As I was walking our small dog around the apartment complex grounds where we live, I noticed a neighbor who had two small dogs now walking only one. I asked about the missing dog, my personal favorite of the two, and she told me she “had to put her down”.
I asked why, and she explained that she “had come home one day and found her paralyzed”. The vet claimed she must have climbed on something, fell, and injured her spine. I didn’t see her dachshund as much of a climber, and the dog wasn’t old, so I asked, “had she been vaccinated recently”?
Her dachshund had been vaccinated a very few days before its paralysis with the canine influenza vaccine and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines. She claimed she had to in order to be able to board the unfortunate dachshund whenever she traveled to visit her daughters in Colorado. Vaccinations are being required for pets, more-so for dogs than cats, more now than ever.