A dog and cat vaccination scarcity has hit the United Kingdom, forcing veterinarians to select between pets to vaccinate.
According to accounts from pet owners around the country, there is a national scarcity of immunizations for dogs and cats.
Until the situation improves, one veterinarian office in Essex wrote members this week to say it has to prioritize puppies, kittens, and first-year vaccine boosters.
Annual vaccine boosters for all other animals will be delayed by three months, according to the Wylie Veterinary Centre. It claims that this is safe to perform and that it follows the manufacturer’s instructions.
“As now, we are unsure as to when the issue will be remedied,” the center wrote in an email to consumers. “We are in continual touch with vaccine producers and will provide further details as we receive them.”
The stated shortage can be attributed to a number of factors, including the massive increase in pets purchased during nationwide lockdowns as a result of the pandemic.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, 3.2 million families in the UK bought a pet in the first year of the pandemic.
In addition, the number of animals abandoned or abandoned at animal shelters has increased.
In the last few weeks, the Dogs Trust organization has seen a 35 percent surge in calls about giving up dogs.
When the UK reopened, many people found themselves unable to care for or afford the animals they had acquired during the lockdown.
As veterinary practices across the country deal with staff shortages and increased demand for services, it recently recommended potential pet owners to “consider long and hard before taking on a new pet.”
“We are hearing anecdotally from members about a lack of some pet vaccines and are looking into the subject to establish the likely origins and size of the issue,” said Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
“Vets are now working to prioritize vaccine supply, and clients may be contacted if there are likely to be delays. We want to emphasize that a brief delay should not cause concern for either pet or public health.” People who are concerned about their pet’s vaccine can contact their veterinarian and inquire about the procedure. There will normally be a delay if it is unable to obtain the vaccination, and it should be able to specify how long this will take.