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National Immunization Awareness Month

Did you know that August is

? Ensuring your pet is up to date on their immunizations is important for their own health and other beings around them. Vaccinations help reduce the likelihood of your pet contracting and spreading any viral or bacterial diseases.

Scientific evidence shows that providing vaccinations is a safe and practical solution to preventing diseases in your beloved pet. Vaccines provide your pet with the antibodies it needs to fight off threats to their health in the future. Along with protecting the health of your pet, vaccines will also protect your wallet from expensive treatments to diseases that could have been prevented if your pet were immunized.

Puppies and kittens will need vaccinations more often than adult animals. The typical vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens begins around 6-8 weeks of age with DAPP (puppies) or FVRCP (kittens). The animals will then have to get the vaccine booster every 2-3 weeks at least 2 more times. The vaccine boosters are necessary to ensure the maternal antibodies are no longer in affect and that the pet can form its own antibodies. Around 4 months of age, puppies and kittens will need to be given a rabies vaccination. There are several other vaccinations that help prevent diseases, but these vaccinations are considered “non-core.” Once your pet has had their boosters and rabies, they will typically not have to be given anymore immunizations for a year!

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