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Immunization Awareness

August is National Immunization Awareness Month….Don’t forget to forget about your pets too!

What Vaccines Does Your Pet Need And When?

Both dogs and cats have set vaccination schedules recommended by veterinary professionals. You may notice that a few vaccinations, such as those for rabies and DHPP, tend to be repeated in the vaccination schedule throughout the years. This is because these diseases tend to be quite powerful and your dog can constantly be exposed to them without consistent, proper vaccination.

Pet Vaccinations:

Pet vaccinations were originally designed to protect pets from diseases that were common at the time, which included canine distemper, canine parvo, and feline panleukopenia. Since the introduction of these vaccines, the listed diseases have become extremely rare and almost non-existent in the modern age. Current vaccinations target rabies more than any other disease since this tends to be the most common affliction among pets of all types. The ultimate goal is to make rabies as obsolete.

Why Vaccinations are Important:

Giving your pets their regular vaccinations is the key to a long and healthy life. Regardless of whether you keep your dogs inside or not, vaccines are essential in ensuring your pets health.

Many contagious diseases are airborne, meaning your pet could contract it through an open window. Pets are also very prone to slipping out of the house on occasion, which could lead to risk of disease.

 

Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month by going to your vet and making sure your furry best friend is healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations!

 

Q.
If my veterinarian recommends a three-year vaccination schedule, does that mean I don’t need to see the veterinarian except every third year?
A.
Regular wellness examinations–at least once or twice a year–are the most important preventive measures you can provide for your dog. Vaccinations are just one component of the wellness visit. To help keep your dog in optimum health, regular wellness examinations are critical regardless of how often vaccines are administered. Remember, dogs age at a much faster rate than humans, so a once-yearly exam is similar to a human getting a physical every five to seven years. Plus, dogs don’t always show signs of early disease, and they can’t easily communicate discomfort to us. During the wellness exam, your veterinarian has the opportunity to detect and prevent problems at an early stage.
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