Pet Vaccinations: Are They Necessary for Indoor-Only Pets?

May 16, 2017, by Community Pet Hospital

We all know the importance of vaccinating our pets against communicable diseases, but what if our pets live indoors or never come into contact with other animals? The Reality

Core vaccinations are an important part of every pet’s health care plan, regardless of whether or not he or she routinely come into contact with the outdoors or other animals. Here’s why:

  • It’s the law – Oregon, like most of the country, requires all pets to be vaccinated against rabies regardless of their lifestyles. Unvaccinated pets that have been exposed to rabies must face a long quarantine period or even euthanasia.
  • Exposure risk – Many communicable diseases can find their way inside our homes on our shoes, clothing, skin, etc.. Even if no other animal enters your home, there is always the chance that you may bring diseases into contact with your pet.
  • Accidents happen – Despite our best efforts, pets can and do slip out of windows or doors accidentally left open. An unvaccinated pet who suddenly finds him or herself outside risks coming into contact with sick animals. Likewise, missing pets may also be picked up by animal control and taken to a shelter, where there is a high risk of contracting a transmissible disease.
  • Wildlife concerns – Where there is food, there will be wildlife. While it may seem unlikely, it’s not uncommon for bats, raccoons, and other disease-carrying wild animals to occasionally wind up inside our homes, where the risk of disease transmission is high.
  • Latent illness – Most pets are exposed to certain illnesses early in life, such as feline herpes and calicivirus. Anything that weakens the immune system, such as stress, anxiety, or certain health conditions, can trigger a flare-up of these illnesses later in life. Regular boosters can help to keep them under control.

Pet Vaccinations at Community Pet Hospital

The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association recommend that all kittens and puppies receive a core vaccination series, to be followed up by boosters as recommended by your veterinarian.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our Vaccine Value Days every Tuesday where your pet will receive a discounted exam and round of vaccinations. Walk-ins only! Please give us a call for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon.

Updates Regarding COVID-19

In light of recent guidance from state officials regarding COVID-19, we want to reassure you that Community Pet Hospital is here to serve you and your pets.

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