Making sure your dog is as healthy as can be is one of the most important responsibilities of a dog owner. Part of that includes making sure they have nutritious food to eat, lots of exercise and, of course, all of their vaccinations. Immunizations are important. They have saved many lives. But in recent years, some pet owners have decided to forego them, or at the very least, decrease the frequency with which the shots are given.
Confusion is part of the reason some people are not vaccinating their dogs. In the human world, parents have questioned, based on faulty science inflamed by social media and Hollywood celebrities, the safety of childhood immunizations. That confusion has now spilled into the world of pets.
Not that long ago, veterinarians recommended yearly vaccinations for a variety of diseases. The vets followed that protocol because that's what the drug manufacturers recommended. Even if the vet in his or her own mind thought a vaccination was not needed, they were ethically and legally obligated to follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Moreover, drug companies in a race for profits discovered new vaccines for new illnesses.