National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and, while the focus is supposed to be on humans, we’re taking the opportunity to bring that attention to our pets. As a pet owner, routine vaccinations may be the easiest obligation we have with the biggest impact on our pets’ health. We say easy because, not only does our veterinarian remind us that it’s time, but some clinics even do free or discounted immunization boosters because it’s a non-negotiable facet of pet health. It’s important to remember that when it comes to immunizations, the age and sociability of your pet doesn’t matter, so please don’t think your dog is too young, old, or antisocial to need their vaccinations. In our experience, it’s best to call the veterinarian as soon as you receive the reminder postcard, then write the date of your appointment on the card and hang it on your fridge. This is also handy because if you see the postcard hanging on the fridge without an appointment written on it, you’ll know you probably forgot to call. We hope you take this opportunity to look through your pets’ records and make sure they’re up to date on their shots – and keep them that way!
And between check ups, it’s important to maintain general health through a lean diet and proper feedings – head to the Health & Nutrition section of our Learning Center for more information.

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