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Subject: Got this email today...
Date Posted: 11/30/2007 10:23 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2007
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And all I gotta say is YAY!!!  It's about time!!

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CANINE RABIES CHALLENGE STUDIES BEGIN !

One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine is underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a leading authority on veterinary vaccines and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies to determine the long-term duration of immunity of the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters. These will be the first long-term challenge studies on the canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United States. Dr. Schultz comments that: "We are all very excited to start this study that will hopefully demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a minimum of 7 years of immunity." This research is being financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine, who serves as Co-Trustee with world-renowned veterinary research scientist and practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet in California. The Rabies Challenge Fund recently met its goal of $177,000 to fund the studies’ first year budget with contributions from dog owners, canine groups, trainers, veterinarians, and small businesses. Annual budget goals of $150,000 for the studies must be met in the future. Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM states: "This is the first time in my 43 years of involvement in veterinary issues that what started as a grass-roots effort to change an outmoded regulation affecting animals will be addressed scientifically by an acknowledged expert to benefit all canines in the future." Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team demonstrated that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, while Dr. Schultz’s serological studies documented antibody titer counts at levels known to confer immunity to rabies 7 years post-vaccination. This data strongly suggests that state laws requiring annual or triennial rabies boosters for dogs are redundant. Because the rabies vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse reactions, it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions such autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites are linked to rabies vaccinations. Study co-trustee Kris Christine adds: “Because the USDA does not require vaccine manufacturers to provide long-term duration of immunity studies documenting maximum effectiveness when licensing their products, concerned dog owners have contributed the money to fund this research themselves. We want to ensure that rabies immunization laws are based upon independent, long-term scientific data.” More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund ’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at: _www.RabiesChallengeFund.org_ (http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/) .

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 8:28 AM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2006
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Wow. Maybe it could help other animals too eventually.

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 8:33 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2007
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I totally believe in the new vac protocols and I'm glad to see that they will be doing this study. Course most dogs right now won't benefit from it as it's going to take 5-7 years and then probably another to evaluate and publish the data.

But it's a start. Now if the vets would just get with the program on the other vacs. Why are they still sending out yearly vaccination cards? I noticed my vet has now added a $15 office visit charge onto his vaccination fees. They never used to charge an office charge when you took your pets in for vaccinations. So they must be feeling a pinch.

Angie -
Date Posted: 12/1/2007 11:18 AM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2007
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I guess this is a step in the right direction but I don't know that it is going to do much considering most of the vets are still using way outdated vaccine protocols. Even if they do prove it (again), I'm not all that optimistic that it will change anything.

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2007
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Why are they still sending out yearly vaccination cards?

Because vaccinations and other yearly services are the bread and butter of a veterinary practice.  If they follow new vaccination guidelines, they will see their profits drop quite a bit and it could put more than a few vet offices in jeopardy of going out of business.

Thankfully, people are starting to realize that year vaccination is unnecessary and dangerous for pets.  Not to mention, it's an unnecessary cost to owners, as if pet ownership wasn't already expensive enough.

I know Dr. Dodds and she's an amazing vet.  I draw my own samples and send them to her instead of letting my vet do lab work.  She and her staff always do an amazing job.

Angie, you're right.  It'll be a fight to get the cities to recognize the results of the studies and modify city ordinances.  There will be pressure from local vets not to modify the ordinances.  This is the sort of thing that will have to be overturned in court by citizens who are driven enough to take something like that on.  The government won't change itself, the citizens have to do it.

Date Posted: 12/2/2007 12:39 AM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2005
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As long as the state requires it, we'll have to still keep giving our babies the vaccinations....  :-(

 

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 9:03 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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Good.  I find all the vaccines cruel treatment.  We titer for distemper, and want to titer for the rest, but Florida doesn't recognize the rabies titer.  And you don't need to fecal test my dog when I never miss a monthly worm treatment.  It's a personal struggle to try my best to be a good dog owner, and then to subject him to unneccesary treatments!