National Immunization Awareness Month

Oct 25, 2020

Vaccinating your family members is important, and that includes your furry friends. We discuss why vaccinating your pets is important, as well as immunizations you should be giving to your pet, and where to get them.

By giving your pet the proper immunizations, you are able to prevent serious diseases such as hepatitis, rabies, calivirus, and distemper. In addition to your pet contracting these diseases, some of these can be transferred from your pet to the humans in your family.

Different animals need different vaccines but there are “core vaccines” (diseases that are easily transferable to humans or fatal to animals) that every cat or every dog should get.

According to the American Association of Feline Practicioners, cats should be given immunizations, every three years, for core diseases such as:

  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calivirus
  • Rabies
  • Distemper

Dogs should be given immunizations for core diseases every one to three years:

  • Distemper
  • Rabies
  • Adenovirus
  • Bordetella (parvovirus)

For these vaccines, we advise pet parents to consult with your vet on how often your pet gets vaccinated because different factors such as breed, age, health, lifestyle (indoor vs outdoor, foods they eat, etc.), and travel habits can affect their recommendations.