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Survey: Pet owners skipping dog, cat vaccinations

Published: Jul 27, 2012

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Vaccinations are crucial for preventing a host of cat and dog illnesses and promoting pet health, but a disconcerting survey in New York showed that a surprising portion of pet owners are not vaccinating their pets regularly, the Press Republican reports.

The survey, conducted by the Clinton County Health Department, aimed to collect the numbers of rabies cat and dog vaccinations from animal hospitals and veterinary clinics in the area, then compare them with the estimated number of pets in the county. Although all the surveys are not in yet, the results are showing a vast amount of pets in the area are not vaccinated against rabies, despite the state law that requires it, the news outlet reports. 

Rabies in dogs and cats is one of the most devastating diseases that affects household pets and humans, according to VCA Animal Hospitals. There is no treatment for the disease - the vaccine will provide protection only if it enters the system before the animal is infected.

"We have been regularly holding rabies clinics for domestic pets, and local veterinarian offices have also been a reliable source for rabies vaccinations," Laurie Williams, coordinator of health education for the Clinton County Health Department, told the news outlet. "But the percentage of pets that are vaccinated against rabies has always been an unknown."

VCA reports that all cats and dogs between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks old should be vaccinated for rabies, and the frequency of re-vaccination boosters should depend on the state laws. 


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

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Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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