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There are 10 comments on Nearly Half of Dog Owners Are Hesitant to Vaccinate Their Pets

  1. That people are this ignorant that they would rather risk getting rabies and having their pets suffer from diseases they shouldn’t is just unacceptable. This is animal abuse, pure and simple, and it’s time to stop kowtowing to this antivax ignorance. It’s dangerous for pets and WILL be dangerous for people as well.

    1. I am a card-carrying antivaxer, but I do vaccinate my dogs against rabies. I don’t want to get rabies, and when a dog suffers a vaccine injury it just get replaced. I don’t vaccinate against minor diseases because that just weakens the dog’s immune system (most livestock vets agree on this). Now my dogs have a job; they are not pets, so I can see why some people think differently.

      The bigger problem is that we have no idea whether the rabies vaccine is effective because it is based on the studies conducted by the industry and approved by organizations bought up by the industry.

      1. I live in MN where there is no state law requiring rabies vaccines but county and cities can pass laws requiring it. After my dog turned two I found out that the rabies vax in MN can last up to.three years before needing to revax. But my vet keeps telling me I need to vax every year. If I do not need to vax bc the immunity from a previous shot is still there, I’m sorry, but I’ll be saving that $$ to buy better dog food or toys. I can plan ahead and remind myself that my dog needs a vax every three years. The other vaxxes aside from rabies I think Also last for three years. I will not be injecting my animal with more poison than absolutely necessary. If I can go three years between vaccinations visits hallelujah!

        1. Well in Calif it’s a known fact the Rabies vax is 3 years. No Vet tries to trick us into extra Rabies shots. They do a 3 years vax as long as theres no lapse.

  2. The diversity among pets is remarkable. From the gracefulness of fish swimming gracefully in an aquarium to the colorful fluttering of birds in a cage, each species offers its own charm. Cats, with their enigmatic personalities and independent nature, often carve out their territory within our homes while demanding just the right amount of attention. Dogs, on the other hand, exude an unmatched enthusiasm, eagerly awaiting our return and ready to shower us with affectionate licks and playful barks.

  3. Nearly half of dog owners harboring doubts about vaccinating their pets is a worrying statistic. This vaccine hesitancy, mirroring trends in human health, poses a significant risk to both individual animals and public health. Unvaccinated dogs are vulnerable to preventable diseases like rabies and parvovirus, potentially triggering outbreaks.

    The causes of this hesitancy are complex, often fueled by misinformation, mistrust in science, and concerns about side effects. Some owners might even perceive vaccinations as unnecessary, overlooking the dangers lurking for their furry companions.

    Combating this issue requires a multi-pronged approach. Education through trusted sources like vets and animal welfare organizations can dispel myths and build trust. Open communication with veterinarians is crucial to address concerns and tailor vaccination plans. And ensuring convenient and affordable access to veterinary care can remove barriers to vaccination.

    By understanding the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy and implementing effective interventions, we can protect our beloved dogs and create a healthier environment for everyone.

  4. I have owned dogs all my life. 14 and counting – I’m hitting 72. Rabies Vaccinations are a must in my opinion because they work and none of my previous dogs including my new pup have not had any serious reactions. However, I cannot make that statement to the other vaccines and boosters. I lost my last dog to three boosters he received at the same time. Started throwing up the day after the shots were given, and stopped eating completely for 3 weeks. Dropped from 130lbs. to 116. I spent $1400.00 on tests to find out what was the cause with no definitive results. Steroid shots helped him to regain eating somewhat. But he died from a convulsion approx. 6-7 weeks after he received the 2nd shot. He was only 8-1/2. My son’s boxer was getting spayed. Vet told him she needed three shots before the procedure. The day after the shots she was rushed to the vet emergency clinic convulsing and in the end cost my son $600.00. None of the Vets would admit to the vaccinations being the cause. Most likely because they make a good portion of their profits from them. My dog Curly received his first set of vaccinations from the dog breeders Vet before I got him. That was good enough for me. He got his rabies shot at 6 months and just turned 1 yr old. No more vaccinations for him except the rabies booster in 2-1/2 years from now.

  5. A quick google check showed about 5 people died from rabies last year. So you quote of 59,000 deaths per year globally? Where’s that India, Africa? Highly misleading and doesn’t help anyone trust big pharma.

    1. Hi Ronda, Thanks for your comment. I think context is important here. The article clearly notes that this is a global figure and also includes a link to a source for more information. If you check out that World Health Organization page, they say the 59,000 deaths are “mostly in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. About 40% of the victims are children younger than 15 years living in Asia and Africa. A staggering 99% of human cases are acquired via the bite of an infected dog…” And that statistic doesn’t stand alone in the article, which makes it clear that the researchers “don’t believe canine vaccine hesitancy is widespread enough to pose a current threat to public health in the US—but that could change.” The reason? For now, many in the US are still vaccinating their pets. The international contrast is an important one for understanding the potential threat, as the rest of the sentence you partially quote mentions: “The disease still poses a potential health threat…” Hope that helps and thanks for reading – Andrew Thurston, Editor, The Brink

  6. Have there been any studies done on the amount of the vaccine injected versus the size of the dog? I currently have a 5.5 pound dog goes through his vaccines. They give the same quantity of vaccine to 5# and 100# dogs. I believe they do not give the same quantities of human vaccines to babies and adults.

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