Direct Practical Action/What You Can Do
(Spanish translation available here)
Direct Practical Action
The first practical action of the Pet Welfare Alliance is to write to every veterinary practice to:
· Update vets on World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) guidelines on
vaccine frequency (click here to view the WSAVA Guidelines)
See also: An Update on Canine and Feline Vaccination
· Update vets on the duration of immunity studies (the fact that vaccines against the
core dog and cat diseases have been shown to protect for up to the lifetime of the
· Update vets on the science of vaccine adverse effects.
· So that every pet owner can visit their vet, free from pressure to vaccinate more
often than is scientifically necessary – on a worldwide basis.
· We will work as a cohesive whole to achieve our aims. We need dog and cat lovers
to get behind this initiative and make it practically possible.
. We will extend the initiative and write to boarding kennels, animal charities, and
other dog-related organisations, so that no-one can be unaware of the current
We believe that if vets truly knew the damage caused by over-vaccination, they wouldn’t do it.
What You Can Do Now
Pet owners, and their pets, are the pawns in a massive chess game. Some vets demand that you vaccinate your dogs and cats every year. Others have adopted the three-year vaccination policy. A few understand that once dogs and cats are immune to the core viral diseases, they have lifelong immunity. Some vets say that leptospirosis and kennel cough vaccines are needed every year – despite the fact that the World Small Animal Veterinary Association says they are optional. Leptospirosis is arguably a rare disease, but the prevailing policy seems to be to vaccinate ‘just in case’. However, the leptospirosis vaccine is the one most associated with severe adverse reactions.
As a show of strength and so that we can keep you informed of our progress please sign our supporters list if you have not already done so.
Send a letter
If you would like a letter sent to your vet, boarding kennel, training/agility club, breed club/society, breeders, rescue kennel/shelter, or local authority to update them on current vaccine guidelines and asking them to review their policy, please click here. (Please note that the majority of all types of canine establishments in the UK have been sent letters).
A little goes a long way
Please help the Pet Welfare Alliance with funding. Click here to make a donation.
There are many other ways you can help
Click here for details on spreading the word (including a downloadable flyers and leaflet).
Please make a difference by doing something. As a group - an alliance - we can better protect our pets than standing alone.