Kimberly wrote: "She almost died from what I have no doubt was distemper (which is one of several viruses which is associated with "kennel cough", and which, btw, is the same virus which causes measles in humans, but no, none of us got measles from her"
FYI - the human measles virus is NOT the same as the virus causing one of the canine distempers. Both viruses are of the paramyxovirus family and the morbillivirus genus, but the species (canine distemper virus measles virus) are NOT the same.
There are quite a few negative effects of vaccination in animals which are well known to vets (from demylenization disorders like MS to fatal blood disorders to chronic arthitis to tumors at the injection site), which are denied violently when it comes to vaccination in humans, lol!I do not consider these risks acceptable for our pets, who are healthy, well cared for, and in no need of such "protection" UNLESS placed in a filthy, diseased environment like the pound (which is the exception, not the rule, and only supports the "hygeine hypothesis", imo) Just last week, my MIL told me that her sister had told her her dog (a chiwawa, sp, I know;) was really sick for two days; wouldn't even get off the bed and could hardly walk on one of his legs. OH, of course, he had just been to the vet and gotten 6 vaccinations in one visit! HELLO!!So no, we do not vaccinate them as a rule.
I do consider them different from my kids (duh!) in that I would not vaccinate my children even if it WERE the law! And I do not consider the dog or cat, as much as I love them, on a par with my children. (had our dog bitten intentionally, I would have gladly taken her out back and shot her for a stranger, jmo, but she did not, so I could not see allowing her to be killed for one accidental act in 8 yrs! Believe me, I agonized over it; should I spend the money to bail her out or leave her? The advice from the animal control officer was to leave her, but I told him, "you do not know this dog. I do. Almost a decade of being a good family dog raised from a pup should not be disregarded becasue of one accidental act." But I suppose I am somewhere in the middle on this one; I recognized her right to live where many would have just left her to die, but I would not grant her that absolute right, regardless of her actions!)
BTW, there is no vaccine for "worms", such as might be caught by humans from dogs/cats. That comes under the heading of worming them (and ground pumpkin seeds works quite well for that, in either species).
Kimberly, "mom" to Sapia, late 16-18 yr old Siamese stray, Jane, 9 yr old Aussie shepherd and assorted rodents (hampsters),multiple fish and a litter of kitties and their feral momma (next stop; operation for kitty, lol!) How many kittens do y'all want? Sure are cuties:) Wish I could keep 'em all, but, HECK NO!!!LOL!
For me, I do not question whether or not to vaccinate both my kids and my pets, I was vaccinated as a child with no ill effects. My cat that I have had since she was born is currently 16 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. Vaccinations are one of the responsiblitys of owning a pet for me.
I live on a tiny island with a large feral cat population, and was a volunteer for the SPCA close to ten years (my mother was briefly vice president before stepping down due to illness). It's only relatively recently that I've learned about the true dangers of vaccination on children, although I was a victim of it myself... My mother and I were sharing articles on the preservatives in vaccines, and she brought up the concern that it may be used in animal shots as well. I've never explored this. Only one of my four cats has been vaccinated, and this was because she was adopted from a shelter and they require you get shots before they leave. I've chosen not to vaccinate them both for cost reasons, and because I don't feel it necessary to protect against something that does not currently exist here. Though, this is a very special situation - in a very isolated area like this new diseases in animals don't often get introduced, and when they do everyone is made aware very quickly. I think were there an honest risk of my cats falling ill and dying of a disease so rampant that it's affecting mostly indoor pets, I would take them to the vet and inquire about vaccines... but at this point I don't feel it's necessary.
Really good question, btw!
Again this is JUST my op.
Again, just curious as to where the line is drawn on protecting against disease.