Vaccinations are more important than the average pet owner realizes. It’s about so much more than mundane animal care. Bring your pet to a veterinarian’s office, such as Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown and Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown. Early vaccinations, as well as follow-up vaccinations, can ensure that your pet has a long and healthy life.
Why are Vaccinations Necessary?
Both cats and dogs require routine vaccinations to help guard against major illnesses that can not only cut their lives short but also reduce their quality of life. Vaccinations are essential tools for ensuring good health, helping pets to avoid debilitating diseases, and sparing their owners from the agony of watching their pets suffer through these illnesses and medical conditions. Different vaccinations are required at different stages of life. For instance, puppies have different vaccination needs than adult dogs. Puppies require the following important vaccinations:
- Lyme disease
Adult Pet Vaccinations
Adult dogs, in contrast, do not need nearly as many shots in a year as puppies. Some may even work on an alternating basis depending on how your vet operates. These vaccinations include:
- Canine distemper
- Bordetella / Kennel cough
- Lyme disease
As you can see not nearly as many are required for adults as for puppies who are in their formative years. Cats require fewer vaccinations overall compared to dogs though they do require some as kittens and adult cats require vaccines for diseases such as rabies, feline distemper, and feline leukemia.
Every veterinarian operates a little differently. Some will require you to bring in the pet for routine wellness exams and care to continue vaccination services for your pet. It is always a good idea to approach pet care this way, since regular care and developing a relationship with your veterinarian is the most effective way to ensure your vet knows your pet, your pet is comfortable visiting a veterinary clinic, and that your vet can identify any early signs of trouble because your pet is familiar.
Beginning Your Pet’s Vaccination Schedule
Vaccinations are a critical part of responsible animal care for pet owners to consider. Unfortunately, it isn't the only aspect of pet care to be concerned about. Pet owners need to build relationships with their veterinarians and we would like to be your choice for veterinary care. Contact us today to learn more about the many pet care services we offer. Call Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown at (717) 248-4703 and Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown at (717) 436-9790 to schedule your appointment.