Hope I don't offend anyone. I believe it needs to be done for the health and love of the animal. My brother adopted a min. pincher a year ago and refuses to do it. He says he's read to many things online that say how bad it is. I guess it's in the same thinking of kids and vaccinating. He also makes his own dog food but doesn't put any vitamins or healthy oils in the food, but says it better than bought food. He has made it a point to make him lean and his ribs show. He would only feed the dog once a day and he would gobble his food down. The dog also drinks no water and doesn't want any even if he puts it down. Has not given the dog a bath in 4 months, thinks it hard on the skin and the dog has dander. He now is feeding him 2x because someone told him the dog looked sick. Never gives him anything to chew on. I gave him a bully stick(made from bull penis) and the dog was on cloud nine. I know it sounds weird..lol.
He is living with my parents right now that's how I know what's going on. He made him some food yesterday and the ground turkey smelled so he thinks that why his food came up yesterday morning. I called the vet behind his back since it was the hoilday weekend thinking they could give me an idea what to do for food poisoning. Well because he hasn't been vaccinated they wanted to see him in case it was something else. And no, my brother wouldn't take him..simply because he knows everything.
Anyways I got off the subject. Do you believe it's important? I do when you consider everything. We had a dog when we were kids and my parents didn't vaccinate and the poor thing ended up getting distemper. That was so sad that to this day I can still remember it!