Record decline in vaccinations leaving young pets at risk

The latest findings from leading vet charity PDSA revealed a record decline in the number of young pets receiving their vaccinations and that has left many of the Midlands’ pet populations unprotected and exposed to potentially fatal diseases.

It was found that the number of UK pets receiving their primary vaccinations when young which protects the pets from deadly diseases and viruses has dropped dramatically from 84% in 2016 to 66% in 2019, an 18-percentage point decrease in just three years.

This could leave over seven million pets unprotected. A report also shows that one third (32%) of UK pets aren’t receiving regular booster vaccines, which keeps them protected from potentially fatal diseases.

UK pet owners who hadn’t vaccinated their pets, 17% of them said they were ‘too expensive’.

While other dog owners felt the inoculations were ‘unnecessary’, and some of their pets ‘found going to the vets was very stressful’.

Falling vaccination rates have been cited by the World Health Organisation as one of the top ten threats to global health.

It’s extremely worrying to see such a decline in the number of young pets receiving their primary vaccinations.

Vaccinations have helped to protect millions of pets from serious diseases such as parvovirus, cat flu, and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. If people don’t vaccinate a risk is seen of a rise in extremely unpleasant, preventable, diseases that can cause considerable animal suffering and death.

The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report has monitored pet welfare issues across the UK for the last nine years, surveying over 73,500 people at this time. The PAW Report provides a robust insight into the lives of pet dogs, cats, and rabbits across the UK.