By vaccinating our pets, we are ensuring that they are immune to different, possibly fatal diseases if/when they get exposed to them. Vaccinating our animals prevents spreading of these diseases. Also, if you think of it from a cost-standpoint, it costs less to prevent diseases than it does to treat them.
Rabies is a severe and often fatal disease that effects the brain and central nervous system. The most common carriers of this disease are raccoons. Other wild animals that are common carriers are skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes. Massachusetts requires that both cats & dogs receive their rabies vaccination as early as 6 months of age. A second vaccine is recommended after 1 year and then boosters every three years.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that is very high in this area. Usually between the months of March and November it is the highest due to the warmer weather. Lyme disease can cause lameness in your pet, lack of appetite and depression. A more serious complication include damage to the kidneys. It is important to consider the Lyme vaccine, but to also get a tick preventative to help repel the different kinds of ticks.
A life-threatening disease that affects domestic cats as well as some wild animals. It is very contagious among cats by urine, feces, mucus, blood, etc. The Feline Distemper virus is not the same as the virus that causes the canine distemper and does not transmit to humans.
A disease that impairs the immune system and causes certain types of cancer. Symptoms include anemia, lethargy, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, etc.