Our dogs are due for their annual shots in a few days. I was wondering if we should get the canine influenza shots for them. A lot of boarding facilities still require them. Is it needed for training clubs?
I actually really disagree with this statement, and statements like this really hurt dogs in the long run as it makes people less trustful of vets and less likely to go to a vet for things.I refuse to give my dogs the canine influenza vaxx series as there is no point other than being a moneymaker for vets.
If canine influenza is anything like human influenza, it mutates quickly and therefore it is notoriously difficult to create a vaccine for it. That's a big issue.Are you kidding? There was a huge outbreak in CA last year. Not one dog died that I know of. Sure, a few dogs were sick and some were hospitalized. But guess what? Some of them had already had the vaccines! So, if the vaccines are clearly not effective (and I'm talking multiple people's dogs from the dog park plus Frosty's brother had the vaccine and then got sick), what is the point??
But remember, hardly any will require hospitalization. Most recover on their own. And, most don't even get canine influenza. And by the way, it's two vaccines that are needed. So, a minimum of $60-100 per dog vaccinated x 1,000 dogs in a practice vs. maybe $5,000 for the, let's say three, that needed hospitalization. HUGE moneymaker. I do not deny that most vets are in business for the right reasons and I love my vets, but I refuse to fall victim to this scam.If canine influenza is anything like human influenza, it mutates quickly and therefore it is notoriously difficult to create a vaccine for it. That's a big issue.
A sick dog that requires hospitalization is a much bigger 'moneymaker' than a quick jab at the clinic.