'are making our dogs sick as vets cash in'
given to dogs are making them ill, a pet charity claimed yesterday. Profit-hungry
drug companies and vets are 'frightening' dog owners into inoculating their
pets more often than necessary, according to Canine Health Concern. Some
puppies have developed conditions including autism and epilepsy after a
raft of injections, it warns.
O'Driscoll, from the charity, said: 'We are not anti-vaccination. What we
are saying is that currently our pets are receiving far too many.
'The latest scientific research shows that after the first course of injections
as a puppy most dogs are immune against these diseases for at least seven
years, if not for life. 'Every year pet vaccination companies hold National
Vaccination Month, a national campaign when pet owners whose boosters have
lapsed by 18 months or more are terrified into having their pet jabbed.
the vast majority of vets might simply not be aware of the latest scientific
research, we are concerned that for a few undoubtedly doing multiple jabs
is a way of making more money from worried pet owners.'
are vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis and
parainfluenza up to three times by the age of four months. They may also
be immunised against coronavirus, rabies, Lyme disease and bordetella or
kennel cough. Booster shots are given every year or every three or four
years. But some have suffered dramatic changes in behaviour or been diagnosed
with cancer within months of the injections, Canine Health Concern says.
a letter backed by 17 vets and other pet experts, the charity has called
on the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, which monitors animal vaccines,
to issue new advice on their use.
O'Driscoll, who believes cats and rabbits could also be at risk, added that
a simple blood test would determine whether an animal needed a booster shot.
Richard Allport, a Hertfordshire vet who has signed the letter to the VMD,
said he was 'constantly' seeing animals that had developed 'worrying symptoms'
after vaccination. But other animal charities said vaccination was vital.
The Dogs Trust said all jabs were thoroughly tested for safety and warned
that blood tests were not completely reliable. Its veterinary director,
Chris Laurence, said a study looking for a connection between jabs and sudden
ill-health failed to find a link. Professor Steve Dean, chief executive
of the VMD, said: 'Many veterinary surgeons can remember the devastating
effects these once common-diseases had on our pets, their owners and families,
and the huge benefit vaccines have had on improving the health and welfare
of the canine population should be recognised.' A spokesman added that the
80million-plus doses of vaccine since 1985 had generated fewer than 7,000
reports of side effects.