The following article is an excerpt from the book,

It's For The Animals! Natural Care & Resources

by Helen L. McKinnon 


Feline Panleukopenia  (Feline Distemper)


Click here to read Beatrice Welles' experience  in rescuing kittens an panleukopenia

Click here to read Marca Leigh's Story  in rescuing kittens with panleukopenia

Something which most people don't realize is that NO vaccine is 100% effective, and that includes the Rabies vaccine. In some cases, the vaccines are about 40% effective and some may actually cause the very disease they've been given to prevent!

What's really disturbing is that some diseases can be inadvertently transmitted to other pets. Especially worrisome is the exposure to the other animals at home, such as pregnant pets (folks who are breeders) or older pets whose immune systems are not very strong. The way this happens is that some vaccines "shed" in the home environment through saliva (water & food dishes) and urine/feces (back yards).1

These vaccines, as with human vaccines, have secret (proprietary) ingredients. Most have toxins such as: mercury, formaldehyde, and aluminum. Dr. Len Horowitz has exposed the fact that the vaccines are also contaminated. So, giving these "annual boosters" is not innocuous - this practice may be harming the animals for life.

The vets and vaccine manufacturers are aware of the problems. There is a "Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force (VAFSTF)" started in 1996 because a cat, Sylvia, died from that very aggressive cancer (sarcoma) she got after getting vaccinated.

The tumor would grow back at the vaccine injection site after each surgical removal.

 So now the shots are being given in the LEGS so if a tumor develops, the leg can be amputated!

 Rabies vaccination is the only legally required vaccination

Many folks, like myself, are not having our pets vaccinated unnecessarily anymore. Instead, we are having blood tests done to determine the vaccine antibody level. These are called "titers":

It is important to realize that titers are no guarantee of immunity, and neither are vaccinations. Titers do indicate one level of the body's immunity. The only way to know for certain if an animal or human is immune to a disease is to expose them to the virus/bacteria and see if they live.

What you may appreciate knowing is that many years ago, a highly regarded researcher, Fred W. Scott, DVM, Ph.D., of Cornell University, said that he has "seen protective titers for feline panleukopenia (Feline Distemper) in 100% of the cats he has tested for 7 years following vaccination (they have not been re-vaccinated in that period of time)".

Unfortunately, my own personal experience with rescuing a severely neglected Sheltie at Asheville, NC, Buncombe County's Animal Shelter over-vaccinating was terrible.

There's a number of other hot-topics concerning our pets which some folks are really fired-up about. One is what I view as the incestuous relationship - "unholy alliance" between veterinarians, the pharmaceutical industry, and the commercial pet feed industry. Another is the over-use of chemicals/exposure to flea/tick products, heartworm drugs,  pesticides and/or herbicides.

Excellent Vaccination Information :

Long-term immunity in cats vaccinated with an inactivated trivalent vaccine   by Fred W. Scott, DVM, PhD, and Cordell M. Geissinger, BS        Article reprinted from the American Journal of Veterinary Research, May 1999 - Vol. 60 No. 5


1  The fact is that the vaccine virus does indeed shed for up to 14 days in the environment. This information has been scientifically studied and repeatedly published in peer-reviewed veterinary literature for over a dozen years. The following references provide documentation:

DVM Vaccine Roundtable: Safety, efficacy heart of vaccine use: experts discuss pros, cons, DVM Newsmagazine 119:16, 1988

Hoskins, JD: Vaccination protocol for canine parvovirus, Vet Forum 13(1):60, 1996

Schultz RD: Canine vaccines and immunity: important considerations in the success of vaccination programs. In Small Animal Immunology: New Faces of Immune-Mediated Diseases and Current Concepts in Vaccine Immunology, Proc San Diego Spring Vet Conf, pp 100-113, May 6-7, 1995b

Tizard I: Risks associated with use of live vaccines, J Am Vet Med Assoc 196:1851, 1990

Some additional important information which you might find helpful with regard to the judicial use of vaccines:

Coulter, Harris, PhD, Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, North Atlantic Books, 1990.

Day, Christopher, E.I., MRCVS Isopathic Prevention of Kennel Cough - Is Vaccination Justified? International Journal of Veterinary Homeopathy, Vol. 2, number 2, 1987.

Dodds, W. Jean, DVM, More Bumps on the Vaccine Road, Proceedings of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, 1995.

T.R. Phillips, T.R., DVM and Ron Schultz, PhD, Canine and Feline Vaccinations in Current Veterinary Therapy, Volume XI Robert Kirk, DVM and John Bonagura, DVM, eds., 1992

Pitcairn, Richard, DVM, PhD, A New Look at the Vaccine Questions. Proceedings of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, 1993.

Scheibner, Viera, PhD, Vaccination: The Medical Assault on the Immune System, Australian Print Group, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 1993, p. 21.

Schultz, Ronald D., PhD, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conference, 1995.

Schultz, Ronald D., PhD, , Current and Future Canine and Feline Vaccination Programs, Veterinary Medicine 1998.

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