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National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month with Our Carol Stream Vets: Are Your Pets Up To Date?

You protect your children with immunizations, but you need to make sure you protect your furry friends as well.  Our team at Carol Stream Animal Hospital celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month in August, sponsored by the Center for Disease Control. This month serves as a reminder to check with your Carol Stream veterinarian that your pet immunization records are current and your pet protected.

Veterinarian treating a dog

Why Vaccinate Your Pets

Your pets can contract diseases from other pets with which they may come in contact.  The American Veterinary Medical Association says keeping your pet immunization current can prevent many common pet illnesses.  They can also help you avoid the cost of treating illnesses and diseases that are preventable.

Getting your pet immunized can help prevent the transmission of diseases to other pets or humans.  In addition, your pet may come in contact with wild animals, or strays, that have diseases such as rabies or distemper.  If they have not been vaccinated, they will not be prevented. In many communities, there are state or local regulations that require immunizations for pets.

Will Pet Vaccinations Last A Lifetime?

Most vaccinations will not last for your pet’s lifespan.  That is why veterinarians give both vaccinations and booster shots on a regular schedule to provide protection.

Dogs should be vaccinated every 1 to 3 years, depending on the specific vaccine administered. The most common include Parvovirus/Bordatella, Rabies, Distemper, and Adenovirus. Cats need immunizations for rabies and distemper every 3 three years as well as Calivirus and Rhinotracheitis.

There are other vaccinations you pets would benefit from receiving.  Ask you Carol veterinarian what’s appropriate for your pet.

Book an Appointment with Our Office Today

The veterinarian team at Carol Stream Animal Hospital can make sure your pets have the right immunizations at the right time.  If you would like to book an appointment with Dr. Contreras, Dr. McCarthy, or Dr. Unsell for immunizations or other pet health concerns, call us today at (630) 426-7388.