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Vaccines Protect Pets

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Vaccines Protect Pets

Domestic pets, treated as part of the family, lead lives enhanced, protected and extended by knowledgeable pet care. Vaccines protect pets and are an important part of pet care in our country. No one intentionally wants their pet to become ill, debilitated or worse, however, many people are lax in understanding vaccines.

Rabies and Core Vaccines

“Core” vaccines protect pets from the most common diseases which include Rabies, Distemper, Adenovirus Types 1 and 2, and Parvo for dogs. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Pan leukopenia (FVRCP) and Rabies are the core vaccines for cats.

Laws mandating Rabies vaccination in domestic pet populations have reduced the risk to public health from Rabies.  Rabies vaccination schedules, however, can be confusing because of human health laws. Your pet may be required to have an annual vaccination or may be on a three year renewal. check with your veterinarian.

Non-Core Vaccines

“Non-core” vaccines are for individual pets with specific needs. Information about your pet’s exposure risks is needed by your veterinarian to recommend non-core vaccines to provide optimal protection. Be sure to include Fondren 5 Star Pet Resort’s important update on required canine non-core vaccines.

Talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle, including any expected travel outside your community or  contact with other pets which may affect your pet’s risk of exposure to certain diseases.

Re-vaccination

Some initial doses of vaccines require a booster dose within a limited time range to be effective.  An incomplete series of vaccinations may lead to incomplete protection. Differing beliefs about re-vaccination rates are under debate making decisions about certain vaccinations confusing. The best way to stay on schedule with vaccinations for your dog or cat is to follow the recommendations of a veterinarian you trust.

Your Pet Care Facility

Outstanding pet care facilities, dedicated to the health and well-being of pets, understand that vaccine protection is an essential part of pet lodging. Optimum immunity from vaccines is not always immediate. Check with the boarding facility and your vet in advance for the requirements and timescale involved for vaccinations.