Is Your Pet Protected?

| August 19, 2022

When was the last time your pet received their vaccinations? If it’s been longer than a year, it may be time to check in with your vet!  

Pet Immunization Awareness Month is here to remind pet parents to vaccinate their furry friends against contagious and potentially deadly diseases. 

Why do Pets Need to be Vaccinated?

The same way humans need certain vaccines to prevent them from developing very dangerous illnesses, pets need to be vaccinated too. Vaccines can help your pet fight against diseases like Rabies, Parvovirus, Panleukopenia, and Bordetella.  

Regular vaccinations should be a part of your pet’s routine preventative care. By immunizing your cat or dog, you can give them the best opportunity to live a safe, healthy life. 

How do Vaccines Work?

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

The effects of immunization do not last forever. This is why veterinarians recommend that your pet get a “booster” every few years to help them maintain immunity.  

Vaccines are not guaranteed to prevent your pet from getting sick, but they are an effective way of preventing illness in most cases. Even if your pet gets sick, they may be able to fight the disease more effectively and have less severe symptoms if they have been vaccinated. 

Vaccines are Important for Your Pet’s Overall Health and Wellbeing

The most common vaccinations are effective at preventing painful or life-threatening diseases. These are particularly important for young animals because their immune systems are not fully developed so they will have a harder time fighting off diseases – like Lynn, Lennon, Lawrence, and Lucky. 

These adorable 2-month-old mastiff puppies were surrendered into our care because they were showing signs of Parvovirus. Parvovirus is an extremely contagious disease and can be fatal if it is not treated. 

After running some tests to confirm that they had Parvovirus, they were immediately given around the clock treatment with IV fluids, IV antibiotics, and close monitoring. Thanks to the support from our medical team and onsite staff, these playful pups are making progress in their Parvovirus treatment.

Get Your Core Vaccines

All animals that have been adopted from Toronto Humane Society have received their vaccines, but if you have recently brought home an animal that isn’t up to date on their vaccines, or if you need booster vaccines, you can book a Public Veterinary Services appointment with us here