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Posted on 10-02-2013
Ben Franklin might as well have been talking about basic pet care when he proclaimed that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Routine pet vaccinations are as essential to pet safety and wellness as any preventive measures you can take and are a fraction of the cost of treating unnecessary emergencies and pet hospital visits that could otherwise be averted.
Annual vaccinations insure your pet against potentially costly and life-threatening illnesses like parvo, distemper, Lyme disease, and rabies. Your pets can become infected when they are bitten by rabid animals. Pets vaccinations are important to prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife, and transmitting it to humans.
Our veterinarians, Dr. Michele Stewart and Dr. Dwight Alleyne are pet safety advocates who believe that preventive care and vaccinations are the safest, most effective way to keep your pet active and healthy. They will ensure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date during each office visit and encourage annual wellness exams as part of any breed’s basic pet care.
Current vaccinations not only ensure pet safety, they are also required for boarding, grooming, and most recreational pursuits at dog parks and other pet-inclusive outings. They are not just a good idea to ensure that your pet is not a carrier of any communicable disease; they also protect your pet from exposure to other unvaccinated carriers, which may require costly treatment at a Canton vet pet hospital.
The goal of a vaccination program is to provide benefit in the form of protection against serious diseases that pose a threat to your pet while minimizing the risk of adverse side effects. Drs. Stewart and Alleyne can help you evaluate the risk-benefit ratio of each vaccine and the prevalence of regional diseases in the Canton vet area.
Are your pet’s vaccinations up to date? Let us know your thoughts on preventive pet care in the comments section, below.
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