Ask any veterinarian. He or she will tell you that animal vaccines have done a world of good for family pets and farm animals.
What they are reluctant to admit are the unintended consequences of repeatedly vaccinating the same animals annually: chronic skin and ear issues; chronic incurable health issues that negatively affect the eyes, ears, lungs, esophagus, stomach, bowels, thyroid, adrenal glands and endocrine systems; life-threatening immune-mediated diseases.
When these unintended consequences do not kill our dogs and cats outright, they kill them softly, slowly over a lifetime with symptoms that degrade both quality and longevity of life as well as exhaust your emotional and financial resources.
Chances are if you've found this website, your dog or cat is one of these victims and/or a long-suffering survivors.
The following posts discuss why not to vaccinate before you next make a veterinary appointment.
January 17, 2007 - Where We Began
Last night I paused in the hallway to look at the photo montage of Aimee, the calico cat who inspired me to start this blog and advocate for rabies medical exemption for sick and senior pets.
Aimee must have been tapping me on the shoulder; I realized that it was five years ago today that we said "goody-bye."This blog and my participation in the reform of rabies laws nationwide began as a tribute to her.
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Rabies Vaccination - Why Less Is More
In a study of Transmission Dynamics and Prospects for the Elimination of Canine Rabies, researchers established a statistical model for herd immunity in eradicating rabies:
There were no rabies outbreaks (defined as at least two cases not interrupted by an interval of more than one month) in villages when vaccination coverage exceeded >70%. Small outbreaks occurred in villages with lower coverage and the largest (and longest) outbreaks only occurred in villages with <20>20>
According to this study, a rabid dog will bite 2.5 other creatures. If three out of four of these is immune to rabies virus, the risks of transmission to the human population is reduced exponentially.
So isn't the total number of family pets that are vaccinated against rabies more significant than the number of rabies shots given to any one animal?
The veterinary professionals who write "the Bible" for rabies prevention and control laws think so.
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Why Rabies Vaccine Is for Healthy Animals Only
Have you ever wondered why drug manufacturer's admonish veterinarians that rabies vaccine is only for healthy animals? Author, Jan Rasmusen, delivers a really thorough discussion of the potential damage in Dogs Naturally Magazine.
Most knowledgeable vets agree that certain animals should NOT be vaccinated (absent proven, urgent need such as inevitable exposure to a life-threatening disease). These include, but aren’t limited to, pets with autoimmune disease … pets undergoing chemo, radiation or surgery (even dental cleaning or neutering) … pets with autoimmune disease, cancer, severe allergies and skin diseases … pets fighting an illness or parasites … pets stressed from shipment or a move to a new home … malnourished pets … and dying housebound pets. Assaulting the immune systems of these animals with vaccination has been likened to throwing gas on a raging fire.
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New Study: Vax May Confer Lifelong Immunity to Dogs
Buying a new puppy? Easy does it on vaccinations. A new study of duration of immunity for core viral vaccines in dogs suggests that puppy shots may confer lifelong immunity when administered after 16 weeks.
Research veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School recently published findings of a study that examined the duration of immunity for core viral vaccines in dogs that had not been revaccinated for as long as 9 years.
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Puppy Vax: Don't Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater
Given the growing body of evidence that too many vaccinations can cause adverse reactions in family pets, new pet owners often question whether to vaccinate or skip dog and cat vaccinations entirely. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater advise veterinary advocates for a new vaccine protocol. Here is Dr. W. Jean Dodds' most recent vaccination protocol.
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Veterinary Disclosure: There Ought to Be a Law
Reading an article authored by a veterinarian cum lawyer about the veterinary Liability Related to Informed Consent, maybe I'm missing the point, but what liability? There ought to be a law compelling veterinary vaccine disclosure to get informed consent before routine shots or treatment. There is none.
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Vaccinating Dogs and Cats Yearly: You Bet Their Lives
Mark Twain once wagged, there are "lies, damn lies and statistics." This was never more true than with the potential of adverse reactions from annual vaccination of dogs and cats.
In this realm, hiding emotional pain and financial costs behind statistics keeps veterinarians safe in an outdated vaccination protocol, makes laws all the more difficult to reform and subjects companion animals to needless suffering and / or foreshortened lives.
Consider Shadow, a seven year old silvery gray house cat who is the picture of health - except she's slowly dying from the effects of vaccine associated feline sarcoma
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