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  1. PLEASE do send e-mails to the committee members, especially Grassley, Alons, Bearinger & Shaw asking them to support this bill. If this does not get an "ought to pass" vote from the House Agriculture Committee, it is dead in the water, so it is vital that this committee hear from the public now. If you can ask all of your pet-owning friends & family in Iowa to do the same, it will help to get this important legislation passed more than you could ever imagine!
  2. IOWA Rabies Waiver Bill HF2124 ACTION ALERT: Iowa Rep. Marti Anderson has filed a rabies medical exemption bill, HF 2124, and it has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee.. Please contact Agriculture Chair, Pat Grassley pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221 & Agriculture committee members (below) & ask them to support HF2124. Rabies Challenge Fund letter in support below. Bill Text: http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Legislation/85thGA/Bills/HouseFiles/Introduced/HF2124.html House Agriculture Committee: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/committee?ga=85&groupID=694
  3. That is true, but the point is those of us in this group are not anti-vaccine -- we vaccinate our own dogs, just not as often for distemper, hepatitis & parvo as most pet owners do; however we do vaccinate to prevent the core diseases.
  4. Tommy Coyote, perhaps the following information will help you achieve some peace of mind that your dogs are properly protected, but not overvaccinated. If you read the 2011 American Animal Hospital Assosciation Canine Vaccine Guidelines https://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocume...Guidelines.pdf carefully, you will note that they recommend for the core MLV vaccines (distemper, hepatitis, parvo) to be boostered at intervals of 3 years or more. On Page 4 of the report under "comments & recommendations", it states the following about the core MLV vaccines: [Distemper] "Among healthy dogs,
  5. Thank you, rushdoggie, it's closer, but still not quite what I meant. There is a growing group of pet owners who are opposed to all or any vaccinations & some people try to claim that Dr. Schultz, Dr. Dodds and I are in that camp, which is not the case. We believe that all dogs should be vaccinated against rabies and the core diseases of distemper, hepatitis & parvo; however, we are strongly opposed to overvaccinating against those diseases.
  6. There is a world of difference between those who are "against vaccination" and those who oppose redundant/unnecessary vaccination of animals. Please do not lump the two in the same category.
  7. Personally, hearing from the public as often as I do on veterinary vaccines issues, I don't believe that the vaccine section of the broadcast was inflammatory or sensational at all, in fact, I believe it underestimates the scope of the problem when it comes to overvaccination of our pets. The program was intended to alert pet owners to be vigilant and informed when it comes to medical care for their precious companions. Minnesota is a current example of why pet owners must be vigilant and informed when it comes to unnecessary vaccinations recommended by veterinarians (see below). Bear in
  8. I completely agree -- every pet owner has the right to full disclosure and informed consent when it comes to veterinary medication, vaccination, or medical procedures, just as we all expect and deserve the same from our physicians, pediatricians, and dentists.
  9. Controversy Over Vaccines Veterinarians divided when it comes to immunity by JoAnna Lou The Bark February 22, 2013 http://thebark.com/content/controversy-over-vaccines "But even with the AVMA and AAHA constantly revisiting their guidelines, pet vaccines remain a tricky topic. It's further complicated by the fact that many studies are sponsored by vaccine manufacturers, which creates a potential bias. Dr. Richard Ford, a 2003 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines Task Force member, has said that the decision to recommend a three year re-vaccination schedule was an arbitrary compromise that w
  10. Liz, pet owners have no issue with veterinarians, dentists, pediatricians, or physicians earning a living wage. What most people have a problem with is when they are charged for unnnecessary/redundant medical procedures, testing, medication, or vaccinations.
  11. Not sure about the teeth cleaning, but this is what Consumer Reports said in 2003. Consumer Reports Veterinary Care Without the Bite July 2003 http://www.consumerreports.org/Pets/ "About 66 percent of the 188 million visits to the vet by cats and dogs in 2001 involved vaccinations, and this bread-and-butter business made up 14 percent of the average vet's income. "
  12. Canine parvo type 2, distemper, adeno type 1 and parainfluenza: "These results suggest that the duration of serological response induced by modified-live vaccines against CPV-2, CDV, CAV-1 and CPiV...vaccines, is beyond 18 months and may extend up to 9 years. Accordingly, these vaccines may be considered for use in extended revaccination interval protocols as recommended by current canine vaccine guidelines." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23186088
  13. Is Your Veterinarian Being Honest with You? ABC News 11/22/13 http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/veterinarian-honest-20987714 (Please copy & paste link into your browser if it doesn't work by clicking on it.) "Pushing the Shots" at 4:31. Remember as you watch that the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Guidelines referenced in this news article show distemper, parvo & hepatitis vaccines have a proven MINIMUM duration of immunity of 7 years by challenge and up to 15 years serologically. The 2003 American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Guidelines http://
  14. http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/post/58271237209/titer-vaccine-questions#.UoS6II0Vxux Frequently Asked Questions about Titers and Vaccination Protocol by Dr. Dodds We frequently receive questions regarding Dr. Dodds’ Canine Vaccination Protocol and thought we would put together a short FAQ to help your dog. We also invite you to explore the section tagged "Vaccines" “on our blog as we have several posts about specific vaccines, viruses, and titers. Question: The breeder vaccinated before nine weeks of age. How do I start your vaccination protocol now? Answer: Just continue
  15. http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/post/66693331640/dodds-dog-vaccination-protocol-2013-2014#.UoS3Uo0Vxux 2013 and 2014 Canine Vaccination Protocol - W. Jean Dodds, DVM Dr. Dodds has made only slight, minor changes to the basic, core Canine Vaccination Protocol she established in previous years. Dr. Dodds bases her decisions on numerous factors such as presence of maternal immunity, prevalence of viruses or other infectious agents in the region, number of reported occurrences of the viruses and other infectious agents, how these agents are spread, and the typical environmental
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