Learn Why Vaccinations Matter for Pets of All Ages

As a pet owner, you may already know that pet vaccinations help reduce a puppy and kitten’s risk for contracting contagious and deadly disease. 

But did you know that pet vaccinations are important for pets of all ages, and not just as puppies and kittens? As our pets age, it is just as important to keep pets up to date on vaccinations to maintain good health.

Our Quincy Veterinary Clinic Answers Your Pet Vaccination Questions

Below, our veterinarian has answered three of your most frequently asked questions about pet vaccinations:

How often will my dog need vaccination boosters?

Your dog’s vaccination schedule depends on several factors, including lifestyle. For example, if your dog is a frequent visitor to doggy daycare and dog parks, he may need additional vaccinations, like bordetella, which prevents the highly contagious kennel cough. Vaccination boosters also depend on the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines; some vaccines are annual, other vaccines are every three years. Our veterinarian works with each pet owner to create a vaccination plan that meets your pet’s lifestyle needs.

Why are vaccines important for senior pets?

Just like humans, older pets may have weaker immune systems that are more susceptible to illness. Should your senior pet become ill, his immune system may be unable to tolerate aggressive treatments, making the recovery process more difficult and subjecting your pet to unnecessary pain.

My older cat stays indoors; why do I need to keep her vaccinations up to date?

Up-to-date vaccinations are critical for pets of all ages, including those that primarily stay indoors. Even with vigilance, your cat might escape outside. Worse, there are sad cases every year of rabid animals entering basements and attics and encountering the family pet. If your pet is attacked and her rabies vaccine has lapsed, your cat might have to be put down. The bottom line: proactive care is always the best policy.

Do you have a preset vaccinations schedule for your pet?

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