Why veterinarians don't use alcohol swabs before giving vaccines

05/28/2013 | BerksPets.com (Reading, Pa.)

Alcohol isn't needed to clean the skin of dogs before giving a vaccine injection, writes veterinarian Lee Pickett, who points out that some evidence suggests alcohol inactivates components of the distemper vaccine. The American Animal Hospital Association advises against using alcohol prior to administering pet vaccinations, Dr. Pickett writes. When your veterinarian is drawing blood for a diagnostic test, the alcohol applied to a pet's leg is used to smooth away the fur and make the vein more visible, Dr. Pickett adds. Cat training is also discussed in this article.

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