There are some dog owners in Brooklyn, New York, so taken with the false stories and wild accusations against vaccinating children that they are actually refusing to vaccinate their dogs.
Dr. Amy Ford of the Veterinarian Wellness Center of Boerum Hill acknowledged, “We do see a higher number of clients who don’t want to vaccinate their animals. This may be stemming from the anti-vaccine movement, which people are now applying to their pets.”
Ford said in recent years the number of her clients refusing to get their dogs vaccinated has increased; some common vaccinations include distemper, hepatitis, and rabies, which is required by law.
Ford explained, “It’s actually much more common in the hipster-y areas. I really don’t know what the reasoning is, they just feel that injecting chemicals into their pet is going to cause problems.”
Dr. Stephanie Liff of Clinton Hill’s Pure Paws Veterinary Care offered a more astounding explanation for the reluctance of at least one dog-owner: “I had a client concerned about an autistic child who didn’t want to vaccinate the dog for the same reason. We’ve never diagnosed autism in a dog. I don’t think you could.”
A recent outbreak of the bacterial disease Leptospirosis affected some people in the Bronx; the disease is fatal for dogs, according to Liff.
She said, “Most trends in veterinary medicine are extensions of human medicine, so I think the anti-vaccination movement extending into veterinary medicine is natural.” Then she pointed out a slight difference between humans and dogs, saying, “It’s a little different. My patients go out and are exposed to things. They eat dirt. They eat poop.”
Acknowledging that less than .04 percent of dogs have an allergic reaction to vaccinations, Liff concluded, “We should vaccinate our pets. My dog is vaccinated, my parents’ dog is vaccinated. I see more diseases that could be prevented by vaccination than I see reasons not to do it.”
According to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine:
Core vaccines are recommended for all puppies and dogs with an unknown vaccination history. The diseases involved have significant morbidity and mortality and are widely distributed, and in general, vaccination results in relatively good protection from disease. These include vaccines for canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus (CAV), and rabies.