National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, created to remind people how important it is to keep their vaccinations up to date. But that advice isn’t just for humans—it’s vital for pets as well.
Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but very important way to prevent many life-threatening illnesses, including diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans.
Which vaccines should your pet have? Rabies is mandated by state law for most dogs and cats, and we require bordetella and strongly suggest having the canine influenza vaccine for all canine boarding guests. Your Meadow Wood Animal Hospital veterinarian may also suggest the following depending on your pet’s age, lifestyle and health:
DA2PPV (distemper, hepatitis, adenovirus 2,
FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis,
FeLV (feline leukemia)
While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare, and when they do occur are usually mild and short-term.
It’s also important to note that all cats and dogs—even those that live primarily indoors—should be vaccinated. Our veterinarians can advise you on which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet. For more information contact us or schedule an appointment online.