- Dr. Rene CarlsonPresident, American Veterinary Medical Association
- Dr. Richard E. Hill, Jr.Director, Center for Veterinary Biologics
- Kristen LynchExecutive Director, NAPHIA
- Robyn KendrickExecutive Director, American Association of Veterinary State Boards
- Daphne TabbytiteAssistant Director, American Association of Veterinary State Boards
- Dr Lynne White-ShimAssistant Director, AVMA Scientific Activities Division
Veterinarians: Fully Inform Us Before Vaccinating Our Dogs and Cats
Our dogs and cats need us to make informed vaccination choices to protect them from life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, most of us unwittingly pay for unnecessary vaccines that won’t benefit our animals in any way -- and may actually cause harm. Many of us have learned this the hard way.
Did you know that certain important “core” vaccines give long -- even lifetime -- immunity and don’t require repeated “boosters”? Or that some common vaccines may not be necessary or even advisable when considering age, health or low risk of exposure? Or that certain common vaccines, and vaccine combinations, are more likely to cause adverse reactions than others?
We, the petitioners, are not opposing all vaccination. We oppose unnecessary vaccines and the unnecessary revaccination of adult pets. We oppose vaccination without informed consent.
Because vaccine damage may not be evident for weeks, months or even years, your veterinarian may never link vaccination to health or behavior problems. Though severe vaccine reactions are not common, even moderate reactions can be catastrophic for animals and their human families. Aside from physical and emotional tolls, treatment can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars and may never restore good health.
Who pays to treat vaccine reactions? We do. Who cares for vaccine-damaged pets -- or mourns their loss? We do. Who deserves to be fully informed about risks versus benefits? We do!
Top veterinary schools, all major American veterinary associations and The World Small Animal Veterinary Association have changed their vaccination recommendations for dogs and cats to reduce the “vaccine load” and prevent adverse reactions. Research scientists and concerned veterinarians have been pleading for this change since the 1970’s.
Unfortunately, most veterinary clinics have changed vaccination protocols very little or not at all. They continue to revaccinate animals that already have immunity, unnecessarily risking adverse reactions that come from repeated vaccination. Optional vaccines with low effectiveness and high reaction rates, vaccines that should be given only under special circumstances (if ever), continue to be given routinely. Chances are your dog or cat was vaccinated unnecessarily. Most are. Ours were.
Just some of the vaccine reactions listed in the 2011 American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccination Guidelines (sponsored by four drug major companies) include:
Acute Reactions (within 72 hours)
• allergic reaction
• anaphylactic shock
• loss of consciousness
• lack of coordination
Chronic reactions (long-term)
• autoimmune disease
• behavior change
• hair loss
• skin disease
• AIHA/IMHA (a serious autoimmune blood disease)
Cats suffer many of these same reactions. Vaccine-associated sarcoma (a malignant, highly invasive cancer) is especially problematic for cats and is on the rise in dogs and ferrets.
Help Stop Unnecessary Vaccination
Please sign this petition then go to Truth4Pets.org. There you’ll find Questions to Ask Before Vaccinating Your Dog or Cat plus videos, studies, case histories and articles explaining what vaccination experts believe. Be sure to share this petition and website with animal-loving friends and people influencing your pet’s vaccination -- groomers, trainers, boarding facilities and veterinarians.
By signing this petition, tell veterinarians we want the same rights to full disclosure medical doctors give humans before vaccinating. Tell pet insurance companies to encourage titer testing and to stop reimbursing and promoting unnecessary vaccination. Tell veterinary educators to start requiring mandatory continuing education in vaccinology and immunology. And tell the USDA to grant us easy access to reported adverse reactions for all companion animal vaccines, and to allow only scientifically-proven revaccination recommendations on vaccine labels.
Together we can send a message: The time has come for veterinarians to stop vaccinating our pets without first disclosing all risks and benefits and obtaining our informed consent.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for professional care.
- President, American Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Rene Carlson
- Director, Center for Veterinary Biologics
Dr. Richard E. Hill, Jr.
- Executive Director, NAPHIA
- Executive Director, American Association of Veterinary State Boards
- Assistant Director, American Association of Veterinary State Boards
- Assistant Director, AVMA Scientific Activities Division
Dr Lynne White-Shim
I just signed a petition calling on the veterinary community to stop over-vaccinating our dogs and cats.
Research scientists like Dr. Ron Schultz have been voicing concerns about unnecessary vaccination since the 1970s. Although AVMA, AAHA, AAFP, AHVMA, and WSAVA all advocate reducing the vaccine load, needless revaccination with “core” vaccines continues. Dangerous and ineffective “noncore” vaccines are given routinely. And though Purdue’s major 2005 study showed increased adverse reactions for smaller breeds from multiple vaccines given together, many vets continue to give up to 8 vaccines at once.
Our pets deserve the same protection from vaccine damage afforded to humans. Many of us have lost pets to vaccine reactions; others are caring for vaccine-damaged pets. We have gone into debt paying for treatment. Some of us have even been forced to euthanize or relinquish beloved pets because we can’t afford treatment.
Over-vaccinating veterinarians: stop! We can’t afford you -- emotionally or financially. Demand more education in vaccinology and follow major vaccination guidelines. Test titers instead of revaccinating. We’ll love you for it.
AVMA: promote informed consent policies to protect clients and pets, not just veterinarians. Push other organizations for change. Lead.
USDA: stop allowing label recommendations not backed by science and offer easy public access to vaccine reaction reports and vaccine ingredients.
State Boards: discipline vets who cause harm ignoring nationally-recognized vaccination recommendations; make continuing annual education in immunology and vaccinology mandatory and conflict-of-interest free.
Pet Insurance Companies: stop reimbursing unnecessary vaccination and start promoting titer testing. Avoiding the high cost of treating vaccine reactions is good business. Showing clients you care about preventing vaccine damage is smart marketing.
Every day the public is learning more about why so many dogs and cats are sick or dying. It's going to take all of us, working together, to stop this needless tragedy.
Your organizations exist to protect animals. Please protect them!
The Concerned Animal Lovers of Truth4Pets.org
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