A number of anti-vaxxer pet owners are now refusing vaccinations for potentially deadly diseases.
Some pet owners, who are part of the anti-vaccination movement, are under the false impression that animals could develop autism if they were to be vaccinated.
The alarming new trend, derived from the UK, has now reached Australian shores and has seen increasing numbers of pet owners opt for alternative methods of medication.
‘It is increasingly worrying how many people are analysing and making decisions based on what they can get off YouTube and Google, rather than from peer-reviewed research or legitimate scientific journals,’ Sydney veterinarian Dr Sam Kovac told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Pet anti-vaxxers are adamant that vaccinations can cause deleterious effects as severe as autism, despite the fact there are no recorded cases of animals with the condition,’ he added.
Dr Kovac said the individuals who are refusing vital vaccine treatment for their canines, for diseases such as parvovirus, don’t deserve to have animals as pets.
The parvovirus infection is a viral illness that causes vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and weight loss in dogs.
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