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Summer Is Almost Here: 4 Reasons To Make Sure Your Dog Is Vaccinated

by Calvin Newman

Summer will be here in a few months. If you haven't taken care of your dog's vaccinations, schedule an appointment with the veterinarian right away. Summer can pose additional risks for your dog, especially when it's not properly vaccinated. Here are just four of the reasons you need to make sure your dog is current on its vaccinations before summer arrives.

1. Ensure Uninterrupted Travel

If your dog is going to be traveling overseas with you, it's important that you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. They'll need to fill out travel documents for your dog. Part of the documentation will include verification that your dog has received all of its necessary vaccinations. Once you have the appropriate health documentation, including vaccination verification, you'll be able to avoid travel interruptions relating to your dog.

2. Avoid Kennel Cough Risks

If you've decided to check your dog into a kennel while you go on a vacation, you'll want to make sure that its vaccinations are up-to-date. You never know if the other dogs will be vaccinated, so you want to make sure that your dog has the protection it needs. Not only that, but kennel cough is a serious ailment that your dog can contract while staying in a kennel. Proper vaccinations can help reduce the risk your dog will face while you're on vacation.

3. Ensure Safe Doggy Park Activities

If you plan to stay home this summer, you might think that you're safe leaving your dog unprotected. However, that's not actually the case, especially if your dog enjoys getting out and running when the weather is nice. If that's the case, you need to stop by the vet's office for vaccinations. Even if your dog is fully vaccinated, it might be time for booster shots. Taking your dog anywhere that other dogs congregate, such as the local doggy park, increases the risk of exposure to diseases that could pose serious health problems. Avoid the risk by ensuring your dog is properly vaccinated before you head to the park this summer.

4. Avoid Problems With Family Visits

If your dogs stay close to home and you avoid the doggy park like the plague, you still have to worry about family visits. You never know when your out-of-town family members are going to bring their dogs when they visit for the summer. Unfortunately, if their dogs aren't properly vaccinated, they could make your dog sick. You can prevent that from happening by vaccinating your dog before the family visits begin.

For more information on pet vaccinations, contact your local vet office.