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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is here and summer is in full swing. With plenty of sunshine and hopefully some relaxation, it is time to take a moment to celebrate national immunization awareness month with your furry friends. Your pet’s health is just as important as your own, and being up to date on the necessary immunizations your pet requires is one way to ensure they have a long and happy life.

August is here and summer is in full swing. With plenty of sunshine and hopefully some relaxation, it is time to take a moment to celebrate national immunization awareness month with your furry friends. Your pet’s health is just as important as your own, and being up to date on the necessary immunizations your pet requires is one way to ensure they have a long and happy life. Often, our vet’s take care of tracking the vaccines needed by our furry friends. However, improving awareness of the necessary vaccines is just part of educating yourself as a pet parent. Today, we will help you with a brief overview of why we celebrate national immunization awareness month at Pet World and why we want you to join us. 

In 1885, Louis Pasteur (that’s right, the same guy who pasteurized milk) developed a vaccine for rabies after a boy contracted the disease from a dog. Since then, rabies and other vaccines have been a required and regular process for pets everywhere, to protect them and to protect us. Vaccines save lives. By protecting your pet from heartworm, distemper, rabies, and other diseases, you are helping them stay healthy so they can continue to support and entertain the whole family. Additionally, you are making sure they do not transmit any diseases to you or others, ensuring your own health and longevity. 

Little daily activities we take for granted are possible because of regular immunization procedures. You can snuggle your pet (as much as they let you) because you know they are vaccinated. You are able to feel safer if they do bite or scratch when trying to communicate that they need space or just by accident. You have more assurance that your furry loved one is not experiencing any unnecessary pain or suffering caused by different preventable illnesses. Pets can even be protected from incurable diseases like distemper by preventing their occurrence with proper immunization.

For dogs, the important core vaccines that are required include: parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, and rabies. For cats, the important core vaccines that are required include: feline panleukopenia (feline distemper), feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I, and rabies. Non-core immunizations for dogs include: bordetella, borrelia, and leptospirosis. Non-core immunizations for cats include: leukemia virus, bordetella, chlamydophili, and FIV. The requirements for pet vaccines may vary slightly state by state, so always consult with your trusted vet about keeping your pet up to date.

Vaccines are most effective when administered when your pet is young, before any possible exposure. Also, talk to you vet about how to administer vaccines in the appropriate intervals to ensure you take your pet in when needed. At Pet World, we want to celebrate national immunization awareness month with you and your furry friend. So happy August, and happy national immunization awareness month!

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