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Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

Everyone wants their pets to be happy and healthy. Part of that is making sure your pet’s vaccines are up to date. We at Animal General create a vaccination plan during their check-up that is easy to follow and will keep your fur friends safe.

Why Vaccinations Work

Vaccines prevent transmitted viral and bacterial diseases. It also means they are not curative, because they work to fight off the illnesses before a pet gets sick.

Vaccinations are safe because there are strict safety rules for veterinary teams. A vaccine contains a weaker version of the pathogen it protects against. The injection then triggers an autoimmune response to build up strength against it.

The reason a veterinarian sets up a vaccination plan is that some injections lose their effectiveness. By keeping to the schedule, you can make sure your pet is not at risk for deadly diseases.

Why Vaccinate

Bacteria and viruses exist that can remain in environments for years. It means that even if a specific disease does not put your pet at risk, a resurgence is possible and will affect your canine or feline.

You vaccinate your pet not only to safeguard your pet but those around that animal. Rabies is an example of a mandated injection administered to protect everyone.

Again, vaccinations are about prevention, not curing, and all pet illnesses and diseases are traumatic.

What Vaccines Prevent

Different vaccines prevent different diseases. In some cases, the law does not require every vaccination, but it is still imperative for pet health.

The diseases that vaccines protect dogs against include: 

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine viral hepatitis
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine parainfluenza
  • Kennel cough
  • Rabies

The diseases that vaccines protect cats against include: 

  • Feline enteritis
  • Feline parvovirus
  • Feline leukemia
  • Cat flu syndrome
  • Chlamydia
  • Rabies

Call Animal General Today!

Serving the Manhattan, NY area, we at Animal General strive to create the healthiest environment for you and your pet. Call us today to schedule a check-up or ask about vaccinations. Contact our veterinary team at 212-501-9600.

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