Category: Vaccines & Diseases

Canine Influenza Outbreak – Chicago 2015

Over 1,000 cases and five deaths have been attributed to the recent Canine Influenza outbreak in Chicago during 2015. Increasingly, I have been asked my thoughts and opinions on the subject and if dogs should be vaccinated for this virus. Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8)*Canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory…

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Stray and Owner Surrendered Canines and Vaccines

Background Shelters and rescue organizations are overflowing with abandoned or owner surrendered dogs. As dealing with these animals involves complex medical, social and management issues, a standard vaccination protocol is usually adopted for all dogs and cats to mitigate potential viral or other infectious diseases and parasite outbreaks. The standard protocol is usually to give…

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Mercury-induced inflammation: Yet another example of asia syndrome

Mercury-induced inflammation: Yet another example of asia syndrome http://www.ima.org.il/FilesUpload/IMAJ/0/67/33611.pdf Dr. Dodds advocates the use of thimerosol (mercury) free rabies vaccines. Mercury added to killed, inactivated vaccines given to people and animals create an increased risk of adverse immune-mediated disease reactions. Recent published studies from Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld’s laboratory at Tel-Aviv University in Israel have documented…

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Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations: Timing is Critical

Maternal antibodies are those antibodies that are transferred to the puppy or kitten when they receive colostrum milk from their dam only in the first 36 hours of life. After that, even though the breast milk contains many antibodies as well as wholesome nutrients, these antibodies can no longer cross the neonatal intestinal mucosal lining.…

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Vaccinations: A Global Perspective

Reprinted with permission from Ana Falk, DVM Retrieved from http://www.holistic-pet-vet.com/vaccinations/index.html I find Dr. Falk’s perspective refreshingly global and grounded in reality. A special thank you to Dr. Falk for allowing us to share. Having lived in both Ecuador, where most people do not vaccinate their pets, and in the USA, where most people do, I have…

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More on Vaccine Titer Testing for Pets

Some veterinarians have challenged the validity of using vaccine titer testing to assess the immunologic status of animals against the common, clinically important infectious diseases. With all due respect, this represents a misunderstanding of what has been called the “fallacy of titer testing”, because research has shown that once an animal’s titer stabilizes it is…

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Dr. Ron Schultz Update on Leptospirosis Vaccines (2012)

For dogs at high risk for leptospirosis, which has diffuse symptoms and can cause liver and kidney failure – if caught too late, Dr. Ron Schultz of University of Wisconsin recommends using the four-way vaccine  (which covers  the L. icterohaemorrhagiae, L. canicola, L. grippotyphosa, and L. pomona serovars). It should be given first at 14…

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