On one of my email groups there has been a discussion regarding vaccinating pets with cancer. It seems that unfortunately there are still many veterinarians who will not see/treat “sick” pets unless they are current on their annual vaccines. This means that if your pet has cancer but needs a vet visit, you must submit your pet to getting vaccines at the time of the visit even though the visit is for another problem.
My clients and readers of this blog know that pets do NOT need annual vaccines. Additionally, sick pets and those with cancer should NEVER be vaccinated until their illness has been successfully treated (pets with cancer should never receive another vaccine even when their cancer is in remission as the vaccines might cause the cancer to return.) I suggest you find a doctor who does not require vaccines for pets with cancer. I am surprised based upon the discussion in my email groups just how difficult this is, but I can only suggest that pet owners continue searching until you find someone who is more interested in giving your pet the proper care rather than simply pushing vaccines.
For pets who do not have cancer, an annual blood vaccine titer test will show if and when your pet needs vaccines, which can be given as needed based upon titer testing. In my practice this means that most pets rarely receive vaccines and only get them when the test shows a low titer AND the pet is healthy.
This Saturday Sandy and I will be speaking at the Holistic Expo in Addison, Tx. The topic is breast cancer and our new book and our talk begins at 3 PM CST. Feel free to stop by my office for discount coupons. Hope to see you there! And check out our new Facebook page. Please sign up and Like/Friend us. I’ll try to post information and specials there as well as my email list, but since posting on Facebook is easier I recommend you signing up to receive our posts.
Also, coming (hopefully) soon, thanks to several of you suggesting we get an updated hospital page, I hope to have a new Paws & Claws website…..if you have any interesting stories about how we’ve helped your pets, please send them my way to post on the site. Thanks!