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Health Tip: Vaccinate Your Pets

Keep them healthy with annual shots

(HealthDay News) -- Many pet owners may forget, or don't think it's important, to vaccinate their pets. But according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, all pets -- even indoor ones -- should get their shots each year.

Regular veterinary care not only helps keep your pets healthy, but protects you and your family. Certain diseases, like rabies, can be transmitted to people. It's also important to keep fleas and ticks under control with preventive treatments.

The AVMA recommends that all pets be vaccinated against basic diseases, like parvo, rabies and distemper. Depending on your pets' living situation, you may want to also protect them against ills like feline leukemia or canine kennel cough.

Keeping your furry friends vaccinated can help them lead longer, happier and healthier lives. Talk to your veterinarian about your pets' particular needs.

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