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Covid 19, Vaccination for dogs, Alarming or Madness

So now the scientific community are saying you may need a Covid 19 Vaccination for dogs or cats.

Vaccination for dogs against covid 19 to me is unthinkable. We have always been told that our companion animals can not infect us with Covid, now that seems to have changed.

Covid 19, Vaccination for dogs, madness or scaremongering?

“Pet cats and dogs may need their own Covid 19 vaccine, scientists suggest

It’s still not clear how many dogs and cats have been infected with Covid-19 although the rates may be similar to those of people. Yet pet symptoms seem to be mild, if they appear at all.”

It seems to me that scientists and governments have totally lost the plot, especially here in the UK. Boris Johnson’s government has made U turn after

U Turn and now this madness.

Scientists say it could be “necessary” in the future to vaccinate pets against COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus.

In an editorial for the journal Virulence, they wrote that continued evolution of the virus in animals followed by transmission to humans “poses a significant long-term risk to public health”.

“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,”

All I can say is wow one thing on top of another, people are scared enough without all this hype. If this was forced on pet owners just think of the cost. people have lost their jobs meaning no income and the thought of having to pay for another injection for your companion animal is just abysmal. There will be people who read the headlines and suddenly feel threatened by their dog or cat.

These thoughts will lead to wide scale dumping of pet cats and dogs into shelters by people who think they are doing the right thing to protect their families.

Covid 19 has caused enough panic in the population without more scaremongering like this.

Covid 19 vaccination for dogs ? Where will all this end

Covid 19, Vaccination for dogs
Which way now?

After seeing and hearing this in newspapers and on the news it makes one wonder what next. The animals in the food chain such as cows, pigs and chickens will they all need to be pumped full of more chemicals and certified before going on sale.

Isolation of people is causing enough mental health issues, so to think people living alone with only a companion animal for company will eye their pets with suspicion and fear is horrendous.

Then their are the many people who think that Covid 19 vaccine is a threat to themselves a Covid 19 vaccination for dogs and cats is going to fuel more fearful responses. This is the Sky News headlines

The Daily Mail reported this.

After closing Public Houses, Restaurants and various other places where people meet and talk, banning house visits and telling people not to travel they come out with this chestnut. It seems that the death toll from inadequate Government Response is not enough, more fear mongering is needed.

This from Live Science states

“Cats and dogs may eventually need their own COVID-19 vaccines to prevent the coronavirus from evolving further and “spilling” back to humans, according to one group of researchers.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is known to infect a number of animals besides humans, including cats, dogs, minks, tigers and gorillas. However, at this time, scientists don’t think animals play a significant role in spreading the virus to people, and reports of COVID-19 in pets are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Still, the authors of a new editorial, published Jan. 25 in the journal Virulence, say that these animal “reservoirs” may pose a risk to humans down the road, because there is the potential for the virus to evolve in those species and spread back to people.

“The risk is that, as long as there are these reservoirs, that it starts to pass … from animal to animal, and then starts to evolve animal-specific strains,” Kevin Tyler, editor-in-chief of Virulence and co-author of the editorial, told the wire service PA Media. Then, the strains could “spill back into the human population and you end up essentially with a new virus which is related, which causes the whole thing all over again.”

As such, “it is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might also be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,” the authors wrote in the editorial.

After all this what do you think of the thought of vaccination for dogs and cats. Will this lead you to consider getting rid of your pets? It would be interesting to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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