Household pets face devastating outbreaks of disease because “anti-vax” scares have pushed vaccination rates dangerously low, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) has warned.
FECAVA says the UK dog and cat populations are losing their “herd immunity”. The rate for cats is worrying: approximately 35 per cent are now unvaccinated, compared to 70 per cent eight years ago.
Parvovirus, which attacks puppies’ stomachs rendering them incapable of absorbing nutrients, is of particular concern to British vets.
Low pet vaccination rates also pose a risk to humans in the form of zoonotic diseases, such as leptospirosis and rabies.