So, you’ve taken the plunge and you’ve decided to add that new puppy or kitten to your pack. You may be thinking about all the things you need like a crate, a cat tree, food, toys, etc. While these are important to your pet’s general health and foundation, the most important thing is to make sure you have an appointment/appointments to get your pet’s regimen of vaccines. This will not only help ensure a safe, happy, healthy pet, but it will also deter additional costs down the line.
So, What Are the Top 5 Reasons to Schedule Vaccines for My Pet?
There are a multitude of reasons why you should get your pets vaccinated, today we’ll touch on just 5 of the major reasons that this is an important part of pet care.
- General health – Just like humans, newborns are not equipped with the germ-fighting protection that builds up immunity over time. They need vaccinations to protect against infections and diseases that their little bodies have not come in contact with before. As they get older, animals may start to lose their natural immunity, so they need annual vaccinations to stay safe from those same infections and diseases.
- It’s mandated – By law, pets must be vaccinated against rabies even if they spend most of their time indoors. A pet parent could even be fined if their pet is not vaccinated annually. Save your money, get the vaccine!
- It saves you money – Like stated above, these vaccines help to stave off potentially high-risk infections and diseases. If your pet does succumb to one of these ailments, it could mean big vet bills to help them recover. So we say, prevent rather than treat.
- Pet sitting – should you need to go out of town without your pet, you may require pet sitting or pet boarding. Today it is standard for pet sitters and boarders to require vaccine paperwork. They may have multiple animals in their care at one time, and they can’t take the risk that your pet could infect other healthy pets. Especially if they have an ailment that wasn’t caught before the pet parent left town.
- Grooming – If you hate the idea of nail clipping, get those vaccines. Groomers also require vaccination paperwork. It’s a rule to help keep the groomers as well as the other pets in their care safe. Grooming can be a daunting task, so do yourself and your pet a favor by preventing with proper vaccination.
Okay, I Get It. Vaccines Are REALLY Important for My Pet. What Should I Do Next?
Choosing the right vet and the right vaccines will help you and your pet be more comfortable with the process. As a puppy or kitten, you will need to set up multiple vaccine appointments within the first year. After that, you’ll be able to schedule annual vaccinations. Using the same vet consistently will help your pet to feel familiar with their surroundings at a time that can be a bit uneasy for them.
Here at Family Pet Hospital, we are very sensitive to our clients’ safety and ease. We maintain a calm and loving environment for each pet, and we strive to provide the best customer service to you. We have researched the many options there are for vaccines and use a safe and trusted brand: Merck Vaccines. We’re happy to talk you through our products and our services at any time. So we hope you’ll consider choosing us to provide your pet’s vaccines and any other service you may need. Call us today to book an appointment!