The Rabies Challenge Fund

September 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm 1 comment

One of the excellent talks I had the opportunity to take in at the Integrative Health Pet Expo recently was by the brilliant, and very entertaining, Jean Dodds DVM.  She’s a pretty famous and prolific vet and hematologist, pathologist and immunologist.  Can you imagine a better background for investigating vaccines and their relationship to disease?  She’s also the founder of Hemopet, the first private, non-profit blood bank for pets.

Check out Dr. Dodd’s vaccine protocol for her recommendations on which vaccines & boosters to give, at what ages, and as she also recommends, print it out and bring it with you to discuss vaccinations with your vet.  One interesting blurb for you to take away from her talk….don’t vaccinate puppies or kittens until their immune systems reach maturity (12-16 wks for puppies, 10 wks for kitties); after your first round of vaccinations are complete, titer every 3 yrs (only revaccinating if antibody levels drop below minimum) stopping completely at 10 yrs (or earlier with jumbo breeds).

Please check out The Rabies Challenge Fund, and please consider donating.  Jean Dodds launched the non-profit fund to establish data that will push the rabies booster requirement from every 2-3 yrs in some states to every 5, then to every 7 yrs.  Changing the rabies vaccine laws will  not happen without this research, and it’s really important that research be funded entirely from private sources (ie, not through drug companies).

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  • 1. Elizabeth  |  October 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Hey there! I just wanted to comment about the Honest Kitchen food our pups are trying from Fetch (it’s dehydrated raw food with chicken, fruits & veggies that you add warm water to) … it’s a REALLY bit hit with all of us! They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the food & their poops are consistently solid. I became a raw foodie in June & I love everything about Honest Kitchen because of my own beliefs … and it is by far their favorite dog food ever. They go crazy for it & it’s perfect for us to add some of our veggie & fruit scraps to. Thanks, FETCH! 🙂

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