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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: abner
LOL. Reagan lays on his back in that "pet my tummy" position and it cracks me up! I, too, have that kitten photo shoot obsession :)


41 posted on 04/22/2002 7:05:18 AM PDT by Lizzy W
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
And where's PETA when you need'em...
43 posted on 04/22/2002 7:08:14 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Cats Of FreeRepublic fundraising calender.

What a great idea!

45 posted on 04/22/2002 7:09:08 AM PDT by abner
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Interesting, Washington must be a "three year" state on rabies, but my vet is still recommending annuals on the others. My horses get annuals on their various shots also, but I give these myself and they are cheap.

I have never heard (before this) of side-effects to the shots themselves, I believe they must be very rare.

Thanks for the post.

46 posted on 04/22/2002 7:09:24 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Crunchy Jello
I will look forward to seeing "Spook".
48 posted on 04/22/2002 7:10:24 AM PDT by abner
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To: Lizzy W
How do you keep her coat so nice? I have one long hair that we have to shave every 6 months or so. We turn him into a capoodle. He refuses to be brushed or combed.
49 posted on 04/22/2002 7:12:26 AM PDT by abner
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To: Central Scrutiniser
Yes, of course you will... parvo is a very bad puppy disease. I don't think even the article questions the need for the puppy booster series. Veterinarians around here (Washington) don't particularly freak out if an animal is a bit overdue for the annual shots later in life, but that all changes with puppies. What kind of puppy did you get?
50 posted on 04/22/2002 7:15:38 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Central Scrutiniser
Disregard my question about the breed then... answered while I was asking!
51 posted on 04/22/2002 7:16:38 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
I have never heard (before this) of side-effects to the shots themselves, I believe they must be very rare.

I think attributing them to the shots, is what's been rare.

52 posted on 04/22/2002 7:19:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: abner
A capoodle...roflmao! I brush Reagan at least every other day. I started doing it when he was a baby so that he wouldn't fight me later on. The breeder recommended a fine-toothed comb to attack mats, but he hasn't had any so far. If you ease the cat into it, he'll probably adjust to combing rather well. I'd start by brushing him on his back and such so that he associates it with petting and scratching. Then move on to his more defensive tummy area. Also, try giving him treats afterward :)
53 posted on 04/22/2002 7:20:21 AM PDT by Lizzy W
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Could be, but in my experience, talking to dog show people, immune disorders in dogs don't come up in conversation as a common disease, let alone causes... so if it is a side effect of shots, which those dogs all get, I think your daughters(?) pup is a rare case... And I have never heard of a cancer at the site of the shot in cats. It is interesting, and will be interesting to see what happens as more is learned. Like I said, here in Washington state, we are already on a three-year schedule for rabies after the first year.

Incidentally, there has not been one case of rabies in Washington in anything other than bats in 20 years (and only a few cases in bats). I had begun to wonder if eventually this vaccine may begin to be phased out, so I was surprised to see on a google search that rabies is still found commonly elsewhere in the country. The other diseases, parvo in puppies and feline leukemia in particular, are quite common in unvaccinated animals here. And parvo always will be I would imagine... it is a naturally found disease that is everywhere...

55 posted on 04/22/2002 7:52:43 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
No, it's unlikely to ever be phased out, as you found. Here in New York, there's a huge reservoir for the disease in the wildlife population - bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, et cetera. There are still thousands and thousands of known cases of rabies per year among wild animals (85% of them are raccoons), and that's just in this state, and just the ones the Department of Health knows about.

I'm glad you guys don't have to deal with this out there - one case of bat rabies in twenty years is nothing. We've had two human fatalities from contact with rabid bats in the last ten - count your blessings....

56 posted on 04/22/2002 8:20:20 AM PDT by general_re
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To: general_re
Yes, I saw that New York still has quite a problem! - Hope everyone stays on top of it! The vaccines are a small price to pay if you have ever seen an animal suffering from one of these preventable diseases... especially parvo... Parvo is heartbreaking to watch, and I have seen it. I hope folks don't act on the one-in-a-million reports of reactions to vaccines. We take bigger risks walking across the street.

Maybe over time the time period between shots will be expanded as we learn that the shots last longer than we thought, but I hope people don't interpret that to mean the shots are not necessary.

57 posted on 04/22/2002 8:37:41 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Yes, it's quite a problem. But I went and looked it up - state totals were down last year to only 821 known cases of rabies among wild and domestic animals. So I might have overstated it a bit for recent years, but the peak was something like 2700 cases in '93. It was interesting to learn that for the first time in a while, NY was no longer number one in the nation - Texas was, oddly enough. The gory details can be read here - the 1993 and 1995 reports discuss the two fatalities.

Other than that, I'll just give you a bump for an extremely sensible position on vaccines ;)

58 posted on 04/22/2002 8:47:40 AM PDT by general_re
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To: general_re
Thanks! - I like it when I am thought to be sensible on something! ;~D

A "while you're at it, spay and neuter your pet everybody" bump!

59 posted on 04/22/2002 9:00:52 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Central Scrutiniser
I think my 14 year old Labrador had a minor seizure about a month ago, not the violent type of seizure I think you witnessed in your dog, but a quiet, roll over on back and tense up every muscle for 30 seconds kind of seizure... It freaked me out, because something happened... he was all tense and contorted, and I couldn't rouse him out of it. Good vet did not have a clue, and it has not happened again that I know of. A mystery.
60 posted on 04/22/2002 9:08:41 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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