PART 2 of 3

Pets don't need shots every year

Experts say annual vaccines waste money, can be risky

Debra  leaves the veterinarian's office clutching Maddie and Beignet, her Yorkshire terriers, and a credit card receipt for nearly $400. That's the cost for the tiny dogs' annual exams, including heartworm checks, dental checks and a barrage of shots.

"They're just like our children," said the Houston homemaker. "We would do anything, whatever they needed."

What many pet owners don't know,
researchers say, is that most yearly vaccines for dogs and cats are a waste of money -- and potentially deadly.

Shots for the most important pet diseases last three to seven years, or longer, and annual shots put pets at greater risk of vaccine-related problems.

The Texas Department of Health is holding public hearings to consider changing the yearly rabies shot requirement to once every three years.

Thirty-three other states already have adopted a triennial rabies schedule.

Texas A&M University's and most other veterinary schools now teach that most shots should be given every three years.

"Veterinarians are charging customers $36 million a year for  vaccinations that are not necessary, Not only are these vaccines unnecessary, they're causing harm to pets."

The news has been slow to reach consumers, partly because few veterinarians outside academic settings are embracing the concept. Vaccine makers haven't done the studies needed to change vaccine labels. Vets, who charge $30 to $60 for yearly shots, are loath to defy vaccine label instructions and lose an important source of revenue. In addition, they worry their patients won't fare as well without yearly exams.

"I know some vets feel threatened because they think, `People won't come back to my office if I don't have the vaccine as a carrot,' A yearly exam is very important.

The movement to extend vaccine intervals is gaining ground because of growing evidence that vaccines themselves can trigger a fatal cancer in cats and a deadly blood disorder in dogs.

Parvovirus, which kills swiftly and gruesomely by causing a toxic proliferation of bacteria in the digestive system, was vanquished with a vaccine. Over the years, more and more shots were added to the schedule, preventing costly and potentially deadly disease in furry family members.

Then animal doctors began noticing something ominous: rare instances of cancer in normal, healthy cats and an unusual immune reaction in dogs. The shots apparently caused feline fibrosarcoma, a grotesque tumor at the site of the shot, which is fatal if not discovered early and cut out completely. Dogs developed a vaccine-related disease in which the dog's
body rejects its own blood.

"That really caused people to ask the question, `If we can cause that kind of harm with a vaccine ... are we vaccinating too much?'  As you get more and more (vaccines), the possibility that a vaccine is going to cause an adverse event increases quite a bit."

Fredric Scott, professor emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, obtained results comparing 15 vaccinated cats with 17 nonvaccinated cats. He found the cats' immunity lasted 7.5 years after vaccination. In 1998, the American Association of Feline Practitioners published guidelines based on Scott's work, recommending vaccines every three years.

But many vets are uncomfortable making a drastic change in practice without data from large-scale studies to back them up. There is no animal equivalent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease in people, thus keeping tabs on a vaccine's effectiveness.

Federal authorities require vaccine makers to show only that a vaccine is effective for a reasonable amount of time, usually one year.

There is no federal requirement to show a vaccine's maximum duration of effectiveness. Arne Zislin, a veterinarian with Fort Dodge Animal Health, the largest animal vaccine maker in the world, said such studies would be expensive and possibly inhumane, requiring hundreds of animals, some of them kept in isolation for up to five years. But what they do not tell is how many animal have been used for the development of the same vaccin wich the make billion /year.

"It's kind of a hard situation. The manufacturers still recommend a year, but they're the manufacturers,"

In Houston, yearly pet examinations typically cost $50 to $135, with shots making up one-third to half of the expense. A dental check, heartworm test, fecal check and overall physical are usually included in the price. Without the shots, vets could expect to lose a chunk of that fee.

But an increasing number of vets are emphasizing other services,such as surgery and some are now  recommanding  the use of
vaccin-aide to reduce the nocive effect of vaccination. . Wolf said savings on vaccines might prompt pet owners to get their pets' teeth cleaned instead. An in-house test to check antibody levels is in development.

"I definitely think there's a profit issue in there; don't get me
wrong," Wilkie said. "(But) people are willing to spend money on their pets for diseases. Although vaccines are part of the profit, they aren't that big a part. We just did a $700 knee surgery."

Hopefully a lots of good practicians recommand a product call VACCIN-AIDE to help reduce adverse effect vaccination.

Veterinary research challenges the notion that pets need to be
vaccinated every 12 months. Some of the findings:

Dog vaccines/Minimum duration of immunity

ˇ Canine rabies3 years
ˇ Canine parainfluenza3 years
ˇ Canine distemper (Onderstepoort strain)5 years
ˇ Canine distemper (Rockborn strain)7 years
ˇ Canine adenovirus (kennel cough)7 years
ˇ Canine parvovirus7 years

Cat vaccines/Minimum duration of immunity

ˇ Cat rabies3 years
ˇ Feline panleukopenia virus6 years
ˇ Feline herpesvirus5 or 6 years
ˇ Feline calicivirus3 years

Sources: Ronald Schultz, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine; Fredric Scott, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Colorado State University; University of California-Davis Center for Companion Animal Health.

In an attempt to control a naturally occurring process of population control and survival of the fittest, the medical establishment has convinced people that mass innoculations are for the good of all, overlooking the health of the individual.

What every pet owner should know!

Where vaccinations have helped in eradicating or reducing the incidence of severe, acute disease processes, the result has been to plague humanity with more insidious, chronic diseases that are much more difficult to treat and that lower the quality of life for many individual animals and people.

The best road to good health is feeding a diet rich in fresh foods, raw meats for the carnivores, and avoiding vaccinations and allopathic medications. Antibiotics and other allopathic drugs should only be used in situations where their use is clearly indicated, and this should be only in potentially, life-threatening situations.

Finally, a comment about vaccinations and choice. While the concept of 'owning' an animal is one with which I am uncomfortable, I do recognize that this is how the human-animal relationship is viewed from a legal perspective. Otherwise we certainly can be said to be guardians of our companion animals. Within this framework the choice about vaccination rests with the human who has accepted responsible guardianship. It does not rest with the veterinarian. Another trend of the past few years is coercion of guardians into procedures such as vaccination.

Do you suspect your animal to be a victim of vaccine damage?
Some health problems caused by vaccination

Skin loss... personality disorders such as aggression...hyper-activity and grief...spinal and joint degeneration and dysplasia...arthritis & bone diseases...candidiasis, auto-immune allergies...growth problems of liver...kidneys...pancreas, glands...eyes...heart...blood and infections are common. Acute symptoms such as itching... diarrhea... excessive shedding...poor digestion and inflammations could be caused by  vaccinations.

What can you do when he is sick?.....

In part 3 of our special report

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