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There is much confusion in the general public about the duration of immunity of canine vaccines.  Below is a copy of my testimony and model disclosure submitted to Maine's Agriculture Committee in support of LD 429, the nation's first pet vaccine disclosure legislation, which was introduced on my behalf by Representative Peter Rines of Wiscasset.  Anyone who wishes to have copies of the attachments referenced below, please e-mail me at [email protected].  

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February 27, 2005

TO:    The Agriculture, Conservation and Forest Committee

RE:     LD 429, An Act to Require Veterinarians to Provide Vaccine Disclosure Forms

         My name is Kris Christine and I live with my family in Maine.  Before I begin my testimony, I
 

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Vaccines & Nutrition -- Holistic Vet Advocates Alternati

Holistic Vet Advocates Alternative Pet Care http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08162/888634-338.stm
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 By Susan Banks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"I think poor nutrition is responsible for a majority of the chronic
disease we see in animals, and [too many] vaccines are a close second."

"When it comes to vaccines, he's of the unwavering opinion that they
are given too often, sometimes causing long-term effects that may not
be immediately apparent. Certain cancers have been linked to vaccines,
and it is thought some autoimmune problems and perhaps seizure
disorders are also triggered by boosters. "
 

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Thank you. I have been doing some research on this myself, because my dog has just finished his first round of vaccines and he has had a terrible time witih them. His experience is nothing like what you have included, but everytime he receives a vaccine, he has terrible yeast rashes all over his body. Just as we get them under control, it's time for a vaccine and they start again. Last week he had his 3rd round of shots on Tuesday and by Thursday his entire body was broken out. When I called the vet she said I believe it's the vaccines causing this. I don't think it's the vaccines as much as the attack on his inmature immune system; Rowdy was orphaned at 2 days old and was bottle fed. So he's had to build his immunity pretty much on his own, so it's not the best it could be. I'm working on that with fish oil supplements and a healthy diet, but I wish this information would have been disclosed to me upfront.

Good Luck with this, and I'll definitely watch this.
 

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Vaccines & Adverse Skin Reactions

sshawkins\";p=\"140537 said:
Thank you. I have been doing some research on this myself, because my dog has just finished his first round of vaccines and he has had a terrible time witih them. His experience is nothing like what you have included, but everytime he receives a vaccine, he has terrible yeast rashes all over his body. Just as we get them under control, it's time for a vaccine and they start again. Last week he had his 3rd round of shots on Tuesday and by Thursday his entire body was broken out. When I called the vet she said I believe it's the vaccines causing this. I don't think it's the vaccines as much as the attack on his inmature immune system; Rowdy was orphaned at 2 days old and was bottle fed. So he's had to build his immunity pretty much on his own, so it's not the best it could be. I'm working on that with fish oil supplements and a healthy diet, but I wish this information would have been disclosed to me upfront.
SShawkins,

Please contact me privately at [email protected] and I'll send you more information on this to bring to your vet to discuss.  In the meantime, please read the information below on an adverse skin reaction to vaccination.

Kris


Ischemic Dermatopathy / Cutaneous vasculitis

A little known and often misdiagnosed reaction to the rabies vaccine in dogs, this problem may develop near or over the vaccine administration site and around the vaccine material that was injected, or as a more widespread reaction. Symptoms include ulcers, scabs, darkening of the skin, lumps at the vaccine site, and scarring with loss of hair. In addition to the vaccination site, lesions most often develop on the ear flaps (pinnae), on the elbows and hocks, in the center of the footpads and on the face. Scarring may be permanent. Dogs do not usually seem ill, but may develop fever. Symptoms may show up within weeks of vaccination, or may take months to develop noticeably.

Dogs with active lesion development and / or widespread disease may be treated with pentoxyfylline, a drug that is useful in small vessel vasculitis, or tacrolimus, an ointment that will help suppress the inflammation in the affected areas.

Owners and veterinarians of dogs who have developed this type of reaction should review the vaccination protocol critically and try to reduce future vaccinations to the extent medically and legally possible. At the very least, vaccines from the same manufacturer should be avoided. It is also recommended that the location in which future vaccinations are administered should be changed to the rear leg, as far down on the leg as possible and should be given in the muscle rather than under the skin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccination_of_dogs
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A retrospective study of canine and feline cutaneous vasculitis
Patrick R. Nichols**Animal Allergy and Dermatology Center of Central Texas, 4434 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas 78745, USA
Daniel O. Morris
 

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IMO when considering a PUPPY with a low immune system....I would also advise to review titer testing before you decide not to give any other vaccinations to your puppy....This stems from ME seeing WAY to many puppys come down with Parvo and Distemper (in my area) when only receiving one vaccination as a small puppy or never receiving them....I treated 7 parvo cases just last week....5 of them were pups within the ages of 9 weeks to 6 months and the other two were a one year old dog and a 14 month old dog that had never received vaccinations at all....

I agree that less vaccine is the way to go NO DOUBT when dealing with "yearly" vaccinations, but a word of caution on not properly vaccinating a puppy......
 
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