Whether you have a cat or a dog, you surely want the best for your furry friend. While you might not hesitate to take your pet to the vet at the first sign of trouble, there's another thing you should be doing early on in your pet's life or as soon as possible after you adopt it, and that's to make sure that your pet has all of its needed vaccinations. A pet vaccination will benefit your pet and possibly even you in a number of different ways.
Protect Your Pet From Diseases
The most common or well-known disease is probably rabies, but there are plenty of other diseases out there that your pet could contract. This is especially true if your pet frequently plays with other dogs at a doggy daycare or some other location. If your dog (or cat) encounters another animal with a disease, your pet's vaccine will hopefully step up to the plate and be able to stop the disease from spreading to your own pet. Contracting a bad disease could also shorten your pet's lifespan, and no one wants that.
It's the Right Thing to Do to Help Out Other Pet Owners
Of course, this logic works in the other direction too. You should make sure your pet gets all of his or her vaccinations because you surely would not want your dog or cat spreading a disease to someone else's pet. If your dog likes to be social and interact with other animals, make sure your pet has no chance of harming others by getting all required vaccinations before you let it out the door.
Failing to Vaccinate Could Get You in Trouble
In many states, it is actually required by law that you get your pet vaccinated for rabies and possibly other diseases. If your pet bites a person and spreads rabies or something else to a human, not only is there a chance that your pet could be put down, but there's also a chance the victim could come after you legally. You will be on the wrong side of the law if you failed to get a rabies vaccination for your pet, and you might be held financially liable due to your negligence.
Ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life by getting it all the required and even recommended vaccines as soon as possible. Talk to your local veterinarian today for more information on pet vaccination.