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Posted on 03-13-2017

The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Like humans, your pets can acquire viruses from infected animals that can make them seriously ill and can even be deadly. Vaccinations against these diseases can help your pet remain healthy and will allow you to avoid the expensive veterinary care needed to restore their health after they become ill. Most communities in the United States require rabies vaccine, but there are a number of other diseases that can be a serious threat to your pet’s health that can be avoided with annual vaccinations.

Importance of Pet Vaccinations from your Decatur Veterinarian

Vet Recommended Core Vaccinations For Dogs

Veterinarians recommend a number of vaccinations to ensure pets are able to resist infection from a number of common diseases. Your vet can advise you on the best schedule for your puppy or adult dog. All puppies and dogs should receive vaccines against parvovirus, adenovirus, distemper and rabies. In addition, the veterinarian may also advise additional vaccines for bordetella for pets that are boarded, leptospira and borrelia burgdorferi, depending on your animal’s risk for exposure. Leptospirosis is a required/core vaccine.

Vet Recommended Core Vaccines For Cats

Vets generally recommend that kittens and adult cats receive the vaccine for herpesvirus-1, calicivirus, panleukopenia and rabies. The vet may also suggest vaccinating against bordetella if your cat is boarded, feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, and chlamydia. The vet will also recommend the appropriate schedule of vaccinations for your cat's needs.

Make Fairview Hospital for Animals Your Veterinarian

Our veterinarians are committed to providing the best in veterinary care for all animals in our charge. We provide exams, vaccinations, wellness care, prescription diets, dermatology, diagnostic services, dental care, surgery and an air-conditioned boarding facility. The Fairview Hospital for Animals also has 24-hour messaging service for emergency care when needed. We serve the communities of Decatur, Blue Mound, Boody, Forsyth, Macon and Mount Zion. Call Fairview Hospital for Animals today at 217-428-7709 for an appointment to discuss your pet’s vaccinations and other veterinary care that will help it stay healthy throughout its life. 

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