The business of being a vet or why Pancake didn’t get neutered…

Posted on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 10:24 am

Pancake had an appointed to be neutered today with the Humane Society of America. I made his appointment over the phone last week. I was informed not to feed him past 6:00pm and to make sure I had him in a carrier. I even opted to listen to their automated messaged that went over pre-surgery care instructions even though I’m well experienced in the whole procedure.

This morning at 7:00am I packed Pancake up in his carrier and drove him 45 minutes to the Humane Society. The waiting room was packed, wow! I waited about 30 minutes before I got to see the receptionist and check Pancake in. I was asked if he had his vaccinations and I informed her correctly that Pancake did not have his rabies vaccine. I went on to explain that I did not believe it was safe to give such a young animal a vaccine that does not discriminate against how small an animal can be (basically both a Great Dane and a Chihuahua get the same dose, does that make sense to you?)

She then told me it was required to have him neutered today.

I asked if they could make any exceptions and explained I wasn’t sure if Pancake would ever be vaccinated against rabies. That he’s a strictly indoor cat and I did not believe in over-vaccination when there is little to no chance of Pancake contracting rabies. I did not mention the countless studies and reports of adverse reactions due to this supposedly harmless vaccine (some resulting in death later in life).

She said no and that the vaccine is completely safe and the chance of complications is very small to none. (which is completely false).

I let her know that I was never informed over the phone and that their automated message makes no mention of the fact. The Humane Society is free to make their own policies on how they want to run their clinics, but it was irritating that they didn’t make their policies known. As if every owner should be okay with blindly vaccinating and doing so unprepared, possibly uninformed, and at the time of a major stress in a pet’s life.

The receptionist replied back that the vaccination was, “only 10 dollars”. As if my pet’s health had something to do with the money! Frankly, I was very insulted, but I kept my cool and informed her that money had nothing to do with it and that if I was going to vaccinate for rabies, it would NOT be during a surgery when my cat’s immune system is ALREADY stressed and it wouldn’t be until Pancake has reached his full adult weight.

She replied, “Oh, it’s fine we do it all the time.”

Just because you do something all the time does not make it right. I told her thank you but I would take Pancake elsewhere and I turned around to see the packed waiting room was silent and everyone was watching us. Maybe they thought I was crazy for going against “the system” or maybe they were second guessing having their babies vaccinated and fixed at the very same time- something I am completely against it in any situation. Sure a lot of dogs and cats seem perfectly fine afterwards, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t feeling terrible inside from compound of two major stresses and that doesn’t mean down the road they aren’t going to have problems from these vaccinations, including the possibility of fatal sarcomas.

I picked Pancake up and left. We will take our business somewhere that actually cares about the health of the animals they are seeing and isn’t looking to just make money with unnecessary add-ons.

I wanted to take this as an opportunity to remind everyone that reads this that just because someone works at vet clinic does not mean they know what’s best for your pet. A vet clinic is a business just like anything else and the majority of them will over-vaccinate your pet even if they really know it’s not in their best interest. On the other hand, some vets are just ignorant about the whole matter. They were taught to vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, and they don’t care about the countless studies that say how damaging it is to the life of the very pet you were trying to protect.

Please protect your dog or cat from fatal sarcomas and check out these very helpful links to learn more:

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3 Responses to “The business of being a vet or why Pancake didn’t get neutered…”

  1. JasonValentine says:

    Hi, I’ve been enjoying the adventures of you and your fur family for quite a while. Vaccination fraud doesn’t just apply to animals. My 21 year old son was recently in a car accident and had a badly lacerated hand. When they found he was behind on his tetanus they were going to give him a booster. SO the nurse came in, identified the shot as a tetanus booster, gave it to him and on the way out also mentioned that it was for whooping cough. He was given a medication without his consent. Just so folks are aware.

  2. Tara says:

    Interesting, I didn’t know it was a requirement to have them neutered (I honestly don’t recall being asked that when we had our pets fixed). I didn’t know there were issues with the vaccine at all, makes me regret having our dogs vaccined – as I’m pretty sure they are never going to come into contact with rabies as we live in a city, they are NEVER outside without us. The city requires it for their tags though which have to be renewed every year – so I’m not really sure how we could get out of doing it :( .

    I used to work for an answering service and a lot of our clients were vet’s it always surprised me and hurt my soul a bit the ones that didn’t really seem to care about animals at all – as was evident in how they responded to after hour emergency calls :(

    Hopefully you’ll be able to find a good vet that will do the surgery without requiring the vaccine.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I don’t disagree that an indoor-only pet may not need a rabies vaccine – rabies isn’t like panleuk or upper respiratory infections that can be tracked in on your shoes, for example. But the risks from vaccines in general are very small. Why such the freak out? The links you provided just go to highly biased and non-scientific “opinion” websites. Not very convincing.

    And there are not “countless” studies that say that vaccines are “damaging”. That’s false, or at least dishonest. There *are* well-documented and well-known risks from vaccinating, but serious reactions or development of soft-tissue sarcomas are very, very rare; Statistics we have aren’t great, but indicate less than 1 in 100,000 risk. You put your cat in more risk by driving him to the clinic in a motor vehicle.

    It’s unfair to say that the woman’s response meant she “didn’t care about the health of animals” and it was “just to make money”.

    It’s standard to vaccinate dogs and cats for rabies between ages 3-4 months based on the recommendations of multiple scientific organizations using current health data. And it’s very reasonable for a humane society clinic to insist on vaccinating upon intake for spay/neuter surgery – from their perspective, they’re dealing with a lot of animals who may never see a vet again in their life. It’s in their best interest, and the best interest of the community as a whole, to help maintain good herd immunity in the community they’re serving.

    Here are some less-biased links: