5 stats for pet immunization
Forget the static vaccine package deal for Cuddles or Milo. “We really have to figure out what’s right for each dog or cat,” says Joel Murphy, veterinarian at highly rated Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor in Florida.
So talk to a vet about the advantages and risks associated with each immunization, and check out these quick shots:
10 percent — Proportion, at most, of reported domestic animal rabies cases. Most cases now involve wildlife, a reversal from decades ago. Experts credit routine pet vaccinations and stray programs.
1 to 4 years — Span of time a vaccine generally lasts.
$248 average — Amount dog owners spend annually on routine vet visits; 78 percent cite vaccinations as a reason for going.
6 weeks — Age cats and dogs should typically begin getting vaccinated, around the time immunity from their mother’s milk starts to wear off.
30 million — Estimated number of pet cats that don’t see the vet for vaccines or other care in a given year. That compares to a projected 13 million dogs.
Sources: American Veterinary Medical Association; 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention