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Posted on 09-26-2017

National Immunization Awareness Month in Gainesville

Immunization is important to help people avoid diseases that cause severe illness or even death. The same thing holds true for your pets. A number of immunizations are available for pets to help them avoid illness from contagious diseases. And like people, the issue of “herd immunity” is important for pets, too.

dog getting vaccinated in Gainesville

Benefits of Immunizations for Pets

When pets receive their vaccinations against these diseases, the likelihood of transmitting them to unvaccinated animals is reduced. In this way, pets that cannot get the immunization, such as very young animals or older animals that are too sick to take the vaccine, can still avoid the risk for a disease. So getting regular immunizations is not only good for your pet. It also helps the general animal population stay healthy.

Basic Immunizations for Pets

Puppies are vaccinated at 8 weeks with booster shots over successive weeks. At adulthood, dogs are then vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies on an annual basis, or as recommended by your veterinarian. Kittens also receive a series of shots over a period of weeks to protect them until they receive their adult vaccinations. Core vaccines for cats include those against feline distemper, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and rabies, which are usually given annually.

Contact Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center for Your Pet’s Immunizations

Look into our special offers to help save even more on veterinary care. Contact our Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center today at 352-653-2206 for an appointment to update the vaccinations that will protect your pet from serious diseases.

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