A New Concept in
Companion Animal Care

 How We're "Holistic"  
 The Bed & Biscuit
 The Day Camp

 Reservation Request
 
Directions & Address  
 Baths & ExtraSpecial Stuff

 
About Pawsitive Energy
 Comments From Our Clients
 A Job Good for Your Heart

 Home
snips@Pawsitive Energy
The Holistic No-Kill Rescue & Sanctuary

 About Our Non-Profit Rescue
 The "snips" Website
 Adoptions & Volunteering

 "Boho Bow Wow"
 Pit Bulls For Peace
"The Faces of snips"
 The Kroger Rewards Program
 
 
Thoughts on Humane Living

 

937/243-5226
614/774-3472

Marysville, Ohio

wewoof@pawsitiveenergy.com

 

in association with snips
natural care & positive activism

*

Library
* snips tips
* A Massage for Spot?
Why Not?

* Complementary Animal Therapy
* AlternativeMedicine.com
* Homeopathy
* Massage Therapy for Dogs
* Animal Massage - What, When, & Why?
* Healing Animals with Intention
* Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
by Timothy Levy, DVM PCH
a download-able intoduction to homeopathy

Other Holistic Businesses in the Columbus Area

*

Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, a top American veterinary immunologist, conducted a
search of all available veterinary
literature, trying to find the scientific basis for annual revaccination for dogs.

He could find none.

This fact was reported in Kirk's
Veterinary Therapy, a leading publication for vets.

Dr. Schultz is reported as having said that distemper would have died out year ago if we hadn't vaccinated our dogs.

The vaccine regime is keeping the virus
in the ecosystem.

Further, the canine distemper vaccine is actually the measles virus (cfr Black's Veterinary Dictionary). Compare vaccine
reactions in children who have been given the measles virus: epilepsy, bowel disorders, allergies, autism, etc... all
the same reactions can be seen in dogs.
From
Vaccinations in Animals

*

In our studies, puppies vaccinated annually with modified live CPV-2, CDV and CAV vaccines received no added benefit from annual revaccination throughout a period of 7 years when compared to dogs that were vaccinated as puppies then challenged with virulent virus at 7 years of age. Both groups of dogs were protected from challenge infection with CPV-2, CDV and/or CAV. (R.D. Schultz, "Considerations in Designing Effective and Safe Vaccination Programs for Dogs," May 2000.)

*
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 65% of adverse drug reactions and 48% of all reported deaths resulting from drug reactions are caused by heartworm preventatives.

There are options
to giving monthly heartworm
prevention drugs.

*

The American Animal Hospital Association's
2003 Vaccine Guidelines state:
"The ethical issue that our profession struggles with today is whether economics justifies giving an animal a drug (vaccines are biologic drugs) that is not necessarily required. As a minimum, we should allow pet owners to make this choice rather than make it for them."

*
The American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines also state that: "(T)here is no indication that the immune system of canine patients functions in any way different from the human immune system. In humans, the epidemiological vigilance associated with vaccination is extremely well-developed and far exceeds similar efforts in animals whether companion or agricultural. This vigilance in humans indicates that immunity induced by vaccination in humans is extremely long lasting and, in most cases, life-long."
*
From the National Association of
Public Health Veterinarians,
2003 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control

"No laboratory or epidemiologic data support the annual or biennial administration of the 3-year vaccines following the initial series."

*
Regarding Giardia:
"The vaccination does not prevent infection."
AVMA 2003 Canine
Vaccination Guidelines

*
The American Animal Hospital Association
70th Annual Meeting
"For core vaccines like distemper and parvovirus that every dog should receive we do not know the true duration of immunity. Although it is probably the life of the patient, an interval of every three years was proposed. It is important to note that this was an arbitrary number arrived at for the purpose of compromise."

*
“Are we vaccinating too much?” (JAVMA, vol 207, No. 4, August 15, 1995) the author states: "In the past, it was believed that annual vaccination would not hurt and probably would help most animals. However, concerns about side effects have begun to change this attitude. The incidence of anaphylaxis and other adverse reactions appear to be increasing."

*
The reasons why homeopathy discourages the use of vaccines are the following:
1)The injection of any substance through the skin and muscle penetrates the layers of the body tissue which in homeopathic thought leads to chronic disease and reduces the body’s ability to heal itself.
2) Injection through the skin will invariably lead to absorption of the antigen and adjuvant of the vaccine into the blood stream which is often not a part of the pathogenesis of the disease agent.
3)Infection in this manner is not a natural route of infection for many diseases especially viruses and it avoids some of the body’s first lines of defense ie skin and mucosa (lining of gastrointestinal tract).
4) A normal dog living 12 years may get as many as 20-30 vaccines in a lifetime, each with 4-7 disease fractions in each vaccine.
5) Standard vaccine protocols include vaccinating for diseases that are often not a real threat to the animal.

Pawsitive Dog
Pawsitive Energy
How We're "Holistic"



Interesting concept, right? So how do we apply it?
(More natural health tips here: snips tips)


Primarily, we realize that each being has his own unique set of
needs that must be met for him
to have the happiest, healthiest life he can have.

In addition to appropriate allopathic or conventional veterinary treatment,
a holistic, natural approach to wellness care is essential
for your animal's long term good health.

The most basic components of a holistic lifestyle include
good food free of by-products, chemicals and other harmful ingredients,
the right amount of exercise, limited vaccinations, and lots of love.

When your animal companion is provided with these building blocks,
her body is given the opportunity to develop a strong immune system
and an increased ability to heal itself.

 

 

 Everything we do at Pawsitive Energy gives your dog a jump start
on several aspects of what we consider
essential to a healthy, holistic lifestyle:

* Getting plenty of appropriate exercise

* Breathing fresh air and soaking up the sunshine

* Being involved in varied and challenging activities

* Having friends of her own species


* Learning and practicing good manners


* Developing the self confidence that is
essential for minimizing stress


* Eating only healthy, natural treats

* Not being exposed to chemical cleansers,
sanitizers, pesticides, herbicides, fragrances, etc.

that can cause long term health problems


* Learning that Mom & Dad aren't the only humans
who can give great hugs and skritches
&
* Being allowed to be vaccinated only as his human feels is
appropriate rather than being subjected to outdated and
possibly dangerous vaccination requirements

 

Pawsitive Energy has never required vaccinations for
our guests. We have not vaccinated our own dogs beyond
a limited Parvo/Distemper puppy series since 1996.

 

We feed only natural, human quality foods and treats, since
by-products and chemical preservatives have no place in your dog's diet.

We also encourage you to feed a top quality, natural food at home,
and are more than happy to talk with you about why we believe this is so important.

Annual Revaccination has become a relatively controversial topic in the past few years.

From a holistic standpoint, there are many reasons that routinely vaccinating for seven or more viruses each year is not to be recommended, since it may be neither necessary nor safe.

The nation's veterinary schools, the AVMA,
and AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association)
are currently in favor of revaccinating only every three years,
and only for those diseases that the animal is truly at risk of contracting.

The following passage appeared in
Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI
, Vol. 11, page 205,
(one of the premier allopathic veterinary textbooks) in 1992:

A practice that was started many years ago
and that lacks scientific validity or verification
is annual revaccinations. Almost without
exception there is no immunologic requirement
for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses
persists for years or for the life of the
animal...Only the immune response to toxins
requires boosters and no toxin vaccines
are currently used for dogs and cats.
Furthermore, revaccination with most
viral vaccines fails to stimulate a
secondary response as a result of
interference by existing antibody.

Authors Ron Schultz, Ph.D. and Tom Phillips, DVM

Most holistic vets feel that a very modified initial puppy
vaccination series gives the dog life long immunity.

 

For these reasons, we do not feel it is appropriate for us
to require a certain number and type of vaccinations.

This is a choice that you must research on your own
and then discuss with your veterinarian.

I would be happy to help you get started in your research.

These sites are great resources:
The Truth About Vaccine

Vaccination Facts
Adverse Reactions to Vaccinations
The Rabies Challenge Study
The Class Action Lawsuit
Stop the Shots
AVMA Articles

New Vaccination Protocols
Natural Rearing
Information on Why the Rabies Vaccine is so Dangerous
Re-Vaccination: Vaccination for Previously Vaccinated Dogs and Older Puppies
Vaccinations in Animals

We are also firm believers in the power of massage and
other hands-on energy work,
and are happy to incorporate this aspect of
holistic care into your dog's visit.
Please call for more information.

It wouldn't be possible for me to be involved
in your dog's life without
making sure he got the total Pawsitive Energy experience.

A day at Pawsitive Energy ~
So much more than a romp in the park.

 

For more information on natural health, please visit snips.


If you'd like to find out more about getting your companion animal started on her own holistic lifestyle, here's a link: click.


Puppy Carson - 1983


My Holistic Background

 My interest in natural health began several years ago, when I became convinced that all the bags of commercial dog food, the vaccinations and other allopathic treatments I used for my companion animals just didn't seem to make sense anymore. I heard about complementary therapies, and bought every book on natural health I could find (see the reading list). My instincts were right in line with what I was reading. There was a better way! Gradually, I incorporated complementary therapies into my "repertoire." The results were amazing.

Living with as many animals as I do, I've had lots of opportunities to experiment. Especially in dealing with rescue dogs and cats, I've been thrilled with how quickly and painlessly difficult conditions have been resolved. Dogs with generalized demodex have been cured with homeopathy and diet rather than the horrible Mitaban dips. Three cases of suspected feline FIP were cured with natural diet and homeopathy, and the cats remain healthy and active after three symptom free years. My little whippet with a grade 4 heart murmur lived to be almost 15 - three years beyond what the vets predicted - eating a raw diet supplemented with herbs, cell salts and homeopathy. Our little allergy dog has his ears treated with a tea tree oil mixture, and he's supplemented with Eyebright for his runny eyes and blue green algae for his skin issues. My hyper greyhound becomes a normal dog after Bach flower remedies and a half an hour's massage - his dry skin cleared up using EFA's, zinc and finding the correct diet. Sesame, my Australian shepherd, has spay incontinence that is managed with massage, acupressure and homeopathic remedies. These are just a few examples. We've used complementary health modalities countless times for the daily tummy aches, cuts, hot spots, bites, fleas...

    My experience has convinced me that a natural, healthy diet combined with complementary holistic veterinary treatment and home care is the best way to enhance our animals' own natural ability to heal. I am committed to sharing my knowledge with others who are interested in following this path, and offering the best possible complementary health and wellness care available.

For more information, see About Pawsitive Energy.

 

Pawsitive Dog

Pawsitive Energy
Marysville, Ohio
937/243-5226 ~ 614/774-3472
wewoof@pawsitiveenergy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many veterinarians have responded to the three-year guidelines with resistance. "It was truly a bitter pill, and we did not take this well," said Dr. Ford, who is also brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. "At issue here is that the bitterness of the pill prevails. Despite growing acceptance of the guidelines, there is still considerable resistance."

He encourages veterinarians to consult the published vaccine guidelines. Annual examination is still good medicine and should not be driven by the perceived need to administer annual boosters. Annual examinations are fundamentally important in the early detection of cardiac and dental disease, cancer, and many other conditions. Some veterinarians, who may be abiding by corporate policies, recommend that every dog and cat receive every vaccine every year. This is a blatant example of overvaccination, he said.

"That is absolutely incorrect and sets a bad precedent," Dr. Ford emphasized. "It is important to understand that guidelines are in place for the profession to use in developing a rational vaccination policy for the practice and the patients we're charged with caring for."

 

From http://www.equinology.com/Info/USA_AnimalLaws.asp
New State Law: A new state law effective October 9, 2007 limits chiropractics and massage to veterinarians or nonlicensed individuals under the direct supervision of a vet.

Response from Vet Board: In e-mail from Heather Hissom, Esq., Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board sent April 22, 2003 7:54 AM
“The Board is not currently planning any changes to the Practice Act and there are no matters pending regarding animal massage. The Board's position on animal massage of any type is that as long as the person is not diagnosing, prescribing, adjusting or treating a medical condition, it is acceptable.”

http://www.aavsb.org/PAM/ModelAct.pdf

http://www.iaamb.org/reference/state-laws-2006.html

http://www.ancienthealingarts.org/vets-1-03.htm

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/AVMAantidote

http://www.naturalhealth.org/home3.html

http://www.iaaor.org/home.html

Arizona Animal Care Options: http://www.petitiononline.com/SB1555/petition.html

http://www.fanciers.com/npa//

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Concept in
Companion Animal Care

 How We're "Holistic"  
 The Bed & Biscuit
 The Day Camp

 Reservation Request
 
Directions & Address  
 Baths & ExtraSpecial Stuff

 
About Pawsitive Energy
 Comments From Our Clients
 A Job Good for Your Heart

 Home
snips@Pawsitive Energy
The Holistic No-Kill Rescue & Sanctuary

 About Our Non-Profit Rescue
 The "snips" Website
 Adoptions & Volunteering

 "Boho Bow Wow"
 Pit Bulls For Peace
"The Faces of snips"
 The Kroger Rewards Program
 
 
Thoughts on Humane Living

 

937/243-5226
614/774-3472

Marysville, Ohio

wewoof@pawsitiveenergy.com

 

In association with snips
natural care & positive activism

*

Library
* snips tips
* A Massage for Spot?
Why Not?

* Complementary Animal Therapy
* AlternativeMedicine.com
* Homeopathy
* Massage Therapy for Dogs
* Animal Massage - What, When, & Why?
* Healing Animals with Intention
* Beyond Flat Earth Medicine
by Timothy Levy, DVM PCH
a download-able intoduction to homeopathy

Other Holistic Businesses
in the Columbus Area

*

Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, a top Americanveterinary mmunologist, conducted a search of all available veterinary
literature, trying to find the scientific basis for annual revaccination for dogs.

He could find none.

This fact was reported in Kirk's
Veterinary Therapy, a leading publicationfor vets.

Dr. Schultz is reported as having said that distemper would have died out years ago if we hadn't vaccinated our dogs.

The vaccine regime is keeping the virus in the ecosystem.

Further, the canine distemper vaccine is actually the measles virus (cfr Black's Veterinary Dictionary). Compare vaccine
reactions in children who have been given the measles virus: epilepsy, bowel disorders, allergies, autism, etc... all
the same reactions can be seen in dogs.
From
Vaccinations in Animals

*

In our studies, puppies vaccinated annually with modified live CPV-2, CDV and CAV vaccines received no added benefit from annual revaccination throughout a period of 7 years when compared to dogs that were vaccinated as puppies then challenged with virulent virus at 7 years of age. Both groups of dogs were protected from challenge infection with CPV-2, CDV and/or CAV. (R.D. Schultz, "Considerations in Designing Effective and Safe Vaccination Programs for Dogs," May 2000.)

*
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 65% of adverse drug reactions and 48% of all reported deaths resulting from drug reactions are caused by heartworm preventatives.

There are options
to giving monthly heartworm
prevention drugs.

*

The American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 Vaccine Guidelines state:
"The ethical issue that our profession struggles with today is whether economics justifies giving an animal a drug (vaccines are biologic drugs) that is not necessarily required. As a minimum, we should allow pet owners to make this choice rather than make it for them."

*
The American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines also state that: "(T)here is no indication that the immune system of canine patients functions in any way different from the human immune system. In humans, the epidemiological vigilance associated with vaccination is extremely well-developed and far exceeds similar efforts in animals whether companion or agricultural. This vigilance in humans indicates that immunity induced by vaccination in humans is extremely long lasting and, in most cases, life-long."
*
From the National Association of
Public Health Veterinarians,
2003 Compendium of Animal Rabies
Prevention and Control

"No laboratory or epidemiologic data support the annual or biennial administration of the 3-year vaccines following the initial series."

*
Regarding Giardia:
"The vaccination does not prevent infection."
AVMA 2003 Canine
Vaccination Guidelines

*
The American Animal Hospital Association
70th Annual Meeting
"For core vaccines like distemper and parvovirus that every dog should receive we do not know the true duration of immunity. Although it is probably the life of the patient, an interval of every three years was proposed. It is important to note that this was an arbitrary number arrived at for the purpose of compromise."

*
“Are we vaccinating too much?” (JAVMA, vol 207, No. 4, August 15, 1995) the author states: "In the past, it was believed that annual vaccination would not hurt and probably would help most animals. However, concerns about side effects have begun to change this attitude. The incidence of anaphylaxis and other adverse reactions appear to be increasing."

*
The reasons why homeopathy discourages the use of vaccines are the following:
1)The injection of any substance through the skin and muscle penetrates the layers of the body tissue which in homeopathic thought leads to chronic disease and reduces the body’s ability to heal itself.
2) Injection through the skin will invariably lead to absorption of the antigen and adjuvant of the vaccine into the blood stream which is often not a part of the pathogenesis of the disease agent.
3)Infection in this manner is not a natural route of infection for many diseases especially viruses and it avoids some of the body’s first lines of defense ie skin and mucosa (lining of gastrointestinal tract).
4) A normal dog living 12 years may get as many as 20-30 vaccines in a lifetime, each with 4-7 disease fractions in each vaccine.
5) Standard vaccine protocols include vaccinating for diseases that are often not a real threat to the animal.

Pawsitive Dog
Pawsitive Energy
How We're "Holistic"



Interesting concept, right? So how do we apply it?
(More nautral health tips here: snips tips)


Primarily, we realize that each being has his own unique set of needs that must be met for him to have the happiest, healthiest life he can have. In addition to appropriate allopathic or conventional veterinary treatment, a holistic, natural approach to wellness care is essential for your animal's long term good health.

The most basic components of a holistic lifestyle include good food free of by-products, chemicals and other harmful ingredients, the right amount of exercise, limited vaccinations, and lots of love. When your animal companion is provided with these building blocks, her body is given the opportunity to develop a strong immune system and an increased ability to heal itself.

What we do at the camp gives your dog a jump start
on several aspects of what we consider
to be a healthy, holistic lifestyle:

* Getting plenty of appropriate exercise
* Breathing fresh air and soaking up the sunshine
* Being involved in varied and challenging activities
* Having friends of her own species

* Learning and practicing good manners

* Developing the self confidence that is
essential for minimizing stress

* Eating only healthy, natural treats
* Not being exposed to chemical cleansers,
sanitizers, pesticides, herbicides, fragrances, etc.

that can cause long term health problems

* Learning that Mom & Dad aren't the only humans
who can give great hugs and skritches
&
* Being allowed to be vaccinated only as his human feels is appropriate
rather than being subjected to outdated and
possibly dangerous vaccination requirements

 

Pawsitive Energy has never required vaccinations for
our guests. We have not vaccinated our own dogs beyond
a limited Parvo/Distemper puppy series since 1996.

 

We feed only natural, human quality foods and treats, since
by-products and chemical preservatives have no place in your dog's diet. We also encourage you to feed a top quality, natural food at home, and are more than happy to talk with you about why we believe this is so important.

Annual revaccination has become a relatively controversial topic in the past few years. From a holistic standpoint, there are many reasons that routinely vaccinating for seven or more viruses each year is not to be recommended, since it may be neither necessary nor safe. The nation's veterinary schools, the AVMA and AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association) are currently in favor of revaccinating only every three years, and only for those diseases that the animal is truly at risk of contracting.

The following passage appeared in
Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI
, Vol. 11, page 205,
(one of the premier allopathic veterinary textbooks) in 1992:

A practice that was started many years ago
and that lacks scientific validity or verification
is annual revaccinations. Almost without
exception there is no immunologic requirement
for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses
persists for years or for the life of the
animal...Only the immune response to toxins
requires boosters and no toxin vaccines
are currently used for dogs and cats.
Furthermore, revaccination with most
viral vaccines fails to stimulate a
secondary response as a result of
interference by existing antibody.

Authors Ron Schultz, Ph.D. and Tom Phillips, DVM

Most holistic vets feel that a very modified initial puppy
vaccination series gives the dog life long immunity.

 

For these reasons, we do not feel it is appropriate for us to require a certain number and type of vaccinations.

This is a choice that you must research on your own and then discuss with your veterinarian.

I would be happy to help you get started in your research.

 

This sites are great resources:
The Truth About Vaccines
Beaver Animal Clinic

Vaccination Facts
Adverse Reactions to Vaccinations
The Rabies Challenge Study
The Class Action Lawsuit
Stop the Shots
AVMA Articles
Santa Cruz Pugs Vaccination Links

New Vaccination Protocols
Natural Rearing
Information on Why the Rabies Vaccine is so Dangerous
Re-Vaccination: Vaccination for Previously Vaccinated Dogs and Older Puppies
Vaccinations in Animals

We are also firm believers in the power of massage and other hands-on energy work, and are happy to incorporate this aspect of holistic care into your dog's day at the camp. Please call for more information.

It wouldn't be possible for me to be involved in your dog's life
without making sure he got the total Pawsitive Energy experience.

A day at Pawsitive Energy ~
So much more than a romp in the park.

 

* For more information on natural health, please visit snips.

 

If you'd like to find out more about getting your companion animal started on her own holistic lifestyle, here's a link: click.

 



Puppy Carson - 1983


My Holistic Background

 My interest in natural health began several years ago, when I became convinced that all the bags of commercial dog food, the vaccinations and other allopathic treatments I used for my companion animals just didn't seem to make sense anymore. I heard about complementary therapies, and bought every book on natural health I could find (see the reading list). My instincts were right in line with what I was reading. There was a better way! Gradually, I incorporated complementary therapies into my "repertoire." The results were amazing.

Living with as many animals as I do, I've had lots of opportunities to experiment. Especially in dealing with rescue dogs and cats, I've been thrilled with how quickly and painlessly difficult conditions have been resolved. Dogs with generalized demodex have been cured with homeopathy and diet rather than the horrible Mitaban dips. Three cases of suspected feline FIP were cured with natural diet and homeopathy, and the cats remain healthy and active after three symptom free years. My little whippet with a grade 4 heart murmur lived to be almost 15 - three years beyond what the vets predicted - eating a raw diet supplemented with herbs, cell salts and homeopathy. Our little allergy dog has his ears treated with a tea tree oil mixture, and he's supplemented with Eyebright for his runny eyes and blue green algae for his skin issues. My hyper greyhound becomes a normal dog after Bach flower remedies and a half an hour's massage - his dry skin cleared up using EFA's, zinc and finding the correct diet. Sesame, my Australian shepherd, has spay incontinence that is managed with massage, acupressure and homeopathic remedies. These are just a few examples. We've used complementary health modalities countless times for the daily tummy aches, cuts, hot spots, bites, fleas...

    My experience has convinced me that a natural, healthy diet combined with complementary holistic veterinary treatment and home care is the best way to enhance our animals' own natural ability to heal. I am committed to sharing my knowledge with others who are interested in following this path, and offering the best possible complementary health and wellness care available.

For more information, see About Pawsitive Energy.

 

Pawsitive Dog

Pawsitive Energy
Marysville, Ohio

937/243-5226 ~ 614/774-3472
wewoof@pawsitiveenergy.com

 

 

 

 

Date: September 19, 2005 PRESS RELEASE The Rabies Challenge Fund World-renown vaccine research scientist and practicing veterinarian, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine, have established The Rabies Challenge Fund to raise money to fund a 7 year rabies vaccine challenge study in the United States.

In addition to the challenge study, the fund will finance a study of the adjuvants used in veterinary rabies vaccines and establish a rabies vaccine adverse reaction reporting system. Rabies vaccination is the one immunization required by law across the country for domestic dogs and cats. Researchers believe this vaccine causes the most and worst adverse reactions in animals.

The Rabies Challenge Fund has been founded to improve the safety of rabies vaccines and to determine, by challenge, if they confer immunity for 5, 6, or 7 years.

The Rabies Challenge Fund’s first official sponsors are Deb Odom (Florida) and Dawn Turner (Arizona), who have committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their pet vaccine informed consent posters and informational flyers. Donations can be sent to THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND, c/o Hemopet, 11330 Markon Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92841.

"You may be a party to a potential class action lawsuit arising from the misrepresentation of the need for vaccinations for your pets."
Link: Childress Duffy Goldblatt,
Attorneys at Law

About The Rabies Vaccination...

...veterinarians are not required to report adverse reactions to vaccines and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) stated in 2007 there is “gross under-reporting of vaccine-associated adverse events which impedes knowledge of the ongoing safety of these products.” In an article entitled, A New Approach to Reporting Medication and Device Adverse Effects and Product Problems, (JAMA - June 2, 1993. Vol.269, No.21) Dr. David Kessler, former head of the Food & Drug Administration, reported that "only about 1% of serious events are reported to the FDA."

Studies demonstrating long-term (more than 3 years) duration of immunity for the canine rabies vaccine have already been published. In 1992, a French research team led by Michel Aubert published the results of a rabies challenge study in Scientific Technical Review (Rev. sci.tech. Off. int. Epiz.) 1992, 11 (3), 735-760 in which they demonstrated that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination. The serological studies of Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine showed that dogs had antibody titers counts at levels known to confer immunity to rabies 7 years after vaccination, the results of which have been incorporated into the 2003, 2006 American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccine Guidelines as well as WSAVA’s 2007 Vaccine Guidelines.

Because the rabies vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse reactions, it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions such as autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites are linked to rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is a “killed” vaccine and contains adjuvants to enhance the immunological response. Mercury (Thimersol) is commonly found as a preservative in killed, adjuvanted veterinary vaccines such as Rabies, Leptospira, and Lyme. The combination of mercury with adjuvant components (aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate) are of considerable concern because of the reactive properties of aluminum, when in contact with mercury. Reactivity with aluminum is so acute that mercury may not be packed in checked or carry-on baggage on commercial airplanes, and there is currently a petition to Congress Petition to Congress, Removal of Aluminum Additive in Vaccines Resolution and Petition, citing as cause for removing aluminum in human vaccines that: "The combination of mercury plus aluminum is far worse than the sum of the two toxicities added together. The synergistic toxicity could be increased to unknown levels."

In 1999, the World Health Organization " classified veterinary vaccine adjuvants as Class III/IV carcinogens with Class IV being the highest risk," and the results of a study published in the August 2003 Journal of Veterinary Medicine documenting fibrosarcomas at the presumed injection sites of rabies vaccines stated, “In both dogs and cats, the development of necrotizing panniculitis at sites of rabies vaccine administration was first observed by Hendrick & Dunagan (1992).” According to the 2003 American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccine Guidelines, "...killed vaccines are much more likely to cause hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., immune-mediated disease)."

A clarification on the Postmarketing Surveillance of Rabies Vaccines for Dogs to Evaluate Safety and Efficacy referenced in the story. Only the 246 adverse reactions to the rabies vaccine reported directly to the Center for Veterinary Biologics by the public, veterinarians, and pet owners had 72% of the dogs receiving other vaccines or drugs at the same time as the rabies shot. That is not stated to be the case further on in the report where they discuss the 10,000 adverse reactions reported by the rabies vaccine manufacturers, 65% of which were in dogs.

If the 6,500 of canine adverse rabies vaccine reactions reported by the vaccine manufacturers represents "only about 1% of serious events are reported to the FDA,” then that would translate into 650,000 if all reactions were reported.

Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
www.RabiesChallengeFund.org

From a Letter to the Editor
Wyoming News
3/13/08

 

 

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