficial for their pets. It is as equally important for pet owners to familiarize themselves about the possible hazzards of administering vaccines which have not been controlled or maintained properly.
We strongly recommend that pet owners rely on veterinarians for their pets' health care needs, including all vaccinations. Administering vaccines purchased from FEED STORES, PET STORES, BREEDERS, PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS, or OTHER SOURCES, can be dangerous. They may be expired, re-called, or stored at improper temperatures (which is critical to preserve and maintain the vaibility of the vaccine). If any of these situations exist, it may cause total ineffectiveness of the vaccine.
Additionally, it is extremely important that pet owners discuss with their veterinarian which vaccines would be most beneficial for their pets. Age, health history, geographics, exposure, and other important factors have a great bearing on which vaccines should be administered and how often.
It can be harmful to your pet if it receives unnecessary vaccines, too many vaccines, vaccines administered in intervals too close together or too far apart, or at the wrong age. Only a licensed veterinarian or professional veterinary staff should determine which vaccines should be administered and when.
Although other veterinary staff members are permitted to adminsiter certain vaccines under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, it is recommended that the supervising veterinarian be close enough to be able to visually observe and supervise the administration of the vaccines to help ensure the safety of your pet, especially in the event of a vaccine reaction.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: PRIOR TO YOUR PET RECEIVING ANY VACCINES: ALWAYS ADVISE THE ATTENDING VETERINARIAN ABOUT ANY POSSIBLE VACCINE REACTIONS THAT YOUR PET MAY HAVE HAD AT ANY TIME IN THE PAST. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT VACCINE REACTIONS CAN INCREASE IN SEVERITY WITH AGE AND/OR WITH THE ACCUMULATION OF VACCINES. REACTIONS CAN START OUT "MILD", BUT RAPIDLY INCREASE TO A "SEVERE" LEVEL WHICH COULD ULTIMATELY RESULT IN DEATH. SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE SWELLING, FEVER, VOMITTING, DIARRHEA, AND/OR OTHER ABNORMAL CONDITIONS. IF YOUR PET HAS EXPERIENCED ANY REACTION TO PRIOR VACCINES, THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS ARE NECESSARY BEFORE YOUR PET RECEIVES VACCINES IN THE FUTURE. ADDITIONALLY, YOUR PET SHOULD BE OBSERVED BY A VETERINARIAN AFTER IT RECEIVES ITS VACCINATIONS.
BREAKING UP THE AMOUNT OF VACCINES AT ANY ONE TIME WILL HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF VACCINE REACTION. IF YOUR PET IS DUE FOR MULTIPLE VACCINATIONS, YOU SHOULD WAIT AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS BETWEEN VACCINATIONS.
* SMALL DOGS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 1 TO 3 YEARS WHICH ARE UNDER 23 POUNDS ARE AT HIGHER RISK OF VACCINE REACTION THAN OTHER DOGS WHICH DON'T FIT INTO THIS CATEGORY. *