Oscar here. For my avid blog readers, you'll remember a couple of blogs I wrote on the importance of vaccinating. One was about a group of people known as the Anti Vaxxers, or people who think vaccines harm more than help. The other was a specific case where a kitten who hadn't been vaccinated early enough, caught a disease and sadly, died as a result.
Now, though in general, I still maintain that vaccinating is the best policy 99% of the time, I will acknowledge that there are times when there are opinions that differ from mine. Last week for instance, a case came into the PPAC where not vaccinating was the recommended course of treatment.
A dog came in staggering, unable to walk well or get around, all of which are neurological signs— indication that something neurological is amiss. Well, the pooch was referred to a neurologist who did an MRI and a cerebro spinal fluid tap (basically he had fluid extracted from his spine) which she then ran cultures on. From this, she deduced that the dog had an auto immune disease or, a disease where the dog is having a negative reaction to something in its own tissue. The neurologist proposed treating with immuno-supressive drugs and the dog responded positively to this treatment. Point of this whole story is that the recommendation for treatment in this instance was NOT vaccines because they stimulate the immune system which would have put the dog at risk.
So, in this particular situation, not vaccinating was the right way to go, even though in general, I think it is.
Til' next time,