During the month of August, Guthrie Pet Hospital is celebrating National Immunization Month and National Check The Chip Day with monthly specials. Dr. Coffin will discuss the importance of vaccines and microchips.
Vaccines are a vital part of keeping you and your pet healthy. Immunizations help protect your pet from potentially deadly disease. In fact, your pet can transmit some of these diseases to you. Not every pet needs every vaccine, which is why Dr. Coffin recommends a risk assessment of every pet. This risk assessment helps your vet determine proper vaccine protocol based on what disease your pet is at risk to contracting.
Not all vaccines need to be given every year. Did you know that each city determines the length of the Rabies vaccine? The City of Guthrie requires Rabies vaccines every year, while the City of Stillwater requires Rabies vaccines only every three years. Most vaccines that protect against viruses (Distemper & Parvovirus) have at least a three-year duration of immunity. However, vaccines that protect against bacteria (Leptospirosis and Bordetella) only protect your pet from six months to no more than one year.
Even indoor only cats should receive at least a Rabies vaccine. This virus is 100% fatal to all mammals, including humans! More importantly, every cat should receive a full comprehensive examination by your veterinarian every year. Cats are masters at disguising illnesses, and an annual exam can help detect problems early.
I bet you are wondering why your pet needs a microchip. Microchips are the only form of permanent identification available for pets. Think of it as your pet’s social security card. The chip implanted under your pet’s skin contains a number and is the size of a grain of rice. Collars and tags can be lost, which is why Dr. Coffin recommends microchipping your pet.
Microchips are not tracking devices and will not help you locate your pet. However, pets with microchips are more likely to be returned home if they are taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian and scanned. If you move or change your phone number, it is important to keep this information updated with the proper microchip registry.
National Check The Chip day was designed to remind people to have their pet’s microchip checked at least once a year to make sure that it is working properly. It is rare for a microchip to malfunction, but it can happen. Dr. Anna Coffin and the staff at Guthrie Pet Hospital are striving to check your pet’s microchip with every annual vaccine appointment.
During the month of August, Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering $10.00 of microchipping with annual vaccines.