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As part of your pet’s preventive healthcare exam at Balanced Pets in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, we let you know which vaccinations your they need and the reason for our recommendations. Routine pet vaccinations prevent a host of acute and chronic illnesses, including distemper, Lyme disease, rabies, and leukemia. Just like human babies, puppies and kittens typically need several vaccines during their first year of life to get off to a great start.

Why the American Animal Hospital Association Recommends Routine Pet Vaccinations

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) states that staying up-to-date with your pet’s vaccinations is one of the simplest ways to make their lifespan as long as possible. As one of the most respected organizations in the veterinary industry, the AAHA also believes that vaccines are cost-effective and significantly improve the quality of a pet’s life.

However, there is more to vaccinating your pet than keeping them safe from potentially fatal diseases. Vaccines for animals also help to keep humans safe from diseases that can transfer from one species to the other. You can do your part to help your neighbors by making sure that your pet receives all recommended vaccines on time.

If you think that pet vaccination doesn’t make much of a difference, consider the statistics listed below from the World Health Organization.

  • 59,000 people around the world die each year from rabies, a serious disease transferred from animals to humans. At least 95 percent of the people who died resided in Asia or Africa, which are two continents that have no rabies laws.
  • Only one or two people die from rabies in the United States each year due to laws requiring people to vaccinate their pets against it.
  • The United States spends around $300 million each year on rabies education and has the above statistic to show for it.

As with all medical procedures, pet vaccinations may come with some downsides. Swelling, soreness, allergic reactions, fever, and lack of energy are all possible side effects during the first several hours after receiving a vaccine. We understand that you hate to see your pet experience any discomfort, but we urge you to weight minor side effects against deadly diseases when making your pet vaccination decisions.

Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that dogs and cats receive a series of core vaccines. It is up to you as a pet owner if you want to pursue any optional vaccines, such as Bordetella, based on your pet’s unique risk factors.

The core vaccines for dogs include hepatitis, parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. Cats should be vaccinated against calicivirus, herpesvirus, panleukopenia, and rabies. Our veterinarians will provide you with the recommend schedule for core vaccines and help you evaluate whether your pet should receive any non-core vaccines.

Balanced Pets Cares About Your Pet’s Health

As animal lovers ourselves, we have a great deal of empathy for our clients and their pets. Please schedule a routine checkup as soon as possible if we haven’t seen your cat or dog in more than 12 months. We are happy to provide detailed information about each routine pet vaccination when we see you in person.