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October 15, 2016

Tragically, the world's goodest dog, Cody TRHD, died just as I was about to write this article, and it got me thinking about how quackery has been insidiously creeping into veterinary practice (but thankfully not into the vet surgery in my town). I fired up the writing machine and produced an article for Australasian Science magazine.

Take your pet duck to the quack

I recently had to buy some veterinary care for my dog and the expense didn't just have me eating cheese on toast for a few weeks but got me thinking about the animal world's equivalent of human alternative (to) medicine.

It should come as no surprise that people who reject real medicine for themselves and their families should also look for alternatives to real medical treatment for their animals. An example of this is that opposition to childhood vaccination extends to opposing the vaccination of animals. While there is legitimate disagreement about the frequency of some animal vaccinations (is an annual vaccination for parvovirus really necessary, for example), there is general agreement out in the real world that animal vaccination is not only a good thing, but something that should be done. Analogous to the "No Jab, No Play" policy in some states which prevents unvaccinated children attending childcare facilities, my local boarding kennel has a "No Jab, No Stay" policy and a current vaccination certificate has to be produced before you're allowed to take your dog out of the car.

Read on here.



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