By Dr. Andrew Jones
A cheery Friday to you!!
If vaccines are harmful, WHY are so many given?
This question was posed to me by a fellow newsletter subscriber.
Thanks for the question!
WHY do some Veterinarians give multiple vaccines yearly, while others are giving far FEWER vaccines (if any at all)?
In fact ALL of the Veterinary Colleges are advising a limited vaccine regimen with fewer vaccines given, and LESS often.
Here’s my take on it.
1. Habit. This is what has always happened. You come to ‘The Vet’ for your shots. Your Vet gives you ‘The shots’.
2. Vaccines do prevent certain diseases. Parvovirus is the most important one. But 2 puppy doses at 8 and 12 weeks are protective, likely for life. It does not need to be given every year, and perhaps not again after the puppy series.
3. That friendly Drug Rep… Vaccines are BIG business to a few select LARGE Drug Companies.
It’s in their interest to have you give MORE vaccines MORE often.
And those same companies have representatives who develop relationships with Veterinarians.
And being human, it’s hard not to get influenced by it. I mean it has happened to me.
4. Finances. I can relate my own personal experiences as a Veterinary Practice Owner. Clients were ‘trained’ to come into the clinic for the yearly vaccines. By not sending out yearly vaccine reminders, I was concerned about lower client visits, and ultimately being able to pay all the bills.
But this has not been my experience – In fact most clients are very appreciative of me being honest and were more likely to accept other health suggestions (such as senior wellness tests).
Unfortunately there are still those who are convinced that they need to be sending clients yearly vaccine reminders OR their practice income will drop.
In other words, it’s about the money.
Ultimately it is YOUR decision.
NOT your Veterinarian’s.
Learn about the potential side effects, and the newer and advised vaccine regimens.
Heal Your Pets At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones
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