Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but essential way to protect his or her health. In addition to preventing many life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. 

Massachusetts law requires that dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated for rabies by the time they are six months of age. It’s important that rabies and other vaccinations be given when pets are young because their immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. 

There are other “core” vaccinations highly recommended for pets based on species, as well as optional shots that can be given to protect your pet based on age, overall health, lifestyle and risk. Your Spruce Hill veterinarian can advise which vaccinations are right for your pet depending on those factors.

While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur. 

Make sure your pet is protected–call us at (413) 782-3183.