Pets are more than animals and companions; they are members of our families who need our help when it comes to preventive care. One of the easiest ways to keep your furry friends healthy and safe from danger is by ensuring they stay up to date with all necessary immunizations.
When your pet comes into contact with an infected animal, whether it is wild or an unvaccinated pet, they can be exposed to many different illnesses. Since protecting pets from deadly illnesses is so important and simple, August has been named National Immunization Awareness Month.
Just like it is important for us, it is also important for our pets to stay up to date on their vaccines. Below is a list of the 5 top reasons vaccinations are important for pets:
- It is essential for your pets’ health and long happy life. Vaccines can effectively prevent serious canine diseases like distemper, rabies and hepatitis, and major feline diseases like feline leukemia, calicivirus or viral rhinotracheitis.
- It can keep the human members of your family healthy as some of your pets’ diseases can transfer to humans.
- It is required by law. Every dog, cat and ferret is required to be immunized against rabies, not only to protect them, but also the humans that come in contact with them.
- It can save lives. It is important to realize that vaccines have saved countless lives. Rabies vaccination, for example, has saved the lives of countless dogs and many humans as well (who could have contracted rabies from dog bites).
- If your pet likes to play outdoors and with other pets, it is very likely that he or she will be exposed to many infectious, and fatal diseases. If your pet is vaccinated, its immune system will be prepared to fight these infections.
- Depending on your geographical location and your pet’s lifestyle, your veterinarian may recommend different vaccinations. Make sure to contact your veterinarian to define which vaccines are important for your pet.