This week’s Sunbear Squad watch tip addresses the need for getting puppies and kittens vaccinated against deadly diseases that can take the life of these young creatures. In these tough economic times, news of pet owners trying to save money by cutting back on vaccinations abound around the country, with deadly consequences. Many local rescues are pulling dogs from area shelters with deadly diseases like parvo and distemper. One should not have to play Russian Roulette with their puppy or kitten’s health by foregoing crucial vaccinations. There are many low-cost options available for low-cost and/or free vaccination clinics – offered locally by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, The Arizona Humane Society, PetCo, Coalition of All Breed Rescues, Spay Neuter Clinic locations, just to name a few. Local animal welfare group, Phoenix Animal Care Coalition maintains a page with links to resources to assist pet owners in financial crises with the care of their animals. Please do not forego on vaccinations for your pets – make it a priority, and do the legwork to keep them healthy! You wouldn’t leave your two-legged children at risk for deadly childhood diseases would you?
Sunbear Squad Watch Tip for week of Sept. 25:
Deadly pet diseases are everywhere these days. Prevent tragic death of puppies and kittens by following a strict schedule of vaccinations recommended by your vet. If you can’t afford vaccinations immediately, don’t get a baby dog or cat until you can. DO NOT let your puppy or kitten paws touch the ground or floor in parks, public places, pet stores or vet clinics until a week past the day that vaccinations are completed. Don’t surrender your unvaccinated baby pet to any pound or shelter or they will likely contract disease and die or be killed after falling ill.
Deadly germs are common, live for months, and are very hard to kill
With the economy challenging millions of families, pet illnesses are spreading like never before because more families are trying to reduce money spent on pet care. Your personal health rule for adopting a puppy or kitten should be to start vaccinations immediately. Get that series of vaccinations started because you will track home deadly viruses on your shoes and tires. Remember, some deadly germs are only killed by harsh chemicals.
Germs live up to a year in dirt, grass, roads, sidewalks, store floors, parking lots. Some veterinary health experts question if annual vaccinations may be necessary, but don’t be misled by this. Virtually all experts insist that puppies and kittens absolutely NEED their baby shots to survive those early months. Do not doubt it. Do not delay.
Follow these rules:
- Vaccinate your kittens and puppies, following your veterinarian’s recommendations carefully.
- No paws on the ground in ANY public place until a week past the final vaccinations. If you see a baby pet playing on the floor of a retail store, go speak with the owner. You may save a life.
- Clean the soles of your shoes with bleach & water mixture after visiting vet clinics or stores with vet clinics inside, until after your baby pet has finished final vaccinations plus one week. Some keep a plastic dish tub near the house entrance door with a folded towel and bleach-water mix to step into upon entering. It’s simple and quick.
- Visiting baby pets must follow the same rules or don’t allow the visit to your home.
- Don’t accept free kittens or puppies from Craig’s List, backyard breeders, or “oops” litters as they are likely to be already infected with disease, parasites, and fleas, and treatment is expensive. Good breeders always vaccinate their baby pets. (Don’t ever buy puppies or kittens from a pet store because they acquire them from puppy and kitten mills.)
- If you adopt a baby pet from a pound or shelter, ask about vaccinations. If the baby has not had vaccinations, go to your vet immediately with your new pet. Adult pets for adoption are likely to have developed immunity to the common baby pet diseases.
In addition to diseases, parasites are extremely common. You must actively prevent disease and parasite infestation in young puppies and kittens so they survive to adulthood, and you must guide others to do the same if they have not been taught about the extreme dangers of puppy and kitten germs and parasites.
This post is written with great sadness to memorialize all puppies and kittens that have died in the past week of preventable diseases, especially sweet shepherd mix puppy Tawny in Indiana, who contracted parvovirus in a city pound and died, despite dramatic efforts by her rescuer Tara Harris and volunteers to save her. RIP in peace, Tawny. She showed first symptoms on Thursday morning and was dead by Saturday morning.
Read one vaccination schedule for puppies and kittens here. Vaccinations may vary; follow your veterinarian’s recommendations.
Watch Tip written by Anna Nirva; Copyright © Sunbear Squad, all rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.