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Rabies in Dogs

Why Challenge Current Rabies Vaccine Policy?

Rabies vaccination is required by law in nearly all areas. Even though protection from rabies is documented to last at least three years, current law in some states or areas still requires that boosters be given annually or biannually rather than the standard policy of every three years. However, vaccination against rabies virus is occasionally associated with debilitating adverse effects. According to the CDC domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid. Scientific data indicate that vaccinating dogs against rabies every three years, as most states require, is unnecessary.

Studies have shown the duration of protective immunity as measured by serum antibody titers against rabies virus to persist for seven years post-vaccination. By validating the ‘true’ life of rabies virus immunity and moving to five and hopefully seven years, we will decrease the risk of adverse reactions in our animals and minimize their repeated exposure to foreign substances. Killed vaccines like those for rabies virus can trigger both immediate and delayed adverse vaccine reactions (termed “vaccinosis”). While there may be immediate hypersensitivity reactions, other acute events tend to occur 24-72 hours afterwards, or up to 45 days later in the case of delayed reactions.

Reactions that have been documented include:

  • Behavior changes such as aggression and separation anxiety
  • Obsessive behavior,self-mutilation, tail chewing
  • Pica – eating wood, stones, earth, stool
  • Destructive behavior, shredding bedding
  • Seizures, epilepsy
  • Fibrosarcomas at injection site
  • Autoimmune diseases such as those affecting bone marrow and blood cells, joints, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system
  • Muscular weakness and or atrophy
  • Chronic digestive problems

The Rabies Challenge Fund

Rabies Exemptions and Waivers
Rabies Vaccination is required by law. In some instances, it is possible to secure a written waiver for exemption from rabies booster vaccination. A letter justifying the medical reason for such exemption needs to be obtained from your primary care veterinarian. When seeking a waiver, a rabies serum antibody titer should be performed. Adequate serum rabies titers are at least 1:5 by the RFFIT method. Waiver requests are not generally accepted based on serum antibody titers alone, but may be granted on a case-by-case basis with justification. Waivers are not granted as a matter of personal preference, and localities often do not permit waivers and exemptions regardless of the justification.

This article comes from the Rabies Challenge Fund.  They are an organization that does what they say they will do.  They are currently working on changing the law from rabies being given every three years to every seven years.  Please donate anything you can to help this organization achieve this goal.  Our dogs lives depend on it.  Go to: to make a donation.

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Vaccines for Dogs-Schedule for Dog Breeders and Veterinarians

Unsure about the vaccination safety?            By Dr. Peter Dobias                                       You are not alone! Questions about vaccines are as common as water in the ocean. Some people worry that if their unvaccinated dog or cat steps out of the door, it is going to get sick and possibly die. Let me reassure you that the likelihood of this is very, very low. In fact it is much lower than your dog becoming ill from the vaccine itself. In this brief article, you will learn about the pros and cons of vaccines and become more comfortable making the right decision for your animal friends. Over the years , I have heard more confusing opinions about vaccination than about any other medical topic. Ultimately, I resorted to nature’s design for immunity; observing and studying the lives of wild canines and other species. Also, I have 20 years of practical experience in veterinary practice and knowledge of immunology. After careful consideration of pros and cons, I have made a decision not to recommend routine vaccination in my practice. There are many reasons for this decision but one of which will become more apparent after watching the video below. Vaccines contain mercury, formaldehyde and other substances that are proven to be carcinogenic and generally harmful. According to some alternative medicine and homeopathy sources, they also have the ability to induce symptoms that are similar to the disease itself. The repetition of vaccines is often the source of over reactive or inefficient immune systems, which is at the core of many ailments. There is no doubt that frequently vaccinated patients are ill more often. Read the following statement from the website of the American Veterinary Medical Association: “Adverse events may be associated with the antigen, adjuvant, carrier, preservative, or a combination thereof. Possible adverse events include, but are not necessarily limited to, failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immuno-suppression, autoimmune disorders, transient infections, long-term infected carrier states, and local development of tumors. The role of genetic predisposition to adverse events needs further exploration and definition.” In my experience, puppies and kittens younger than twelve weeks suffer from the adverse effects of vaccinations more frequently. They have an immature immune system that is incapable of responding to the vaccinations. Their fast growing body is also more sensitive to external factors like vaccines. The paradox is that puppies and kitten vaccinated early – at 6 – 10 weeks often have no antibodies at 12 weeks. Why? The answer is relatively simple. Vaccine contains antigen. The puppies blood stream contains maternal antibodies. When these two meet, the antibody gets bound to the antigen. Yes, early vaccination makes your dog less protected! I could show you numerous test results that confirm this claim. Natures Vaccination – Socialize your puppy early Are you surprised by my suggestion? Have you been told not to socialize your puppy until the age of 3 – 4 months? This recommendation is given by some well meaning colleagues. Why? Because that is what we have been taught at schools and told by vaccine manufacturers. However, it is common knowledge that puppies and kittens are usually protected by maternal antibodies from milk until the age of twelve to sixteen weeks. In the wild, they are naturally exposed to viruses and bacteria by socializing with other individuals and gradually form their own antibodies. In captivity, I recommend measuring the level of your puppy’s or kitten’s antibodies at the age of 12 weeks. If there are any antibodies present, it is highly likely that your pet is protected and you can socialize it with others on a moderate basis. If it gets in contact with a pathogen, more antibodies – protection – are formed. School of life Giving your puppy an opportunity to make friends is very important. There are some dogs who have not been allowed to make friends until the age of 4 months. Imagine. This situation can be compared to a child, who was not allowed to see any other children until the age of 6 years. Puppies need to learn their doggie etiquette early. Older dogs are generally very tolerant of puppies and they gently guide them or tell them off if their behavior is not “according to the canine standards”. However most dogs have little patience with rowdy “adolescents” that have no manners, jump in their face and do not respect personal boundaries. They often get beaten up and become scared or aggressive in an anticipation of attack. Your alternative to vaccination There is a simple alternative to vaccination called titer test. A titer test determines the level and concentration of antibodies in blood. I usually recommend performing a titer test at the age of twelve and twenty weeks and subsequently on a yearly basis. By the time your dog is 4 – 5 years old, the chance of contracting distemper or parvo are close to zero and antibody titer may not be needed. How accurate is antibody testing? Some people claim that the antibody levels may not be accurate in determining the level of protection. On the contrary, countries and states like Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the United Kingdom use rabies titer testing for animal imports. Let me reassure you that these countries’ rules are so strict, they would not use titer testing if it was not highly reliable. Rabies vaccination and titer Even rabies vaccination doesn’t need to be repeated as often as originally thought. Rabies vaccine is manufactured as a 3 year vaccine. After 3 years are up, you can submit a rabies titer test to one of the certified labs and received a confirmation of protection which often persists for liftime. Some countries and states, for example the UK, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand are rabies free and have very strict animal import rules. If you are planning to travel to these countries, familiarize yourself with the current guidelines. Rabies vaccine, titer and microchip for identification is usually required. What if your pet has no antibodies? On one occasion my dog, Skai, had absent distemper antibodies. I repeated the test a month later and his antibodies were present again. This happened without showing any signs of the disease itself. His immune system simply responded in an efficient way. In reality, the risk of your pet contracting infectious disease is very low. However, no-one can guarantee 100% safety. Ultimately you have to make your own decision. What to do if you decide to vaccinate? 1. Stay away from so called “combination” vaccines 2. Give each antigen/ vaccine at least four weeks apart. 3. Vaccinate pets that are twelve weeks and older. 4. Earlier vaccination often neutralizes the maternal antibodies and may leave your pet unprotected. 5. Watch for any side effects that may appear even months later. What are common vaccine side effects? It is often very difficult to determine what is a vaccine side-effect and what is an unrelated incident. One of the ways to confirm is the use of homeopathy. There are several treatments, remedies, that have known abilities to neutralize vaccine side effects. If I use one of these treatments and the disease symptoms disappear, it is safe to conclude that vaccines played a role. Vaccine side effects often appear similar to the symptoms of disease they were supposed to prevent. Distemper vaccine may cause skin and ear problems, eye discharges and infections, allergies, or neurological disorders. Parvovirus vaccine may be the cause of recurrent vomiting and diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease or diet related allergies, heart problems. Some other commonly seen side effects are: autoimmune disorders (like lupus) growth and development abnormalities epilepsy, anxiety, hyperactivity and aggression thyroid disorders and diabetes certain forms of cancer Which vaccines to give if you decide to vaccinate? 1. Parvovirus vaccine at twelve weeks 2. Distemper four weeks later. 3. Rabies – if you live in an area where rabies is common, or if you travel. Ideally delay rabies vaccination until six months of age. Beware of the following vaccines: Dog owners should be aware of vaccines against Bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme disease. They often cause severe side effects similar to the symptoms of the actual disease. If a boarding facility, daycare or a puppy class requests Bordetella vaccine, ask to sign a waiver or if the facility operators are resistant, find another facility. What to do if you observe a reaction? Try to stay away from potent steroid drugs like dexamethasone or prednisone. These compounds have very severe and long lasting negative effects on the body and the immune system. Talk to an open-minded practitioner who will help you find safe and effective treatment. A dose of Thuja 200 C is a good start, however other treatments may be necessary depending on the nature of the reaction. A detailed evaluation of each patient may be necessary in order to select the correct treatment. I once read an article that stated “if clean water and nutritious food was provided in Africa, it would be a more effective prevention than any vaccine”. I can’t agree more. If you want to have a healthy dog, a healthy diet, the right amount of exercise and social interaction, low stress and a loving and caring environment are the best prevention. Sincerely, Dr. Peter Dobias – See more at:

This is an excellent article that has specific instructions for dog breeders, puppy owners, and veterinarians on when to give vaccines.  Keep your dog living in health for many years. 

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Rabies Vaccines-New State Laws

Most states have been changing their laws to only give rabies vaccines every three years after the initial shot.  If your veterinarian wants to give your pet a rabies more often than that, run.  Find a holistic vet in your area.  It will save your dog or cats life and most likely add more years to their life. 

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