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Why Is It Important to Get Your Pet Vaccinated

vet holding a Labrador puppy in a pet hospital

Vaccinations are preventive measures are designed to protect your pets from infections and diseases.

The risks of what diseases your pet can be exposed to depend on the climatic conditions of your area of residence. Take them to a pet hospital or a veterinary clinic to get them vaccinated. Consult a veterinarian to know about the immunizations that are necessary and also those which are best suited for your pet. With 35 years of experience in animal care, Kato Animal Hospital offers surgery services, pet grooming and pet boarding.

Vaccinating Dogs & Cats

Basics of vaccination for dogs Your dog needs to be given two different kinds of vaccinations: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are the first category of vaccinations, they protect your dog from fatal and easily communicable diseases such as such as distemper, rabies, parvovirus and adenovirus which are the most common communicable diseases.

Non-core vaccinations protect your pets from environment and lifestyle. Discuss the specifications of the vaccines with your veterinarian to be fully aware of your dog’s specific needs. You can avoid ailments such as kennel cough and Lyme disease by this. The bacteria Bordetella and Parainfluenza attack your pet and can advance to pneumonia.

If you bathe your dog too often, there might be a chance of being affected by severe kennel cough. It is a contagious disease that impacts the upper respiratory tract in dogs. This frequently occurs in sealed off places such as animal shelters and boarding accommodations.

Basics of vaccination for cats

Cats can be exposed to infections in the upper respiratory tract. They can develop diseases such as feline viral rhinotracheitis, a condition transmitted by interactions with other cats while eating, grooming and sneezing. If your cats have access to the neighbourhood, there’s a high chance of them contracting this disease. Get your cat vaccinated to ensure its health.

Protection against rabies

Rabies is a virus which tends to attack the central nervous system and brain of canines and felines. This disease is highly communicable and can be transmitted to other animals and humans through biting, scratching and transfer of saliva. In certain parts of the world, vaccinating your cats and dogs against rabies is mandatory.

Vaccination schedule

Take your pet to a pet hospital to set a vaccination schedule adequate for your pet. The factors your pet’s vaccination schedule will depend on are:

  1. Type of vaccine

  2. Pet’s age

  3. Medical history, if any

  4. Lifestyle

  5. Surrounding environment


The benefits of vaccinating your pet are more compared to the risks associated with vaccinating. Most of the time, pets respond well to vaccines. Any negative reaction tends to be mild and is short-lived.

A serious reaction to vaccination can potentially occur in cats in the form of sarcomas which can tumour growth that can occur week, months or even years after vaccination. Rise in medical science has introduced vaccines that considerably reduced the occurrence of sarcomas in recent years.

Pets now live a healthier and much better life compared to what they did 10 years ago. Try to achieve health, comfort and long life for your pet through scheduling personalized vaccination at a pet hospital of your choice. Visit Kato Animal Hospital if your pet is ill, we will treat them and also inform you about the preventive measures that should be taken to avoid future problems.

Get your pets the vaccinations they need, contact us today!


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