Protecting Your Furry Friend: The Importance of Pet Vaccinations

As pet owners, ensuring the health and well-being of our furry companions is a top priority. One of the most important ways to protect our pets from serious illnesses is by keeping them up-to-date on their vaccinations. To shed light on this crucial topic, we sat down with Dr. Allison Ehrlich, a veterinarian at APA, to discuss why vaccinating your pet is so important and why every pet at the APA is vaccinated.

Why Vaccinate Your Pet?

Vaccinations play a crucial role in preventing diseases that can be both dangerous and costly to treat. Dr. Ehrlich emphasizes that vaccinations are not just about protecting your pet; they also help prevent the spread of disease within the pet population. By vaccinating your pet, you are not only safeguarding their health but also contributing to the overall well-being of all pets.

Core Vaccines: Protecting Against Serious Diseases

At the APA Wellness Clinic, we offer a range of vaccines to protect your pet from various diseases. One of the core vaccines required by law is the Rabies vaccine for both dogs and cats. Rabies is a fatal virus that can be transmitted to humans, making it essential for pets to be current on their rabies vaccination.

In addition to the Rabies vaccine, we also provide core vaccines that protect against diseases such as distemper, parvovirus, and more. These vaccines are crucial for preventing serious illnesses that can be life-threatening to your pet.

Lifestyle Vaccines: Tailored Protection for Your Pet’s Lifestyle

For pets with specific lifestyle factors, such as frequenting boarding facilities or spending time outdoors, lifestyle vaccines are recommended. These vaccines, such as Bordetella for dogs and FELV for cats, provide additional protection against diseases that are more common in certain environments.

Why Vaccinate Every Pet at the APA?

At the APA, we vaccinate every pet in our care to ensure their health and well-being. By vaccinating every pet, we not only protect them from disease but also create a safer environment for all pets at our shelter. Vaccinations are a crucial part of our commitment to providing the best possible care for every animal that comes through our doors.


Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to protect their health. By staying up-to-date on vaccinations, you are not only keeping your pet safe but also contributing to the overall health of the pet population. If you have any questions about vaccinations or need to schedule an appointment, contact the APA Wellness Clinic today. Your furry friend will thank you for it!