I recently read your column regarding feline vaccinations and wanted to share my experience with you.In May 2005, we took our 3-year-old cat, Apollo, in for his routine vaccinations. Within minutes of receiving his injections, Apollo went into anaphylactic shock and we nearly lost him. We do not want to go through this again. What are your recommendations?.
D. & M.P., Conroe, TX Sep 03, 2006
Never again! Your cat's veterinarian can give you a letter saying why your cat was not revaccinated against rabies and that the cat is not a likely public-health threat because he never goes outdoors and has no contact with potentially rabid animals.Far too many dogs and cats in the United States are being revaccinated after showing acute adverse reactions to vaccines. Pressures from public-health authorities to vaccinate all dogs and cats regardless of the risks should be confronted. This is especially true for animals that do not go outdoors and that, because of intense selective inbreeding, often have immune and other system disorders and react badly to vaccines, drugs and anesthetics. More research is needed in the field of pharmacogenetics to identify which breeds of dogs and cats are at risk from certain vaccines and veterinary medicines.Local and state veterinary associations need to address this issue and offer blood-titre testing as an alternative to revaccination to avoid causing injection-related
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