Let's Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month!
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and at Sage Creek Animal Hospital, we like to celebrate by spreading awareness about why we immunize our pets while helping to educate pet owners about the importance of vaccinating pets.
6 Reasons to Vaccinate Your Pets
1. Vaccines Protect Pets
Immunization is the most effective preventative treatment available, and vaccinations can prevent pets from contracting some of the most dangerous and contagious diseases out there.
Plus, there are no curative treatments available for many of the diseases that vaccines can prevent. As a result, vaccination not only prevents your pet from suffering painful symptoms but can also save your pet’s life.
2. Vaccines Are Safe
Failing to vaccinate your pets poses a much greater health risk than vaccinations do. Although there’s always a small risk of adverse reactions with any medical treatments, adverse reactions are rare and usually mild with vaccines.
3. Vaccines Protect People
Vaccines prevent pets from contracting a variety of zoonotic diseases. These are contagious diseases, like leptospirosis and rabies, that can be transmitted between humans and animals. As a result, vaccinating your pets also protects your human family members from dangerous diseases.
4. Vaccines Are Cost-Effective
The cost of vaccinating your pets is always less expensive than the cost of treating a pet that contracts a dangerous disease.
5. It's the Law
Pets are required by law to be vaccinated for several diseases, such as rabies. Failing to do so could result in fines and even being forced to surrender your pet.
6. It Protects the Community
Many vaccines are required by law in an effort to keep the overall rate of infection low throughout our communities. When you vaccinate your pets, they will no longer be able to contract or transmit the diseases they’re immunized against. This reduces the transmission rate overall in pets, wildlife, and people.
Pet Immunizations With Our Veterinarians in Winnipeg
If it has been more than a year since your pet’s last veterinary appointment or if you’ve recently adopted a new pet, then we invite you to schedule a wellness and preventative care appointment at Sage Creek Animal Hospital.
We can talk with you about the core vaccines (recommended for all pets) and non-core vaccines (recommended on a case-by-case basis) available and help you determine the best schedule of immunization for your pet based on his or her lifestyle and exposure risk.
To learn more about pet vaccines or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.