When it comes to the subject of vaccinations and pets, my head spins. We hear contradicting advice, with possible dire consequences threatened for whichever choice you make. There are the traditionalists who decry any change in perspective about what we’ve been giving our pets for years. There are the naturalists who are suspicious of anything that man has created in an attempt to make life better. And there are those who sit squarely in the middle, confused about what to think and afraid of making the wrong choices in caring for their pet’s health.
The other reason I tend to question vaccines is because I, myself, received the flu vaccine – once. Whatever that shot did to me, it sent my immune system into overdrive. I spent the next year and a half sick as a dog with every flu bug that skirted our state…and explaining a million times that yes, I HAD gotten the flu shot. THAT is why I was so sick – not because I “shoulda gotten one”. Well-meaning advice drove me crazy at that point. And the fear of adverse effects from vaccines was successfully implanted in me.
So I’m a little hesitant about vaccines. And when I read about this or that vaccine having little true efficacy, or causing some serious side effects, I get nervous about my dog getting her shots. My friend Mary Haight, founder of the Dancing Dog Blog, mentioned to me recently that she was going to be doing an interview about vaccinations – did I have any questions for the veterinarian? After I fired off a string of questions, I think Mary may have been regretting bringing up the subject with me. At that point, the damage was done, though. And I was soon to get some much-needed answers.
In this podcast, Mary chats with Dr. Apryl Steele, DVM, Founder of Tender Touch Animal Hospital in Denver, and National SpokesVet for Partners for Healthy Pets. They discuss the various vaccines, which are necessary and which are not, when you should not vaccinate your dog and the hot topic of titer testing vs. vaccines. My own questions are answered, and more, in a thorough and detailed, yet easy to understand, manner. Cats are not left out of the discussion.
This is an extraordinarily helpful resource in determining the importance (or not) of various vaccinations and vaccine schedules. I came away from this having a much clearer comprehension about what is important for my dog, what is not, and what should be questioned with a closer look.
Have a listen, and leave a comment under Mary’s post if you still have any questions or concerns –
Afraid to Vaccinate Your Pets? Vaccines, Adverse Reactions, Answers.
I think you’ll be glad you did.