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DO I HAVE TO VACCINATE MY PET?

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Have you ever wondered if the vaccinations your pet receives are really needed? Experts agree that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one of the easiest ways to help him live a long, healthy life, and not only prevent your pet from catching infectious diseases, but also offer other important benefits including:

 

 

 

Reduction of disease transmission – Vaccination plays an important role in preventing rabies and other infectious diseases from flourishing

Lower costs – Vaccinating your pet is a simple,

Reduced zoonotic disease rates – Zoonotic diseases, such as rabies and leptospirosis, are passed between humans and animals

Compliance with local laws

Puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccination boosters to bolster their immune systems.

An incomplete series of vaccinations may lead to incomplete protection, making puppies and kittens vulnerable to infection. Older animals may only need vaccinations every one to three years, depending on the vaccine type, their immunity, and local regulations and recommendations. It is important to follow the vaccination schedule provided by your veterinarian to reduce the possibility of a gap in protection.

Talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle, including any expected travel to other geographical locations and/or contact with other animals, since these factors impact your pet’s risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Always inform your veterinarian if your pet has had prior reactions to any vaccine or medication. All vaccines may cause side effects, but side effects are usually mild, don’t last long, and don’t affect every dog. Common vaccine side effects include fever, appetite loss, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, or hives.

Keep your pets and your family safe by vaccinating your dogs and cats.

For more information, please call 393-2707 or visit our website.