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Posted on 08-11-2017
August marks National Immunization Awareness Month, and we at Chatham Animal Hospital are celebrating by reminding our community about the importance of pet vaccinations. Easily administered, cat and dog vaccinations are an important measure to take in safeguarding your pet's health, wellness, and longevity. Beginning while pets are still puppies and kittens, initial vaccinations which protect against diseases such as rabies, corona virus, parvovirus, and feline leukemia are first administered followed by a series of booster vaccinations and maintenance vaccines usually once every year.
Pet vaccinations are separated into two categories: core and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccinations include those which the American Veterinary Medical Association recommend all pets receive. These include vaccines which protect your pet against seriously contagious and dangerous viruses. Non-core vaccinations are only administered on a case-by-case basis depending on your pet's normal activities, such as spending time at a groomer or boarding facility.
At Chatham Animal Hospital, we provide pets a full menu of Cary vaccinations including both core and non-core vaccines. Depending on your pet's stage of life, immunization record, lifestyle, and regular activities, our veterinarian will provide guidance when selecting vaccinations for your pet. We will advise you regarding which vaccinations are required by law (such as the rabies vaccine), which protect against common life-threatening illnesses, and which you might choose for your pet depending on how many other animals he or she encounters (such as a kennel cough).
Providing your pet with preventative and wellness care will not only save you the cost of treating illness and disease later on, but it will also ensure your pet stays happy and healthy. We encourage you to take advantage of National Immunization Awareness Month this August by contacting us at (919) 469-8114 to schedule your cat or dog's wellness check and vaccinations in Cary. Remember that prevention is always the best medicine.
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