The cat news in the UK, today, is that conventional vets are saying that pet insurers are putting animals at risk by encouraging owners to believe that homeopathic vaccinations are OK. The big pet insurers – Direct Line, Virgin and Churchill – tell people who want to take out insurance for their companion animal that they accept homeopathic vaccines as an alternative to conventional vaccines. They do this, they say, because they believe (correctly) that some animals react badly to conventional vaccinations. The reaction can be life threatening. They also say that they only accept homeopathic vaccinations if a vet recommends it. It sounds reasonable to me.
I suspect that some mainstream vets are more concerned about losing some of their bread and butter business. Note: three yearly vaccinations are being recommended rather than yearly, yet vets in the USA are slow to take up the new protocol. Pet owners are more likely to do some internet research before vaccinating their cat or dog. This invariably leads to less vaccinations. However, your vet is in charge and will advise.
Conventional vets believe that homeopathy is mumbo jumbo (that is not a very scientific term, sorry). The same goes from doctors. Homeopathic vaccinations are safer and much easier to administer. They are called homeopathic nosodes. They can be given to puppies and kittens much earlier than conventional vaccinations and can be given to pregnant cats and dogs1.
Personally, I lean towards administering less vaccinations, or minimising them. I think they can be dangerous – cancer at the site of the jab comes to my mind – and for older cats they can be an unnecessary risk. I am thinking of routine boosters, which are money spinners for vets.
I am not arguing that vaccinations are not good. Far from it. They can be obligatory – rabies in the USA – and save many lives. It is just that they are not some magic panacea for all major diseases.
Charlie, my cat is not vaccinated against anything. That may shock some people. He is protected by his own immune system and the fact that in the area where I live major cat diseases are controlled by widespread vaccinations. Yes, I am riding on the back of other vaccinations but for an older cat that makes sense because they have usually had years of vaccinations and are therefore immune.
If you want to explore homeopathic nosodes in the UK, I’d Google “UK homeopathic vets” or something like that.
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