5 stats for pet immunization

5 stats for pet immunization

Forget the static vaccine package deal for Cuddles or Milo. “We really have to figure out what’s right for each dog or cat,” says Joel Murphy, veterinarian at highly rated Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor in Florida.

So talk to a vet about the advantages and risks associated with each immunization, and check out these quick shots:

10 percent — Proportion, at most, of reported domestic animal rabies cases. Most cases now involve wildlife, a reversal from decades ago. Experts credit routine pet vaccinations and stray programs.

1 to 4 years — Span of time a vaccine generally lasts.

$248 average — Amount dog owners spend annually on routine vet visits; 78 percent cite vaccinations as a reason for going.

6 weeks — Age cats and dogs should typically begin getting vaccinated, around the time immunity from their mother’s milk starts to wear off.

30 million — Estimated number of pet cats that don’t see the vet for vaccines or other care in a given year. That compares to a projected 13 million dogs.

Sources: American Veterinary Medical Association; 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Robert, DVM


It is only because pets are vaccinated that many serious diseases have been controlled or eradicated. Veterinary care is a bargin compared to the current cost of human health care. It is very expensive to operate a veterinary hospital and those costs have to be passed on. Most veterinarians have only the interest of your pet in mind. If you can find a low cost mobile clinic, then by all means use them.



mobile pet clinics can save you $, and I stop all vaccinations except rabies as required by law at the age of 10. If you have not built up a resistance by then, you will not. Bordetella shots onlyh if you kennel your dog or go to dog parks as long as your dog is in good clean air not worth the investment = also there are about 100 strains of bordetella the nasal ingestion does not cover all strains. $$ is the incentative to push vaccines.



Here's one way to save a bit of money when taking pets to the vet for shots. If I truly know my cats are well, I decline a wellness exam. This saves $35 in my case. My state of Arkansas has a Rabies Control Act. I am not certain that an exam is required, but my vet does and I gladly comply. $35 is not much in comparison with costs for serious illnesses/injuries, but . . . our cats are beloved members of our family as I'm sure your pets are too.

Pat Taber


Rather then vaccinating I give my dog a tither, which is a blood test to measure immunity to the various diseases for which one would vaccinate. If her immunity is sufficient she is not vaccinated.

john bramble


What do the studies say about the difference in life quality and life expectancies of the pets belonging to people who follow the suggested procedures and those who do not? Certainly they do not vaccinate 13 million pets based simply on they think it is a good idea, a simple study done by an impartial group would go a very long way to improving the life expectancies of pets world over. Or so I would think.



Interesting stats!I have 3 dogs so it's very expensive to keep up with cost of vaccines, heartworm meds, & flea treatment. My vet wants bortedella 2x p/yr plus many more shots annually. I now go to the mobile pet clinics instead and the savings is great!I think vets need to be mindful of the costs as many people I speak with don't do heartworm tests or meds due to their budget, they spend $ on flea preventive instead.

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