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Someone just called me from Banfield's home office (Banfield is an animal hospital affiliated with PetsMart)....

I guess the rabies vaccine that Heaven received in June of 05 was a "bad batch" -- not going to hurt her, but studies have proven it "ineffective" for the time period that it is supposed to work.

They are offering her a new vaccine, and a free health exam. She already has an appointment on June 3rd for her heartworm test, so she will be re-vaccinated at that time.

I encourage all of you who had your dogs vaccinated at Banfield within the last year to check with your vet!
 

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Thank you for this. I don't go to Banfield but someone on here probably does. Although, I heard you should have this special test done instead (it's about $30) and it shows whether the dog still has enough "anti-bodies" from the old vaccine to not get rabies again. A former peer of mine in agility class, only needed to get her rabies vaccination once because the dog tested with enough anti-bodies everytime. It's also harmful, a lot of people don't know it but they put in harmful preservatives like iodin and metal. A number of dogs in American have had numerous accounts of bad reactions in the form of lumps, behavioral wise, and even internally. I would look more into the "vaccine protocol" which just kicked in with a lot of vets and it basically states that vets are not suppose to "over do it" with there vaccines anymore. Some vets won't do the test because they'd rather get the income from the shot, in that case, I would switch vets. But you might want to re-think give Heaven the shot again, as the same preservatives will be in it from the old shot, even though it's a "bad batch".
 

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Of all the vaccines, rabies is the most toxic to the animal. I would highly recommend not just going and getting another shot. The $30 test referenced is a titers test. You may have to call a vet or two to find one that does it, but it is a simple blood test to see if they are covered or not. There is a lot of research out there that says dogs only need one rabies shot, followed by the booster one year later, and they are covered for life! This is enough for the immune system to create its "blueprint" to fend off the disease. It is only laws that make you get them 1 or 3 years (depending on area).

If you want more info, there are plenty of books on the topic, websites, or you can use www.pubmed.com which is a great site for any medical info. It is a resource for the latest studies on everything. Most doctors stay current with this site as well. If you are a real glutton for punishment, reference the vet's manual -- Kirk's Current Veterinary Theraphy http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0721694977/103-2937656-8403852?v=glance&n=283155

Last suggestion would be to make sure it is a "killed" form that is being given, instead of the "modified live" version.
 

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My dogs have to have the rabies vaccination and wear the tag to prove it by Ohio law. Don't yours? I am pretty sure the benefits outweigh the risk too!
 

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Cookies Mom said:
well that sucks you should ask if they will give you a gift cert. for you inconvence!lol just might work!
They're not making me pay for it! The re-vaccination is free, along with a free office visit, and a few other services too.
 

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LuvaBULL said:
Cookies Mom said:
well that sucks you should ask if they will give you a gift cert. for you inconvence!lol just might work!
They're not making me pay for it! The re-vaccination is free, along with a free office visit, and a few other services too.
they should throw in a free leash and collar set! :biggrin:
 
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