LONDON — By now, I'm sure you've heard anti-vaxxers talk about the threats of giving your child vaccines. They believe autism, amongst other diseases, are rooted from vaccines. I'm not here to take a side of this matter when it comes to children, but for pets, I most certainly will!
This worry began when pet owners questioned the effects of vaccines meant to prevent diseases like distemper and canine hepatitis. Many anti-vaxxers believed their pets would be affected by these vaccines in the same way a child may be.
The fear got so intense that the British Veterinary Association had to issue a statement this week: "Dogs cannot develop autism." Well duh. lol
The theory of anti-vaccination gained notoriety in the late 90's. "The theory gained prominence in 1998, after a study published in the medical journal The Lancet purported to show a link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. It caused a firestorm in health circles and among parents, resulting in a significant drop in vaccination rates for children in Britain."
The theory has been disproved by most major medical institutions, however, some still believe the threat is still very real. Whatever you believe, the theory definitely doesn't apply to dogs. So rest easy, your pooch won't be getting autism from a vaccine.
What do you think of this story? Were you ever afraid?
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