August is here, and so is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This month is a great time to highlight the value of immunizations for people and animals across our lifespans.
Vaccines are vital to prevent disease. While the month was not created specifically to promote pet vaccines, now is a really great time to learn about them and make sure your pets are caught up and covered on all their vaccines. One of the shots given to dogs is DHLPP, which covers 5 different diseases. Cats have a similar multi-vaccine called FVRCP. These two vaccines are great means of reducing the risk of these awful diseases and protecting the health of your pet. Other dog vaccines include Bordetella (canine cough) and Lyme. And for both dogs and cats, rabies is a hugely important vaccine.
Vaccinating them is not just good for your pets, but human beings as well. Rabies is a great example, because this deadly disease can be transmitted from an infected animal to a human through a bite. Vaccines that protect against animal-specific diseases are beneficial, too. Contracting and spreading the diseases would cause your pet and others’ to suffer and require veterinary care, which could get costly.
Vaccines have changed over the years and become even more convenient and useful. Many went from being 1-year vaccines to being 3-year vaccines, so pet owners do not have to worry about them as often. This National Immunization Awareness Month, make sure your pets are up-to-date on all their vaccines!