The Importance of Vaccines

Vaccinations have always been a controversial topic, not only amongst human parents everywhere but also parents of the furry four-legged variety. Working in the field you hear a long list of excuses as to why you SHOULDN’T vaccinate your cats and dogs. The phrases “It can cause cancer” or “ I knew someone whose dog died from shots” have become a mantra in the tongues of most. Although those are valid concerns, constant veterinary research has significantly lessened the possibility of such reactions and only shown even more the importance of vaccines. Unfortunately, those reluctant to vaccinate fail to realize that the benefits drastically outweigh the risks.

Reasons to schedule your pet for vaccinations:

It is the law.
For those who live in our lovely Sunshine state, it is noted in the Florida statutes that “All dogs, cats, and ferrets 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian against rabies with a vaccine that is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.” These ordinances were created to keep the safety of not only our pets in mind but ourselves as well. The rabies virus is considered to be 100% fatal if left untreated, so it is considerably understandable why the government would like to dispel any likelihood of it spreading.

To protect your health.
Did you know that diseases such as Leptospirosis are zoonotic. Which means the bacteria can affect both animals AND humans. Lepto is transmitted by animal urine or by water or soil containing animal urine. If Fifi the poodle enjoys jumping in muddy puddles, she may be at risk at contracting the deadly bacteria if she were not vaccinated for it prior. Another example is once again rabies, which is a virus you would not want to contract.

To protect the health of your pet.
Dogs and cats should begin receiving vaccines at around 8 weeks of age, and much like human infants need boosters (a minimum of 3 sets) to help strengthen their immune system against these diseases. Paying $50-$65 for a few injections versus a medical bill of $250 for an ill puppy with kennel cough or parvo, is much more manageable. Ultimately the purpose of vaccinating your pets is to keep them healthy, and if you have your pet’s best interest in mind you would want to give them a fighting chance.

If you have any further questions or concerns, we at Pet Xpert Animal Clinic strive to educate pet owners on the care of their beloved pets. We will break down the ingredients and explain in depth what exactly they are for. We offer affordable kitten, puppy, dog, and cat vaccine packages so call us and schedule your appointment today by calling 407-886-PETS(7387)!

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