the veterinarian: "Max is now due
for his annual rabies shot. Plus his
bordatella, his distemper, his corona virus, parvo, hepatitis, leptospirosis,
lyme, influenza"...Whew. It's
amazing how they can fit that all on one card!
Actually, the drug manufacturers have made it easier and less sinister
by combining shots into a 7-way or a 5-way, but the number of vaccines your dog
or cat is asked to receive annually is astounding!
do not dispense veterinary advice. I
write this blog as a dog owner who only wants the best for my beasties. Many years ago when the vet gave my dog her
rabies shot and told me it was good for three years, the question mark popped
up over my head. Three years? When did that change?
to do with vaccinations for our pets. I
read everything I could find. I found the
Rabies Challenge Fund (http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/education) and
read the works of Drs. Jean Dodds
and Ronald Schultz, among
others. Not only have they found that
rabies vaccinations are good for 3 years, but for at least 5, possibly 7, most
likely life. The annual rabies
vaccination is definitely unnecessary (with a note that there is a one year
non-adjuvanted feline rabies vaccine that is safer than the three year rabies
vaccine, but that's for a cat forum!).
The lines of "we have a lot of rabies around here and you need to
be sure your dog is protected" is ridiculous. More vaccinations do not mean one is more
protected. If it did, you'd get the MMR
vaccination each year.
other vaccines are as well. Dr. Dodds has a minimal vaccine protocol
which I follow with my dogs http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CHG-VACC-PROTOCOLS.HTM or I follow the AAHA guidelines: http://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocuments/VaccineGuidelines06Revised.pdf
Illnesses associated with vaccines include: autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes,
skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock;
aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas (cancer) at injection sites (http://www.oes.org/page2/19365~2008_RABIES_Vaccine-JAVMA_Report_Adverse_Reactions_in_Dogs.html). You may hear that there are not many
occurrences of side effects, but veterinarians are not required by law to
report them and it's estimated that only 1% of cases are actually
reported. Have you ever been informed of
the possible side effects of your pet's vaccines?
from many diseases and this is not an anti-vaccine blog, just an
anti-over-vaccination piece. Your dog is
your partner and companion. As his
protector, you have the duty to educate yourself about vaccinations - the good,
the bad, and the ugly. You also have the
obligation to be his guardian against the cavalier over-vaccination protocol
that has become so pervasive in our times.
reward-based trainer in
and owner of Smiles and Wags Pet Services
http://www.smilesandwags.com/ . Mrs. Casey is a member of the Association of Animal Behavior
Professionals. Mrs. Casey is
a columnist for the
Pages and Kid's Korner . This column was originally written for the Herald-Citizen http://www.herald-citizen.com/ .
Should you have any questions about vaccinations or over-vaccinations please post a comment below and Jan or I will try to answer.