Pet Calendar: National Pet Immunization Awareness Month

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By Robbi Hess ~ Managing Editor Pet Calendar, Crimeless Cat Executive Story Editor, Chief Cat Herder 

Vaccinations of our pets is a sometimes hotly-contested conversation among pet parent circles. Some pet parents follow their trusted veterinarian’s recommendations on vaccinations, other pet parents request titer testing to see if their pet still has antibodies in his or her system.

In many areas of the country, vaccinations are required by law, and if you want to fly with your pet, take him across the border or even go to a dog park, proof of vaccinations are required. This article is not to tell you how to raise your beloved dog it is being written to highlight what vaccinations are typically “required.” It is up to the pet parent to make his or her own decisions.

Pet Calendar: National Pet Immunization Awareness Month

pet calendarAccording to the AVMA — Animal Veterinary Medical Association — giving your pet the proper immunizations can prevent serious (sometimes very preventable diseases) such as:

  1. Distemper
  2. Hepatitis
  3. Rabies
  4. Parvo virus
  5. Kennel cough and others.

Some of these diseases, if contracted by your pets, can be transferred to other pets or even the humans in your family.

What vaccinations do dogs and cats require?

There are some core vaccinations that “all” pets should get and there are vaccinations that are required according to species. For example the American Association of Feline Practicioners recommends the following immunizations, every three years, for core diseases in cats, including:

  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calivirus
  • Rabies
  • Distemper

Dogs require the following immunizations for core diseases, every one to three years:

  • Distemper
  • Rabies
  • Adenovirus
  • Bordetella (parvovirus)

There are also other vaccinations for non-core diseases — talk with your veterinarian to discover which might make sense for your pet based on his health and even the area of the country in which you live.

Vaccinations require a consulation and discussion with your vet to discover how often they should get them, what factors contribute to these immunizations including (breed, age, health, lifestyle (indoor vs outdoor, foods they eat, and others). Your lifestyle and whether you travel with your pets may also impact the vet’s recommendations on your pets’ vaccinations.

If money is a factor in your pet’s receiving the recommended immunizations, look around for low cost or no cost immunization clinics as many areas of the country offer those for residents as a way to ensure pets are safe and healthy.

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.
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