Vaccinations have saved many pets' lives over the years, but they aren't without risk. Now, with new research showing that immunity may last longer than once thought, veterinary experts say it's safer to decrease the frequency of most shots that typically have been given every year.

Side effects from vaccinations range from mild itching and swelling to anaphylactic shock leading to death. Cats may develop vaccine sarcomas, which are cancers that develop at the site of the injection. And dogs may develop certain autoimmune diseases.

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Do you get your pets vaccinated every year?
Vaccinations have saved many pets` lives over the years, but they aren`t without risk. Now, with new research showing that immunity may last longer than once thought, veterinary experts say it`s safer to decrease the frequency of most shots that typically have been given every year.

Side effects from vaccinations range from mild itching and swelling to anaphylactic shock leading to death. Cats may develop vaccine sarcomas, which are cancers that develop at the site of the injection. And dogs may develop certain autoimmune diseases.

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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/2/05 - 10:06:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course, I want my dog to happy and healthy.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/15/06 - 5:39:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
My doggie gets better care than I do.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/15/06 - 10:20:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, they just went last week. They go every January.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/15/06 - 10:27:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, my pets don't require vaccinations.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/15/06 - 11:40:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
So far they had their shots, but I think I missed one for one of them. They are due soon I believe.
16 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/15/06 - 11:44:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
My dogs and cat do, but not the bunny, bird, or rats.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/8/06 - 8:20:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, my brother gets vaccinated every year.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/8/06 - 8:23:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, my Mum does.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/27/06 - 10:51:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont even own a pet right now
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/20/06 - 10:38:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think so I dont know what they do to her at the vet because I dont take her.

I do know that when they give her a shot they have the hardest time with her.

16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/20/06 - 10:40:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, my dog goes every September.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 10/29/06 - 9:46:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Gotta be on top of that stuff.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/10/06 - 5:11:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
i love my pet dog 'pepsi'as my daughter.i don't forget to vaccinate every year
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/23/06 - 12:43:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I keep my dog up to date on all her shots.

My cat on the other hand, I can't remember the last time she went to the vet. I vaguely remember her getting a rabies shot seven or eight years ago and that wasn't even at a vet. Now she's at least thirteen years old and appears to be in good health.

15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/23/06 - 12:45:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yup, I just took both my dogs last week.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 1/28/07 - 12:17:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think that its a law that you have to have your pets vaccinated, or maybe thats just South Dakota, and my cat has yet to have any problems with being vaccinated except that he hates the car ride



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