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Readers Respond: Are your pets vaccinated regularly? How often?

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From the article: Dog and Cat Vaccinations

It used to be that dogs and cats were vaccinated annually, as soon as that reminder card came in the mail. In recent years, with the development of new technologies and ways to assess risks and protection levels, vaccination protocols have changed. Many veterinarians now follow AAHA's Canine Vaccine Guidelines, advocating a 3-year vaccination protocol (unless individual exposure or local laws say otherwise).

Vaccines have greatly reduced or eliminated many diseases. Vaccination for rabies is required by law. Vaccines may also cause allergic, immune-mediated or cancerous diseases in rare cases. What do you think? Share your thoughts

No way!

Read up on it! Stop trusting vets who make huge dollars off vaccines which are around a dollar each. After a year old the dog or cat is fully mature including the immune system and further vaccines they have already had don't *take* You can't boost what's already in place. Vaccines do NOT wear off. They have been tested for 7 years straight and try as they did, they could not inject or otherwise give dogs and cats those diseases. The vaccines protects for life! The damage they do to the immune system is horrible. So many with allergies, cushings, cancer and other immune related diseases. NO WAY will I vaccinate any pet over a year law or not. I love my animals like family and will not harm them. I work for a veterinarian office 17 yrs now and see so many healthy pets begin to fall apart, skin disease rotten ear infections foot lick and such after being repeatedly vaccinated year after year. People you are KILLING your pets!!!!!

Whole story not being told on Vaccines

I don't like the whole story being not told about re-vaccinating every 3 yrs. Re- vaccinating every 3 yrs Automatically is not neccessary. Except for Rabies (which is law). Proven research that goes back over 30 yrs. shows the Duration Of Immunity for (Distemper, Parvo, Adeno) can last the life of the pet. This is why you Titer first at the 3yr mark. Our dogs were last vaccinated 4 yrs ago. A recent Titer showed they both have protective Titer for Distemper, Parvo and Adeno. So why don't Vets push Titering first at the 3yrs and see if the animal does need to be re-vaccinated????? Automatically Re-vaccinating at 3 yrs leds to over-vaccinating! Also the craziest thing about the 1 yr and 3 yr Rabies vaccine is that it is the exact same vaccine, only labeled different! And why do some Vets do not follow the new protocols of every 3 yrs for the core vaccinens?
—Guest Jimg

NO Vaccines

My first 6 dogs all had major health problems and died by age 12 yrs. We followed the vaccine protocol of every 3 yrs and fed the kibble our vet said was best. We changed to holistic vet, raw food diet, and NO vaccines. Our last 5 dogs have all lived to be 18-20 yrs old with no health problems. Get the facts on vaccines, don't believe what a conventional vet tells you; they only repeat what they've been taught by big pharma and pet food manufactrs. Read what Dr. Ronald Schultz (vet immunologist), truth4dogs.com and dr-jordan.com have to report. NEVER do anything to your dog you're not 100% sure is good and safe for them. Vaccines do not give immunity but can give the disease they are supposed to protect from. Read "the big rabies scam" online. Keep your animals away from animal control; they don't know the truth about vaccines.

Never again

We took a healthy dog in for a yearly check up and boosters on 5/29. He got a Bordatella and a DAPL/P. Withing 24 hours he was sick and lethargic. Within 36 hours, he was paralyzed from the front legs back. My vet insisted that it had to be a disk and would not even consider that it could be the vaccines. Luckily we found a vet that uses acupuncture and listened to what we said. My boy is slowly recovering. The tail wags again, we have bowel control and are working on bladder control. He is now trying to stand and put weight on his back legs. From now on he will be titered for rabies. My new vet says if they have had a severe reaction, they can be titered and exempt from the rabies vaccine. He will never have a vaccine again. His life is too precious. This is him, 3 months after the fact http://youtu.be/xmJjGeWAKb0
—Guest Jojo's Mom

When was the last time you had shots

When I ask when was the last tiime you had shots, I mean you the human owner. I am in my late 50's so other than tetnus8 years ago I can't remember. Makes you think doesn't it. Back in the early 80's my vet used a new intranasal vaccine for bordatella on my 14 month old Airedale bitch that I was showing. Two weeks later I noticed these red pinpoint marks all over her skin. off the weeks we went. Turns out is was autoimmune thrombocytopenia. It basically meant that her immunce systems was attacking and destroying her red blood cells. This left Maggie with no ability to clot plus a host of other side effects. To say she was more dead than live in an understatement. I was very lucky because a world class vet (at the University of Guelph Vet College) whose area of study was the immune system took a very strong interest in her case. He strongly believed it was the vaccine. Maggie was of 120 dogs who developed AIT within 14 days of vaccination. Of the 120 reported 2 dogs survived.
—Guest Skyedale

Post vaccinal canine encephilitis

Yesterday 2 of my 3 dogs had seizures 1 hour following annual injections. I called the administering vet and they refused to provide me with the manufacturer and lot number that was used. The emergency vet refuses to entertain the idea of a vaccination reaction. Many articles I have read have point to vaccines causing encephalitis. Vaccines are a vets main source of income and they will refuse to acknowledge adverse affects due to the effect on their bottom line.
—Guest Ryan J

to vaccinate ot not

regardless as to where you stand on this issue, please know that there is no cure for rabies- not for humans or animals. There is no immunity to rabies without a vaccination. If you suspect your pet has a sensitivity, get single vaccinations spaced over time so you can identify the problem. As animals age, they develop illnesses that are not necessarily as a result of a recent vaccination. Do your research from reputable scientific studies. Don't make important health decisions for your pet based on anecdotal stories from friends and the internet. Third-world countries have high rates of disease from lack of vaccinations and poor sanitation. Not all modern medicine is bad.
—Guest Skylar

No More Shots with this dog

I had 2 dogs die shortly after their vacinations. My Longhaired Dachsund developed Auto Immune Hemolytic anemia . We had to return to the Vet a week after his shots, as he became weak and was found to be extremely anemic. We spent $800 before he passed away a month later. This was 1994. I adopted a Boxer from a rescue in 2007 and a month after her shots in 2008 she started having seizures and after spending $600 was thought to have a brain tumor and passed away. The Boxer I have now had puppy shots, but I will not have shots again. I will have him titered for rabies every few years.
—Guest Diane F.

No More Rabies Vaccine for Senior Dog

My 11 year-old pug is due for his 3-year rabies shot this summer. I was always suspicious of this vaccine after he started having seizures around the age of 6-7, about every 6 weeks or so. Testing could not determine any physical issue. However, he has not had a seizure since last June (2 years after his last rabies shot). I don't want to give him another rabies shot this July, only to have the seizures resume. I'll have the vet do the Titer Test. Hoping for an exemption for rabies shot.
—Guest Diane

Rabies vaccine

I worked in a vet clinic for a year. Both vets used the same vial for 1 and 3 year rabies vaccines. There was no difference except for what we entered on the county registration information.
—Guest CCpc

dog and cat vaccines

I do not feel vaccines are needful every year, but every three years. However if I tell my vet office this, they will not agree and they also want us to buy the Revolution every year. It did not prevent ticks last year. The dog had hardly any ticks this year and we did not use Revolution. I am frustrated that the vet's office makes us feel negligent if we do not do the vaccines every year. The vet costs are so high, and we cannot afford all of them but the vet office takes no consideration for this. We take very good care of our dog and the vet last said he was perfect. I feel every three years for vaccines would be fine...
—Guest Janna Walters

Never again!

I had my Golden Retriever vaccinated three years ago. From that point, he has flailed on the the floor, rubbed his face raw by diving into the carpet and started licking his paws until they bled. He was not doing this before the shot. I have read so many reports on the dangers of vaccines to dogs and humans that I have stopped going to my doctor and his vet. His vet was extremely adamant that I get him in for his vaccine and that the skin condition he has was not from the vaccine. He is still having "itchy" issues, but they have subsided somewhat. The town clerk says that they will not come looking for the dog and take him away, but if he is involved in a biting, they would have to take me to court and kill my dog for rabies testing. So I just keep him in the house and I have a fenced in backyard for other needs. I love my dog and myself too much to put his body or mine through the onslaught of pharmaceuticals. It just isn't natural.


I have never seen such a display of selfishness by people refusing to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. Not once have I seen any of these "protesters" be concerned about the safety of their children or neighbors. If the pet is kept inside 100% of the time, it might be ok, but if they have any outside time it shows a total disregard for human safety from the fatal disease of rabies. Our pets are always vaccinated. Sure, there may be isolated incidents of the shots being harmful to the pet, but what are the odds when you consider your obligation to your fellowman?
—Guest Woody Hilliard

I will titer & no more shots

My Maltese is 4 yrs. old. She has had her puppy shots then boosters at 1 year. I will titer next month when her shots are due. If my vet gives me a fight I will go elsewhere. He knows how I feel & disagrees. Rabies shots are the law where I live but I will not get her one. She had a reaction to the last one in her puppy shots and I will not chance it. I'm hoping her vet will give me a letter of exemption for Rabies. I've read enough to be convinced we are endangering our dogs (and cats) more by having the shots than by not having them. Keep their immune systems in top shape so they can fight off disease and they will be fine IMO. I agree with the "Guest Deb" toward the top of page 1 about sticking with Dr. Dodds protocol.


I do titers. We have over vaccinated for years. There is proff Rabies shots last at least 7 years.
—Guest Sheltimom3

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