Pigeon Vaccination Article
THE PIGEON PHARMACY
There have been a lot of queries
about vaccination this week so we will try to cover as many of them as
Q. Why cant we
use live vaccine like they do in
A. Live vaccine is not approved
for pigeons anywhere in the EU including
Q. Why not ?
A. Because it
only works for a few weeks compared with a year for the two approved
killed vaccines Colombovac pmv and Nobilis (Nobivac)
Q. Why are the
Belgians allowed to vaccinate just once for life and we have to give a
booster dose every year ?
A. This is a
myth. The Belgians and French for their part often believe that the
Q. Why do the
instructions say that birds should not be vaccinated until they are
three weeks old ?
A. Because under three weeks they still have enough immunity from their parents to stop the vaccine taking
Q. I would like to buy a vaccination gun but they are expensive and I would need a new one if I changed brands of vaccine.
A. Check out the new auto-jector gun which is suitable for either make of vaccine
Q. Is it really worth the extra expense of vaccinating against Pigeon Pox as I have never had it in my loft. ?
A. Birds from infected lofts can
carry and spread the disease without showing signs of infection. Virus
can spread directly from bird to bird or via baskets, drinkers or
feeders. Many flyers think the 10p per bird is worthwhile insurance
against a ruined season- but the choice is yours
Q. Why cant you send PMV
A. A historical
oversight by the authorities. At one time PMV vaccine was only available
on prescription in