Myths and rumors are the foundations of the anti-vaccine movement who believe that vaccination is an evil disguised as solution and the true causes of diseases and sickness.
It began with the belief that children suffer from autism spectrum disorder due to vaccines given from the first months of life.
Also, during the pandemic in Mexico for the H1N1 flu, rumors arose stating that the vaccine against this disease, in fact, caused it.
As expected, various diseases that were about to disappear and are easy to prevent such as diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, among others, have reappeared strongly causing health emergencies in several countries.
Now, this movement has reached the pet owners, who are pronouncing against vaccines mainly for dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Apparently, people are ignoring that the prosperous health that humanity enjoys is thanks to medical advances such as vaccines.
The birth of another ideological evil, now in pets
There have been many debates about the anti-vaccine movement and social networks have been flooded with both valuable and misinformative information.
Unfortunately, pet owners have decided to believe in these rumors and are legitimately convinced that immunological vaccines are useless and are only a way to take money from owners in veterinary clinics.
Neither dogs nor cats scape the nonsense
These are some of the reasons that encouraged various people to disregard methods to prevent diseases, causing outrage among animal lovers for this negligence that will cause the creatures to suffer.
People’s Dispensary For Sick Animals (PDSA), an association of people who care for animal health in the United Kingdom, spoke with more than 5,000 pet owners such as cats, dogs, and rabbits; there they realized that many of them decided not to vaccinate them deliberately.
A third of these people did not have the habit of taking their animals to vaccinate and 12% gave up doing so after a while.
The above does not seem to be alarming numbers, but if you consider that in 2016 84% of animal owners vaccinated them and that in the last year only 66% have done so, that is, about 7 million people, is a significant number if the trend continues to decline.
Why do pet owners no longer want to vaccinate them?
In comparison with anti-vaccine movements in children, this trend in the world of pets has no “foundation” or ideology behind it, making it a bit more difficult to specify.
During the survey mentioned above in Europe, about 16% mentioned that vaccines are really unnecessary, possibly due to the fact that animals are perfectly able to live in wildlife without clinical care, and their pets are no exception.
Another 17% think that contact with other animals outside the home is the cause of illness, and having pets that only live indoors, there is no need for immunological methods.
Another portion (17%), prefer not to spend money on expensive vaccines, and 13% do so for psychological reasons since they cannot stand seeing their animals get stressed when visiting a veterinarian.
Official data on this trend
The British Veterinary Association also raised its voice, specifically in a CNN article where they mention not being surprised by these statistics.
To date, it has been reported that 98% of veterinary doctors have already received questionings from owners when trying to recommend preventive vaccines.
The same study carried out by the PDSA also informed that 75% of the interviewees confessed acquiring a companion animal without getting any info previously about the medical expenses that they entail, so when faced with such prices they decide to decline.
And this is a reality in thousands of homes that acquire a companion animal for the first time without doing research about expenses and consequences, where the best-case scenario is, they do not receive a vaccine, but these creatures are commonly abandoned.
Undoubtedly, there are no more excuses for misinformation in a technological world where data is abundant and so many unfortunate situations of this kind could be avoided.