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The Importance of Vaccines for Pets

Vaccines are a controversial subject whether you are discussing your children or your pets. Proper vaccinations have saved many individuals from getting seriously ill and are the mainstay of protection for many common diseases. 

Vaccines work by exposing the body to weakened disease particles. The body reacts to them by producing antibodies-think of them as little nametags. So if your pet is exposed to that disease, your pet’s immune system recognizes the nametags and prevents them from getting sick.

Unfortunately some have taken the controversy too far and don’t have their pets properly vaccinated. This is especially true for cats. “My cat never goes outside,” is the common refrain. That’s an unfortunate thought for the couple back east whose 14 year old cat “who never went outside” somehow contracted rabies. The couple had to go through rabies exposure treatment and the cat succumbed to the disease. Or for my neighbor’s cat who was found playing with a bat and had to be euthanized because it wasn’t current on its rabies vaccination.

According to the Center for Disease Control in 2012 there were 257 reported cases of rabies in cats and only 84 cases in dogs.

Make sure your pets are properly vaccinated by your veterinarian to protect them and your family from the heartache of preventable diseases.

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