In case you missed it, there has been a recent measles outbreak in the U.S. Some parents feel that getting their children vaccinated is more harmful than helpful, so they decided against vaccination. That same trend is starting to pop up in the pet world—which could be the cause of the return of illnesses and diseases that were once a rarity in pets.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has vaccination guidelines that all pet owners should follow. There’s no reason to put your pet and family at risk! Just as with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children, pet owners who don’t vaccinate their pets also put other pets, and the humans they contact, at risk.
The AVMA has answered important questions that pet owners are asking:
Are there any major risks with vaccinations?
Many vaccines have proven to do much more good than harm, for example, preventing a rabies outbreak. However, as with anything, there are some risks. These tend to be rarities—not the norm.
Well, how can I make sure that my pets don’t face ANY risks?
The best way to go about minimizing risks, whether it be with getting your pets vaccinated or the risks of diseases, is to work directly with your vet! Like people, each pet is different, meaning every pet should have a specialized care track.
I’m planning to get my pet vaccinated – which ones should I get?
Each pet will have a different care plan, but it’s best to regularly check up with your vet to make sure that each vaccination is up-to-date. In some cases, boosters or revaccinations are needed. Some of the necessary vaccines include Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus and Lyme disease.
Vaccination will continue to be a debated topic—but don’t buy the hype and don’t wait. Make an appointment with your, vet and make sure your pet is protected!
For more information about keeping your pets healthy visit www.AVMA.org