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Vaccinate pets timeously

It is of utmost importance to vaccinate your pets.

Vaccinations protect your pet from several highly contagious diseases such as canine distemper, parvovirus infection and respiratory tract infections. It also protects against transmissible diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis that also pose a risk to human health.

Vaccinatable diseases are canine distemper; canine infectious hepatitis; respiratory disease; canine corona virus; canine parvovirus infection; leptospirosis; rabies and canine para influenza.

Historically, immunisation practices and vaccination protocols have contributed to significantly reduce the prevalence of many life-threatening diseases. The risks of not vaccinating can be significant to individual animals and populations, and can have consequences on livelihoods of rural livestock producers in economically developed and emerging regions.

5 reasons to vaccinate your pet

1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.

2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.

3. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people.

4. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.

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

Why do puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations?

Very young animals are highly susceptible to infectious diseases because their immune system is not yet fully mature. They receive protection through antibodies in their mother’s milk, but the protection is not long-lasting and there may be gaps in protection as the milk antibodies decrease and their immune system is still maturing.

Vaccinating livestock and wildlife is just as important as vaccinating our household pets as they can also be protected against certain diseases, such as rabies.

To provide optimal protection against disease in the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled, usually three to four weeks apart. It is highly recommended that a puppy receive their first vaccination at the age of six weeks and a kitten at eight weeks. This ensures that the vaccination protocol is completed at four months of age and the animal is protected against vaccinatable diseases at the youngest possible age.

Please visit your nearest veterinarian for more information on vaccinations and protecting yourself and your animals from life threatening diseases.

Information supplied by a qualified veterinarian.

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