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Most of us don’t hesitate to take our cats to the vet to get the assorted recommended shots. After all, it is our goal to see that they are healthy and happy. So, as per the schedule, we load up our fur babies and head to the vet – rarely giving any thought to potential side effects of the shots.

However, in some cases (studies vary from 1 in 1,000 to I in 30,000) a cancer known as fibrosarcoma can occur as a result of the feline rabies vaccine. This cancer is a quick moving strain that first appears at the injection site (usually near the right rear leg) in the way of excessive swelling or lump that forms along the soft or connective tissues.

While some swelling is considered common, it should go down within a month’s time. However, if the swelling or lump does not disappear in this time, then it is important to seek veterinary attention. Swelling is not the only indicator that the rabies shot has been administered; other symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, and mild fever.

How Can You Protect Your Cat Against Cancer as a Result of a Vaccination?

If you are not supportive of the traditional approach to vaccines, but want to protect your cat, know that there are often recombinant vaccination options – for instance, some vaccines can be administered via the nasal passage or topically – that can be used to ensure your cat stays healthy but without the need for a shot. Some of the considerations a vet might take when determining if a traditional approach is necessary include identifying your cat’s specific needs, considering local epidemiological factors and updating you on any manufacturer’s instructions (it should be noted that there have been no studies done that have connected genetics of the cat are a factor).  If you are considering an alternative to traditional vaccines, then consider talking to your vet to learn about the choices available.

One other factor to consider, is how frequently the shot is given in a specific body location. Studies have found these connections between the rabies vaccine and fibrosarcoma:

  • Risk of sarcoma formation following a single injectable vaccination in the neck-shoulder region is 50% higher than for cats not receiving a vaccination.
  • The more frequently the injection is given, the higher the risk of cancer.
  • In one study, cats given two injections at the same site were 127% likely to develop cancer; cats given the injection at the same spot 3 to 4 times were 175% more likely to do so.

The biggest thing you can do to minimize risks is to talk to your vet about the location and frequency of the shots, then pay attention to how your cat behaves after the shot. If you feel that there might be a concern, you can request tests such as a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, a urinalysis and an electrolyte panel. Should these tests reveal that is cancer, or potential sickness, the sooner treatment (surgery, radiation, chemo, etc.) is began, the better your cat’s chances to have a normal life will be.

The fact that a rabies vaccination can potentially cause a disease, is not reason enough to avoid pet shots altogether. Rather, having the shots needs to be approached with the knowledge that risk is a part of living. Before deciding not to have your cat receive the vaccination, you need to talk to your vet and discuss the specific risks as well as the benefits for your cat.

Should You Always Vaccinate Your Pet?

Posted February 6th, 2018 by admin

If you are a pet owner, then it is likely you have been told to keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. However, in recent years, there has been much discussion about just how safe this is. This is not to say that pets should never be vaccinated, but rather poses the question, “Is it absolutely necessary to give them shots annually?”

Consider this:

  • Regardless of the size of your pet, the exact same dosage of a vaccine is given.
  • Many vaccinations are not actually needed to be re-given every year.

In recent years, studies have been done showing pet vaccinations to be linked to conditions such as epilepsy, autism and even cancer– especially when annual shots are given! So, why are shots being given with such frequency? Just a bit of research reveals pet owners can thank the USDA for setting this schedule up nearly 30 years ago and that the currently followed model was only recommendations – not mandates based on scientific fact or research.

Every year, pets are vaccinated for a long list of diseases, but what most pet owners don’t realize is that there are a number of vaccinations that last for years, and in some instances a lifetime. Even more disturbing is these vaccines are actually causing the number of cases of problems like inflammatory bowel disease, GI related problems, lower autoimmune diseases, arthritis, tumors, seizures, allergies and even rabies to increase rather than minimize.

It is time to take action against the health concerns of over-vaccination. In fact, many veterinarians have been pushing to minimize the number of shots given to one’s pet. They believe – justifiably- that vaccines are causing too many problems, many of which go unreported.

Still convinced that pet vaccinations are must? Consider these common ingredients found in many pet vaccinations – and ask yourself if you still think the annual shots are totally necessary.

  • Thimerosal – An organic compound which contains mercury that is used in pet vaccines as a preservative.
  • Aluminum – Shown to be bad for humans because it can lead to neurological problems, apparently, it is still acceptable to inject into our pets.
  • Formaldehyde – Deemed by the FDA as a probable carcinogen, it is still used in pet vaccines.
  • Animal organ tissue – Many pet vaccines are comprised of other animal (monkeys, rabbits, cows, sheep, and pigs) cells.
  • Phenol – A highly poisonous, caustic substances derived from coal tar, and added to a vaccine as a preservative.

However, if you feel vaccinations should still be a part of your pet’s life, then take time to educate yourself, and discuss each shot with your vet. As part of your discussion, you may wish to ask the following:

  • What disease(s) is the shot going to eliminate? Rabies vaccines are required by law, but many other shots are not!
  • How likely is your pet to be exposed to a particular disease? After all, an indoor pet that rarely interacts with other pets is at lower risk. You may also wish to ask for a Vaccine Titer Test to determine whether or not your pet already has enough of a vaccine still in its system to not need at particular shot.
  • Is the vaccine both safe and effective?

All of this information is not designed to scare one, or to say that vaccinations should never be given. However, it is always good to be informed and to ask questions rather than blindly accepting that something must be done – especially when it comes to the world of medicine.  After all, our goal is for your pets to be happy and healthy!

Why Should You Hire Pet Sitter?

Posted January 17th, 2018 by admin

Why Hire a Pet Sitter?

If you have never used a pet sitter, then now is the time to treat yourself and your pet to the benefits of working with pet sitter. After all, having a pet sitter is significantly better than putting them in a kennel or boarding home. Curious about the benefits for you and your pets? Consider these:
• No trauma due to travel or a strange environment
• Being around familiar sights, smells, and sounds
• Not being exposed to other animals or illnesses
• Having their own routine and standard times for meals
• Able to have someone on hand in the event of a medical emergency or to administer medicine as needed.
• Having someone around to play with your pet and see that they get enough exercise
• Professional sitters provide one on one care for pet

For the Pet Parent
• Not all pet sitters are created equal; when you chose a pet-sitter be sure you select one that makes you and your pet feel comfortable.
• Your home will be more secure because there are people in and out of it, thus showing signs of life.
• You can be sure that your pet will be well groomed while you are gone.
• Not needing to ask friends, family or neighbors to come over and take care of your pet(s).
How to Choose a Pet Sitter

When you decide to hire a pet sitter, take a few minutes to ask a few questions. These questions should be –

• Do they have written proof of their qualifications?
• Will they take notes about your pet’s behavior and eating habits while you are gone?
• Is it clearly stated what is expected of the sitter?
• Has the pet sitter taken classes to ensure they know about pets and their needs?
• Will the sitter provide you with phone numbers of other clients who have agreed to serve as references?

These are important questions to ask of a potential sitter. The team here at Sleep Eaz is happy to answer these, and any other questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Having a pet sitter is a great way to enjoy the holiday season without having to be worried about taking care of your pets. You can know they are well taken care of and that they are in good hands, so that you can enjoy the season to its fullest. Our team is here for you and would love to help care for your pets. Give us a call today to schedule your pet sitting needs.