Importance of Your Pet’s Immunizations

All it takes is one look into your pet’s eyes to feel the urge to want to protect them. Maybe you have a fence to keep your dog from running into the road or you have microchipped your cat in case she sneaks out. But have you considered how vital your pet’s vaccinations are to protect them?

Vaccinations can prevent your pet from catching a deadly contagious disease and keep them from bringing zoonotic diseases into your home. Immunizations often lengthen pet’s lifespans and dramatically improve their quality of life.

What Do You Need to Know About Your Pets Vaccinations?

Don’t skip your pet’s annual exams and make sure your pet is protected because:

  • Vaccinations prevent your pet from getting certain illnesses.
  • Prevention of diseases is less costly than treatment.
  • Vaccinations can extend your pet’s life and give you more years of cuddling and love.
  • Vaccinations give pet parents peace of mind. If your dog or cat gets loose and runs into the woods, they may be exposed to wild animals that carry distemper, rabies, and other deadly diseases.
  • Immunizations protect humans from zoonotic diseases (ones which can be passed from pets to their owners or vice versa).
  • Some vaccinations are legally required for your pet.

Puppies, Kittens, and Newly Adopted Pets Need Core Vaccinations

When you first bring a new pet into your family, you will want to bring them by as soon as possible for a health check and vaccinations. We will work with you to schedule your new fuzzy family member’s immunization schedule.

Why It’s Vital to Set Up an Immunization Schedule for Your New Pet

The way vaccinations work means it is imperative to stick to a schedule and vaccinate a pet early. If your pets are exposed to a disease or virus without any vaccinations, their body may not be able to fight it off. This makes new puppies, kitties, and recently adopted pets more vulnerable to deadly diseases.

Vaccines help pets build up their body’s resistance to deadly viruses and diseases by developing antibodies from a series of vaccines. This helps ensure that your pet’s immune system will jump into action if they ever are exposed to the disease.

Don’t Skip Those Annual Exams

Equally as important as those first immunizations, keeping your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date protects them from some illnesses. In Wisconsin, your dog or cat is legally required to have current bordetella, DHLPP, and rabies vaccines.

Summertime Canine Vaccination Spotlight

If you’re planning on bringing your dog to the dog park, on a recreational hike, or even on a doggie playdate, don’t skip the canine flu shot.  Dog flu can be passed from dog to dog with just a sneeze, sharing toys, or drinking from the same bowl.

Canine flu is also commonly transmitted between dogs in boarding facilities. Help your dog stay at the top of her game with a simple flu shot.

What Diseases Can We Help Protect Your Pet from Contracting?

Along with rabies, bordetella, and DHLPP, we can help protect your pet from:

  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Coronavirus
  • Distemper
  • Canine Influenza (dogs)
  • Chlamydia (cats)
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (cats)
  • Calicivirus (cats)
  • Feline Leukemia (cats)
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (cats)
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (cats)

Vaccinations do more than just preventing illness, they help prolong your pet’s life and provide peace of mind. Don’t skip your pet’s vaccines.

We want to assist you in providing years and years of loving memories and joy with your dog or cat. If you have questions about your pet’s vaccination status, health, or annual exam, please give us a call.

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