New Vaccination Protocol

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    New Vaccination Protocol

    Has any one looked this over?  What are your thoughts?......................................
    Dr. Dodd's vaccination protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North American veterinary schools.  I highly recommend that you read this. Copy and save it to your files. Print it and pass it out at dog fairs, cat shows, kennel club meetings, dog parks, give a copy to your veterinarian and groomer, etc., etc.
    Get the word out. ~~~~

    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, or the doctor's economic well being should not be a factor in medical decision.

    "Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity which is good for the life of the pet (ie: 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 induced." 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 mothers 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 mo) will provide lifetime immunity.

    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 a MLV, puppies and kitten program memory cells that survive for life, providing lifelong immunity."  Dr. Carmichael at Cornell and Dr. Schultz have 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 mfg. 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, Montogomery or Ft. Bend Counties [Texas], there have been rabid skunks and bats so the potential exists.  It is a killed vaccine and must be given every year.

    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 mouth parts preventing transmission of disease.

    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.

    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 mo 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 naturally 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 an 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 is recommended.

    Chlamydia or pneumonitis. The vaccine produces on 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 & vice versa.
    Heartworm preventative must be given year-round in Houston.

    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 Lymes] for dogs.

    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 protocols can gain new customers who were turned away from vet owned boarding facilities 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 less risks from side effects. PCR rabies vaccine, because it is not adjuvanted, will mean less 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 with in 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 anytime after 6 months of age, but not necessarily with the last year.
    Recommended: Physical exam, FeLV/FIV testing, fecal exam for giardia.

    • Gold Top Dog

    This email has circulated for awhile now and is not correct.   There is a thread about it that was actually brought up recently for the reason that it has been circulating again.  Her vaccination protocol has not been adopted by most. 

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    Do you have any links or perhaps a thread that presents the other side?  My vet has believed for many years now that pets have been considerably over vaccinated.  I have no idea where he stands on this proposed protocol.

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    This is the STANDARD  by which most ethical breeders of RRs not only follow but teach our puppy folk in our packets.  Thankfully I have a vet who will work with me on this, She is beyond a pioneer !

    Bonita of Bwana

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    Hi Bonita.  Do you mean that the RR breeders follow Dr Dodd's protocol?  I am very interested in it.  I decided back in the '80's not to have any vaccs done that did not have a recurrant component or variations in its development (like a flu virus).   As a rule, I do only rabies every year.

    Other than the initial puppy series and yearly rabies,  I don't vacc my dogs.  I have been on line with a number of Dr Dodd's clients.  They swear by her care and practices.  I need to ask my vet what he thinks.  I have been with this vet only about two years.  I was with my other vet for twenty five years before he retired.  He felt the same way.  Only absolutely necessary and mandated vaccs.

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    Here is the link to the old thread saying it's a hoax email

    • Gold Top Dog

    Thanks.  I am going to look that over.  I would like to send it to Dr D's clients.   They are the ones that posted the text I posted here.   In the protocol being posted, it does not say the recommendation is to vacc for rabies every year, only if mandated by law.  I happen to live in an area that requires yearly rabies.

    There is a lot of info to go over here.  Thanks.  Better get started.

    • Gold Top Dog

    In the protocol being posted, it does not say the recommendation is to vacc for rabies every year, only if mandated by law.  I happen to live in an area that requires yearly rabies.

    The only reason for requiring a yearly rabies shot is political inertia.  The AAHA does recommend that rabies shots be given only every 3 years.

    This thread under Advocacy is about political action to change the laws requiring yearly rabies shots.

    This post has a link to the AAHA vaccine recommendations plus other links.

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    Thanks for the links.  I misspoke in my last reply.  My state does not require yearly vaccs.  It does require on demand documentation of vaccs.  In the community I live in there are yearly sweeps done, but a multi-year vacc (3yrs) is accesptable.


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    In the community I live in there are yearly sweeps done

    Yearly sweeps?

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    Actually, this is not entirely accurate, and I can assure you that Dr. Dodds does not state that rabies shots must be given every year.  Please check The Rabies Challenge Fund website at for more information on the rabies vaccine and Dr. Dodd's position on it.  She is Co-Trustee of the fund.

    There is an interesting article on veterinary vaccines which you can read in its entirety at the link below. 
    Are Our Pets Being Overvaccinated, by Melissa Burden, The Press
    (Dr. W. Jean Dodds)   “But there is really no breed that is not at risk,” she said.  The only vaccination needed, she asserts, is the rabies vaccine because it is legally required.  Dogs’ and cats’ immune systems mature fully at 6 months old, she explained. If canine distemper, feline distemper and parvovirus vaccines are given after 6 months, a pet has immunity for the rest of its life.
    (Dr. Robert Rogers) “Dogs and cats no longer need to be vaccinated against distemper, parvo, and feline leukemia every year,” Rogers said. “Once the initial series of puppy or kitten vaccinations and first annual vaccinations are completed, immunity…persists for life. Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to the potential risk of adverse reactions, he added.
    For more information on canine vaccines , please click on the links below.
    Rabies Shot Killed my Poodle May 28, 2008  Channel 5 News WCVB
    Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don't Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz
     What Everyone Needs to Know about Canine Vaccines, Dr. Ronald Schultz 
    World Small Animal Veterinary Association 2007 Vaccine Guidelines Scroll down to Vaccine Guidelines 2007 (PDF)
    The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are accessible online at .
    The 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are downloadable in PDF format at .
    Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Rogers,has an excellent presentation on veterinary vaccines at
     October 1, 2002 DVM Newsletter article entitled, AVMA, AAHA to Release Vaccine Positions,
     July 1, 2003 DVM  Newsletter article entitled, What Do We Tell Our Clients?, Developing thorough plan to educate staff on changing vaccine protocols essential for maintaining solid relationships with clients and ensuring quality care
    July 1, 2003, DVM  Newsletter article, Developing Common Sense Strategies for Fiscal Responsibility: Using an interactive template to plan service protocol changes
    Animal Wellness Magazine Article Vol. 8 Issue 6, How Often Does he REALLY Need A Rabies Shot   Animal Wellness Magazine - devoted to natural health in animals
    The Rabies Challenge Animal Wise Radio Interview
    Listen to Animal Wise  (scroll down to The Rabies Challenge 12/9/07)
    US Declared Canine-Rabies Free -- CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium   CDC Press Release - September 7, 2007
    Rabies Prevention -- United States, 1991 Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP), Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly March 22, 1991 / 40(RR03);1-19  "A fully vaccinated dog or cat is unlikely to become infected with rabies, [/color]although rare cases have been reported (48). In a nationwide study of rabies among dogs and cats in 1988, only one dog and two cats that were vaccinated contracted rabies (49). All three of these animals had received only single doses of vaccine; no documented vaccine failures occurred among dogs or cats that had received two vaccinations. "
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    Holistic Vet Advocates Alternative Pet Care
    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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    My vet also believes the rise in number of cases of cancer and autoimmune diseases he sees is due to to many vax.  He has gone to the 3 year schedule

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     Were you aware that the distemper vaccine has a minimum duration of immunity of 7 years by challenge and up to 15 years serologically? The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines http://www.********.com/special_report.htm states on Page 18 that: “We now know that booster injections are of no value in dogs already immune, and immunity from distemper infection and vaccination lasts for a minimum of 7 years based on challenge studies and up to 15 years (a lifetime) based on antibody titer.” They further state that hepatitis and parvovirus vaccines have been proven to protect for a minimum of 7 years by challenge and up to 9 and 10 years based on antibody count.

    Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don't Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz

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