Skip to comments.Pets don't need shots every year
Posted on 04/22/2002 6:20:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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I am familiar with Cushings in horses, having seen it in a friend's horse. The manifestations of it in dogs appears to be entirely different. Any insight you would give on dealing with it in my dog would be appreciated. No question that I would try the treatment plan. It was effective in your dog for a long time it seems, that is encouraging... What did you see in your dog as it progressed? And are there options I should ask about?
I am sorry for your loss.
It seems to me that most veterinarians are not doctors but glofified techs. Come to them with a problem and they regurgitate some standard treatment. Especially, a treatment that will bring a good, continuous revenue stream to them. If the treatment doesn't work they run more tests and prescribe the same treatment. Vets seem to be in serious need of analytical skills.
I listened to a radio pet call-in program yesterday, and they spent the entire hour on heartworm and how awful it is!! They said that if a dog (or cat?) has these worms, that the treatment may be the death of them or worse than the actual infestation because of the dead worms ... no, I'm not going to go there.
I live in AZ, and the program was local. Callers said, "This is AZ, we shouldn't have a mosquito problem here, should we??" You guessed it! The answer is "Oh, yes! Swimming pools, fountains, irrigation and our modern way of life are bringing them here."
They really made me depressed, since we don't do the HeartGuard thing. After reading this thread, I am certainly going to reconsider annual shots, and just do them and the rabies every three years!!
The new vet that I started our two Shelty pups with just happened to be into homeopathic veterinary medicine. While we don't use his homeopathic treatments, he claims to get good results. He gave us a stack of literature on the recent vacination controversy, and advises strongly against annual re-vaccination. In response to papers presented by national veterinarian groups, many jurisdictions are beginning to accept blood titre documents indicating a pet's vaccine blood level in place of vaccination certificates. This is an excellent compromise.
Every vet we've ever used has told us not to bother with feline leukemia shots for an indoor cat.
Her daughter, on the other hand (does not live with me ... she's with friends), is two years younger than my Bea, has a yearly dental cleaning, HeartGuard and the whole program. Her coat is bad, she wheezes and coughs, and aside from being a lovely, affectionate little dog, seems older than mine.
g and bea
Just FYI, the tendency to develop tarter/pario is based more on the chemistry of their mouth than what they eat... (this is true for people also) My 14 year old Labrador has perfectly white tarter free teeth and healthy gums, and has never had a cleaning... My little cocker mix that is 15 has had terrible teeth (tendency for tarter buildup and red/swollen gums) her whole life, and has needed cleaning. My two year old dalmation mix appears to be between the two. she has a little tarter already, but not bad yet. They all eat the same quality dry food.
My little dog was due for another cleaning when the possibility of Cushings disease has now put that on hold until we figure it out... more than likely she will still be better off with the cleaning, as the red gums and associated disease are a constant source of infection and she is an otherwise healthy but aging dog.
I live in Europe, and my Ibizan Hound spent the first year of his life in Spain where the disease is common. It has a very long incubation period.
When I asked my vet about it, she said that current treatment is almost worse than the disease.
While a test exists to see if a dog carries Leishmaniosis, she recommended against it because "what good would it do you to know?"
I think she's right and decided not to test my dog, but would like to know if anything new has come out in the U.S.
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