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Pets don't need shots every year
Houston Chronicle ^ | April 22, 2002, 12:32AM | LEIGH HOPPER, Houston Chronicle Medical Writer

Posted on 04/22/2002 6:20:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

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To: HairOfTheDog
I couldn't have said it better. Thank you.
81 posted on 04/22/2002 10:24:01 AM PDT by Endeavor
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To: alnick
Cuties :) I love the mirror picture!
82 posted on 04/22/2002 10:28:54 AM PDT by Lizzy W
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To: Endeavor
Well, you maybe could have said it without typos, but I am glad the point at least came across!
83 posted on 04/22/2002 10:34:06 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Lizzy W
Your cat is a cutie too. Aren't they all? :-)
84 posted on 04/22/2002 10:36:49 AM PDT by alnick
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To: HairOfTheDog
I did not disaparage veterinarians in any way -- I presented some posits that are currently calling yearly vaccines into question and addressed the new-wave food fads.

I have experienced ONE case in 39 years of gross incompetence in a vet - I did not sue, I used another.

My experience with all FIVE (total in 39 years that have been used extensively) has been profoundly trusting, sharing, teaching and emotionally traumatic for each of us, at times ... because we share mutual respect, mutual social mores ... and mutual ETHICS.

Per usual, if I open my mouth (through my keyboard) I am the bitch of the world and chastised for daring to share ...
85 posted on 04/22/2002 10:36:58 AM PDT by AKA Elena
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To: AKA Elena
I just included you in the conversation because you had responded to me... don't over-react now... no one condemned you, we are just talkin'.
86 posted on 04/22/2002 10:41:04 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Are you a vet or married to a vet....?
87 posted on 04/22/2002 10:41:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Endeavor
Thanks for the information. I appreciate you taking the time to share it. Meow :)
88 posted on 04/22/2002 10:43:02 AM PDT by Lizzy W
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am not a vet, nor married to one, though it would definately save me a lot of money if I were ;~D (I have a mighty cute vet, I will see what I can do)

I just have a lot of animals, ie, a lot of vet bills, and a lot of respect for the profession.

89 posted on 04/22/2002 10:45:20 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: mewzilla
Vets are scam artist, I dont like them!
90 posted on 04/22/2002 10:47:16 AM PDT by ezo4
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I know want your daughter went through. We have a 11yr old female schnuzer that had reactions to her yearly shots, now we are fighting (AIHA)autoimune. We got are 12yr old male his shots (schnuazer also) and he proceeded to have trouble with both of back legs and just getting back to almost normal.(shots about 2 months ago).
91 posted on 04/22/2002 10:47:51 AM PDT by falcon1
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To: Endeavor
Thanks old vet! I did praise my vet in post #1!! Thank you for all the work you did during your years of practice.

Interesting that the cost of shots have been a form of welfare for people who can't pay the freight for the care of their pets. I can see why some are reluctant to give it up. Your belief, if tests show they are over vaccinating animals is true, they should drop the cost, is good but they should also only vaccinate when it's required. As it states in this report, the three year time frame is a compromise. The shots might actually be protecting them longer. I'd rather pay top dollar for a shot, once every three years than be billed every year for something unneccesary and potentially dangerous.

92 posted on 04/22/2002 10:56:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Endeavor
Oh, and I suggested if someone wanted to sue, they should look at the manufacturers (as opposed to vets) who recommend the more frequent vaccination schedule.
93 posted on 04/22/2002 11:00:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: 1Old Pro
All vets aren't like that. I have a standard poodle with severe allergies. I also have him on a special prescription diet for this reason. I tried to take him off of it for a couple of months but he got sick and lethargic etc. Within two days of returning him to his prescription diet food he was a new dog.

I do wonder about all the shots though, however, my vet uses the 3 year shot for rabies. My vet is very conservative in treatment which I am thankful for. I am going to bring him a copy of this article though.

94 posted on 04/22/2002 11:02:46 AM PDT by blackbart1
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To: falcon1
know want your daughter went through.

It was really touch and go. I'm glad your pets are out of the woods, it does take a very long time to get them back to normal....as much as you can. Good luck with their recovery.

95 posted on 04/22/2002 11:03:49 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: HairOfTheDog
I have to say I am a little surprised to see the level of distrust in the integrity of veterinarians who may fall on one side or the other on this vaccination issue....That is different than the "a vet who was willing to be honest" accusation that is going around, as if veterinarians go to school to become vets in order to take advantage of some great scam on people. There are much easier routes to go as a scam artist than vet school.

How can you be surprised when every day something comes out that causes one to lose faith in another institution?

I had not meant to imply that the practice of veterinary medicine is a route to scamming the public. However, out of 4 vets I've used in the past 5 years or so, only 1 has pointed this out to me. Perhaps the others all forgot or thought I wouldn't be interested. Judging by the responses on this board, it sounds as if many other vets have not informed their clients either.

96 posted on 04/22/2002 11:05:10 AM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: alnick
Ahhhh. Pretty kitties.
97 posted on 04/22/2002 11:07:11 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: AKA Elena
Thank you for all that information!
98 posted on 04/22/2002 11:11:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The magazine "Dog Fancy" had an article to this effect about a year ago. I've decided to go to a three year schedule on my two remaining dogs.

Sadly, one week ago today, I lost my black Lab (Maxwell) of nine years to 'cushings disease'. A horrid illness, caused by a tumor, that we battled for seven months.

I miss the big ole bruiser...

99 posted on 04/22/2002 11:11:53 AM PDT by RCW2001
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To: texasbluebell
it sounds as if many other vets have not informed their clients either.

No, it sounds to me like an evolving philosophy that honest people may agree with or not. Some are willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater over every new study, and others resistant to change until evidence is overwhelming, in between either extreme lay the others. As more information is gathered, recommendations about all kinds of treatments may change or improve, and opinions will change again. That is what science is. Those who practiced twenty years ago were not scamming anyone because they didn't know what is known today. Nor are todays opinions unethical because of what will become known in years to come. Thats all.

100 posted on 04/22/2002 11:18:28 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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