Anti-Vaxxers Against Getting Even Their Pets Vaccinated And It's Just Not Right

Anti-Vaxxers Against Getting Even Their Pets Vaccinated And It's Just Not Right

People aren't just against getting their children vaccinated but do not wish to protect their pets as well.

The anti-vaxx movement has gained a lot of attention in the past couple of months, especially due to social media companies breaking down on the movement. Another reason would be because of all the crazy stories where parents refused to get their children vaccinated despite the kids being sick. There are a lot of children who are rebelling against their parents and getting vaccinated on their own because they care about their health. No one likes to fall sick time and again. However, the people in support of the movement are not just stopping their children from getting vaccinated but also their own pets. The problem was highlighted in a report titled Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. One of the main reasons behind the anti-vaxx movement is people believe that vaccines can cause autism in children. There has been no evidence to prove this. On the other hand, animals do not develop autism. It is something that never happens and surely can't start because of a vaccine.

The report surveyed around 4600 pet owners. According to the findings, 25 percent of the owners who had dogs had not got them vaccinated. They simply believe that it is an unnecessary procedure and they do not wish to go ahead with it. A further 19 percent claimed that it was too expensive while another 13 percent said that they were completely against the idea. 11 percent of the owners claimed to have never really thought about it. [T]he figures for pets not receiving primary vaccinations and regular boosters may threaten population-level immunity, authors wrote in the report. 


The statistics were far worse for cats. 35 percent of owners not getting the proper jabs when the animal was young. Nearly 50 percent of people who owned pet rabbits had not thought about getting the animal vaccinated. The authors wrote, Clearly, more education is needed to impress the importance of regular vaccinations to prevent potentially fatal diseases in cats. Equally, ways of reducing cat stress in veterinary clinics could also be a way of encouraging more cat owners to take their pet in for vaccinations. This only highlights the indifference people have against vaccination. They aren't thinking or protecting their kids or their pets against diseases.

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The rumors that vaccines can cause autism has been debunked a few times in the past. However, there is still a decline in the number of people getting vaccinated, especially in the United States. People are now scared about 'canine autism' which does not exist. In April 2018, Gudrun Ravetz, Senior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), issued a statement debunking the link between pet vaccinations and autism after a British morning show increased fears of this link on social media. “There is currently no reliable scientific evidence to indicate autism in dogs or a link between vaccination and autism,” she said. “Vaccinations save lives and are an important tool in keeping our pets healthy.”


In the States, veterinarians and animal advocates are in a continuous battle, trying to convince people that this is nothing but false information. In an e-mail to TIME, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wrote, We are not aware of studies that have documented a change in vaccination rates in pets. The ASPCA Community Medicine team alone performs tens of thousands of vaccinations annually for owned dogs and cats, rescue animals. However, Brennan MacKenzie, a veterinarian in Los Altos, California, told the American Vet that he has seen a lot of push back from pet owners. 


“Over the last 10 or 15 years,” he said, “there has been an increase in mostly unfounded concerns about vaccine safety for people and that, I think, has raised people’s awareness and level of concern about vaccinations for their pets.” Most times the concerns people have regarding vaccination are very vague. They believe that if their pets were given a jab, it would simply overwhelm the immune system and make the animals susceptible to diseases. This way, no matter what kind of illness the animal suffers at any given time, they put the blame on the vaccination. 


What they do not account for is the kind of lifestyle the pets live and the environment they are exposed to. They never try to see the real reason behind the illness or disease that the animals contract. Dogs that go to doggie daycare or visit dog parks or spend a lot of time outside—especially if they swim or wade in freshwater rivers or lakes—are at greater risk of infection and in greater need of immunization than dogs that spend a lot of time indoors. Not getting your pet vaccinated is dangerous for them and for people who meet them or other pets they come in contact with.


Vaccination just helps people and animals from getting sick often and protects them from diseases. Recently, parents refused to get their child vaccinated and let the poor kid suffer in the ICU for 47 days after he contracted tetanus. "When I read that, my jaw dropped," said Dr. William Schaffner, an expert in infectious diseases and chair at the department of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. "I could not believe it. That's a tragedy and a misunderstanding and I'm just flabbergasted. This is an awful disease, but... we have had a mechanism to completely prevent it, and the reason that we have virtually no cases anymore in the United States is because we vaccinate, literally, everyone."


Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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