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Will there be a fall in pet vaccination figures?

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By Josh Loeb

New figures on the proportion of pets receiving primary vaccinations and boosters are being hotly anticipated after a concerning dip in the UK vaccination rate over recent years.

Data from the 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report appeared to suggest there may have been a very recent levelling off of the vaccination rate following an overall decline since 2013.

However, it is expected that when the most up-to-date figures are published this summer in the 2019 PAW report they will show the rate is still below the level needed to be confident of achieving herd immunity across the UK.

The expense involved and a notion that vaccination is ‘not necessary’ are among the top reasons cited by pet owners for not getting their animals …

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