The ASPCA’s Shelter Medicine Services veterinarians often field questions in four basic areas around vaccination—administering vaccines on intake, vaccinating foster animals and special populations, and why disease still crops up in organizations even when regular vaccinations take place.
These commonly asked questions can make great staff training resources!
Q: We have a very limited budget and vaccinating every animal as they come into the building would be very expensive for us. Beyond that, isn’t it wrong to vaccinate stray animals that are not yet legally in the shelter’s possession?
Q: We have read conflicting information about how safe it is to vaccinate a mother who is still nursing puppies or kittens. And what about the puppies and kittens who are still nursing from mom? I think they’ll be protected by the mother’s milk, right?
Q: In the last three weeks we have had six dogs diagnosed with parvo … We’re vaccinating everyone, but a couple of these pups already had three shots before they got sick. Shouldn’t they have been protected?