Did you know it’s National Pet Immunization Awareness Month?
August is here and it is the National Pet Immunization Awareness Month. Not only humans, but pets must also be vaccinated and immunized regularly so that they can live a healthy and happy life.
Why Pet Vaccinations Are So Important?
One of the most important factors that determine if your pet will live a long and healthy life is vaccination. It doesn’t matter if you keep your pets inside the house or not, the vaccines are essential in making sure that your pet stays healthy.
There are many airborne contagious diseases, meaning that your pets can contract these diseases through open windows. It is also very common for pets to occasionally slip out of the house and it can lead to the risk of disease.
In addition, different places that you might frequently visit like dog parks, grooming salons, and boarding kennels are very high risk environments.
Ensuring that your pets are vaccinated before they visit these places can keep you confident that your pets are safe from diseases. There is one important thing that you should remember; it takes few days or sometimes even few weeks before vaccinations become effective. So, before you take a pet that has been recently vaccinated, you should check with your vet.
- You should give the initial vaccines to your kittens and puppies starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age. The final dose should be administered when they reach the age of 16 weeks.
Always keep a record of the vaccinations and schedule checkups with your veterinarian annually in order to monitor the overall health of your pet and to stay up to date with the necessary vaccinations.
Essential Vaccinations for Your Cat:
In case you have adopted a cat recently, following are the vaccinations that you should expect your veterinarian to give to your kitty:
Rabies virus can be fatal and all mammals can get the infection. Most of the states have a legal requirement for the cats to be vaccinated against rabies.
• Distemper Shot
It is commonly known as the distemper shot and it protects against Callcivirus, Panleukopenia and Viral Rhinotracheitis.
Essential Vaccinations for Your Dog:
In case you have adopted a dog recently, following are the vaccinations that you should expect your veterinarian to give to your dog:
Rabies virus can be fatal and all mammals can get the infection. Most of the states have a legal requirement for the dogs to be vaccinated against rabies.
• Distemper Shot
It is commonly known as the distemper shot and it protects against Hepatitis, Distemper, Parvovirus, and Para Influenza.
Other Vaccinations for Cats and Dogs:
Depending on the geographical location that you are in and the lifestyle of your pet, the vet can recommend other vaccinations. You can get more information by contacting your local veterinarians. Celebrate National Pet Immunization Awareness Month by visiting a vet and ensuring that your pets are healthy and are vaccinated according to recommendations of the vet.