Vaccination is still controversial today, even with regard to dogs. Are they only mercantile products or do they represent a real health issue for pets?
Do you have to have your dog vaccinated?
We are only talking about recommendations in terms of animal vaccination. The only obligation concerns rabies; and only in the case where the dog accompanies his master during his travels, outside the territory.
Yet it is not just rabies that is a danger. Several diseases are fatal to dogs. Contraction of one of these when the dog is small can kill it in just a few hours. We can talk about parvovirus, leptospirosis, kennel cough, or distemper. These are just pale examples of what can lead to the death of a dog.
If a dog will not spend his whole life avoiding disease in general (cancers, benign tumors, colds…), he can be protected against certain diseases by being vaccinated and having his vaccine reminders.
Dog insurance: useful or not for vaccines?
Dog insurance will not allow you to hope for reimbursement for the first vaccines. Because they represent a sine qua non condition for the dog to be accepted by the firm.
But all reminders (to be repeated annually, most of the time) can be reimbursed, sometimes 100%. However, to be sure of this, you have to find the right insurance contract. Prevention is sometimes absent or little represented on certain formulas.
While it is important to guarantee the health of the dog, prevention is not the only criterion. It’s not just deadly diseases. Others can weaken the dog, throughout its life. And to treat it, it will be necessary to go through regular and expensive care. Accidents and their consequences; operations most often; are much more expensive.
All of this can be subject to a higher or lower rate of reimbursement.