Recently, there has been a lot of controversy regarding vaccines, their efficacy, and their safety. However, our veterinarians at Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic can say without a doubt that vaccines are the safest and most effective way to protect your dogs and cats from some of the most dangerous and contagious diseases out there.
We strive to help all of our clients understand the importance of vaccinating their pets by explaining the following reasons why we immunize our pets.
Top 6 Reasons to Vaccinate Your Pets
1. Prevent Your Pets From Getting Sick
The number one reason to vaccinate pets is to prevent them from contracting several diseases. The diseases that vaccines prevent can cause serious illness.
Plus, many of these diseases have no viable, curative treatment. Meaning unvaccinated pets that contract these illnesses must suffer through the symptoms or even face death.
2. Protect People From Getting Sick
Several diseases, like rabies and leptospirosis, are zoonotic. This means they can be transmitted between humans and animals. So, if an unvaccinated pet contracts a zoonotic disease, your entire family could fall ill.
3. Pet Vaccines Are Safe
Pet vaccines are among the safest and most effective preventative veterinary treatments available. Like all veterinary treatments, there’s always a small risk of adverse side effects. The most common being allergic reactions, and severe reactions are quite rare.
4. Save Money
Vaccines are always less expensive than the cost of treating a pet that contracts a serious disease.
5. Protect the Community
Vaccinating pets reduces the overall amount of contagious disease that’s present in the community by lowering transmission rates. This results in healthier dogs, cats, people, and wildlife for an overall healthier community.
6. Obey the Law
Many dog and cat vaccines are actually required by local laws. Failing to provide your pets with these vaccinations could result in hefty fines and even being forced to surrender your pet.
Schedule an Appointment to Celebrate National Pet Immunization Awareness Month in August
If you’ve recently adopted a new pet or if it’s been a while since your pet’s last veterinary appointment, we invite you to schedule a wellness and preventative care appointment at Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic in Houston.
We talk with you about your pet’s vaccine history and contagious disease exposure risk to help you determine the best schedule of core and non-core vaccines to protect your pet, family, and community from dangerous diseases.