National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) but that doesn’t just mean people should be heading to their primary care physicians and seeking out any immunizations or vaccinations they may need to protect their health and wellness.

 Your pets – dogs and cats particularly – need regular vaccinations as well, and there’s no better time than the NIAM to make sure that your furry little family members are up-to-date on all of their shots.



 Dogs of all ages are going to need a Rabies vaccination, and depending on whether or not you move forward with a one year or a three year vaccination it may be time for Fido to have his annual booster.

 Distemper vaccines and parvovirus vaccines should also be administered on a three-year basis, and it’s not a bad idea to consider moving forward with a Lyme disease vaccination ahead of the annual start of tick season which comes later in the fall and will carry through to the spring.

 Canine influenza vaccinations are recommended to be administered on an annual basis as well, with these shots being spread out over two different injections anywhere between two and four weeks apart.



 Depending on where you live, your cat is going to need a rabies vaccination either every year or every three years – and state regulations are also going to dictate and determine the frequency as well as the specific type of booster necessary, too.

 Feline distemper vaccinations are available on an annual or three-year basis, with feline herpes virus vaccinations available on that same schedule. It’s not a bad idea to space both of these vaccinations out by a couple of weeks, giving your cat one of them at the beginning of the month and the other at the end.

 Feline leukemia vaccinations are recommended every two years for those that are at low risk for this disease and annually for those with higher risk factors. Bordetella disease vaccinations are also recommended to be administered annually.

 NIAM does a great job at raising awareness for the kinds of vaccinations your pet may need. Contact us today to discuss which boosters your 4-legged loved ones require to live a long, happy, and healthy life!



Don't Leave Your Pets In Vehicles

In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget things. Your wallet on the kitchen table. Your lunch left in the fridge. Your sweater at the movie theater.

However, each year, pets are left in cars - or worse, owners who say they're just going in for a “minute” will leave their dogs alone in hot cars, leading to overheating and then even death.

The Effects of High Temps on Pets Can Be Drastic!

Cars amplify the heat.  Think about getting into your car on a hot day and then touching the leather seating or steering wheel. It is painful to the touch!

On a 75-degree day, the inside of your car can get to 110 degrees in just a few moments.

Now imagine the temp is 80 or 90 degrees.

Humans can sweat as a means of regulating body temp, but dogs pant. They also may become very anxious. Imagine you are locked inside a 100-degree room with your winter coat on and there is no way of getting out.

It would make you worry, too.

And don’t rely on opening a window

Some owners believe that by opening a window everything will be fine.

 This does not make enough of a difference to keep your pet safe. Cracking the windows open 1.5 inches did not slow down the heating process as determined by a Stanford University study.

Do not rely on simply opening a window to make it okay to leave a pet in a hot car.

So What Are The Effects of Leaving Your Dog Inside A Vehicle During Warmer Weather?

Heatstroke is the most prominent effect of leaving your dog in a hot car. It can take only about 15 minutes for this to happen. Older and younger dogs as well as those with compromised health are more likely to be victims of heatstroke than dogs who are in good health.

Discomfort and being restless are the first two signs. Panting is another big one. The dog may have difficulty breathing, and may cry, or bark at passersby in hopes they help him out. He will eventually become confused or disoriented.

Once this happens, he must be taken to a vet immediately. Sadly, once lethargy sets in, he may never recover.

The Takeaway: It is best to leave your pooch at home on very hot days, or just make a second trip out after you have safely dropped off your pet at home.