Washington Post Column - Dr Michael Fox, author of
many books on animal care, welfare and rights, is a veterinarian
with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior.
Are We Vaccinating
Carin Smith, D.V.M. discusses the latest thoughts on annual
vaccination. Are we helping or hurting our pets?
If the law requires vaccination in your state,
Purevax, a non-adjuvant rabies product, is the only vaccine that owners should
allow to be given to their Ragdoll cat. At this time it is recommended to
be given yearly, but many experts agree that Purevax given annually is safer
than an adjuvanted rabies vaccine given every three years.
It has been brought to my attention that many cats of all breeds, including
domestics, have developed uveitis, a serious and painful inflammation of the eye, recognized by redness,
light sensitivity, cloudy eye and discoloration of the iris. One or both
eyes can be affected and symptoms have appeared within a
week to one month after receiving a rabies vaccination containing adjuvant. Please
stand up for your precious pet before you allow vaccination and be sure to
report a reaction should your cat have one. If your veterinarian fails to
recognize this issue,
please file the report yourself. It is highly probable that the majority of
vaccine reactions are not reported.
“Rabies is the
vaccine most associated with adverse reactions because it’s so potent,” says
renowned veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds. “We have a lot of bad reactions, including
fatal ones. They usually occur within two to three weeks after vaccination,
although they can appear up to 45 days later. Because the rabies vaccine is a
neurogenic protein, meaning it affects the nervous system, what you will often
see is seizures or seizure-like disorders like stumbling, ataxia, dementia, and
some demyelination, where the animals become wobbly and don’t have proper motor
skills. You can also have an autoimmune-like destruction of tissues, skin,
blood, joints, the liver or kidneys.” Dr. Dodds adds that animals already ill
with immune-related diseases such as cancer can be even more negatively
affected. “Often, this is the last thing that causes the animal’s demise.”
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Articles by Allen M.
Schoen, D.V.M., M.S.
A series of interesting and informative articles dealing with an
integrative approach to the treating of common aliments. Dr.
Schoen is an advocate of complementary and alternative veterinary
Cat Too Fat?
"Pets are not as healthy when they are carrying too much weight.
Chubby kitties often suffer from arthritis, heart disease and liver problems. If
you are concerned that your pet is overweight, here are some ways you can
evaluate your pet's body condition."
Secondhand smoke poses risks for every member of the family, cats included.
Research suggests that living with one smoker in the house doubles a kitty's
risk of feline lymphoma, the most common cancer in cats, which kills 75% of its
victims within a year of diagnosis. The risk triples when exposure to secondhand
smoke occurs for 5 or more years, and quadruples with two smokers in the house.
Cats get a double whammy from secondhand smoke because they inhale the
carcinogens AND they ingest them when grooming. Protect your cat's health by
making the inside of your home a smoke-free zone.
If you have ever considered declawing, PLEASE explore this page.
Learn about home-made and commercial diets. Run by
veterinary nutritionists who also offer a consultation service to
formulate diets for specific needs.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Feline Infectious Anemia (Haemobartonellosis)
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
Feline Leukemia (FeLv)
Upper Respiratory Infections
Information every pet owner should know about pet food
Horrors of Pet Food Revealed
Killing Eagles but FDA Says it's Safe for Pets?
A Trip Down the
Pet Food Aisle Reveals Harmful Food Additives
Holiday & Safety:
10 Steps for a Cat
Safe Holiday Tree
Think Twice Before Giving Pets As Holiday Gifts
Stress...Does it Affect Your Cat Too?
Litter Box Issues:
A Practical Approach To Feline House Soiling
by Susan Little, D.V.M., Diplomat ABVD..Feline Practice
The most serious effect of plant poisoning to pets is cardiac.
When symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea occur, it may already be too late to
In Your Home: A great site to raise
awareness of the most common toxins in the home which make a pet seriously ill
An information resource, run by respected veterinarians,
to help you keep your pet on the path to lifelong health and