|Originally posted by charlottiek
I am sorry if I have offended you, but I think that you are misunderstanding my intention. All I said is that when I take my cats to the vet for their shots, I get all of the shots they need renewed at the same time. My vet has always done it this way and there has never been a problem.
What I meant by "cheaper" is that if you took your cat to the vet on separate occasions for different immunizations that are safe to get at the same time, you pay for unnecessary multiple office visits.
Please do not make accusitory remarks that I would ever do anything unhealthy or wrong to my babies just because it is cheaper!
charlottiek, Ninikitty, Lila
I have no idea where or when I made any accusatory remarks. I don't think you do anything bad to your pets, but I think that you should read the links I posted. Nothing bad may have happened to your cats but they might get sick later in life because of this. The vaccine companies never tested their longevity, they just give an arbitrary time. I don't think that's right. So now good vets and animal scientists are looking into how often pets really need all these things, which of them are actually effective, and which are not. I'm glad the veterinary community is doing so.
For example, the FeLV vaccine for cats...why is it often given annually?? All cats over 1 year of age, regardless of vaccinations, are immune to FeLV for life, so why are we paying for and giving an annual vaccination? Why are dogs vaccinated for Corona virus when the virus has not even proven effective? Why annual rabies when rabies have shown effective for 3 years? All this especially when it has been shown that these vaccinations cause health problems, including fatal cancers, in our pets?
I do not believe having the vaccines at separate times calls for 'unnecessary' office visits. To me there is no such thing. One can also give the vaccines at home if you are comfortable doing so and can get the appropriate vaccines, and are familiar with reaction symptoms.
I understood what you meant by cheaper, but still to me that is not a factor. Of course at some point, money is always an issue (well for most of us who aren't Bill Gates), but you have to weigh the 'savngs' versus the health benefits, especially in the long run. Yes, there are many pets who don't have health problems from the high level of vaccines generally prescribed, just as some people's pets live a long life on Purina, but I'd rather not take the chance. If anything ever happened to any of my pets that I felt I could have done something to prevent, I would be devastated.
But aside from all that, I have not found it to be more expensive, with more vet visits. For an adult cat who had all it's kitten shots, only a non-adjuvenated Rabies every 3 years is required. There are no other diseases among cats that have proven vaccines effective in adulthood. Most of the vaccines create a lifelong immunity, or are ineffective, or the cat develops an age developed immunity.