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Vaccines. Nobody likes them, not even our furry friends. Vaccinations are essential for keeping pets healthy and happy. Pet vaccinations help prevent diseases and help avoid costly treatments for preventable animal illnesses. These vaccinations protect our pets from the many diseases that affect wildlife, particularly rabies and distemper.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), vaccines provide immunity against one or several diseases. They can lessen the disease severity or prevent certain diseases altogether. The AVMA lists five important reasons to vaccinate pets.

1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.

2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for preventable diseases.

3. Failure to vaccinate endangers other peoples’ pets, too.

4. Failure to vaccinate can endanger humans.

5. In many areas, local or state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets.

If pets go to daycare, dog parks, or kennels, they could be exposed to more diseases such as kennel cough. It is important to maintain a regular vaccine schedule.

Vaccinations are not a substitute for proper veterinary care. In addition to vaccination against disease, all pets need regular veterinary check-ups. Regular veterinary care can help keep pets healthy for years to come. Contact a veterinarian to set up a vaccine schedule today.

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