The following quote, from Ron Schultz, Ph.D., and Tom Phillips, DVM, appeared in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI in 1992 (This is a purely conventional textbook, and Drs. Schultz and Phillips are respected veterinary immunologists in the academic community):
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. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7-10 years), and no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats. Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response as a result of interference by existing antibody (similar to maternal antibody interference). The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law (i.e., certain states require annual revaccination for rabies).
the AVMA Principles
It is not currently possible to determine the immune status of a patient relative to all the infectious diseases of concern without conducting a challenge test. Serology does not predict a patient's immune status for most diseases. For those diseases where serology has predictive value of a patient's immune status, the variation within and between laboratories renders the procedure generally unreliable.
Adverse events may be associated with the antigen, adjuvant, carrier, preservative, or a combination thereof. Possible adverse events include failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immunosuppression, autoimmune disorders, transient infections, and/or long-term infected carrier states. In addition, a causal association in cats between injection sites and the subsequent development of a malignant tumor is the subject of ongoing research. The role of genetic predisposition to adverse events needs further exploration and definition.
Vaccine program goals include providing optimal immunity against clinically relevant diseases the patient is at-risk to contract, while minimizing the potential for adverse events.
agents are regulated by the USDA, not the Food and Drug Administration,
and thus are not subject to those regulations that address extra label
use. Veterinarians can legally use vaccines in a discretionary manner.
From: FURRY FOOTNOTES
by Joseph A. Crock, DVM
FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS
a potential problem with testing a cat for FIV if that cat has been vaccinated
with the FIV vaccine. To understand this concept, it is necessary to understand
some basics about how the immune system works.
agents that invade the body, in this case the virus itself. Antibodies
are agents that the body produces to protect itself from antigens.
contain antigens, which are viral particles that stimulate the production
of antibodies, but the antigens are modified so they do not cause disease.
Following vaccination, an antibody titer is produced. This measures the
amount of antibodies produced by the cat and are a rough indication of
the presence of immunity or protection.
test for the FIV in cats determines the presence of antibodies so it is
called an antibody test. The tests for most other diseases, including
the feline leukemia virus, measure antigen levels and not antibody levels.
Testing a cat
that is infected with FIV will produce a positive test result. Testing
a cat that was vaccinated with the FIV vaccine will also produce a positive
test result. Therefore, to avoid this confusion, most veterinarians require
that cats be tested for the FIV BEFORE they are vaccinated. A test performed
within 3 months of the first vaccine is considered current.
NB, Dr. Crock
is an advocate for annual revaccination based on risk assesment. This
portion of a larger article is included to point out the potential risk
to FIV vaccinated cats who may be picked up by an animal control agency,
and is not meant to imply that Dr. Crock in any way advises against annual
For more information on Titer Testing: Hemopet
the Risks and Benefits of Vaccination
The following summarizes this author's current thoughts regarding veterinary vaccines and their safety:
1. Every licensed
animal vaccine is probably
studies of vaccines are not specifically designed to detect adverse vaccine
3. An improved system of national postmarketing surveillance is required to identify most adverse vaccine reactions that occur at low and moderate frequency.
a good postmarketing surveillance system is unlikely, however, to detect
delayed adverse vaccine reactions, and the longer the
epidemiologic (field) studies are the best way to link vaccination with
delayed adverse reactions, but these are often hindered by incomplete
vaccination histories in medical records in veterinary practice and by
6. Each licensed veterinary vaccine should be subjected to a quantitative risk assessment, and these should be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.
7. Risk assessment
should be used to identify gaps in information regarding the safety and
efficacy of vaccines, and appropriate
8. Risk assessment
is an analytical process
9. Representatives from industry, government, veterinary medicine, and the animal-owning public should be involved in risk management, that is, deciding between policy options.
regarding vaccine risks is
[snips comment: There is an even stronger possibility that lasting immunity from initial vaccination, and not "herd immunity" is why the dogs who do not receive annual revaccination stay healthy. Consider that animals who have had the most vaccinations are often those who are most strongly affected when disease states are introduced into a population.]
to the vaccine controversy is not to abandon vaccination as an effective
means of disease prevention and control, but rather to encourage vaccine
research to answer
Key questions to be answered include these: What components of vaccines are responsible for adverse reactions?
What is the genetic basis for susceptibility to adverse health effects in animals?
How can susceptible individuals be identified?
Do multivalent vaccines cause a higher rate of adverse reactions than monovalent vaccines?
Is administration of multiple doses of monovalent vaccines really any safer than administering a single multivalent vaccine?
These and other vaccine-related questions deserve our attention as veterinarians so we can fulfill our veterinary oath to relieve animal suffering and "above all else, do no harm."
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association offered a free online course called "New Realities of Marketing Veterinary Services: Replacing Your Vaccine Business" to Canadian veterinarians in early 2003.
An article by Dr. Don Hamilton about the dangers of vaccinating cats. A quote from this article states: Vaccination often receives undue credit for disease prevention, and we often hear raving about the lifesaving benefits of vaccination. From human studies, however, we know that the death rates of measles, whooping cough, and polio had fallen significantly prior to the introduction of vaccination; in the case of measles it had dropped 95 percent. Many practitioners around the turn of the century reported that smallpox immunization often increased a persons chance of disease; this was even reflected in public health statistics. (Miller) Most of the reduction of disease actually resulted from good food and good hygiene.
This brings us to the question of damage from vaccines. Although this is the most controversial aspect of vaccination, I see this so commonly that I personally have no doubts that vaccines are extremely dangerous. Most of my homeopathic colleagues are in agreement. We believe vaccination underlies a huge percentage of illness that we see today, and especially the rash of autoimmune diseases; these have increased dramatically since my graduation from veterinary school in 1979.
following is taken from the January 2003 Senior Dogs Project Newsletter:
J Dodd's Vaccine Protocol
I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats.
Some of this information will present an ethical & economic challenge to vets, and there will be sceptics. Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income vs those concerned about potential side effects. Politics, traditions, or the doctor's economic well-being should not be a factor in medical decision.
"Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. "There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines "Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 mo) will provide lifetime immunity."
According to Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D., author of Natural Dog Care: Pamphlet #3 of the Florida League for Humane Progress in Saint Petersburg, Florida, quotes the Delson Chemican Company as stating that compulsory inoculation of your dog is unconstitutional, not to mention unnecessarily troublesome and expensive. The League has concluded that inoculations for canine diseases can be extremely dangerous and are at best unreliable. Vaccinated dogs frequently develop paralysis, blindness and convulsions; some even die.
Dr. Christina Chambreau, D.V.M., questions the practice of vaccination: "What are we doing to the whole animal, the whole immune system of our animals? Why are dogs and cats becoming more and more unhealthy, living shorter life spans, and having smaller litters? New diseases have appeared even since we started vaccinating so heavily."
W. Jean Dodds, D.V.M., states: "Recently, polyvalent (containing different viruses) vaccines have been shown to induce supression of absolute lymphocyte responsiveness. Previous studies have shown a reduction in platelet count. Can antigenic overload from single or combination vaccines overwhelm the host's immune system? If so, can immunosupression result?"
Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., says: "The effect of vaccination, besides the physical effects of stimulating an antibody response, is to establish a chronic disease... resulting in mental, emotional, and physical changes that can, in some cases, be a permanent condition." (From his address to the American Holisitic Veterinary Medical Association, September, 1993 available in written or audio format from the AHVMA.)
C. Edgar Sheaffer, D.V.M., has said that "vaccinosis in animals is a true disease state."
According to Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M., in Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, pp. 99 - 100: "Immunologists are finding a direct correlation between the increase in autoimmune and chronic disease states and the overuse of vaccines. Breeders have had entire litters wiped out after using parvo vaccines...Some European veterinarians now believe that the benefits of many vaccines are outweighed by the risks, and that the dog is better either not being vaccinated or being vaccinated only for distemper and parvo."
Dr. Moira Drosdovech, D.V.M.
Getting back to the article in question. Why would Dr. Cole even bring up Giardia and Lyme disease occurring in humans as a reason to vaccinate dogs for these diseases? These are not diseases transmitted directly from pets to people. Vaccinating dogs will make no difference in the human infection rate.
With regard to rabies, your readers may be interested to discover that once two rabies vaccinations have been administered, extremely few (two I have heard of) dogs and cats in North America have acquired rabies. In Canada, there is only one province that "requires" up-to-date rabies vaccines. In the remainder, it is voluntary. To enter the United States, your rabies vaccination certificate can be up to three years old.
I¹m interested to know what proportion of the 20-per-cent increase in life expectancy of dogs Dr. Cole, or his sources, attributes to annual vaccinations. Has there been a study to indicate that dogs vaccinated annually live longer than those that receive only initial vaccinations? Many individuals choose not to vaccinate their dogs beyond puppyhood, yet we don¹t see droves of these same dogs coming in with parvo or distemper. My opinion is that we would see some of these cases since both diseases are out there, but we don't, simply because the dogs have developed adequate immunity from early vaccinations as well as natural exposure.
Is there documented proof that the vaccines used in dogs (and cats) are safe as stated by Dr. Cole? This same controversy is going on right now in the medical field because there are no vaccine-safety studies even for people, and it¹s a fact that there are none for animals either. We really don¹t know if they are safe and certainly should not proclaim that they are. More and more research shows that, in fact, vaccines can be harmful.
The immune systems of dogs and cats are fully mature at or before 6 months of age. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it will produce adequate immunity, which is 9 times out of 10 good for the life of the pet. If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine will, in all likelihood, neutralize the antigens of the booster vaccine and there is little or no positive effect. The titre is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells induced.
Dogs and cats have the same type of immune system as people. Unfortunately for us, their species have been programmed to live somewhat less than 20 years, but that doesn¹t mean their immune system needs constant reminders. Humans rarely, if ever, get re-immunized for childhood diseases. Why do we insist on this for our pets?
An interesting viewpoint as to why annual vaccination continues is presented at www.next2kin.org. There is a lot at stake here and it isn't just the health of your dogs.
Vaccinations do not come without risk. A large portion of the ever-increasing chronic diseases in our pets could be attributed to overvaccination, a view shared by many breeders and veterinarians taking extra training in homeopathy. This is hard to prove, but isn't the possibility of this true?
Vaccines should be administered separately and only those that are a real threat for an area should be considered. Once into the first year of life, antibody titre testing can act as a tool to guide revaccination decisions. Well over 90 per cent of the time, vaccines will not be indicated for several years.
Vaccines should only be administered to 100-per-cent healthy pets and certainly not to pets that already have, or have had, a problem with their immune system. They should not be given during times of stress surgery, moving, breeding, etc. Speak to homeopathic vets in your area to find out their position on vaccines, and do your own research.
As the American Veterinary Medical Association states, "Veterinarians must promote the value of the exam and move away from their dependence on vaccine income." Unfortunately, veterinarians stand to lose big, according to Dr.Ron Schultz, leading immunologist and outspoken critic of annual vaccine practices, when the numbers of those requesting vaccines drops.
Remember, medicine is always in a state of change and change we must in regards to annual vaccinations. Our pets will be healthier and isn¹t that what it¹s all about? Do continue to get those regular checkups. You¹re not off the hook for those!
Dr. Moira Drosdovech,
Page is a Compilation of Information
I was sixteen years old, I lost my Appaloosa gelding, Brent Bar, to cirrhosis
of the liver. My vet gave me three possible causes: heredity, feeding
moldy hay or grain, or overvaccination.
The veterinary community has known for many years that there is no proven benefit to annual revaccination - in fact, they have known that there may be serious health problems actually caused by this practice - however they have continued to supress this information, instead convincing us that we were not good guardians if we did not comply with their recommendations. We know now that we have been misled, and our animal companions have paid the price. With this in mind, this page will add information on an ongoing basis so that you may be able to educate yourself regarding the vaccination issue. This page currently includes a wide array of information, including articles by respected alternative veterinarians, new vaccine protocols finally being introduced by vet schools, articles in the mainstream press, and a letter to the Texas Attorney General from a Texas veterinarian willing to step forward and call these acts the practice of fraud.
In his letter, Dr. Rogers quotes a survey by the American Animal Hospital Association showing that less than 7% of Veterinarians have updated their vaccination recommendations, in spite of the fact that these new recommendations have been published twice in every major Veterinary Medical Journal since 1995.
Personally, in many cases when I have taken a sick dog to the vet, upon learning that I do not vaccinate, the vet has insisted that the dog must be vaccinated against parvo immediately EVEN BEFORE ANY DIAGNOSIS HAD BEEN MADE. Thankfully I have enough knowledge to have been able to resist these suggestions. Not only has the problem never turned out to be parvo (causes have ranged from a perforated intestine to Giardia to just an upset tummy), but each and every vet who has made this suggestion has ignored the warning coming directly from the drug manufacturers that ONLY HEALTHY ANIMALS SHOULD BE VACCINATED. How could you justify adding disease pathogens to a system already in a weakened state, particularly the pathogen for the disease the dog may already be fighting? In addition, it is common practice to vaccinate animals for multiple diseases on the day of a surgery. Think about it! How could you, in good conscience, supress the immune system of a cat or dog whose body will be undergoing such a tremendous amount of stress and not realize that this could cause serious complications?
You must agree that information like this is frightening. It could cause you to wonder if some veterinarians have nothing other than their financial interests in mind when they practice these tactics and "oversights."
Please visit this site for regular updates regarding what appears to be a serious cover up often perpetrated by those we have entrusted to protect our animal companions. Please educate yourself! We can no longer hand over this responsibility to anyone whose primary concern is not the health and wellbeing of our animals.
April 17, 2002
I assert that the present practice of marketing of vaccinations for companion animals constitutes fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence, theft by deception, and undue influence by all Veterinarians engaged in companion animal practice in this state.
Recommending, administering, and charging for Canine Corona vaccinations for adult dogs is fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence, theft by deception, and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. Dogs over eight weeks of age are not susceptible to canine corona virus disease. Disease produced by canine corona virus has never been demonstrated in adult dogs. Dogs over eight weeks of age that are immunized against canine parvovirus will not develop symptoms of canine corona virus disease. Addition of an unnecessary antigen to the vaccination protocol will result in a lesser immunity to the important diseases like parvovirus and distemper, and increase the risk of adverse reactions.
2. Immunologists doubt that Canine corona virus vaccine works, as it would require secretory mucosal IgA antibodies to protect against corona virus and a parenteral vaccine does not accomplish this very well. Twenty-two Schools of Veterinary Medicine including Texas A&M University do not recommend canine corona virus vaccine.
3. Gastroenteroligists at Schools of Veterinary Medicine including Dr Michael Willard at Texas A&M University have stated that they have only seen one case of corona virus disease in a dog in ten years. On several occasions large numbers of dogs have died from adverse reactions to corona virus vaccine.
A reasonable client would not elect corona virus vaccination for an adult dog if presented this information.
Recommending, administering, and charging for re-administration of modified live vaccines like Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, Feline Panleukopenia, injectable Feline Rhinotracheitis, and injectable Feline Calicivirus on an semi-annual, annual, bi-annual or tri-annual basis is theft by deception, fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence, and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. The USDA Center for Biologic and Therapeutic Agents asserts that there is no scientific data to support label claims for annual re-administration of modified live vaccines, and label claims must be backed by scientific data.
2. It is the consensus of immunologists that a modified live virus vaccine must replicate in order to stimulate the immune system, and antibodies from a previous vaccination will block the replication of the new vaccinate virus. The immune status of the patient is not enhanced in any way. There is no benefit to the patient. The client is paying for something with insignificant or no effect, except that the patient is being exposed to unnecessary risk of an adverse reaction.
3. A temporal association has been demonstrated between vaccinations and the development of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.
4. It has been demonstrated that the duration of immunity for Canine Distemper virus is 7 years by challenge, and 15 years by serology; for Canine Parvovirus is 7 years by challenge, for Feline Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, and Feline Calicivirus is 7.5 years by challenge.
A reasonable client would not elect re-administration of any of the above stated vaccinations for a previously immunized pet if provided with the above information.
The recommendation for administration of Leptospirosis vaccination in Texas is theft by deception, fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence and undue influence given the fact that:
1. Although Leptospirosis is re-emerging as an endemic disease for dogs in some areas of the country, Leptospirosis in dogs in Texas is a very rare disease. According to the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab there are only an average of twelve cases of leptospirosis documented in dogs in Texas per year. Factors to identify those dogs that are at risk have not been identified. Given that there are over 6 million dogs in Texas, the risk of leptospirosis disease to a dog is less than 2 in a million.
2. The commonly used vaccine only contains serovars Lepto. canicola, and Lepto icterohaemorrhagiae, and no cross protection is provided against the other three serovars diagnosed in Texas. Newer vaccines containing Lepto pomona, and Lepto grippotyphosa are available but the duration of immunity is less than one year. To provide protection for a dog against Leptospirosis would require two vaccines with four serovars twice per year.
3. Although humans can develop Leptospirosis, the spread of Lepto. from a dog to a human has never been documented and is thought to be a very low risk.
Given that the risk of an adverse reaction, a reasonable client would not elect Vaccination of their pet if provided with the above information.
The recommendation of Lyme disease vaccine for dogs residing in Texasis fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. The Texas Department of Health only reports an average of 70 cases of Human Lyme disease per year in Texas, all of which were likely acquired when people were traveling out of the state.
2. Julie Rawlings reported in her research on the incidence of the lyme disease organism in ticks in Texas State Parks for the Texas Department of Health that the Borrelia burgdorferi organism is not present in sufficient numbers or in the suitable tick vector for dogs for Lyme disease to be endemic in Texas.
3. Eighty per cent of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. are found in the nine New England States and Wisconsin.
4. Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine has not documented one case of Lyme disease in a dog acquired in Texas. Testing on shelter dogs has not revealed a single case.
5. Dr Jacobson, Cornell University has documented a temporal relationship in over 327 cases of dogs, which acquired polyarthritis after the Lyme disease vaccine.
A reasonable client would not elect Lyme disease vaccine for their pet if given this information on the risks vs the benefit.
The recommendation for vaccination of cats with an adjuvanted vaccine without offering a safer alternative vaccine is fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence, and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. Adjuvanted vaccines have been incriminated as a cause of Injection Site Fibrosarcoma in cats.
2. 1:1000 cats vaccinated develop this type of cancer, which is 100% fatal.
3. Safer alternative non-adjuvanted vaccines are available.
A reasonable client would not elect adjuvanted vaccines for their cat if given this information.
The recommendation for vaccination of cats with Feline Infectious Peritonitis vaccine is fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence, and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. Feline Infectious peritonitis is a rare disease.
2. Eight percent of adult cats carry the normal flora avirulent Feline Corona Virus. On rare occasions this Corona Virus mutates to become a virulent feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus. Every mutation is a different variant and there is no cross protection. This vaccine does not and cannot work.
3. Independent studies have not confirmed the manufacturers claims for efficacy.
4. Twenty- two Schools of Veterinary Medicine and the American Association of Feline Practitioners does not recommend this vaccine.
A reasonable client would not elect this vaccine if given this information.
The recommendation of annual Feline Leukemia Vaccine for adult cats, and cats that are not at risk is theft by deception, fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence, and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. Cats over one year of age, if not previously infected, are immune to Feline Leukemia virus infection whether they are vaccinated or not.
2. Adjuvanted Feline leukemia vaccine can cause Injection Site Fibrosarcomas, a fatal type of cancer. This type of cancer is though to occur in 1:10,000 cats vaccinated.
3. Only cats less than one year of age and at risk cats should be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia virus.
A reasonable client would not elect this vaccine for their cat if given this information.
The recommendation of annual rabies vaccination for dogs and cats with three- year duration of immunity vaccine is theft by deception, fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence, and undue influence given that:
1. The vaccines has been licensed by the USDA and proven to have duration of immunity of three years by the USDA and seven years by serology by Dr Ron Schultz, therefore annual readministration the client is paying for something with no benefit.
2. Beyond the second vaccination, no data exist to demonstrate that the immune statis of the pet is enhanced.
3. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians recommendation is for vaccination of dogs and cats for rabies at four months, one year later, and then every three years subsequently. This recommendation has been proven effective in 33 States in the United States.
The recommendation of blood tests for antibody titers on dogs and cats in order to determine if re-administration of vaccine is indicated is fraud by misrepresentation, misrepresentation by silence, and undue influence given the literature that states:
1. The duration of immunity to infectious disease agents is controlled by memory cells, B & T lymphocytes. Once programed, memory cells persist for life. The presence of memory cells is not taken into effect when testing for antibody titers.
2. Even in the absence of an antibody titer, memory cells are capable of mounting an adequate immune response in an immunized patient. A negative titer does not indicate lack of immunity, or the ability of a vaccine to significantly enhance the immune status of a patient.
3. A positive titer has not been demonstrated by challenge studies to indicate immunity.
4. The client is paying for a test when a Veterinarian can make no claims about the test results.
5. It has been proven that the re-administration of modified live vaccines has no effect, and that duration of immunity is 7 years or more.
A reasonable client would not elect this test if given this information.
I have brought these deceptive trade practices to the attention of this Board by writing six letters to the board, and appearing before the Board at three Board meetings. The Board members have demonstrated, by the questions that they have asked me, that they are uniformed on these issues, that they have not read the literature that I have sent to support my assertions, and that they have not read the letters I have written. On every occasion the Board members have refused to take any action on these matters.
The Board has also ignored my request to deny approval of Continuing Education credit for seminars on Vaccination of Companion Animals provided by Pfizer Animal Health drug company which are fraudulent by omission of material facts, a conflict of interest, and thereby influence Veterinarians to continue deceptive trade practice in the marketing of vaccines.
The people of the State of Texas have paid over $360 million dollars per year for vaccinations that are unnecessary and potentially harmful to their pets. Over 600,000 pets suffer every year from adverse reactions to unnecessary vaccinations. Many of them die.
A survey by the American Animal Hospital Association shows that less than 7% of Veterinarians have updated their vaccination recommendations, in spite of the fact that these new recommendations have been published twice in every major Veterinary Medical Journal since 1995.
Given that it is the compact of this Board with the State of Texas to protect the people of Texas, and whereby it is provided in the Texas Administrative Code Title 22, Part 24, Chapter 577, Subchapter B, Rule 577.16: Responsibilities of the Board (a) The Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is responsible for establishing policies and promulgating rules to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity, skills, and practice in the profession of Veterinary medicine in accordance with the Veterinary Licensing Act, I hereby assert that the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners must take demonstrated and thorough action to stop the deceptive trade practices and fraud in the marketing of vaccinations for companion animals.
A reasonable solution would be for the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to request an opinion from the Attorney General on these issues, and for the Texas State Board to issue a policy statement in the Board Notes indicating a Board policy prohibiting each of the practices I have outlined above.
An alternative solution would be to notify every Veterinarian engaged in companion animal practice in this state of the complaint that has been filed against them, and prosecute each and every complaint.
If demonstrated and thorough action to stop the deceptive trade practices has not been taken by this Board within ninety days of receipt of this letter I will file a class action suit against the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners on behalf of the people of Texas, for negligence in the execution of their responsibilities, and I will request a Court order to instruct the Board to perform their duties.
The above statements are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge
See more on the Critter Fixer website.
The Canine Health Concern census has received a brochure from Intervet UK (the major U.K. supplier of animal vaccines). In the light of the following quotation from page 15 of the brochure would anyone explain to us how annual multiple vaccine booster can ever satisfy the recommendations of its manufacturer?
recommended that dogs be revaccinated against:
to Ask Your Vet
2. What scientific
evidence supports annual rabies vaccinations?
3. Does a Yorkshire
Terrier get the same shot-the same dosage-as a Great Dane? Does one size
4. Is it true
there is a three-year vaccination option?
5. If the 3-year
option was available prior to vaccinating my companion animal and you
did not inform me of this, how come?
6. Were you
aware of the American Veterinary Medical Association's position that the
companion- animal owner should be given the opportunity for informed consent
relative to vaccination options (rabies, etc.)?
7. Is it true
that the efficacy (life) of the rabies vaccination is 5-7 years?
8. What is
the adverse-reaction impact of the rabies vaccination per 1,000 cats or
dogs? Is it not true that adverse reactions are self- reported by the
veterinarians? Might vets be economically disadvantaged by self-reporting
actual numbers of adverse reactions to vaccinations, as such statistics
might show unnecessary risks of annual vaccination shots?
9. Is it true
that the vaccine manufacturers recommend that the vaccination should be
given only to healthy animals?
10. Is it true
that the cost of the rabies vaccine is 50 to 75 cents, at most, and that
the cost to the companion- animal guardian for the shot is $15-$38, plus
an additional $30-$35 for the office visit?
11. With just losing annual rabies vaccination of dogs and cats (not including distemper and parvo) and the accompanying shot-related office visits would your practice be profitable in the non-vaccination years?
Beyond Vaccination newsgroup
Pets Don't Need Shots Every Year ~ an article from the Houston Chronicle
Diseases: A New Look at the Vaccine Question by Richard H. Pitcairn,
Prevent Health: Why Vaccines Are Bad for Us by Dr. Joseph Mercola
What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccinations by Catherine O'Driscoll
Protect Your Pet by Ann Martin
Dr. Pitcairn's Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM and Susan Huble Pitcairn
Homeopathic Care for Dogs & Cats by Don Hamilton, DVM
The Nature of Animal Healing by Martin Goldstein, DVM
The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog by Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, DVM
Natural Dog Care & Natural Cat Care by Celeste Yarnall, PhD
Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats & The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats by Diane Stein
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