The Pet Parents’ Action Group
The AVA (Australian Veterinary Association) updated its policy on vaccination of dogs and cats in June 2009.
The information for pet owners explains about vaccinations and related health care issues for dogs and cats.
There is also information about what the new policy will mean for pet care businesses.
The AVMA Journal (#208, 1996) says: "There is no scientific data to support a recommendation for annual administration of vaccines. Furthermore, repeated administration of vaccines may be associated with a higher risk of anaphylaxis and autoimmune diseases."
In the same issue:
"There is little scientific documentation that backs up label claims for annual administration of most vaccines. In the past, it was believed that annual vaccination would not hurt and would probably help most animals. However concerns about side effects have begun to change this attitude. The client is paying for something with no effect or with the potential for an adverse reaction."
Annual vaccination schedules have always been based on -- you're going to love this -- the suggestions of the vaccine manufacturers -- NOT on independent research. Is it any surprise that they want annual vaccinations? __________________________________________________________
As with human medicine, we’re learning more all the time about the best ways to prevent disease in dogs and cats. In response to this, in 2009 the AVA revised its policy to recommend less frequent vaccination for adult cats and dogs for some vaccines.
Vaccination for some diseases may not be needed on an annual basis. Other diseases such as canine cough (or kennel cough) still need to be boosted at least every year.
You should talk to your veterinarian about the most appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet, as the best approach differs depending on the age and health of your dog or cat, and where you live.
Whatever your vet advises you about vaccinating your dog or cat, it’s still extremely important that you get an annual health check for your pet.
Dogs and cats age differently from humans, so going to the vet each year is like going to the doctor every five years or so for us!
Finding problems early at an annual health check will save time and money later on, and might even save your pet’s life. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about your pets health and welfare.
Links from the Australian Veterinary of Australia website.......