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Why Did the Dog Go “Quack”?

By Peter Bowditch

People who reject evidence-based medicine also subject their pets to veterinary quackery.

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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 (for example, is an annual vaccination for parvovirus really necessary?), there is general agreement 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 that in some states prevents unvaccinated children from 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.

I haven’t been able to locate an equivalent organisation in Australia, but there is a British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. A senior executive of this group once wrote an article savagely attacking me for my support of vaccination, but it is interesting to...

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