The primary goal of vaccination is to reduce the chances of an animal acquiring a highly infectious, often fatal disease (virus or bacteria). This is best achieved through something you may be familiar with called “herd health”. This means that when the majority of a population is protected from a disease, it greatly reduces the number of individuals acquiring the illness and their ability to spread it. For that reason, we recommend all kittens and puppies be vaccinated against common diseases and then receive boosters at appropriate intervals based on their exposure level to other animals.
We also highly recommend vaccine blood titers as an alternative to routine vaccination in adult animals. Most vaccines last longer than we think, so by performing a test we can have peace of mind knowing the pet is safe without giving vaccines unnecessarily.