Anti-vaxers are horrible people– They refuse to receive the recommended/required vaccinations and put everyone else (not just the very young, very old, or otherwise immunocompromised) at risk of contracting preventable diseases.
Anti-vaxers are horrible parents– They abuse their children with their own personal ignorance and fears, dooming the poor things to preventable diseases and their associated side-effects, and turn their children into little disease spreading monsters (see above, see this years Superbowl, see the day-care fraud story).
Anti-vaxers are also horrible pet owners– Back when this crazy anti-vaxer chick visited OKC, we noticed several pieces of literature encouraging and instructing pet owners how to get away with not vaccinating their pets.
The effects of non-vaccination in pets is exactly what we see in humans– adults having mild disease, spreading it everywhere, killing puppies and vulnerable dogs, pets dying of preventable diseases (or racking up huge medical bills vs the $20 shot), and something, which for me would be worse than death: A choice between euthanasia or solitary confinement for six months.
“If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the owner has two options,” she said. “They can confine the pet in a ‘no touch’ double enclosure for six months to determine if the pet is infected with rabies or have the pet euthanized. Nobody wants that.”
Imagine that your pet, your best friend, either had to be killed or locked in a box, isolated from all other human or animal contact for six months because you are either a) against vaccinations, or b) too goddamn lazy/stupid to keep your pets vaccines up to date.
See, “dogs dont get rabies in the US anymore”. Like how “people dont get polio or measles or whatever in the US anymore”. So its easy to forget, or to make excuses for not vaccinating.
Problem is, rabies isnt in dogs in the US anymore because we vaccinate dogs against rabies.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 55,000 people die of rabies worldwide each year, primarily in countries where pets are not vaccinated. WHO says that dog bites are the source of 99 percent of these cases and WHO credits widespread vaccination of domestic animals for preventing these deaths in the United States.
Rabies *is* present in the wild animal population. So this persons dog got into a fight with a rabid raccoon– if the dog was vaccinated, *shrug* no big deal. But the dog wasnt. So the owner now gets to be scared that THEY were exposed to rabies (and go through all of the oh-so-pleasant preventative therapy) AND they get to choose whether they are going to kill their dog or have it potentially go nuts from 6 months of isolation.
The owner handled the dog’s collar after the fight, which resulted in potential exposure. The dog was not current with its rabies vaccine, so he was brought to Animal Services until the raccoon could be tested. Today, the state lab confirmed the raccoon had rabies. The dog will remain at Animal Services for a six-month quarantine.
Way to go, Ace!
I am so pissed off…
Get your goddamn pets vaccinated, people.