Pet vaccinations can be a topic that one can discuss and argue about for infinity. The pros and cons have been thrown around all over the Google world. The bottom line is that pet vaccinations prevent serious animal diseases, they prevent unnecessary suffering and they save lives. Don’t go throw it all away when there are viable solutions for pet vaccination programs.
Pet vaccinations are a means of disease prevention. The degree of good they do vastly outweighs the few negative affects that are seen in a miniscule number of animals, especially when statically applied to the millions upon millions of pet vaccinations that have been given.
Can there be reactions and some adverse affects? Of course. Can there be adverse affects from taking aspirin or tylenol? Of course. Do we take those off the market? No. We are dealing with unique complex biological units. There are going to be a certain few number of units that may have a problem. Does that mean we need to discontinue vaccination programs? I don’t think so.
What we do know is that vaccinations today last longer for certain diseases and don’t have to be given as often. This is a good thing. Also, we can design a better pet vaccination program that meets the “lifestyle” or “environment” for each individual dog or cat. Based on such things as age, health status, location, potential exposure sources and if the pet is inside or outside, a pet vaccination protocol for each pet can be established and the pet will receive only the vaccinations needed.
Today we have “Core Vaccines” which should be given to all pets, dogs and cats. Then there are the “Non-Core” Vaccines” which are only given when indicated based on the pet’s “lifestyle” factors.