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.

For more information about vaccines:
https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951406
https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/aaha_guidelines/aahas_canine_vaccination_guidelines.aspx
https://www.catvets.com/guidelines/practice-guidelines/feline-vaccination-guidelines


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 outing 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