If your family has pets, do as veterinarians do, and observe August as National Immunization Awareness Month. Here’s what you should know about vaccines and preventative care so your pets stay healthy.
How to Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month
What Vaccines Do Veterinarians Recommend?
After adopting a pet, visiting a veterinarian for vaccines is a must for responsible owners. Through immunizations, you’ll protect your cat or dog from contagious diseases that lead to painful health problems, shorter lifespans, and unnecessary expense. Vaccines will guard against illness and infection when your pets visit high-risk locations, including boarding facilities, dog parks, campgrounds, and dense wilderness.
Cats should get immunizations every year to protect against rabies. In addition, a 5 in 1 feline shot is a must to avoid distemper, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydiosis, and leukemia.
Dogs should also receive a rabies vaccine and a 5 in 1 shot every year to protect from hepatitis, parainfluenza, distemper, and parvovirus. Depending on where you live and your pet’s indoor and outdoor habits, your veterinarian may recommend other immunizations that reduce the risk of leptospirosis, canine influenza, and bordetella, or kennel cough.
How Often Should Your Pets Have Checkups & Boosters?
Your pet should see a veterinarian once a year for a routine physical examination. A wellness visit is an opportunity to confirm that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Booster shots are necessary, but how often they are needed is determined by the ago of your pet, and also the type of vaccination they are receiving. Also, you can inquire about flea and tick prevention, heartworm medication, behavioral problems, lack of appetite, lethargy, or limping.
For residents who live along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Animal Medical Center is their one-stop shop for comprehensive pet care. Since 1997, this veterinarian has provided skilled surgical, dental, and wellness care in their Foley-based animal clinic. Reach them at (251) 955-5900 to schedule an appointment, or visit their website for more information about all their services, including emergency care, vaccinations, and boarding.