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Changes Sought to Rabies Vaccination Laws Based on Scientific Research

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. The AHVMA and its members have long expressed…

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Clinical Approaches to Managing and Treating Adverse Vaccine Reactions

Background There is no doubt that application of modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines, especially those containing distemper virus, adenovirus 1 or 2, and parvovirus are increasingly recognized contributors, albeit relatively rare,  to…

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Q&A with Dr. Dodds: I had a dog who had a bad reaction to the Rabies Vaccine and now I am concerned about giving it to my other dogs. What should I do?

Question:  I have come to highly respect your opinion and protocol on vaccinations. My problem is I have a 16 month old standard poodle who is due for her one year rabies booster in a few weeks I have decided I don’t want to give it. My 9 year old standard came down with immune-mediated…

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Response: Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia Report and Article

I read with interest the article, “Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in dogs: Is vaccination a factor?” by Dr. Robert Runde in the November 1, 2012 issue of DVM360 newsmagazine.  The first paragraphs of the article refer to a recently published paper on the same topic by Huang, Moore and Scott-Moncrieff (J Vet Int Med 26(1): 142-148, 2012).…

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Changing Vaccine Protocols (Part IV)

During the past few weeks, I have informed you about the dangers of overly vaccinating our pets and provided titering as a possible alternative solution. I decided to post a clinical analysis and study that Lisa Twark, DVM and I conducted about the effects of vaccines. – Best, Dr. Dodds The challenge to produce effective…

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Avoid unnecessary vaccines with titer tests (Part III)

In my last two posts, I discussed the potential side-effects (vaccinosis) of over-vaccinating our pets, and the difference between MLV (modified live) and killed vaccines. I cautioned that dogs and cats with immune-mediated diseases are especially vulnerable to vaccinosis, since over-vaccination places additional stress on their already compromised immune systems and has been linked to…

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