Importance of Staying Current on Vaccinations

Importance of Staying Current on Vaccinations

Yearly vaccinations are part of welcoming a pet into your family. Sometimes, though, you might find yourself getting a little lax when it comes to annual vaccinations. You think you can put it off a few weeks, and soon, those weeks turn into months. While that might not seem like a big deal, staying up to date on vaccinations is critical.


Vaccines Prevent Serious Diseases


When your pet is vaccinated, he builds immunity to dangerous diseases. Without the vaccines, your pet won’t have immunity and could get seriously sick. Some illnesses, such as rabies and parvo, are even fatal. Keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date is important, so you can safeguard his health.


Vaccines Save Money and Keep Pets Comfortable


If your pet isn’t vaccinated and contracts a treatable disease, you’ll have to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars. Veterinary bills, medication, and treatment costs add up, and to make matters worse, treatment can be uncomfortable for your pet. You’ll feel bad that your pet is going through something you could have prevented, and you’ll stress about the money you’re spending. Fortunately, both issues are easily preventable with vaccinations. 


Vaccinations Protect You and Your Family


Did you know that your unvaccinated pet can spread diseases to you and your family? For example, if your pet contracts leptospirosis, the disease can spread to humans through the eyes, nose, mouth, or a cut. If left untreated, it can progress to meningitis. You can also contract rabies and other diseases from your dog. The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is to ensure your dog is up to date on vaccinations.


Vaccines Allow Your Pet to Socialize Safely


Does your pet like to be the life of the party? If he enjoys going to the dog park or hanging out with friends during playdates, vaccinations are a must. Your dog might encounter pets that aren’t vaccinated or have a weakened immune system. If your pet isn’t vaccinated, he might spread diseases to other animals.  


It’s the Law


You consider yourself to be a law-abiding citizen, and that’s another reason to stay current on vaccinations. The state of Florida requires pet parents to vaccinate their furry children. Your vet can talk to you about the vaccinations required by law, as well as additional vaccinations that can protect your pet.


You Never Know When an Emergency Might Occur


Your pet normally stays home with you, but what happens if an emergency occurs and you have to leave for a few days? You’ll need to board your pet, but that’s not possible unless the vaccinations are up to date. You can’t just get the vaccinations and leave, either. Most boarding facilities make pets wait a full 48 hours after receiving vaccinations before admitting them. That means if an emergency occurs and you need to board your pet, you will have to get the vaccinations and wait two days before leaving. Can you take that risk?

Since vaccinations are so important, you shouldn’t delay. Central Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, provides a range of services, including vaccinations. Contact us today to schedule your pet’s appointment.

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