The metaphor of the proverbial canary down the mine shaft alerting miners to the presence of poisonous gas is eminently applicable in this modern day to our animal companions alerting us to hazards in our shared home environments when they become ill. One of the long overlooked external environmental factors that affect the health of our cats and dogs as well as our own is the food we and they consume. Manufactured pet foods are not something separate from what we consume and provide for the rest of our families. What we and they eat comes from the same agribusiness food chain!
In my review of the risks of GMOs, (genetically modified food ingredients), present in most manufactured pet foods that are not Organically certified and which contain corn, soy, canola, sugar beet or imported rice, I give a unique perspective as a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. It is through this column, which I have been writing for over 40 years, and the thousands of letters received from pet owners concerned about their dogs’ and cats’ illnesses which conventional veterinary treatments were not always effectively resolving, that I was able to track changes in the kinds of illnesses seen in companion animals that coincide with and parallel the introduction of increasing amounts of GMOs in their diets. Read more »
My sweet Maltese Jiggy died in August. His last moments are pictured here.
His descent into lifelong illness started 11 years ago with rabies vaccination and puppy shots gone wrong. Vaccine-induced autoimmune liver disease — yes, this is a well-known reaction – eventually spawned two unrelated kinds of cancer: liver then bladder. (See my upcoming newsletter to learn more about all his treatments and how they worked.)
Jiggy’s illness drove me to devote what is now almost eight years researching over-vaccination and trying to warn others. It drove me to write a national award winning book and to put up four websites. Now I’ve made another video on the subject.
So many of you out there still believe vaccine reactions are rare. You believe you have no alternative; you have to vaccinate your pet again and again throughout his or her life to protect against fatal illnesses and/or comply with abitrary rules. Some of you write me that your pets have been vaccinated and revaccinated for years and are doing just fine. Yes, your dog or cat has allergies, skin problems, constant earaches, cancer, itchiness or seizures, but that has nothing to do with vaccines.
Vaccines seem safe. If you don’t realize that your pet’s autoimmune disease or allergies developed several months after that DHLPP shot or that (unnecessary and ineffective) Bordetella vaccine your vet or groomer insisted your pet get, you don’t see the cause and effect. Even your vet denies the connection. (Read Why Vets Don’t Recognize Vaccine Reactions to learn why.)
I recently posted a three-minute video on vaccine reactions. It got thousands of views in just a few days. 98% “like” it. (I suspect the other 2% run probably run vaccine clinics!) We’ve had comments like “powerful,” “awesome,” and “moving.”
Please, watch it now. If it hits home, if it moves you or scares you, if you want to keep harm from happening to your dog or cat, or your mom’s or sister’s or friend’s dog or cat, please share it, Facebook it, Tweet it, embed it on your own site. Then do it again every few days. (Here’s the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nZ5m5uzzac) It costs nothing to watch and could save you a fortune in vet bills. (Jiggy’s illness ultimately cost us more than $30,000.) Three minutes, folks! It took me six weeks to make. It’s that important.
If you’re on my Truth4Dogs site, watch the video below, or watch it and read our companion article at our new not-for-profit all-vaccination website – Vaccine Reactions: Underreported and Unrecognized, Not Unimportant. Learn what world-class experts say about vaccine reactions. Watch other videos from well-known experts. Read reports and articles and study abstracts. Become the expert your pet needs you to be.
Please take three minutes out of your life to watch it. Then take another minute to spread the word. Don’t wait till your dog or cat has a life-threatening reaction. By then, damage may have been done you won’t be able to undo.
Read these vaccination tragedies and learn why you’ll want to avoid unnecessary vaccination at all costs. Even one vaccine given to a dog or cat who didn’t need it is an unacceptable risk. That one vaccine has the potential to cause a vaccine-induced disease (VID), behavior change, disability or even death. Vaccine reactions aren’t just expensive emotionally; they can cost thousands of dollars. If you have a story to tell, please share it with us. We are banding together to end over-vaccination and educate the public and veterinarians about safer alternatives (like titer testing). Please sign our petition:Veterinarians: Fully Inform Us Before Vaccinating Our Dogs and Cats(Change.org promises not to sell your e-mail address and it just takes a moment.)
Lori and Joseph Turner lost their beautiful three-year-old Bella (pictured on this petition) 12 days after Bella received six unnecessary annual vaccines. Five blood transfusions, three immunoglobulin transfusions and care from some of the best veterinarians in the country couldn’t save Bella. Read more »
Jean Hofve, DVM, former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, has written a must-read post concerning a proposed AVMA resolution opposing raw diets for pets to be voted on by the AVMA on August 3, 2012. She refutes the arguments put forth by the AVMA and tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the safety of raw feeding. Whether you are for or against raw feeding, or just on the fence, you’ll want to read this article. It was originally posted on her wonderful Little Big Cat website — which is not just for cats.
Permission granted by Dr. Hofve to cross post.
8/8/update: Here’s the AVMA’s decision. It’s very disappointing. It’s more important now than ever to read this great article. Read more »
This vaccination consent form was designed for humans. The author suggests asking your doctor to complete and sign it before vaccinating. With a little reworking, this would work for pets — not that I believe for a moment that anyone will ever sign it. This is just about being realistic about vaccines. They are not without risk. All parties should weigh risks vs benefits in every medical procedure.