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The Importance of Keeping Pet Vaccination Records Updated

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As a devoted pet lover, you understand the joy and companionship that our furry friends bring into our lives. Whether you’re a proud dog parent, a cat enthusiast, or someone who loves to travel with their pets, one crucial aspect of responsible pet ownership is maintaining accurate and up-to-date pet vaccination records. 

In this article, we’ll delve into why vaccination records matter, especially in the digital age, and how they facilitate seamless cross-border travel with your beloved companions.

Understanding Pet Vaccination Records and Pet Passports

Pet Vaccination Card vs. Pet Passport

Before we dive into the specifics, let’s clarify the difference between a pet vaccination card and a pet passport:

Pet Vaccination Record:

The left side of the image displays a “PET HEALTH PASSPORT” issued by Vetic. The pet vaccination record cum health passport cover is dark blue with white text and stars at the top. Below the cover illustration, there’s an image of a person holding a dog, both smiling. The Vetic logo, represented by a stylized “V,” is prominently displayed in white. Beneath the logo, it reads “PET CARE REIMAGINED”, and a contact number “89290 50010” is provided. On the right side, there’s a “RECOMMENDED VACCINATION SCHEDULE” also by Vetic: It’s divided into sections for puppies, adult dogs, kittens, and adult cats. Each section lists the recommended vaccinations and the days post-birth or annual boosters when they should be administered. Here are some details from the schedule: Puppy Vaccination Schedule: Day 45: DISTEMPER | PARVO Day 60: DISTEMPER | PARVO | CORONA Day 75: DHPPiL+LEPTO | CORONA Day 90: ANTI-RABIES | CORONA Day 105: DHPPiL+LEPTO | KENNEL COUGH Adult Dog Annual Booster: ANTI-RABIES | KENNEL COUGH DHPPiL+LEPTO CORONA Kitten Vaccination Schedule: Day 60: FVRCP Day 70: FVRCP | ANTI-RABIES Day 100: FVRCP | ANTI-RABIES Adult Cat Annual Booster: FVRCP | ANTI-RABIES Remember that this is a general guideline, and individual pet health needs may vary. Always consult your veterinarian for personalized advice.

A vaccination card is a document provided by your veterinarian that records essential information about your pet’s vaccinations.

It includes details such as the type of vaccine administered, the date of vaccination, and the next due date for booster shots.

Think of it as your pet’s health diary, where each entry represents a step toward safeguarding their well-being.

Pet Passport:

A pet passport is a more comprehensive document that goes beyond vaccinations.

It typically includes vaccination records, microchip details, identification information, and sometimes even health certificates.

Pet passports are essential for international travel, allowing your pet to cross borders hassle-free.

Why Are Pet Vaccination Records So Important?

1. Health and Disease Prevention

Vaccination records serve as a roadmap for your pet’s health. Here’s why they matter:

Preventing Diseases: Regular vaccinations protect your pet from deadly diseases such as rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, and feline panleukopenia. By keeping these records up to date, you ensure your pet’s immunity remains strong.

Excluding Certain Diseases: When your pet shows symptoms, veterinarians rely on vaccination history to rule out specific diseases. Accurate records help them make informed decisions about treatment.

2. Emergency Situations

Bites and Fights: In case of a bite or fight with another animal, vaccination records become crucial. Knowing your pet’s vaccination status helps determine whether they need additional shots or if they’re already protected.

3. Travelling with Your Pet

Now, let’s focus on the travel aspect:

Mandatory Vaccines for Air and Train Travel in India

Air Travel:

If you plan to fly with your pet within India, certain vaccines are mandatory. These include rabies, canine distemper, and parvovirus.

Airlines like Air India have specific guidelines for pet travel, and your pet must be up to date with vaccinations to board the flight.

Train Travel:

While train travel within India doesn’t require a pet passport, it’s advisable to carry your pet’s vaccination records.

Some trains allow pets in specific compartments, and having proof of vaccination ensures a smooth journey.

Inter-Country Travel and Pet Passports

The left side of the image displays a “PET HEALTH PASSPORT” issued by Vetic. The passport cover is dark blue with white text and stars at the top. Below the cover illustration, there’s an image of a person holding a dog, both smiling. The Vetic logo, represented by a stylized “V,” is prominently displayed in white. Beneath the logo, it reads “PET CARE REIMAGINED”, and a contact number “89290 50010” is provided. On the right side under “PET DETAILS”, there’s space for attaching the pet’s photo and filling out information including: Pet Name Date of Birth Species/Breed Gender (options for Male or Female) Microchip/Special Markings Neutering Status Below this section is “PET PARENT DETAILS” with spaces to fill out: Name Address Phone Number (two spaces provided). At the bottom right corner, there’s space for an authorized stamp from Vetic.

Pet Passports for International Travel:

When travelling across borders, pet passports are essential.

These passports include vaccination records, microchip details, and other relevant information.

Ensure your pet meets the vaccination requirements of the destination country.

Visit Vetic Pet Clinic for Digital Records

Digital Records: In today’s digital era, consider opting for digital vaccination records. These are easily accessible, shareable, and can be stored securely.

Vetic Pet Clinic: For pet parents in India, Vetic Pet Clinic offers comprehensive vaccination services. Visit us to keep your pet’s records updated and obtain digital proof of vaccination.

Responsible pet ownership involves more than cuddles and playtime. It’s about safeguarding their health, ensuring their safety during travel, and being prepared for any situation. So, let’s keep those vaccination records current and our pets happy and healthy! 

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