Vaccines and pet health go hand in hand. Despite what some people might think, it is a good idea to make sure your pets are up on their vaccines. In fact, failing to do so could put your pet's life at risk. Animals carry diseases that can affect humans, and there are some illnesses that can be transferred from animals to humans. In some instances, human illness has been traced back to a pet.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends there 5 reasons to vaccinate your pet.
- Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.
- Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.
- Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people.
- Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
- In many areas, local or state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets.
As pet owners, we want to take the best care of our pets so they can enjoy long, happy, healthy lives. But sometimes, even experienced pet owners are unsure of the best way to take care of their pets.