Dr. Jean Dodd's NEW vaccine protocol -
PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST
Dr. W. Jean Dodd's vaccination protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North American veterinary schools.
I highly recommend that you read this.
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Hi everyone.... THIS is wonderful news, that the veterinary schools are
now going to be teaching that over-vaccination of pets (once a year "boosters")
is only not necessary, but in some cases can be harmful or deadly! It has
information for both dogs and cats. There still is an ongoing study regarding
the Rabies vaccine. Most states now allow (reluctantly) 3 year Rabies, but the
study is collecting data on whether or not even that may be too much.
They are looking at 8 or 10 year Rabies!
I hope you all stop having yearly boosters for your pets. If you're
concerned with immune levels, have the vet run a Titer test. THEN and only then,
if the levels are below acceptable, should you have a booster. After all, when
is the last time you had a "booster" for smallpox, or whooping cough, or
anything else you had shots for as a child? Immune systems work the same in all
mammals, and the concept that pets have to have yearly shots doesn't make any
more sense than if you had have shots every year. If mammal's immune systems
were that weak in fending off these things, all of them, us included, would have
been extinct years ago!
VACCINATION NEWS FLASH
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 skeptics. 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 20 or the doctor's economic well being should not be
a factor in medical decision.
NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY
"Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live
virus (MLV) vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity
which is good for the life of the pet (i.e: canine distemper, parvo, feline
distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from
the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is
little or no effect. The titer is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells
Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they
subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated
hemolytic anemia. "There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims
for annual administration of MLV vaccines." Puppies receive antibodies through
their mother's 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 months) will provide lifetime immunity.
CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOGS
Distemper & Parvo *"According to Dr. Schultz, AVMA, 8-15-95, when a
vaccinations series given at 2, 3 & 4 months and again at 1 year with MLV,
puppies and kitten program memory cells that survive for life, providing
lifelong immunity." Dr. Carmichael at Cornell and Dr. Schultz has studies
showing immunity against challenge at 2-10 years for canine distemper & 4 years
for parvovirus. Studies for longer duration are pending. "There are no new
strains of parvovirus as one manufacturer would like to suggest. Parvovirus
vaccination provides cross immunity for all types." Hepatitis (Adenovirus) is
one of the agents known to be a cause of kennel cough. Only vaccines with CAV-2
should be used as CAV-1 vaccines carry the risk of "hepatitis blue-eye"
reactions & kidney damage.
*Bordetella Parainfluenza: Commonly called "Kennel cough".
Recommended only for those dogs boarded, groomed, taken to dog shows, or
for any reason housed where exposed to a lot of dogs. The intranasal vaccine
provides more complete and more rapid onset of immunity with less chance of
reaction. Immunity requires 72 hours and does not protect from every cause of
kennel cough. Immunity is of short duration (4 to 6 months).*
There have been no reported cases of rabid dogs or cats in Harris,
Montgomery or Ft. Bend Counties [ Texas ] but there have been rabid skunks and
bats so the potential exists. It is a killed vaccine and must be given every
Lyme disease is a tick born disease which can cause lameness, kidney
failure and heart disease in dogs. Ticks can also transmit the disease to
humans. The original Ft. Dodge killed bacteria has proven to be the most
effective vaccine. Lyme disease prevention should emphasize early removal of
ticks. Amitraz collars are more effective than Top Spot, as amitraz paralyzes
the tick's mouthparts preventing transmission of disease.
**VACCINATIONS NOT RECOMMENDED* *
Multiple components in vaccines compete with each other for the immune
system and result in lesser immunity for each individual disease as well as
increasing the risk of a reaction. Canine Corona Virus is only a disease of
puppies. It is rare, self limiting (dogs get well in 3 days without treatment).
Cornell & Texas A&M have only diagnosed one case each in the last 7 years.
Corona virus does not cause disease in adult dogs.*
*Leptospirosis vaccine is a common cause of adverse reactions in dogs.
Most of the clinical cases of lepto reported in dogs in the US are caused by
serovaars (or types) grippotyphosa and bratsilvia. The vaccines contain
different serovaars eanicola and ictohemorrhagica. Cross protection is not
provided and protection is short lived . Lepto vaccine is immuno-supressive to
puppies less than 16 weeks.
NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CATS
Feline vaccine related Fibrosarcoma is a type of terminal cancer related
in inflammation caused by rabies & leukemia vaccines. This cancer is thought to
affect 1 in 10,000 cats vaccinated. Vaccines with aluminum adjuvant, an
ingredient included to stimulate the immune system, have
been implicated as a higher risk. We now recommend a non-adjuvanted rabies
vaccine for cats.
Testing by Dr. Macy, Colorado State, has shown this vaccine to have the
lowest tissue reaction and although there is no guarantee that a vaccine induced
sarcoma will not develop, the risk will be much lower than with other vaccines.*
*Program injectable 6 month flea prevention for cats has been shown to be
very tissue reactive & therefore has the potential of inducing an injection site
fiborsarcoma. If your cats develops a lump at the site of a vaccination, we
recommend that it be removed ASAP, within 3-12 weeks.*
*Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine. This virus is the leading viral killer of
cats. The individuals most at risk of infection are young outdoor cats,
indoor/outdoor cats and cats exposed to such individuals. Indoor only cats with
no exposure to potentially infected cats are unlikely to become infected. All
cats should be tested prior to vaccination. Cats over one year of age are
immune to Fel.V whether they are vaccinated or not, so annual vaccination
of adult cats is NOT necessary. The incubation period of Feline leukemia can be
over 3 years, so if your cat is in the
incubation state of the disease prior to vaccination, the vaccine will not
prevent the disease. *
Feline Panleukopenia Virus Vaccine.
Also called feline distemper is a highly contagious and deadly viral
disease of kittens. It's extremely hardy and is resistant to extremes in
temperature and to most available disinfectants. Although an effective treatment
protocol is available, it is expensive to treat because of the serious nature of
the disease and the continued presence of virus in the environment, vaccination
is highly recommended for all kittens. Cats vaccinated at 6 month or older with
either killed or MLV vaccine will produce immunity good for life. Adult cats do
NOT need this vaccine.
Feline Calicivirus/ Herpesvirus Vaccine.
Responsible for 80-90% of infectious feline upper respiratory tract
diseases. The currently available injectable vaccines will minimize the severity
of upper respiratory infections, although none will prevent disease in all
situations.* *Intranasal vaccines are more effective at preventing the disease
entirely. Don't worry about normal sneezing for a couple of days. Because
intranasal vaccines produce an immunity of shorter durations, annual vaccination
VACCINES NOT RECOMMENDED
Chlamydia or pneumonitis. The vaccine produces a short (2 month) duration
of immunity and accounts for less than 5% of upper respiratory infections in
cats. The risks outweigh the benefits.*
*Feline Infectious Peritonitis.
A controversial vaccine. Most kittens that contract FIP become infected
during the first 3 months of life. The vaccine is labeled for use at 16 weeks.
All 27 vet schools do not recommend the vaccine.*
A new vaccine for feline bordetella has been introduced. Dr. Wolfe of
Texas A&M says that bordetella is a normal flora and does not cause disease in
adult cats. Dr. Lappin of Colorado State says that a review of the Colorado
State medical records reveals not one case diagnosed in 10 years.
Giardia is the most common intestinal parasite of humans in North America
, 30% or more of all dogs & cats are infected with giardia. It has now been
demonstrated that humans can transmit giardia to dogs & cats and vice versa.*
Heartworm preventative must be given year-round in Houston .
*VACCINES BADLY NEEDED
New vaccines in development include: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and cat
scratch fever vaccine for cats and Ehrlichia [one of the other tick diseases,
much worse than Lyme] for dogs.
THE VIEW FROM THE TRENCHES; BUSINESS ASPECTS
Most vets recommend annual boosters and most kennel operators require
them. For years, the pricing structure of vets has misled clients into thinking
that the inherent value of an annual office visit was in the "shots". They
failed to emphasize the importance of a physical exam for early detection of
treatable diseases. It is my hope that you will continue to require Rabies &
Kennel cough and emphasize the importance of a recent vet exam. I also hope you
will accept the new protocols and honor these pets as currently vaccinated.
Those in the boarding business, who will honor the new vaccine facilities, are
reluctant to change.
Dogs & cats no longer need to be vaccinated against distemper, parvo, &
feline leukemia every year. Once the initial series of puppy or kitten
vaccinations and first annual vaccinations are completed, immunity from MLV
vaccines persists for life. It has been shown that cats over 1 year of age are
immune to Feline Leukemia whether they have been vaccinated or not.
Imagine the money you will save, not to mention fewer risks from side risk
of mediated hemolytic anemia and allergic reactions are reduced by less frequent
use of vaccines as well as by avoiding unnecessary vaccines such as K-9 Corona
virus and chlamydia for cats, as well as ineffective vaccines such as
Leptospirosis and FIP. Intranasal vaccine for Rhiotracheitis and Calici virus,
two upper respiratory viruses of cats provide more complete protection than
injectable vaccines with less risk of serious reactions.
The AAHA and all 27 veterinary schools of North America are our biggest
endorsement for these new protocols.*
*Dr. Bob Rogers*
Please consider as current on all vaccinations for boarding purposes.
DOGS Initial series of puppy vaccines
1. Distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parinfluenze - 3 sets one month apart
concluding at 16 weeks of age.*
2. Rabies at 16 weeks of age (later is better)
3. Bordetella within last 4-6 months
First annual (usually at 1 year and 4 months of age)*
1. DHP, Parvo, Rabies
2. Bordetella within last 4-6 months 2 years or older
1. Rabies within last year
2. Bordetella within last 4-6 months
3. DHP & Parvo given anytime over 6 months of age, but not
necessarily within the last year.
Recommended: Physical exam for transmissible diseases and health risks.
CATS Initial kitten series
1. Distemper [PLP], Rhino Calicivirus, Feline Leukemia Vaccine - 3 sets
given one month apart concluding at 16 weeks.
2. Rabies at 16 weeks
First Annual [usually at 1 year and 4 months of age]
1. Distemper (PLP), Rhino Calicivirus, Rabies 2 years or older
1. Rabies within the last year
2. Rhino Calicivirus within last year
3. Distemper and FelV given any time after 6 months of age, but not
necessarily with the last year.
Recommended: Physical exam, FeLV/FIV testing, fecal exam for giardia.