Since the dog wasn't a patient of theirs, the dutiful staff member asked for proof of Rabies vaccination. That's when something happened that shocked me!
The Banfield Veterinarian explained to the woman that she was unable to trim the dog's nails, or perform any other services on the dog unless the woman could provide proof of Rabies vaccination. I silently thanked this Veterinarian for the sake of my own dogs and myself!
The woman proceeded to tell the Banfield Veterinarian that she did not vaccinate her dog - for anything! She explained that they had a Veterinarian who didn't believe in vaccinations at all, so her 3 year old dog had never been vaccinated against rabies or anything else! Well knock me over with a feather - Seriously? No vaccinations whatsoever?? That adorable little Chi suddenly seemed like a giant petri dish of rabid plague to me!
After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I moved a little closer to
It really freaked me out knowing that this woman brought her totally un-vaccinated dog into a very public place and asked a Veterinarian to trim his nails! The woman also admitted that they were unable to trim their dog's nails themselves without being snapped at and nearly bitten, which is why she brought him to the Vet. Oh sure, let the poor Veterinarian and Vet Techs get bitten by your snapping, UN-vaccinated dog!
I weaseled my way in and expressed to the woman how
I know the subject of not over-vaccinating our pets has become a sensitive issue and is being talking about a lot. I agree that pets shouldn't be over-vaccinated but I'm not sure what's worse, a dog that's over-vaccinated or one that is under-vaccinated and a potential risk to himself or to others, both human and canine. I'm starting to think more myself about whether or not my dogs are receiving more vaccinations than they really need. I'm not exactly sure how to strike the right balance, still trying to figure it all out.
Carol Bryant, author of the incredibly informative blog, Fidose of Reality did a great job in a recent post explaining why it's important not to over-vaccinate our dogs, but to ensure their health is protected with the right amount of vaccinations rather than over vaccinating your pet simply because that's what your Veterinarian recommends.
Where do you stand on the subject of over-vaccinating vs. under-vaccinating your pet? Do you feel it is an issue? Do you feel certain your pets get the right amount of vaccinations? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts, we love hearing from you!
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