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I recieved this information from my sister in law who is a vet tech and has been for about 10 years. i found this information very interesting and wanted to share it with all of you. Hope it is helpfull to you.<br><br><br><br>
Overvaccination:<br><br>
We have always been told to bring our pets in every year for their booster shots. But did you know there is absolutely no scientific proof of the need for annual revaccination? It's true - and it's written right inside the textbook that every Veterinary College uses!<br><br><br><br>
Originally, it is presumed, vets used the excuse of yearly shots as a way to get people to bring their pets in for a checkup (which is important). Then they, and the vaccine manufacturers, realized how profitable revaccination was. You've seen the bill - you know how much they make! But you don't have to get those shots every year. In fact, the only legally required vaccine is Rabies, simply because it is a risk to human health. And that shot only needs to be given every three years.<br><br><br><br>
So why do the other vaccines "have to" be given more frequently than Rabies? Well, they don't! Still, a lot of vets insist that your pet needs it's shots each year, or even more often than that. But how do yearly shots even make sense? You don't go to the doctor every year for a measles booster do you? Of course not. You had all your childhood shots, and now you're covered. Your immunity is believed to last a lifetime. So why are our pets so different? Well, they aren't. After the initial puppy and kitten shots, they should also be covered for years to come. Effectiveness Although overvaccination is the major issue, there are a few other things that must be pointed out. Vaccines are not 100% guaranteed. They can and do fail to provide immunity. Some actually cause the disease they were supposed to protect against, or side effects that are worse than the disease itself.<br><br><br><br>
Most vets give a 5 in 1 shot. That's five diseases being injected into your dog's body for the immune system to deal with. Side effects are so common, they've even named it - vaccinosis. Not that it means much to most conventional veterinarians. They've been so "brainwashed" that they truely believe vaccinating is more important than any side effects. So your cat might develop cancer (which is a common result in felines), but she probably won't come down with the disease you vaccinated against.<br><br><br><br>
Now, I'm going to briefly outline what I have learned about vaccines. I won't get technical, or try to explain how vaccines work. My point is to get you thinking, and hopefully discontinue yearly shots on your pet. Most of my research has been on dogs, so I'm sorry if some of the information isn't relevant to cats. It should still be useful to you, if only to encourage you to do more research. Diseases Distemper is highly contagious, and although somewhat rare, it still pops up from time to time. There is about a 50/50 chance of survival from the disease, and those who make it may be left with permanent damage.<br><br><br><br>
Parvovirus is a newer disease, even more deadly than distemper. Many of those affected die, however I do know of dogs who have recovered easily and completely. The survival rate seems to depend upon the method of treatment, with holistic practitioners having the greatest success. Regarding the vaccine, certain breeds, especially Rottweilers and imported dogs, appear to be more sensitive to it.<br><br><br><br>
Distemper and Parvo are both serious diseases that are worth vaccinating against, but remember - not every year.<br><br><br><br>
On the other hand, Kennel Cough is very mild and usually goes away all by itself. It's just not worth vaccinating against when you take into account that very often, the vaccine causes the dog to develop the disease. Just like people with the flu shot.<br><br><br><br>
The Leptospirosis vaccine is the most common culprit of causing adverse reactions. Plus, it's very ineffective. The vaccine only protects against a couple of the many strains of the bacteria. And although it is around, it's relatively rare. Many of the more informed vets have stopped giving Lepto shots for these reasons.<br><br><br><br>
There is now a vaccine available for Lyme disease. However, a good number of vets refuse to use it. The vaccine causes many side effects. Vets state that it's actually easier treating the disease itself. Also, there's no reason to have your pet vaccinated for Lyme unless you live in a tick infested area. But dogs who live in these areas often have a natural immunity, which is stronger, so giving the vaccine is pointless.<br><br><br><br>
Corona produces symptoms somewhat like mild Parvo, however most dogs recover quickly, with little treatment. The vaccine has never been proven effective. Very few Veterinary Colleges (which lead the way in medical research) use the vaccine.<br><br><br><br>
Hepatitis causes a variety of symptoms, no doubt depending on the strength of the affected dog's immune system. It can be fatal. Most vets still vaccinate against this disease, even though it is all but extinct. Vaccine Schedules A commendable practice I have read about is that some vets now discourage giving any vaccinations to dogs over 7 years old. At that age, most dogs are considered seniors. Their immune systems and internal organs are weakening and they are less tolerant of the vaccines. And if they have previously been receiving annual shots, well, they should certainly be immune by now! Unfortunately, the damage is usually done by then. Side effects often get worse with each unnecessary vaccine given.<br><br><br><br>
And that brings up yet another point. It says right on the vaccine label not to use in sick or weak animals. The ironic thing is, if the animal was truely healthy, it could fight off the disease all by itself! If you have an ill pet, do not allow it to be vaccinated. Remind the doctor what the label says. If they will only accept your business if your pet is vaccinated according to their wishes, you are better off going elsewhere. Sickness can mean a pet with allergies, an infection, digestive upset, etc. It certainly refers to animals with cancer, epilepsy, or autoimmune disorders. Weakness refers to animals that are very young, too thin, or those that have recently undergone anesthesia. By no means should you allow your pet to be vaccinated while under anesthesia! Vets have been known to do this. If your pet is "overdue" for shots and is going to be put under, make it clear to the doctor that your pet is not to be vaccinated during this visit. As for the Rabies vaccine, it may be tricky to avoid, but if your pet is seriously ill, it is possible, as long as your vet is willing to work with you.<br><br><br><br>
There is always the option of running a titer test. These measure the level of your pet's immunity to a specific disease. Most people who do this find that their pet has remained immune and never needed booster shots. Others have discovered immunity to one disease has worn off, but others remain. This allows them to vaccinate against only what is necessary. If you can find a vet willing to run titer tests, it is recommended for proof of your pet's immunity, and your piece of mind.<br><br><br><br>
It must be mentioned that each animal can only develop a certain level of immunity to a disease. If that animal has reached full immunity, a booster shot "just in case" will have no effect whatsoever. It boosts nothing. It only serves to stress the animal's system.<br><br><br><br>
The American Veterinary Medical Association has set a new schedule for vaccinations. Basically, it calls for the usual series of puppy shots, a booster at one year of age, then every three years after that. This protocol is for all conventional vets to follow. Change is hard, and this is a controversial issue. Eliminating yearly shots can make uninformed pet owners think badly of such vets, so many are reluctant to do so. However, if yours is still encouraging the practice of yearly shots, speak up. Make sure they've been informed of the latest research. If they still insist on the old routine, find yourself a more enlightened professional. Your pet will be healthier for it.<br><br><br><br>
There is currently a lot of study going into the use of vaccines, and there is no reason your vet should be behind the times in their knowledge. All good doctors keep up to date with medical news. Veterinarians are no different.
 

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Thanks for the detailed info ElyssaJoy I have read this stats on over vaccinations before and i'm going to try and get my aniamls tested for immunity before revaccinating
 

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Yeah I only recently found out about all of this information myself. Its quite disturbing to know that the person that you put your animals care in and trust that they are honest and compasionate are that decietfull and are actually putting your pets health at greater risk. Im glad that I have people that I do trust who wont misinform me or mistraet my animals.It puts me at ease. Its very important for us to know this information and I hope that when any of you take youre loved ones for their next trip to the vet, that you remember what youve read and are not afraid to speak up to your vet if he or she is doing this. Best wishes to all.<br><br>
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I vaccinate only with the rabies vaccine, and wouldn't do that if it wasn't required by law to maintain my dog's license. Just a little warning to all of you though, some vets will refuse to see your animal once they realize you are not vaccinating according to "their" schedule. This has happened to me. I am currently with a vet I totally love and she views vaccinations the same way I do. If you request they not be done, she won't do them. The only exception is if you wish to board your animal with her she requires bordella and kennel cough vaccines be given.
 

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Thanks for the info, ElyssaJoy! One of my good friends is a vet tech and she's been hinting at this for a long time.<br><br><br><br>
However, Akitamom is right about boarding, and I've run into this before. Whatever your feelings about vaccination, if the time ever comes when you need to board your pet and its shots aren't up to date according to THEIR schedule, then you could be out of luck. My husband and I try as much as possible to either take our pets with us or have them stay with friends, but when my Grandma passed away we had to find a place to board our dog for 2 days on short notice. At the time, he was up to date on all his shots, so we didn't have a problem, but people who need to board their animals and don't have their shots up to date will have problems. It sucks, but it's an unfortunate reality.
 

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Yes this is true. All mY pets are up to date. Lucky for me that I dont have to worry about boarding. My sister in law lives 5 minutes from me and she always takes care of my pets if need be. I dont board my animals because it's just too stressfull on them. When my sister in law got preagnant she had to stop working at the vets office so now she has her own petsitting business and I get to use her free of charge.Im so glad I have that option because one time I had to put My lab outside in th edog run which is huge but he cried non stop. So She will either come stay at my house while im away this weekend or take my babies over to my mothers house where she lives because theres plenty of room and they will have her dogs to play with and our dogs grew up together so they wont feel lonely or miss me. Heck they probobly will want to stay longer they'll be having so much fun. My lab Mojo loves the swimming pool over there, Its this huge lagoon pool with waterfalls and fountains and rocks and he thinks he owns it! He'll be so worn out from swimming and playing he'll probobly sleep for days but Im going to miss him while im gone.
 

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Some cities/states require annual rabies vaccinations, so before you go to a 3-year cycle, check to make sure you're not violating any laws.<br><br><br><br>
One of the vet techs at the local humane society told me that there are 3 types of rabies vax available--once a year, every other year, and every 3 years, and that vets should use them according to local statutes, but I can't confirm that.
 

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I don't know about vaccines, but I wouldn't skip on Heartworm Preventative though! I get tired of seeing heartworm positive dogs coming through out system just because their owners didn't keep them on the preventative.
 

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Very good point by kpickell about Heartworm Preventative. My dog gets the shot that lasts 6 months and it costs $25, which isn't a lot of money considering how much it costs to treat an animal with full-blown heartworms. It's such an easy thing to prevent, and yet heartworm positive dogs show up at the pound all the time - it's tragic!
 

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Something else that those of you with cats should know: Cats can develop a very deadly form of cancer that originates at vaccination sites, especially if vaccinations are repeatedly given in the same spot on the body. Therefore, vets who know what they are doing will give vaccinations in various areas, and not just in the nape of the neck, the way they used to. (It's also a powerful reason to refrain from over-vaccination.)<br><br><br><br>
Also, three year rabies vaccinations are NOT recommended for weak or elderly animals, or animals whose health is otherwise fragile. It's better to do the annual rabies vaccination in those cases.
 
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