Are Vaccines Really That Important?

     The answer to this question seems like a no-brainer—YES! However, many pet owners are unsure why it is so important to keep your dog or cat up to date on their vaccinations. There are many reasons to be responsible about vaccinating your pet, including preventative care to avoid costly emergencies, public health and safety in your community, and best quality of life for your pet. Vaccines are an easy, safe, and effective way to prevent many diseases in cats and dogs. This list includes:

  • Canine Bordetella (respiratory virus)
  • Canine Distemper (respiratory, nervous system, gastrointestinal system)
  • Canine Adenovirus (infects the liver)
  • Canine and feline Rabies (highly contagious and fatal, transmittable to humans)
  • Canine Parvovirus (highly contagious and fatal)
  • Canine Parainfluenza (respiratory virus)

Cats can also be vaccinated for:

  • Feline Rhinotracheitis (respiratory virus)
  • Calicivirus (respiratory virus)
  • Panleukopenia (Gastrointestinal, nervous system, immune system)
  • Feline Leukemia or FeLV (immune system, causes cancer)

These diseases are heartbreaking to watch an animal suffer through, but vaccines are an easy and cost-effective way to help prevent that suffering from ever occurring. Puppies and kittens should get vaccinated in intervals of 3-4 weeks from 6 weeks until 20 weeks old, and adult dogs and cats should be re-vaccinated annually to keep immunity strong. Dogs are able to get the rabies vaccine once every 3 years after the first rabies vaccine, but cats will need it every year because of an increased risk of vaccine-site growths has occurred with the 3 year vaccine, so most vets don’t use it. In keeping your pet vaccinated you will be protecting their health, your family, your community, and even your wallet—as treatment for these diseases is usually very costly. We at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital want to be your partners in care for your pet to have the happiest, healthiest, and longest life possible, so we love to share our knowledge and experience with you. You can call us from Monday through Friday (7:30 am – 6pm) to set up a quick and easy appointment if your pet is due or overdue for their vaccines—we’ll be happy to get you in!