August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Author Tori Muguia RVT- Pet Emergency Education Instructor, Dallas, TX What are vaccines? Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines stimulate the immune system’s production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body. Vaccines provide immunity against one or several diseases that can lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases altogether. Why is it important to vaccinate my pet? Experts agree that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet’s overall quality of life. Do vaccinations ensure protection? For most pets, vaccination is effective in preventing future disease and only rarely will a vaccinated pet have insufficient immunity to fight off the disease.  It is important to follow the vaccination schedule provided by your veterinarian to reduce the possibility of a gap in protection. For more information visit: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/vaccinations.aspx

How to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

How to Keep Pets Safe on 4th of July

Americans love Independence Day, and rightly so.  It is the celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the biggest party of the summer.  Along with this celebration comes a number of hazards for your four legged friends including the worst of all, fireworks. Also, pets can get into popular foods available at 4th of July parties and cookouts that can be toxic or cause a number of digestive problems. A 2013 study by the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences found fireworks were the most common trigger for fearful behavior in dogs. Responses included: trembling shaking hiding seeking comfort destruction urination salivation Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.  Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pets safe this 4th of July. Keep your pets indoors at all times Do not put insect repellent on your pet that is not formulated for them Do not let them drink alcohol or consume marijuana as many people think these substances will help calm the animal.  Alcohol and recreational drugs are very toxic to pets

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