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  •  There's no real shortage. (1+ / 0-)
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    That is, pets only need one shot for a whole lifetime. It's a bs claim by Big Pharma that pets need shots every one or three years.  There is a growing movement in this country about this issue, because of the damage to an animal's immune system caused by over vaccination.  Jean Dodds is one of the leaders who is working on what are called challenge studies, which will measure the DOI, i.e., duration of immunity, of rabies vaccines. The DOI, conveniently for Big Pharma, has never been established. I have rabies antibodies titer tests done on my dog every couple of years, and I can tell you that the antibody count has not changed; moreover, she has enough protection for an elephant.  Unfortunately, rabies shots are much cheaper than titer tests, so change on this issue will be slow.  And the rabies vaccine is not even the most dangerous one.  Maybe a good subject for a diary...

    "So here's us, on the raggedy edge" - Mal Reynolds -8.88, -7.90

    by Presumptuous Insect on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 03:54:07 PM PDT

    •  Yes, you are correct. But the states (2+ / 0-)

      have laws demanding annual or every 3years.  Of course, as you say, BigPharma pushed those laws through.

      The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

      by oibme on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 04:10:42 PM PDT

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      •  Fortunately, there is some change (2+ / 0-)
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        I believe it is Wisconsin that just changed the law regarding rabies boosters.  Now, if you can show that the booster will adversely affect the health of your pet, your pet doesn't have to have it.

        Small but encouraging change!

        "So here's us, on the raggedy edge" - Mal Reynolds -8.88, -7.90

        by Presumptuous Insect on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 04:18:16 PM PDT

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        •  One of my long ago cats got (1+ / 0-)
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          an osteocarcinoma on her back from the damn booster shot.  But, I still had to have them every year.  That was before I found out about the 3 year shot causing the cancer.

          The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

          by oibme on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 04:21:03 PM PDT

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    •  Not so. (1+ / 0-)
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      Again, it depends on where you live. If you're in an area where rabies is endemic - like our yard - rabies vaccinations are recommended every year. I've seen too many films of animals and humans who have contracted rabies to be willing to let any of my critters go for 3 years between vaccinations.

      BTW - Are you aware that 70% of smokers who die are nagged to death?

      by SciMathGuy on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:10:29 PM PDT

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    •  We vaccinate our cats every 2 years (1+ / 0-)
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      with our vet in whole hearted argeement.

      But ALSO part of our property is woodlands and in back oof our house is 33 acres of woodland populated by deer, coyotes, fox, skunks, racoons, etc. etc.

      I was overjoyed to find this vet who did not believe or promote yearly rabies vaccs for pets.

      If u will not vote for the Dem. nominee, no matter who that is, go apologize 2 the youth of this nation. U've helped put in "100 years of war no Choice McCain."

      by Clytemnestra on Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 05:49:14 PM PDT

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