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All pets deserve a regular (at least each six months) examination and assessment of their health care needs. All pets deserve to be protected against the diseases that can kill them (and used to be very common many years ago). We still see outbreaks of Parvovirus and Distemper... these are not diseases of days gone past. They are real.
At no point do I say that pets should not be vaccinated, or that vaccinations cause harm.
What I do say, is that each pet deserves an individual assessment of their potential current protection, their current and previous medical conditions, and their risk to disease in the future. It is not a "one size fits all" scenario.
Most pets should continue to receive regular vaccinations. Some pets, however, should not. All of us, at Russell Vale Animal Clinic are dedicated to ensuring every single pet is protected.
Keeping yourself healthy, means you could be protecting your pet too. In the US, dogs were infected with swine flu and human influenza. Think about the immunisations for your entire family, especially given the bad flu season of 2012, the swine flu scare of 2009, and the continual whooping cough outbreak each Autumn (and whooping cough is preventable). Dogs can get human whooping cough, and we can get dog Canine cough. (not common, but it can happen). All of us at Russell Vale Animal Clinic support the OneHealth Initiative. and we support the World Veterinary Association in recognizing how vaccinations have saved many many lives.
As of August 2013, we will be able to stop sending blood away, and waiting 7 days for results - in-house tests against Distemper, Hepatitis & Parvovirus is now available for those high risk dogs (previous vaccination reactions, or white fluffies).
Best Practices advises that each individual animal is assesed for its risk of exposure to the disease, as compared to the risk of not vaccinating or using a different vaccine. Each individual practice will develop what is Best Practice for their particular area. And this is how it should be.
What do we do? Well, its easy really. We just do a risk assessment for our area, and with that, develop a program which supports Best Practice and Evidence Based Medicine, WITH your pet's risk of exposure being considered. This means that we do not adopt a "one size fits all" philosophy. It means that we develop what the evidence tells us is best for your pet.
Click here to the World Vaccine Guidelines 2015.
Updated September 2016.