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I read on Facebook that ____ (drug or vaccine name) causes ______. Is it true?

October 30th, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

Dr Langlais was recently asked about a possible side effect of a medication commonly prescribed for dogs.  We will paste her email to the client below, but we’ll remove some of the details to protect their privacy, and the name of the medication because the discussion applies to almost any medication or vaccine.

 

When someone claims that medication A or vaccine B made their pet sick, I like to talk about cause and effect.  If I blow my nose, cross the street without looking both ways and get hit by a car, can I say that blowing my nose causes car accidents?  Sure I can say that but it’s not true. It was not cause and effect, just an unfortunate coincidence.  As compared to a double blinded clinical trial (Google it if you like science, it is interesting how real science can prove or disprove a theory).

 

As you know, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and it’s also easy for people to spread myths and rumours via social media or via gossip.  As a consumer, we always have to have a healthy dose of skepticism. Where did this information come from?  Is it based on science, or on a suspicion?  Is the person spreading the information trying to sell us something and therefore have a conflict of interest? My trusted source of information is a university web page or an expert in the field such as a doctor (for medical topics).  I listen to lay people but I take that information with a huge grain of salt (HUGE).

 

Now, if someone is an anti-vaccine person or an anti-pharma person, they are going to blame almost every ailment known to man on a vaccine or on a medication, even if there is no proof. They will then go onto social media and spread that “fake news”.

 

Please be assured we would never do anything to harm your pet. If there are risks with a procedure, or side effects of medications, we will discuss those with you.  Or you will have been provided written information on your receipt, or via email.    We analyze risks vs benefits for everything we do. If the risk is small and the benefit is great, we recommend it.  If the risk is big and the benefit minimal, we do not.  Why would any veterinarian or physician knowingly prescribe something for a patient knowing it’s harmful?  That just does not make sense.

 

Thanks for asking us rather than blindly believing myths or rumours.  We appreciate the opportunity to give you our opinion, based on science vs conjecture.  (The client in question asked the reception to pass their concern on to the doctor. That made Dr. Langlais very happy, because she loves to teach!)

 

I hope this helped.

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