Vaccines & Microchipping Can Save Your Pet's Life!

Vaccines: a very controversial subject for both people and pets. However,
this is definitely something that can save your pet's life and prevent
them from contracting debilitating diseases. Now, not ALL vaccines are
100% necessary for all pets. Some are elective based on you and your pet's
lifestyle. Others are what we call core vaccines that are considered
mandatory for the basic health of your pet and the general public. For
dogs, core vaccines are rabies and DHPP (combination vaccine including
canine distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza virus and parvovirus).
Elective lifestyle (or non-core) vaccines are bordetella (kennel cough),
Lyme, leptospirosis, canine influenza, and rattlesnake venom vaccine. One
thing to keep in mind if you choose not to vaccinate for bordetella, if
you have an emergency situation occur and unexpectedly need to board your
pet for a period of time all boarding kennels require dogs to be current
on bordetella and for the vaccine to be effective your pet should be
vaccinated 2 weeks prior to the boarding reservation. For cats, core
vaccines are rabies and FVRCP (combination vaccine including feline viral
rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia). Feline leukemia is an
elective vaccine for cats, and is strongly recommended for any cat that
goes outdoors. Here at PVH we offer all of these vaccines except for the
rattlesnake vaccine, which we can order if needed.

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Microchipping can also be a life-saving procedure for your pet. Often
times this can be the ONLY identification your pet carries. Personally, my
two little dogs chew their collars off of each other, so they run around
naked at home. If they ever escaped or we were in a car accident, their
microchip would be the only way a shelter or vet clinic would know they
belonged to me. Not only is it important to microchip your pet, it is
equally important to keep your most current phone number and address
updated with the microchip company. You can even have alternate contacts
linked to your pet's number in case you are unreachable.

One more benefit to microchipping pets is that it establishes ownership of
the pet in question. Too many times pets have been lost during an outting
or vacation and if the pet has not been microchipped ownership can be
challenged by whoever is in possession of the pet. A registered microchip
give the owner an advantage to establish them as the owner of the pet.

Dr. Laura Bukowski