The importance of vaccinating your pet

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Just like with people, vaccines have been developed for dogs and cats to help prevent many different illnesses. Following vaccination guidelines as provided by your veterinarian will help prevent your pet from developing many life-threatening diseases that can also be very expensive to treat!

In both puppies and kittens, core vaccines start at about 6-8 weeks and will continue until the animal is approximately 14-16 weeks old. Until a puppy is fully vaccinated, its exposure to other dogs and the outdoors should be limited. After your pet is fully vaccinated at 16 weeks, the vaccination schedule will become less frequent, depending on the vaccine and state requirements. Keep in mind the rabies vaccine is a legal requirement! Remember, prevention is the best medicine!

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