We live in extremely normal times where the news is more and more normal every day and not filled with floods and hundreds of crickets and a man named The Mooch. And so, it should come as no surprise that people are acting extremely normally and refusing to vaccinate their pets under the belief that dogs can get autism.
The news from the regular timeline we live in comes courtesy of the Brooklyn Paper, which spoke to a couple of Brooklyn vets who said they've encountered an uptick in clients who don't want their dogs vaccinated for things like rabies and hepatitis.
“I had a client concerned about an autistic child who didn’t want to vaccinate the dog for the same reason,” Clinton Hill vet Dr. Stephanie Liff told the paper. “We’ve never diagnosed autism in a dog. I don’t think you could.”
Dog autism exists in a sense, but hasn't been studied enough to be proven, per PetMD. The website also stressed that "our understanding of typical and atypical canine behavior is simply too limited."
A Boerum Hill vet told the paper that she's seen an increase of people refusing to vaccinate their dogs in the "hipster-y" areas of Brooklyn, where people are trying to go for a more holistic pet-raising experience. An article in New York Magazine from 2015 also explored the rise of anti-vaccination in the world of pet owners. The story quoted the advice of a New Jersey vet who advised her clients to expose their dogs to the potentially fatal disease distemper by taking them to parks where it was reported among the animal population, as a way to could build up a natural immunity.
A couple people on Twitter also noted that this was real life outdoing earlier attempts at satire, which is weird considering how totally normal life is these days.
I literally wrote a joke on Inside Amy Schumer about this and called it "pawtism"
— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) August 1, 2017
— Laura J. Nelson (@laura_nelson) August 1, 2017
Liff warned people that even though treatments for diseases can be similar for dogs and humans, the way dogs go about getting their diseases makes it even more important to vaccinate their pets. "My patients go out and are exposed to things. They eat dirt. They eat poop," she said.