Change does not come about easily no matter what anyone says to the contrary.
Humans are creatures of habit and it takes a great deal of effort and evidence before a change is even considered let alone acted on.
Vaccination of our dogs and cats is no different. For years owners have had drummed into them that the only way to protect your dog and cat from the 'bad stuff' is to vaccinate and vaccinate and vaccinate and just keep on keeping on vaccinating every year maybe even every half year.
All this vaccinating was based on the recommendations of the drug company that made the vaccine.
Pretty funny really when you think about it; the drug company has a vested interest to keep the share holder happy; our pets are not the number one factor in the eyes of these big businesses. There has been a constant and somewhat quiet determination by the vets to give up the regualr income that annual vaccinations bring in. However the overwhelming clinical data can not be ignored forever, the pressure from informed pet owners can not be ignored. This has meant a change has been a long time coming to Australia.
America lead the way through determined pressure of growing clinical research from dedicated two dedicated professional; Dr W. Jean Dodds and Dr Ronald Schultz, in changes to vaccination protocols for dogs and cats.
June 2009 saw the AVA finally release a vaccination policy and The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority released there own position statement.
Seek and you will find.
Be informed and stay informed.
Do not allow anyone to pull the wool over your eyes your pet is counting on you to make the right decisions, don't let your pet down.
Vaccination of dogs and cats Policy
Vaccination protocols should be determined within a veterinarian–client–patient relationship, based on attributes such as duration of immunity of available vaccines and an individual animal’s requirements.
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Position Statement - Vaccination Protocols For Dogs And Cats
Vaccination plays an important role in maintaining the health and well-being of animals. The introduction of modified live vaccines has greatly reduced the incidence of several canine and feline diseases that are often fatal. Vaccines that protect animals from severe, life-threatening diseases that have world-wide distribution are generally referred to as core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are required by only those animals that are at risk from those specific diseases, due to their geographic location, local environment or lifestyle.
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