Not only are fleas itchy and irritating, but they can cause dermatitis, fur loss, anemia, and other medical issues. Worms can cause severe intestinal issues and can even be fatal. NEVER purchase cheap or off-brand topical flea control, flea collars, heartworm prevention, or dewormer. ALWAYS purchase recommended products from your vet.
First, the rabies vaccination is a legal requirement. You must keep your pet's rabies vaccine up to date, whether they are indoor or outdoor pets. The only exception is if your vet states your pet is not eligible for vaccines.
Distemper vaccines, often known as FVRCP in cats and DHPP or DHLPP in dogs, prevent pets from multiple, potentially fatal, diseases. Your indoor only kitty could accidentally slip out the door. If they are not vaccinated and come into contact with a diseased and contagious animal, you can end up with extreme vet bills or a deceased pet. Your dog can harmlessly drink from a puddle on a walk, and end up with a severe bacterial infection.
Other vaccines, such as the vaccine against Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) can protect your pet from contracting FeLV. The Bordetella vaccine can protect your dog from kennel cough, and is often required when boarding your dog or attending doggy day care.
Just like humans, vaccines are a basic way to increase prevention against many common, deadly diseases.
Pets are great at hiding illness. With annual wellness checks, your vet can make sure your pet is aging appropriately and in good health. If your pet appears healthy, then that is great! If your pet has a need, then further testing can be requested. Not all illnesses and ailment are obvious to owners and can only be determined by a veterinary professional.
Collars and tags don't always help bring lost pets home. If your lost pet is found, they can be scanned for a microchip, which is connected to your contact information. Vets, police, animal control, shelters, and even Good Samaritans can help to quickly and safely return your pet to you. Remember, microchips are not tracking devices. Always keep your microchip information up to date with current address and contact information.
Microchips with correct owner information can also be used if there is ever a legal conflict with a pet. Registered microchips are proof of ownership.