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I got this from a cat list I am on but I thought some of you might be interested in the article.

Dr. Jean Dodds protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North
American veterinary schools.

Vaccination NEWSFLASH
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 newvaccine 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 fewer 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 o

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
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.
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