If Your Dog or Cat Missed His Rabies Booster: Big News!

Written by Jan on February 11, 2016 – 2:53 pm

shot rightIf a dog or cat has been exposed to rabies and is overdue for a vaccine booster, the animal can now have “a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia.” This comes from JAVMA, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and will be published soon in the 2016 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control (the rabies vaccination “bible”) from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.  The compendium is a compilation of best practices which state laws can follow.

I asked Jean Dodds, DVM, vaccination expert: Does this mean that an overdue dog or cat that has NOT been exposed to rabies can now get just a booster and not have to start the series over again? Read more »

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Anesthetized Tiger Cub Dies After Vaccination

Written by Jan on January 23, 2016 – 3:50 pm

The San Diego Union-Tribune has reported that a rescued tiger cub died January 13 at the Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary near San Diego. The six-month-old tiger cub, named Himmel, had just undergone surgery for neutering and hernia repair. Although vaccine manufacturers recommend against it, the vet decided to vaccinate while the cub was still under anesthesia. Himmel suffered “profound respiratory failure and collapse” from “a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.” Read more »

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Small Dog Vaccine Study Results

Written by Jan on January 18, 2016 – 1:33 pm

comboshotThe results of the pilot study concerning the use of half doses for vaccinating small dogs, conducted by Jean Dodds, DVM, and supported by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, has been published. The results are exciting for those of us with small breed dogs.

In short, Dr. Dodds is proving what she and many holistic veterinarians have known all along: Small breed dogs, that is, dogs under 12 pounds, receive the full results of vaccination with just a half dose of parvovirus and distemper vaccines. This is shown by vaccine titer (blood antibody) testing. (Read Titer Testing: A Crash Course on my all-vaccination website for more information.) Read more »

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Coyotes in Suburbia: How to Protect Your Pets

Written by Jan on January 10, 2016 – 3:26 pm

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At 9:15 AM one recent morning, two coyotes followed me and my two small dogs down the Southern California street we live on. Fortunately, one of my dogs alerted me as they stalked us from behind bushes. Later that afternoon, I spotted a coyote happily (hungrily?) trotting up the street. A neighbor spotted another nearby at 3:50 PM a few days later.

Nighttime coyote sightings are not uncommon in my suburban hillside neighborhood, but two coyotes tracking me and my dogs on a bright, sunny morning was something new. Afraid for my dogs’ lives, and not knowing exactly what to do, I called my husband to come pick us up and walked swiftly to a nearby house. We were safe … this time. I decided to research the subject and see how I could better protect my sweet dogs from injury or death.

Thankfully, no pet attacks have been reported in our community yet, but daytime aggression, coupled with more and more coyote droppings (scats) on our sidewalks and in a neighbor’s backyard, suggest that our coyotes are losing their fear of humans. Experts say now is the time for us start “retraining” our coyotes – for our sake and even theirs. Read more »

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Rabies Vaccine Titers: A Word from the AHVMA

Written by Jan on October 8, 2015 – 10:57 am

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) is being proactive in trying to prevent rabies vaccine reactions. Together with amazing work from the Rabies Challenge Fund and Kansas State University, there is hope we will someday — although not yet — be able to change rabies laws to allow for blood titer testing to supplant revaccination of dogs that already have immunity to the virus. Please read this press release for some excellent information about the virus and on what’s happening. And send a copy to your own veterinarian.  — Jan

AHVMA.org

PRESS RELEASE
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: W. Jean Dodds, DVM, wjeandodds@gmail.com

October 6, 2015

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. The AHVMA and its members have long expressed concern over animal vaccination practices. Read more »

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