Through immunization, we can help prevent or alleviate a variety of illnesses- many of which have caused the serious illness or even death of countless animals. Some of these illnesses are spread from animal to animal, making vaccination critical for high-risk pets who are frequently around others (outdoor cats, boarding facilities, cat/dog shows, competitions, parks). Others are picked up from a contaminated environment or even parasites, placing pets who spend time outdoors at a very high risk if they are not protected.
Each vaccination plan is tailored to your pet’s risk level, which is why at every physical exam we obtain a thorough history to understand their likelihood of exposure to known pathogens and disease carriers. This way, we can determine which vaccinations are most helpful to protect your pet- without giving your pet unnecessary vaccinations or causing you unnecessary financial burden. We recommend that you consider these factors prior to your appointment, and always discuss any concerns or reservations you have with our knowledgeable staff.
Treatment for illnesses that can be prevented through vaccination can be very expensive- and sometimes, no matter how much care a sick pet is provided, the prognosis is extremely grave. By engaging in preventive medicine we help make sure that healthy pets stay that way- and at a lower cost to the owner, by preventing expensive hospitalization.
We encourage you to read about the vaccinations that we commonly provide to our patients, and as always, to ask any questions you may have.
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