Happy New year to you and your family. As we start the year, I wanted to make you aware of some changes you will see the next time you bring your pet in for their annual exam. Based on our most recent understanding of the immune system and vaccines, Willow Creek will be changing how we administer vaccines. The changes are in line with the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Rabies is required by Pennsylvania state law, and will be administered as required. Certain vaccines will be considered core vaccines, meaning that all animals should be vaccinated for these diseases. For some of these vaccines, the frequency of administration will be extended, while others will remain the same. Other vaccines will be based on you and your pet’s lifestyle and risk exposure. Vaccines are a vital part of maintaining your pet’s health, and the doctors at Willow Creek will help you make educated decisions on what is best for your pet. As always, your pets and their health are our top concern.
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.