Vital Information About the Rabies Vaccine

It is important to know that all dogs, regardless of size, receive the same dose of vaccine. With the rabies vaccine, dogs are given 1/2 the dose that a horse gets! (That means a 3 lb Chihuahua receives 1/2 the dose a 1200 lb horse gets). All dogs get 1 ml of vaccine and horses get 2 mls. This is why small dogs are 10 times more likely to have problems from vaccines. Small dogs should NEVER get the lepto vaccine, and never get 7-way vaccines, as they have the lepto vaccine in them. I live in the mountains with cougars, coyotes, bobcats, bears, deer, elk, turkeys, etc, and have never vaccinated for lepto and never had a problem with it.

As stated in the article below, the rabies vaccine is known to be a major cause of cancer, auto-immune diseases (including Thyroid issues and Addisons), hepatitis, and "epilepsy". The "epilepsy" is usually seizures caused by liver inflammation due to the vaccine.

Years ago, vets received the same rabies vaccine that dogs got and at the same dose (again, which meant that a 180 lb vet got the same dose as a 3 lb Chihuahua). If your vet argues that the "dose doesn't matter" and "there is nothing in a vaccine that can hurt your dog" (and vets often do say that), then I challenge the vet to take a rabies vaccine at the same dose per pound that he/she gives to a Chihuahua. Since a 3 lb Chihuahua receives a 1 ml dose of vaccine; that means the 180 lb vet would be given 60 ml of the rabies vaccine. A year later they would be given another 60 mls and every 3 yrs after that. If they continue to argue that vaccines are not harmful, then they should not be hesitant at all to take the 60 ml. I guarantee you that not a vet in this country would agree to accept this challenge, yet they gladly poison your pets for profit. Vets have argued that "all immune systems are the same size and therefore all dogs need the same dose". Even if that is the case, vaccines contain more than the killed virus (rabies) or modified live virus (distemper/parvo). Sadly, the little dogs are getting the same amount of aluminum, mercury and other adjuvants in the vaccines as the large dogs are getting.

Interestingly, all the vets I have known who had their titer levels tested at their 20th or 25th vet school reunion were still protected against rabies after all those years. Their classmates who had their titer levels tested were also protected. Yet, dogs are supposed to have a much higher per lb dose administered every 3 yrs?

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