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Posted on 06-19-2017
At Fairview Hospital for Animals, our veterinarian in Decatur provides pet vaccinations for dogs and cats alike. Regardless of the specific vaccinations your pet needs, we can administer these in our office. If you're not sure which vaccinations your pet needs, simply bring in the most recent veterinary paperwork you have for your pet and we'll provide you with recommendations and an updated vaccine schedule.
There is simply no overstating the importance of keeping your pet vaccinations up-to-date. For starters, having your kitten, cat, puppy, or adult dog vaccinated is the best way to protect them against any number of diseases, viruses, and illnesses—many of which can otherwise be fatal. Furthermore, in protecting your pet from these illnesses, you can also protect yourself and your loved ones from diseases that can be transmitted from pets to humans. Rabies is a prime example of an often-fatal disease that can be transmitted across species. This is why many states and cities have strict laws in place requiring all cats and dogs to have an updated rabies vaccine; otherwise, you could end up being fined or otherwise penalized.
Finally, showing proof of up-to-date vaccinations is also required if you want to bring your pet to a boarding facility or groomer. This is an important precaution meant to protect the staff as well as other animals within the facility. And if you have a dog that you'd like to bring to a local dog park, it is likely that you will need to provide proof of vaccinations there as well.
Vaccination schedules can vary based on your pet's size and age, but kittens and puppies typically begin receiving their first rounds of core vaccines as early as six weeks of age. This includes distemper and specific flu vaccines. Usually, a puppy or kitten will receive their first rabies vaccines around 12 weeks. Depending on the specific rabies vaccine given, your dog or cat may need an additional vaccine every one to three years.
Request your pet's vaccination appointment with our veterinarian in Decatur today by calling Fairview Hospital for Animals at (217) 428-7709!
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I visit Fairview Animal Hospital at least once a week for a few of my fur-babies to receive laser therapy and the ENTIRE staff always shows genuine concern for my babies as well as me. They are always completely honest in the care they believe my pets need and only suggest treatments that they firmly believe would help my babies comfort. I have six dogs and two cats who all have their own issues and they know them all by name, know what their problems are and cater to their individual needs. The best part of this staff, is that every single one of my babies thoroughly enjoys their visits which is most important to me.
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