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 protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can protect against diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans.
Which vaccines should your pet have? “Core” vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core vaccines include:
- Rabies (dogs and cats)
- DA2PPV – Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo and Parainfluenza (dogs)
- FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (cats)
Other non-core, but highly recommended vaccinations for cats include FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For dogs, the leptospirosis vaccination is also a good idea, as are bordetella and canine influenza if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.
It’s also important to note that all cats and dogs—even those that live primarily indoors—should be vaccinated. Your Briargate Boulevard veterinarian can advise you which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (719) 528-5689.