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Old 08-09-2012, 05:20 PM
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Hi everyone! I subscribe to a blog from Jan Rasmusen, the author of the book (Scared Poopless), and she sends out great articlesthat are very informative.
Most of her articles focus on holistic dog treatments, feeding raw, and over-vaccination. The website is truth4dogs.com and dogs4dogs.com

Here's a shorter one on over vaccination and what happens to our beloved pets as a result. I lost my first dog (chihuahua) Gino to over vaccination at only 1.5 years old.

Did you know you really don't need annual vaccinations? And there is something called titer testing to show antibodies present in the blood so you don't need re-vaccinate? Titer testing holds up for grooming, boarding, dog day care, ect.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:31 PM
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Thank you for posting! Over-vaccination can have terrible consequences that many people are not aware of.

I know most people here do not vaccinate any more than absolutely required. I got Toby his puppy shots and first rabies shot. From now on, I will get titers for everything but rabies, which is required by law every three years. Many people here do the same thing, or a similar minimal vaccination schedule.

May I ask what happened to poor Gino?
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Well we got Gino at 8 weeks old for Christmas (my fiance bought him for me) and he was the love of my life! Long store short, he went for his annual booster (he was 1 and a half), we did the all-in-one plus rabies. About a month later he started limping on one leg. We went to all the local vets, I mean ALL because everyone said he pulled a muscle and he's FINE. Then when the limping didn't stop and started shifted from one leg to the other, they decided it was definitely lyme disease. So after treating for lyme disease, guess what? Still limping! So then we got stronger antibiotcs and he broke out into these crazy bumps all over his ears and head (I'll post pics after work, they're saved on my Ipad). Vets said he's allergic to penicillin. One night after no resolution of bumps, limping, and a fever of 106 degrees, we went to doggie ER (they knew us on a first name basis) and finally gave us a referral to Purdue University Animal Hospital. Turned out Gino had a wbc (white blood cell count) of 46,000! He had a fever, heart murmur, lost the ability to blink his eyes (had to lube them every 2 hours), had to see a dermatologist, bladder perforation, ect!! They diagnosed him with an autoimmune disorder and he went on high dose steroids. We then went to a hollistic vet who tried to wean him off the prednisone and then he relapsed twice. Needless to say he did 6 months and $10,000 all from a vaccine. RIP Gino
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Oh my goodness. What a tragic story! I am so sorry for you. That is unbelievable. My vet tried to get me to do all the puppy vaccines (his last all in one and his rabies) at once, then got mad when I refused! I cannot even imagine the pain that you and poor Gino went through. At least his memory lives on through you and your very important message.
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Thank you! If it weren't for Gino, I would still be feeding Eukanuba, vaccinating every year and giving heartworm and flea prevention. It was a hard way to learn, but in the end my chihuahuas will all have a better life thanks to him and we rescued mojo as a result too!! He got saved from being put to sleep due to irresponsible owners and he's the most amazing little man! Thanks again. I get all choked up talking about him. ;(
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Aw. I'm so sorry to hear that you had to go through such a horrible experience. Poor little man. I'm glad you can look at the positives that came out of it though. Hugs from me and Mylo!
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I'm glad you posted this and I hope that people will read and research and learn about the dangers of over vaccinating.

We do a series of puppy shots and ONE rabies shot after 6 months and then titer. (We have a legal exemption for rabies because of a reaction). But Brody's titer show full and complete immunity against parvo, distemper, and rabies and he is now almost 4 years old. He will never be vaccinated again unless his titers show that he needs it.
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That's what we do too! I'm not exempt by law for rabies but I'm not getting it done ever again anyway! I don't care if it's required by law bc I don't board, groom, nor do my dogs bite anyone. I had titers done on mojo and Lola almost three years ago. I will titer again in a couple years just to please my vet, lol. It's so sad that most people don't know about proper vaccinating, so I try to inform people all the time, hopefully preventing them from what Gino went through.
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