Frauds Sell ‘Anti-Vax’ Pills Made From Diseased Flesh, Endangering
A growing antivaccine movement has veterinarians and responsible pet owners concerned for the animals in their care. But it’s not just the fact that people are refusing to vaccinate their pets that’s got everybody worried- it’s also the dubious alternative methods that often do more harm than good that are causing fear. RSPCA warns that anti-vax remedies that are being offered online can cause numerous issues and that there is no alternative when it comes to life-saving pet vaccines.
Just last week, Amazon stepped up and removed advertisements for dubious anti-vax products that were being sold on the popular website. The products in question were nosodes, a homeopathic alternative to vaccines, which is not only completely ineffective, but dangerous as well. Nosodes are homeopathic remedies made from bodily tissues and fluids (including feces, blood, pus, discharges, and saliva) taken from animals suffering from a disease that the products claim to protect from. While the manufacturers rave about the safety and miraculous effects of these drugs, they have no proven benefit for the animals. Not to mention that they sound horrifyingly gross.
RSPCA warns that the use of homeopathic nosodes and refusing to vaccinate your pet leaves your four-legged bestie vulnerable to a range of potentially fatal diseases. For instance, unvaccinated dogs are highly likely to be affected by parvovirus (kills 9 in 10 dogs that contract it), canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, or even rabies- and that’s just naming a few of the most widespread diseases. The list goes on, and it’s no different for the felines: even strictly indoor cats can be at risk of contagious diseases if not vaccinated.
Instead of risking your pet’s wellbeing by giving them untested and potentially hazardous anti-vax products, have a talk with your veterinarian. As a licensed professional, they’ll be able to answer all of your questions and clear any doubts you might have that are making you consider alternatives. Don’t let your pet needlessly suffer because of health issues that could have been easily prevented with a readily available vaccine.
A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.
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