Here is an interesting video and article about the over-vaccination of our animals:
Does your pet REALLY NEED that rabies shot?
As a graduate of an AVMA accredited college and a Certified Veterinary Technician I can not leave this without sharing my knowledge.
Rabies is a killed vaccine meaning there is no live virus in the vaccine. It protects your cat by stimulating an immune response. When an immune response is activated the body recognizes it as a threat. Because the rabies vaccine is a killed vaccine multiple vaccines are needed to create a large enough immune response to protect your cat. The immune response has nothing to do with the weight of the animal.
When people stop vaccinating their cats for rabies, for whatever reason, I promise you the occurrence of rabies will greatly increase. Oh wait, it already has. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association~ Rabies is an increasing threat to cats. At the present time, the number of reported feline rabies cases in the United States far exceeds that of all other domestic animals. Rabies in cats is also a major public health concern. Because of the routinely fatal outcome of infection in cats, and the potential for human exposure, rabies vaccination is highly recommended for all cats; it is required by law in most areas of the country.
I can also tell you that the risk of vaccine induces sarcomas are no secret to veterinary professionals. In school, veterinary technicians and veterinarians are taught to reduce the severity of vaccine induced sarcomas, not the risk. It is common practice to give the rabies vaccine on the most distal portion of the right rear leg. The vaccine is given there so that in the event of a vaccine induced sarcoma the leg can be amputated.
Please continue to protect your animals with the best veterinary care available and encourage others to do the same. Understand that there are risks associated with any procedure but, also understand the risks of not protecting your best friend.
I agree that rabies shots are important, but I also believe that many animals are over-vaccinated as well.
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