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Snapshot of Leptospirosis Strains & Vaccine

Most Leptospirosis strains (there are about 200) do not cause disease, and of the seven clinically important strains, only four — L. icterohaemorrhagiae, L. canicola, L. grippotyphosa, and L. pomona serovars — are found in today’s vaccines. So, exposure risk depends upon which serovars of Leptospirosis have been documented to cause clinical leptospirosis in the…

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Rabies: The Science & the Current Law

There is the science behind having sufficient rabies immunity; then, there is the current United States law on rabies vaccinations for dogs. To synchronize the law with the science, the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust (RCF) is financing clinical trials to extend the legally required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years.…

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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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Feline Vaccination Protocol – W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Approximately seven years ago, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) sponsored and conducted a groundbreaking study on feline vaccines. The panel – which included Dr. Dodds’ colleague, Dr. Ron Schultz – divided the vaccines into core and non-core. Just this year, the AAFP published updated feline vaccination guidelines. Dr. Dodds agrees with the panel’s…

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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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