We love our cats and they are full members of our little traveling family.
If you are like many Americans, you might very well have pets too. And you probably love them as much as we love our girls.
If so, you need to know that vetrinary medicine is changing and, unfortunately, it might not all be for the best!
On the one hand, great strides have been made in being able to provide better care to our pets and to improve and lengthen their lives.
On the other hand, big businesses are entering the game and buying up successful smaller practices. When they do, quality of care may go out the window in favor of profitable care.
One disturbing trend seems to be the over-vaccination of pets. This is a great revenue generator for companies but not necessarily good for our pets.
One example is distemper for cats. Many vets may recommend regular vaccinations but the best vets recommend titering. Tittering consists of analyzing a sample of blood for anti-body levels and if sufficient, a vaccination is unnecessary. Tittering costs money but usually less than a vaccination. And the less injections you give your pets, the safer. Our cats never go out so the vet recommended we not get them vaccinated for distemper at all, as they are over 10 years old.
To be clear, I am not advocating not getting rabies shots. They are necessary and required by law.
However, you might want to ask some questions about all the other vaccination recommendations before you go ahead and get them done
Another point relates to rabies vaccinations and felines. There are two vaccinations available. One is used on dogs and cats and one is used only on cats. It is called PureVax. Some small percentage of cats are affected by the general vaccine and for then, it can be lethal. If you are a cat owner, be sure to ask your vet about PureVax, as it is a safer alternative for cats. After learning of this, we realized that we probably lost one of our cats, Chaos (pictured above) due to a reaction to a conventional rabies vaccination.
The subject of vaccinations is a hot button topic with the two companies on buying binges for veterinary practices. They make a good deal of their money by building care programs that wrap up vaccinations with wellness visits.
Some of these programs may not really enhance the quality of care but certainly line the pockets of the companies like Mars, who build these professional practices.
Check out the link below from Bloomberg for more info about how vets are being bought up by large firms.