When your dog doesn't seem interested in eating his food, do you know what to do? When your dog vomits often, could there be something serious wrong with him? If he struggles to get up the stairs, does he need to see a vet? Having never owned an older dog, I knew nothing about the things that can begin to go wrong when dogs age. I adopted this guy when my neighbor moved into a nursing home and had to learn a lot about how to care for an older dog. My blog is filled with the many things that I have learned over the last year through the help of my vet.
You probably care about your pet's health just as much as your own. That should be reason enough to have your pet vaccinated on a regular basis. However, the list of reasons why pet vaccinations are important is quite extensive. Read on and discover just a few of the reasons why it is important to have your pet vaccinated.
It Is The Law
Although vaccination laws vary from state to state, there is one law that is universal among all fifty states: it is illegal to not have your pet vaccinated. The punitive measures that can be brought against you for not having your pet vaccinated also vary from state to state, but as an example, in the state of New York, not having your pet vaccinated means that you could face a fine of up to $200, and, worse yet, if your pet has not been vaccinated against rabies and winds up biting a human, he or she could wind up quarantined for ten days or, worse yet, euthanized.
Vaccinations Can Prevent a Fatality
If your pet winds up with a case of rabies, it is unfortunate to say that, there is an almost certain chance that it will die. If your pet does make it through the disease, there is also a high chance that it will suffer from neurological damage. Rabies vaccines can prevent the disease from being transmitted, and, as such, can help to save your beloved pet's life.
Vaccinations Can Help Take Preventative Measures Against Diseases Transmitted to You
Not all diseases that an animal contracts are exclusive to that species. For example, if your pet has contracted a disease like leptospirosis or rabies, it can pass the disease onto you. By vaccinating your pet, you are also helping to take preventative measures against diseases transmitted to you. You should feel especially compelled to have your pet vaccinated if you have elderly or young people in your household, or if there is someone in your family who has a weakened immune system.
Vaccinations Can Help Prevent Hepatitis
Hepatitis is another disease that can affect your pet in a severe manner, and can, in many cases, be fatal. Hepatitis is known for causing liver disease in beloved pets. This can cause your pet to suffer from issues ranging from vomiting to severe stomach pains and, in some cases, can even lead to a fatality. However, vaccinations can easily prevent your pet from contracting this awful disease.