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Posted on 05-18-2012

Why Pet Vaccinations Are Critical for Pets

Pet vaccinations at our Canton animal hospital protect both pets and people from severe and Canton veterinarians recommend pet vaccinationsdeadly diseases. Here in Georgia, as in most other states, rabies vaccinations are the law, and with good reason. Rabies is almost always deadly, but pet vaccination laws around America have made domestic animal and human rabies infections very rare. But rabies is only one of the dangerous, contagious diseases pets here and in Ball Ground can avoid, simply by staying current on vaccinations.

Canton Veterinarians Advise on Pet Vaccinations

Our Canton veterinarians vaccinate pets against several diseases including Distemper, Parvovirus, Bordetella (kennel cough, which can easily spread when boarding a pet), and even canine flu and feline leukemia. These are all highly contagious, painful and even deadly diseases that can be prevented by pet vaccinations. We also recommend that pets who travel, visit dog parks or are boarded regularly discuss additional vaccinations with our veterinarians. Most pet boarding facilities and customs officials (for pets that travel abroad) require proof of vaccinations, for example.

Our animal hospital staff vaccinate a pet by injecting a serum under the skin, which is composed of either a dead or deactivated virus or bacteria. The pet's immune system then goes to work, first identifying the deactivated invaders, and then building up its store of antibodies that can ward off that specific pathogen. If a pet comes into contact with that disease in the future, its body can neutralize the germs before the illness can spread.

Our entire vet services team recommends that all families with pets here and in the Ball Ground area come in to have their pets' vaccination records checked and updated. Our veterinarians can discuss any concerns you may have, and also suggest vaccinations that may be necessary to protect your pet in certain situations. It is essential for the health of your pet and your human family members!

When was the last time you looked at your pet's shot records? Are they current?

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