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If you haven't read these vaccine stories, read on and learn why you'll want to avoid unnecessary vaccination at all costs. If you read them at Truth4Dogs, you already know what we're up to. Please skip to the next section.


Have you signed our petition yet? If not, please sign it now: Veterinarians: Fully Inform Us Before Vaccinating Our Dogs and Cats ( promises not to sell your e-mail address and it just takes a moment.) And please spread the word.


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).





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. She died from Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA/AIHA), attributed to vaccination. Lori says: “We spent $12,000 trying to save Bella. If we had spent $70.00 for a titer test instead, I’d have my baby Bella right here in my lap right now.” Read more ...



Jena Gonzales’ beloved Kitty Kat developed Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma (FISS) from injections of rabies and leukemia vaccines, as confirmed by two biopsies. Kitty Kat’s entire leg was amputated in an attempt to save her, but she still died after much pain and $6800 in vet bills. FISS is so common that vets are advised to vaccinate cats low on their limbs so that the limbs can be amputated if cancer develops. Really. Read more...







Judy Schor and her husband, Dr. Martin J. Schor MD FACS, had to retire their Agility Champion Peaches after she developed a painful and very dangerous skin disease: Rabies Vaccine Associated Ischemic Dermatopathy. They spent $12,000 just to arrive at an “official diagnosis” from Dr. Matthew J. Ryan at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Now Peaches has cancer. Read more...






Veterinarian Margo Roman vaccinated her own Standard Poodle Wailea with the legally-required rabies vaccine. One month later, Wailea had developed autoimmune liver disease and muscle wasting in her head. Biopsies and extensive lab work costing over $6,000 showed a vaccine reaction. Wailea passed away 15 months later after thousands of dollars of additional care. Wailea’s death helped inspire Dr. Roman’s charitable DrDoMore and DrShowMore Projects.


I (Jan Rasmusen, this newsletter's author) have my own vaccine to tell. My precious year-old Jiggy developed autoimmune liver disease shortly after rabies vaccination and redundant “puppy shots.” Now age 12, Jiggy is fighting both liver and bladder cancers. Veterinarians link his autoimmune disease to vaccination – a known reaction according to AAHA Guidelines. For 11 years, Jiggy has received quarterly blood draws and vet checks plus six ultrasounds, countless consultations, a CT scan, 2 biopsies, a $7000 cancer surgery and every treatment imaginable. Jiggy's illness was the inspiration for all my research and my book.






Aimee Davis lost her sweet Smokey (left) after annual vaccination with parvovirus, leptospirosis and bordetella vaccines, plus a rabies vaccine given long before it was due. Like Bella, Smokey developed IMHA but also immune thrombocytopenia. As Smokey’s vet explained, the 95 pound German Shepherd had “the platelet and blood cell count of a sick Chihuahua.” Smokey passed away this past week. Read more...





Many of the vaccines given these beloved pets could have been avoided by a simple blood test or increased information before vaccination. Their stories are just the tip of the iceberg. Read more about vaccine reactions, and find evidence-based vaccination information from experts, at our new not-for-profit website, Join us, and join countless concerned veterinarians all over the country, in our quest to improve client and veterinary education to end this tragic hidden epidemic.


Don't forget to sign and share our petition: Veterinarians: Fully Inform Us Before Vaccinating Our Dogs and Cats And spread the word! This is the best chance we have to make a change.


Related articles:


Tell Us Your Vaccine Reaction Story

What to Do When Your Dog Has a Vaccine Reaction

Vaccine Reactions

Titer Testing

Vets on Vaccines Report reactions to vaccines, drugs or food


Questions to Ask Before Vaccinating Your Dog or Cat

Vaccination is an important medical decision to be made by you in consultation with your veterinarian. Educate yourself then ask the upcoming questions before you vaccinate. Click the links for more information. To learn why over-vaccination is a problem, read Vaccine Reactions: Underreported and Unrecognized, Not Unimportant. Do not vaccinate pregnant animals.


Top veterinary organizations (AVMA, WSAVA, AAHA, AAFP and AHVMA) and many top veterinary schools divide vaccines into “core” (with which all pets should be vaccinated) and “noncore” (which should be given only when a specific risk exists, if then). AAHA (p. 12) recommends puppies get 3 doses of the core vaccines (distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus) every 3-4 weeks starting at 8 weeks with the final dose at 14–16 weeks of age or later. (Some U.S. experts forgo adenovirus "because canine hepatitis has not been a clinical entity in North America for more than a decade." Others recommend giving it once after 16 weeks of age.)


Core vaccines for cats include panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, and rabies. Per WSAVA (p. 14): “All kittens should receive the core vaccines. [For panleukopenia] a minimum of three doses is recommended: one at 8–9 weeks of age, a second 3–4 weeks later and a final dose at 14–16 weeks of age or older should be administered. Cats that respond to MLV core vaccines maintain immunity for many years in the absence of any repeat vaccination.” According to vaccine researcher Dr. Ron Schultz, if your cat is already 16 weeks of age or older at the time of its first vaccine, only a single dose is needed to provide solid, long-lasting immunity. No booster vaccines are needed for most adult cats, except rabies as required by law.


Questions to Ask BEFORE You Vaccinate Your Dog or Cat

1. Is my pet already immune from the disease in question?


After completing puppy or kitten core vaccination series, dogs and in some cases cats likely have long term or even lifetime immunity for the important diseases (canine distemper and parvovirus; feline panleukopenia). Vaccine labels recommending annual or three-year revaccination intervals for canine core vaccines generally reflect the length of time the vaccine was tested before approval, and show minimal, not average or maximum, immunity given. Revaccinating an animal with pre-existing immunity (as a result of prior vaccinations) will not make the animal “more immune” and increases the chance of an adverse reaction. It is also an unnecessary expense.


A blood titer test can be performed to test immunity for most core diseases. Please read this before giving the distemper vaccine to an adult cat and this before vaccinating aging dogs or cats.

that your pet is getting only necessary vaccines.


To further lessen the chance of a reaction, bacterial vaccines should not be given with viral vaccines. Note: many common products contain 4-7 vaccines, mixing bacterial with viral, and are given with additional vaccines like Bordetella and rabies. These practices unnecessarily increase the likelihood of reactions.


Read the rest of this important article here: Questions to Ask


Don't forget to sign our petition: Veterinarians: Fully Inform Us Before Vaccinating Our Dogs and Cats And spread the word! This is the best chance we have to make a change.

More Articles on Over-Vaccination

Why Vets Don’t Recognize Vaccine Reactions You take your perfectly healthy dog to the vet for “her shots.” Early the next morning, she has her first seizure ever. You rush your dog back to the vet or an emergency clinic and ask if the seizure had something to do with the shot. Odds are, the vet will tell you, No, it’s not the shot! She might a genetic disorder or possibly even a brain tumor. The timing is just a coincidence. Really????


Analyzing New Vaccination Recommendations for Dogs The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently issued its 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines. The report’s recommendation to eliminate or limit many unnecessary and/or dangerous vaccines, and to give the important “core vaccines” no more often than every three years (NOT every 3 years; NOT annually!), was and is unpalatable to many practices. It could represent a huge drop in income. Learn what the new report says and what we think about it.


Rabies Vaccination: 13 Ways to Vaccinate More Safely Read additional articles on vaccination, heartworm, pet meds and more, by veterinarians and Mom, at

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