Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

A majority of pet owners in the United States currently stay home with their furry family members because of the pandemic. Although you are now spending more time with your pets indoors, you should still update their immunizations. The American Veterinary Medical Association emphasizes that all pets should be vaccinated. If you haven’t had your pets immunized yet, here’s what you should know about the importance of vaccinating pets.

Law Mandate

Every state requires complete vaccination for all pets, especially cats and dogs. You need your pet’s immunization records to get a pet license. The authorities usually look for records of updated rabies vaccines if you are traveling with your pet. They inspect records thoroughly. If you want a smooth, hassle-free trip, make sure your pet’s vaccination records are complete.

Keeps Other Pets Safe

You also protect your health and the people around your pet when you complete your pet’s vaccinations. When you leave your pet at the groomer’s or if you have playdates scheduled, you don’t need to worry about bites or contagious diseases from your pet. Rabies, leptospirosis, heartworm, and Lyme disease are examples of ailments that jump from pets to humans. Complete and updated pet vaccinations also keep your immuno-compromised family members safe from these diseases.

Pet Facility Requirement

If you have no other choice but to leave your pet in a pet daycare center, pet hotel, or kennel, you need to update your pet’s vaccinations first. Operators of these pet facilities ask you to complete the required documentation before they admit your pet. They require vaccination records because they are responsible for all the animals on their premises. If your pet is immunized, then your pet has a strong defense against possible infections.

Keeps Your Pets Safe and Healthy

Vaccinating your pet is important for your pet’s health and safety. Even pets who are always indoors should be vaccinated. Cats and dogs should have protection from diseases because you’ll never know when an invading animal might enter your home. Raccoons, bats, or rats can enter your home and attack your pets. With vaccines, you can have peace of mind in knowing that your pets are protected.

Saves You Money on Expensive Treatments

Prevention is always better than cure. Veterinarians often say that pet vaccination is cheaper than the cost of medications and vet fees for treating your pets. Proper vaccinations ensure that your pets have stronger immunity against certain diseases. When they do contract a virus or bacteria, their bodies will know how to fight it.

Keep in mind that starting your pet vaccinations early in your pet’s life can give your pet’s immune system ample time to build up. Having your pets immunized ensures that your pets have a strong layer of protection against possible outbreaks. At 4Paws Veterinary Hospital, we believe that protecting your pets through vaccines is an enormous expression of your love for them. Please visit our clinic in Duffield, Virginia, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 276-431-4838 if you want to schedule an appointment or ask questions about our pet vaccination packages.

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