Fearing Their Dogs Will Develop Autism, Some Owners Are Declining Vaccinations

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The ‘anti-vaxxer’ movement has moved beyond vaccinating children and seeped into the realm of pet vaccines, according to the Telegraph, leading the British Veterinary Association to clarify that dogs cannot get autism.

'Anti-vaxxers' believe that immunisations have harmful side effects and may be the cause of autism in children - beliefs widely debunked by the medical community.

This theory is increasingly being applied to pets, particularly in the US, and there are fears it is spreading to the UK and could cause already low vaccination rates to fall.

The BVA statement acknowledged the issue stems from U.S. pet owners and cautioned British animal lovers to ignore the new trend:

“We are aware of an increase in anti-vaccination pet owners in the US who have voiced concerns that vaccinations may lead to their dogs developing autism-like behaviour.

“But there is currently no scientific evidence to suggest autism in dogs or a link between vaccination and autism.”

“All medicines have potential side effects but in the case of vaccines these are rare and the benefits of vaccination in protecting against disease far outweigh the potential for an adverse reaction.”

The issue gained attention when the morning show Good Morning Britain tweeted a request for individuals who subscribe to the theory that their pets could develop autism:

The BVA said: “While we welcome a platform for pet owners to discuss vaccinations, we’d be concerned about the adverse impact on pet health resulting from alarm such a show is likely to cause amongst pet owners if it does not offer a veterinary or scientific voice for a balanced perspective on the issue.”

The issue also comes at a time when pet vaccinations are already in decline:

Pet vaccination rates in the UK are already falling. The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report in 2017 showed that 25 per cent of dogs, 35 per cent of cats and 50 per cent of rabbits had not had a primary vaccination course when young, up on previous years.

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AEF
AEF

The problem with all dog vaccination schedules is that it has been well documented that immunity generally lasts a lot longer than the required/recommended shot frequency. We give our dogs the rabies shot, which is required by law, but not parvo. One had parvo as a puppy, which gave him life-long immunity; the other was diagnosed with SRMA (Steroid Responsive Meningitis/Arteritis) when she was eight months old, not long after she received a battery of immunization shots. Since the cause of SRMA is not understood but MAY have been related to the immunization shots, we have chosen to have a parvo titer done on her instead of the vaccination. She is now 4 ½ years old and the last test showed she STILL has immunity to parvo! We will not vaccinate her until the titer shows she no longer has that immunity. There is evidence that the Rabies vaccine also lasts a LOT longer than the frequency required by most (all?) states. That raises the question then of why are we vaccinating dogs whose immunizations are still active? and what is that doing to them? That questions should be answered, and more realistic shot schedules developed.

Phosbrite
Phosbrite

Here's hoping one of these idiots gets bitten by their non-vaccinated dog and develops rabies.

Zoebel
Zoebel

This article is an example of poor journalism: the author failed to thoroughly research the subject and aims it at creating sensationalist headlines bashing pet owners to overvaccinate their pets. The article does not address the issue of overvaccination of pets. Some veterinarians still insist on annual vaccinations of pets even though for many diseases a 3 year schedule has shown to provide adequate protection. Since boarding kennel still often require proof of vaccination (as opposed to titers showing antibody levels) owners are blackmailed into annual vaccinations. I am the owner of a 9yo dog who ended up paralyzed in the rear legs an hour after the vaccine was administered. Now i am caring for a 90-lb paralyzed dog, the vaccine contained a neurotoxic vaccine adjuvant. Today it is my dog, tomorrow it can be yours. I will not allow overvaccination of my pets and i can very well live with the mocking of an ignorant induvidual, such as the author of the article. How about journalism based on research rather tha hearsay?

Kim Shaheen
Kim Shaheen

After vaccinating the dog, he licks his and his sister's butt, but to show his disgust with me, he licks my face and sticks his tongue up my nose. Is this autism or a personal vendetta?

Olliethecorgi1
Olliethecorgi1

How is canine autism diagnosed?’ What studies and what type of research support this theory?

Sick_Of_It_All
Sick_Of_It_All

What a surprise. Americans are the kings of the retarded, look at who they elected president, enough said..Cant wait until China/North Korea/Iran/Iraq/Russia (or whatever country theyve pissed off now) nukes their dumbasses back to the stone age. I feel bad for the animals of the USA, but, the human element needs to be eradicated. Over 300 million obese and/or faggots that boohoo and point fingers at everybody but their own damn selves. Nobody will miss the United States. Even their supposed Ally Canada, thinks the US are a bunch of silly whinebags.. pretty bad when the "nicest" country in the world despises you.


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