When Laws Don’t Make Sense for Pets
Today, we’re going to be talking about the growing number of awakened pet parents out there. As pet parents, we all have a responsibility to ensure that our pets are well taken care of and live a healthy and happy life. But as we all know, there is a lot of conflicting information, and it can be hard to figure out what is best for our beloved furry family members. We’ll be discussing the challenges of bucking the system, connecting the dots between vaccines and cancer, and more.
The sad reality today is that medical mistakes, inappropriate treatments, misdiagnoses, and medication side effects are the leading cause of death in pets. This is due to the pet food and pharmaceutical industries that often push harmful chemicals, vaccines, and poor-quality kibble diets onto our furry friends. The truth of the matter is that many of these treatments and diets are actually damaging to our pets’ health, leading to chronic diseases and even death. It can be heartbreaking for pet owners who trust their vet and take their advice, only for their beloved pet to suffer as a result. Unfortunately, the big corporations behind these industries are more interested in profits than helping our pets live healthier and happier lives.
Dr. Cindy Crawford, a veterinarian at the University of Florida, is credited with leading the research team that first identified the Canine Influenza Virus in 2004. In 2011, when the media heavily covered the need for a vaccine, her information was used to push the story. However, Crawford and her colleagues at UF, Cornell University, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) share intellectual rights to the virus. Merrick then licensed the right to use the virus to make a vaccine, though Crawford maintains that she and others do not receive compensation from the vaccine sales. While this may be true, it is difficult to believe that there is no compensation for those who helped develop the vaccine.
The vaccine industry has come under a lot of pressure to reduce the number of yearly vaccinations for pets. In the past, annual vaccinations were the general recommendation, but that has changed in recent years. For example, the recommended interval between rabies vaccinations went from one year to three years. Similarly, the core vaccine combination of parvo, distemper, and hepatitis can now be administered every three years instead of annually. Reducing the frequency of vaccinations helps keep pets healthy while reducing the risk of adverse reactions. But what if your vet doesn’t grant your right to choose?
Dr. Judy Jasek, DVM said “the realization that my pets were being hurt by the traditional one-year vaccination protocol was a real wake-up call. I took a financial hit for a while, but it didn’t matter because I knew I couldn’t ethically keep vaccinating even if it meant a drop in income. Eventually, things came full circle and people started to come to me because I wasn’t vaccinating, even though it took a while to do so. This taught me that it was possible to build a successful business model without things that are not in the best interests of our pets.”
Dr. Ronald Schultz is a renowned veterinary immunologist and vaccine researcher who has spent his career at the forefront of vaccine research. What he has discovered is that the minimum duration of immunity for common vaccines is much longer than previously thought. For example, according to his research, distemper can remain effective for up to 15 years, parvo for 7 years, adenovirus for 7 years by challenge and 9 years by serology, and rabies for 3 years by challenge and 7 years by serology. This data suggests that the practice of vaccinating animals every three years is not necessary, and may even be detrimental to their health. Dr. Schultz’s research has revolutionized the way we understand immunology and has helped us to provide better care for our pets.
In the 1980s, when vaccine manufacturers were granted total immunity from liability, the number of vaccines began to exponentially increase. Today it is estimated that there are 65 different ways that vaccines can cause problems in your pet. This begs the question: “Why are we continuing to vaccinate our pets with such a high number of shots when it has been identified that there are so many potential risks involved?”
Stay tuned for an insightful discussion on the power of awakened pet parents!
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