Give the Gift of Safety to Your Pet for Immunization Awareness Month

| August 18, 2023

Pet Immunization Awareness Month is here for the month of August as a reminder to update your vaccines for your pets! Now might be the perfect time to schedule a visit with your veterinarian to ensure your pet’s vaccines are up to date. If you can’t schedule an appointment or don’t have a veterinarian, click here to book your appointment through our Public Veterinary Services. 

Why Are Vaccines Essential?

Like humans, pets get vaccinated against life-threatening illnesses for an extra layer of protection. Vaccines are a preventative method of avoiding illnesses like Rabies, Parvovirus, and Panleukopenia. Think of it like a flu shot, but for your pet! 

Regular vaccinations are crucial to your pet’s annual care as illnesses can spread very easily. By immunizing your cat or dog, you can give them the best opportunity to live a safe, healthy life. To read more information on vaccinating your dog, click here. If you’d like more information on vaccinating your cat, click here. 

What Will Happen Once My Pet Gets Vaccinated?

After a vaccine is administered to your pet, their body builds up immunity. The body’s immune response is what is known as “immunization.”   

But this protection does not last forever, which is why your veterinarian will recommend coming back for a booster vaccine. This will increase the efficiency of the first vaccine to make sure your pet is well-equipped for illness prevention.  

Which Vaccines Should I Get for My Pet?

Ontario’s law states that every dog, cat, and ferret must be vaccinated against rabies, but we recommend as many preventative vaccines as possible. Protecting your pet against Rabies, Leptospirosis, or Panleukopenia could be a matter of life and death, so why take the risk? 

These vaccines are particularly important for young animals because their immune systems are not fully developed so they will have a harder time fighting off diseases. That means be sure to follow the proper protocol that your veterinarian outlines for your new little one. 

We highly advise administering vaccinations to pets that are active, frequently outdoors, or enjoy social interactions. The transmission of these diseases can occur quickly, ranging from scenarios such as a minor bite from a rabies carrier to a visit to a dog park. You can be confident that your pet benefits from an additional level of protection, offering you peace of mind.  

Book Your Vaccine Appointment with Toronto Humane Society

All animals that have been adopted from Toronto Humane Society will receive their vaccines, but if you have recently brought home an animal that isn’t up to date on their vaccines, or if your pet need booster vaccines, you can book your appointment online through our Public Veterinary Services.