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Greetings!

My name is Kris L. Christine. I live in Maine and am the Founder and Co-Trustee of THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND (About the Rabies Challenge Fund). My precious canine companion, Meadow, developed a malignant mast cell tumor directly on the site of his rabies shot at the age of 6 (syringe hole still visible in the tumor) and died in July 2007 after repeated surgeries failed to yield clean margins and the cancer metasticized throughout his body.

It is my goal to make available to all dog owners the scientific data on the known durations of immunity for canine vaccines and the adverse reactions associated with them so that they can make informed vaccine decisions for their beloved companions. In 2004 I launched a successful effort to change Maine's rabies immunization regulations for dogs from 2 to 3 years and insert a medical exemption clause; later that year Representative Peter Rines introduced the nation's first pet vaccine disclosure legislation on my behalf.

Links to excellent information on canine vaccines from authoritative sources:

Duration of Immunity: The Rabies Vaccine Challenge - Show #185 Animal Talk Radio Show 7/30/08 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/animaltalknaturally/2008/07/30/Duration-of-Immunity-The-Rabies-Vaccine-Challenge-Show-186

Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don't Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz Duration of Immunity

What Everyone Needs to Know about Canine Vaccines, Dr. Ronald Schultz
What Everyone Needs to Know About Canine Vaccines

Vaccination: An Overview Dr. Melissa Kennedy, DVM360 Vaccination: An overview (Proceedings) - Veterinary Healthcare

World Small Animal Veterinary Association 2007 Vaccine Guidelines - WSAVA - Scientific Advisory Committee Scroll down to Vaccine Guidelines 2007 (PDF)

The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are accessible online at Special Report .

The 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are downloadable in PDF format at About AAHA .

Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Rogers,has an excellent presentation on veterinary vaccines at Home

October 1, 2002 DVM Newsletter article entitled, AVMA, AAHA to Release Vaccine Positions, AVMA, AAHA to release vaccine positions - DVM

July 1, 2003 DVM Newsletter article entitled, What Do We Tell Our Clients?, Developing thorough plan to educate staff on changing vaccine protocols essential for maintaining solid relationships with clients and ensuring quality care 'What do we tell our clients?' - DVM

July 1, 2003, DVM Newsletter article, Developing Common Sense Strategies for Fiscal Responsibility: Using an interactive template to plan service protocol changes Developing common sense strategies for fiscal responsibility - DVM

Animal Wellness Magazine Article Vol. 8 Issue 6, How Often Does he REALLY Need A Rabies Shot Animal Wellness Magazine - devoted to natural health in animals

The Rabies Challenge Animal Wise Radio Interview
Listen to Animal Wise (scroll down to The Rabies Challenge 12/9/07)

The Vaccine Challenge Animal Talk Naturally Online Radio Show » The Vaccine Challenge - Show #91

Rabies Shot Killed my Poodle May 28, 2008 Channel 5 News WCVB Woman: Rabies Shot Killed My Poodle - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston

US Declared Canine-Rabies Free -- CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium CDC Press Release - September 7, 2007

Rabies Prevention -- United States, 1991 Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP), Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly March 22, 1991 / 40(RR03);1-19 Rabies Prevention -- United States, 1991 Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) "A fully vaccinated dog or cat is unlikely to become infected with rabies, although rare cases have been reported (48). In a nationwide study of rabies among dogs and cats in 1988, only one dog and two cats that were vaccinated contracted rabies (49). All three of these animals had received only single doses of vaccine; no documented vaccine failures occurred among dogs or cats that had received two vaccinations. "
 

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Thank you LoveNewfies!

I'll probably be asking a lot more questions here than answering them. My Butter has been struggling with a health issue relating to food metabolism since we gave him chicken bites made in China last fall to train with.

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Wow! Thanks for the info on rabies vaccines. I'll read them sometime this weekend when I have some time. Sorry to hear that about Butter. I'm hearing more and more that products from Asia are just not up to our standards. Lately, it's the plasterboard from China that is emitting something and thousands of US homes have used it. And, then the recall on all the pet food recently. I'm sticking to the good ole USA! Anyways, welcome to the forum! :biggrin:
 

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Hello Kris & welcome to the forum. I became aware about the over use of vaccines about 7 yrs ago & decided to not have my dog vaccinated any more. She was about 9 y/o. When her annual vacs were overdue I recieved another reminder from the vet which I ignored. A couple of mths later I had a phone call from the vet asking why I hadn't brought April in for her annual vac. I explained about going to a workshop by a holistic vet who brought to my attention the issue. She thought it could be as long as 7 yrs but recommended 3 yrs or use titres. Around the same time 2 friends had lost their older dogs following vac.
My son's dog, now 8.5 yrs old had her last vacs about 14 mths ago. I have a new dog 14 m.o & nearly due for her 1st annual vac which I will have done & then every 3 yrs.
 

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Welcome to the board! Some of us were just discussing the over-vaccination topic on another link (we wandered away from the original subject!). I will be checking out all your links this weekend. Thanks for posting them and hope we can help you with any questions you might have on food or anything else.
 

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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! As you can imagine, I have lots of canine vaccine information and will gradually post some. If any of you want my e-mailable data (studies, guidelines, etc...) on canine vaccines e-mailed to you, send me a private message with your e-mail, or contact me at [email protected]. You're free to share everything with all the dog lovers you know.

The learning curve on the food is so intense, and for me, trying to make sure the calcium/phosphorous ratio is proper when you homecook has been a challenge. Even with high quality commercial food, the ratio is usually not listed, and when I've called manufacturers, it's amazing to see it vary from 1:.9 to 2:1 -- quite a range when you have a dog with too much calcium or too little. I have a lot to learn here!

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Hi and welcome. Thanks for all the great information. Kudos to you!
I am going to try to read all of this information very soon! Want to be well informed. Thankyou for all you do!
 
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