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The anti-vaxx movement has seemed to spread into the pet-owner world. Good Morning Britain even set out a kind of casting call for pet owner's who fear their animal may become autistic if vaccinated.
We're looking to speak to pet owners who haven't given their pets vaccinations because they're concerned about side effects - as well as people who have done so and now believe their pet has canine autism as a result.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 23, 2018
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The British Veterinarian Association issued a stern warning.
We are aware of an increase in anti-vaccination pet owners in the US who have voiced concerns that vaccinations may lead to their dogs developing autism-like behaviour. But there is currently no scientific evidence to suggest autism in dogs or a link between vaccination and autism.
All medicines have potential side effects but in the case of vaccines these are rare and the benefits of vaccination in protecting against disease far outweigh the potential for an adverse reaction.
Internet users chimed in with anecdotes—
Yes, unfortunately. I’ve had clients try to refuse vaccines because they “don’t want their dog to get autism,” even though vaccines don’t cause autism and dogs don’t have autism anyway.— Laura McLain (@LauraK9doc) February 19, 2019
Yes! Fun fact for you pet owners out there , the silly anti vaxx ( and anti drug) movement has arrived in veterinary medicine too.... We had a lady who refused to get a rabies vaccine on her dog, because she swore it would cause autism in her dog..... What?— Tara McConkey (@TaraMcconkey1) November 23, 2018
—and straight up roasts.
Owner: I don’t plan to vaccinate my dog. Do you have any advice.— Carolyn Horowitz (@ckhorowitz) February 22, 2019
Vet: Don’t get too attached
Can we put them all down?— Ryan Brown(@Toadsanime) February 22, 2019
The people, I mean.