Pet vaccines have recently come under fire as their inherent dangers are becoming more and more recognized. You’d have to be pretty much living in a cave if you haven’t seen the recent onslaught of information questioning the safety of vaccines. But suffice it to say that, like any other pharmaceutical product, there are bothrisks and benefits to vaccines. The risks range from mild inflammation to allergies, hypothyroidism and even sudden anaphylactic shock.
Who’s Reporting Vaccine Reactions In Dogs And Cats?
Well, this is where it gets worrisome.
Let’s assume that you take your dog or puppy in for a vaccination and she suffers a vaccine reaction. Now it would have to something very sudden and severe in the first place for most vets to even call it a vaccine reaction. Although vaccine reactions can take weeks, months or even years to develop (think of allergies, joint disease, renal disease or hypothyroidism), in the majority of cases, vets only think of vaccine reactions if the dog suffers classic symptoms like sudden explosive diarrhea, lethargy and pain within a few hours of the vaccine.
Now you might think that vets are better able to see vaccine reactions and are eager to report them. However less than 1% of human vaccine adverse reactions get reported to the FDA. Less than 1%. I’d wager that that it’s even lower for veterinary vaccines.
But unlike human vaccine reactions, veterinary vaccine reactions don’t get reported to the FDA.
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