|Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)|
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.
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.
Unfortunately, my own personal experience with rescuing a severely neglected Sheltie www.ItsForTheAnimals.com/LADDIE.HTM 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.
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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