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Our local NBC affiliate will be doing a spot on the evening news about pet vaccines. Sadly I will belong in bed. If anyone lives in the Boston area and is up at 11pm, check it out.
 

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I don't live in the area, but I'd love to hear about it too... so, if anyone watched it, please report in ~smiles~
 

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It was channel 7 in Boston.<br><br>
Here is a link to the written article on the website<br><br><a href="http://www1.whdh.com/features/articles/specialreport/DBB947/" target="_blank">http://www1.whdh.com/features/articl...report/DBB947/</a><br><br>
I recently had a friend who had a cat put to sleep b/c she developed an inoperable vaccine-site tumor. My friend's vet told her that now they no longer do injections between the shoulder blades. They do them on the lower leg. That way, if they develop a tumor you can amputate the affected limb but the pet can still live. Gee, isn't *that* comforting.
 

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I have come across info. before about how over vaccinated our pets are, and how getting some of the vaccinations year after year can actually decrease their immunities in some cases.<br><br>
I have still given my dog all of his vax's each year, but he's not gotten his annual vaccinations this year yet.<br><br>
This thread has reminded me to try and find a more holistic vet.
 

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Yes, I have become very skeptical about pet vaccination. If you read dog or cat magazines, from time to time you'll see articles questioning the need for annual vaccination. It's not quite the sacred cow that vaccination of humans is--it seems to be much more acceptable to question it. I always kind of wondered why dogs and cats need annual boosters for everything when people don't, but I just did it anyway at their annual exams because it was inexpensive and you were supposed to and blah blah blah. When my dog was 4 or 5 years old she developed severe food allergies. She's been on an expensive diet ever since. I never connected it to the vaccines until I had my son and learned about the problems of vaccines. But my dog is no longer vaxed and any future pets will get no vaxes other than rabies (since it's required by law and I don't want to be on the wrong end of a lawsuit over that in a worst case scenario, kwim?).
 

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My former vet mentioned this to me. I took one of my cats in for a checkup and we were talking about vaccinations. My cats are indoor only so she recommended only doing the rabies shot (required by law) and skipping the others due to the risks.
 

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I recently had a cat die of feline leukemia. When we got a new cat I planed on vaxing it for that. (My mother has the kitten they were going to get vaxed before we brought them to my house.) I also had 3 cats die of distemper last fall. (the one cat contracted it from a stupid vet and passed it on to the others.) I was also going to vax for that. But, the kittens were born in the house with the distemper and have not contracted it. Do you think maybe they are immune after being in the house with it so long?<br><br>
On another note, I have had cats for years and none of them every got sick and died of illness. I have never vaxed my cats either. I am very leery of cat vaxes, but I don't want any more to die either. My poor kids have had a horrible year for pets. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Side effects from vaccinations range from mild itching and swelling to anaphylactic shock leading to death. Cats may develop vaccine sarcomas, which are cancers that develop at the site of the injection. And dogs may develop certain autoimmune diseases.</td>
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<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8572826/" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8572826/</a><br><br>
Now, how do we get them to do a story like this on children's Vaccines?
 

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So interesting - i've always titered both my dogs and yet, until recently, hadn't considered anything with regarding to the same with my soon-to-be-born twins.<br><br>
Wow.
 

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I had a cat that got violently ill after being vaccinated. The next time he went in (I didn't know any better) for vaxs, it was worse and he nearly died. Then they said maybe it was a good idea to do that again. DUH! Ya think? No pet vaxing here.
 

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Our vet recommends only doing vaxes every 3 years, using the regular annual vax serum...
 

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When I had indoor cats the first 2 got vax'd before I got them, and both got ill with "colds", so I never vaxed them again. My 3rd cat (who now lives with my sister) has never had a vax in her life.<br><br>
The woman who runs the kennel we use recently went with the 3 year vax schedule for dogs, with an annual bordatella booster. We have to vax according to her schedule in order to board our dog (which we do 45-60 nights a year). We don't vax against Lyme, however, as she no longer goes anywhere where she would pick up deer ticks.<br><br>
I feel much more comfortable with the 3 year schedule.<br><br>
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Even before I had my baby, before I did vaccine research, I long suspected my poor dog of 4 years that just out of no where developed a skin allergy atopy. It came right after her vaxes for that year..I mean right after. Boy was I mad. It has cost us over a thousand dollars in vet bills to even diagnose it. What a cash cow for them! I will never vax another pet EVER again. I will take my chances. She has been miserable and so have I with this atopy.<br><br>
The answers I got from the vet were..well a lot of dogs get this..blah blah. Well what do these dogs have in common? Their vaxes! I seriously doubt god made them that way. I never thought to question vaxes until recently..and with what I've read, I really do not think they are the answer to staying disease free.<br><br><br>
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A law just passed here in Florida making it legal to vax your pets every three years instead of every year.<br><br>
Why do they admit that it is dangerous for animals, but not for babies...Sigh. I realize children don't get the same vaxs every year, but they are given like three times as many as pets in their first year of life? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> I will never understand.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Even before I had my baby, before I did vaccine research, I long suspected my poor dog of 4 years that just out of no where developed a skin allergy atopy. It came right after her vaxes for that year..I mean right after. Boy was I mad. It has cost us over a thousand dollars in vet bills to even diagnose it. What a cash cow for them! I will never vax another pet EVER again. I will take my chances. She has been miserable and so have I with this atopy.<br><br>
The answers I got from the vet were..well a lot of dogs get this..blah blah. Well what do these dogs have in common? Their vaxes! I seriously doubt god made them that way. I never thought to question vaxes until recently..and with what I've read, I really do not think they are the answer to staying disease free.<br><br><br>
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I had an Akita that also developed a terrible skin problem. 3 trips to the vet did nothing to help. A co-worker told me about a product called THE MISSING LINK. It's a powder with the essential fatty acids, among other things. I sprinkled about a tablespoon in his food everyday, and his skin was completely clear within 2 weeks. I continued using this supplement in his food and his skin remained clear and his coat was full and shiny and beautiful.<br><br>
If you haven't already tried this, I highly recommend it! It's designed for animals and can be found in most pet stores.
 

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Suschi,<br><br>
Thanks, I just saw this post while going through trying to find another one hehe. I will look into the missing link. I am willing to try anything and stay away from the vet who wishes to keep up with the prednisone/antibiotic route. I do think he actually thinks he isn't hurting her by that combo, but I have read too much on what it does. The vet just accepts that skin conditions happen and they can't be cured. Funny, I've talked to several people now that had an incurable atopy with their dog and have cured it with homeopathy and vitamins.<br><br><br>
Sherra
 

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suschi-I had an akita/german shepherd mix and he had the same skin problems. He also had bad hip dysplagia, the poor guy. He was my mom's dog and just died recently.<br><br>
You know I used to feel bad that I didn't get my cat's shots for them all every year. But I have also been anti-vax for a long time, just never really thought about it much for pets, even though they are like my babies. I just figure, I would never in a million years let my cats go outside, so they would be fine. They are all pretty healthy. One has bad food allergies andanother has a hernia from getting fixed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . Don't get me started on that one...<br><br>
Anyway, the vets around here have started requiring pets to have all of their vax or they will not treat them, but I usually just lie and say I did it last year where I used to live. They even require rabies shots! Why in the world would exclusively indoor cats need rabies shots??? And the price? You know they are making big bucks from it!
 
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