Overvaccination of Pets Interview with Alex and KCTV5

Many of you know Brookside store manager Alex Strawder. Her expertise in pet care and nutrition makes her a very valuable and beloved member of our staff. What you may not know about Alex is she lost a beloved pet, Grace, to issues that arose from annual vaccinations.

Alex recently talked with KCTV5 Reporter, Joe Chiodo, about this unfortunate situation, and shared more information with viewers on education, signs to look for in your own pet, and how Brookside Barkery and Bath can help.

The Risks of Over-Vaccinating Your Pet

Since vaccinations stay in your pet’s body for much longer than the 1-year recommendation by vets, over-vaccinating is a common mistake made by pet owners. Giving your pet a vaccine when your pet is already immune doesn’t increase its immunity, but does increase unnecessary risk to your animal and can cause a variety of health risks and fatal diseases, including:

  • Vaccine-induced sarcomas
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Thyroid disease
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Seizures

Why are 60 Percent of Vets Still Doing Annual Revaccinations?

Regrettably, six years after the change in protocol, and despite the fact that vet schools are now teaching the 3-year protocol, the majority of practicing veterinarians continue to recommend annual revaccinations.

Continued vaccinations are still given by vet offices because it is their best effort to encourage clients to bring pets in for wellness exams. The second and more disheartening excuse is that many vets simply do not want to give up the revenue earned by annual vaccination visits.

Our Recommendations

  • Wellness visits are still important for your pet to check for heartworm, tumors, and assessing your pet’s overall health. We recommend annual checkups, although we do not recommend annual vaccines.
  • Request a Vaccine Titer TestThis is a blood test that can be given by your vet in place of a revaccination. The test measures levels of previous vaccines that are still in your pet’s system. You can use these results to decide whether you want to revaccinate your pet.
  • Discuss with your vet the risks versus benefits of diseases you are considering vaccinating for before assuming the vaccine is necessary.
  • Do not vaccinate your dog or cat if it had a serious life-threatening vaccine reaction. Check with your vet before vaccinating if your pet has any other health issues.

Check out the video and gallery below from the interview and learn more about overvaccination.