The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded to many Recent media reports on the national shortage of some pet vaccines, Especially the ones for catsPet owners are reassured that the short-term delay should not be a cause for concern.
Vaccine deficiency is believed to be due to a number of causes. Some of the reasons are the increase in pet ownership during the pandemic which has led to an increased demand for vaccines, and veterinary centers need to make up for delayed vaccines and boosters during confinement.
Justin ShottonB.V., president of the BVA, explains that they’ve heard veterinarians’ “narrations” condemning shortages in certain pet vaccines, especially cat vaccines. “We expect this to be due to a number of issues, including increased pet ownership during the pandemic which has led to increased demand,” he says.
“Vets work with vaccine providers to manage the needs of their clients and They may need to prioritize tasks. Your vet may be in touch if a delay is likely, but we would like to stress that A short-term delay should not be a concern for public health or pets“.
BVA continues to monitor the situation closely and will share more updates as they become available.
Spain also suffers from a shortage of vaccines
Like the UK, at the end of 2020, as a result of the increase in pets and total lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spanish vets also faced what their English peers are now suffering.
Veterinarians from across Spain have reported a shortage of vaccines for pets, especially cats, to the Veterinary College. “There are no vaccines for cats. Neither pentavalent nor leukemia nor trivalent, there is no”, confirmed Enrique NunezDirector of five veterinary clinics and member of Pontevedra Veterinary College.
for this part, Luis Alberto GarciaVice President of the Organization of the College of Veterinary Medicine (OCV), in a statement to Veterinary Journal, explained that one Possible causes may be due to lab production problem“It is difficult to supply the rest because they all have an annual schedule and when there is excess demand it is not easy to correct.” Other possible reasons they pointed out are Brexit or no vials for use in vaccines against COVID-19.
Regarding the increase in demand, Enrique Nunez noted that “Since confinement, the vaccination of cats has increased a lot And just as the laboratories were not expecting this.”
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