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  1. Diane

    What about states (like Ct) that insist on yearly rabies shots saying these are a different formula than the 3 year and are better because they are safer?

    1. Marie

      Safer than what? Arsenic? Don’t buy into it. There are always ways around stupid laws – see comment below.

    2. leona

      Alabama is one those states every year whether it a 1 year or 3 year!

  2. Marie

    Thank you, Dr. Cathy! I do not license my pets (cats – dogs are harder since they’re out and about) so authorities cannot force me to over-vaccinate. They are micro-chipped in the event they ever get out of their yard, which is impossible – just a safety measure. In fact, I’ve done the kitten shots but no rabies due to lack of rabid animals in my area at the time. According to Don Hamilton, DVM, we should never vaccinate our animals unless there is an outbreak in our area. And I did permit one rabies vaccine per cat before I moved to a higher risk area, along with the other cat vaccines – one time – for life. Thank you for the eye-opening information that only 1/10th of the vaccine is needed. I’m also aware of titer tests to avoid law enforcement of vaccines. It’s time companion animals fall under the category of “society.”
    In any case, one solution to this woman’s problem is either to learn to treat wounds herself, find a holistic vet who can heal them with laser treatments, change vets and the next time the rabies renewal comes in the mail, mark “deceased” on the box. I can share that my holistic vet healed a cat picked up by an owl and dropped. One might imagine surgery, antibiotics, and much drama lining the pockets of allopathic medicine. But my vet healed the wound within 10 days by daily laser treatments – no antibiotics needed, and the wound healed beautifully. Until authorities learn (or care), there are ways around this archaic law.

  3. Marie

    I have a PS: When I spoke with Dr. Hamilton, the famed homeopathic vet and whose chapter on vaccinosis you can find online, I shared with him the many auto-immune diseases my cats got in their later years due to following veterinary advise and giving (at the time) yearly vaccines (except rabies – 3 years). He said to me that he was so sorry I had to learn the hard way. And the real mess of it is that allopathic vets have NO CLUE how to heal diseases they’ve caused! I did not have a holistic vet at the time and am unsure what or if there’s a holistic cure.
    I’ve heard there’s a fine if one lies on the rabies renewal card saying a beloved animal is deceased, but I’d gladly pay that fine for the health of my pets. And of course, the trick is, don’t let them catch you. It’s really not that hard. Unless your vet rats you out, animal control does not have time to follow up. So find a vet you can trust, even if they aren’t on the same page, so you can rest assured they’ll keep their mouths shut. Again, it’s more difficult with dogs who are interacting with other dogs and with risk of interacting with authorities, but Dr. Hamilton stood firm on his no vaccine stance for dogs too. He could only address rabies as toxic but that it was “the law.” It’s a fear-based law and one only to be used in event of an outbreak that could affect our pets, whom we keep confined while the vaccine efficacy takes full effect, and that’s true of any outbreak – Dr. Hamilton’s words.

    1. Paula

      While I agree with you on the dangers of vaccines 100% Marie, the downside is that if your dog/cat should bite or scratch someone or someone’s animal, or even if a person just claims they did so, in many states your only choice is between having the animal put down or paying to have them quarantined for 6 months. I would also not put a good, trustworthy vet in the position of “keeping their mouth shut”. Why not spend time educating legislators and having laws changed instead.

  4. sheila

    How do you not legally have to keep your pets vaccinated? My state of NC mandates it every 3 years. I would love to stop giving it to them, but if I ever need their teeth cleaned or if they ever get hurt, they will be forced to get one or worse, be quarantined for 6 weeks until it can be determined they don’t have the virus. I don’t want to risk that possibility. I wish I could get around this law

    1. Ellen

      Get titers done to prove they are immunized. If they are in a situation where they require a booster, then so be it – hopefully the vet is aware of the less dosage is just as effective studies. Usually, and you have to actually know your laws, pets that are “out of date” do not require quarantine outside of their own home.

      1. Sheila

        Yeah,NC doesn’t accept titers. I think the only way to get around it in this state is if the cat is sick or has a lowered immunit because of illness. It’s annoying .

        1. Ellen

          Please reread what I wrote. I know they don’t accept titers and I am not aware of any municipalities that do, however, it’s the safest way to prove to an official that the dog has been previously vaccinated if you make the decision to no longer vaccinate – like many are doing. In time, and still pretty far down the road, titers will be accepted.

          More people are following safe protocols they have found on holistic and homeopathic sites, and in areas where there are no house to house checks, aren’t even registering their animals with the town. Their safety and well-being are much more important than the outdated laws the town and animal control are made to follow.

          If you must vaccinate, at least look into rabies taut todes and herbs used to fend off adverse reactions from this vaccine.

  5. Ellen

    That woman should actually sue that vet for administering a rabies vaccine to an unhealthy animal with diabetes and thyroid issues. It clearly states on the vaccine label and insert to never vaccinate an unhealthy animal.

    The first paragraph indicates that vets (and the law) assume pets are immunized with two rabies vaccinations. How do you know this unless you titer the animals three weeks post vaccination? What if they are the percentage of animals that will never be immunized no matter how many times you vaccinate? This should actually be done with ALL viral vaccinations (parvo/distemper especially).

    According to the latest studies of the usefulness of titers, and the great response to boosters dogs had that were “out of date” with their rabies vaccines as opposed to dogs that were “up to date,” we are slowly inching toward science-based evidence of why we need not be so scared of being infected by our pets with rabies since the duration of immunity is very long (thanks to the Rabies Challenge Fund) and leaning toward the acceptance of titers over unnecessary boosters.

    KSU has created a website called and is currently offering titers for $88. Have one done and keep the results (hopefully they come back with a positive ratio of immunity) with your pets’ vaccination and medical records, and your county’s/state’s laws – this way you should be aware of your rights should your pet bite anyone, or be accused of doing so. Your pet cannot be confiscated and there is usually a big difference between out of date and unvaccinated pets, and the consequences for both. Moving ahead with titers will eventually allow all pets to remain on house quarantine versus cement cell six-month quarantine or being put down.

    If your laws are ancient and/or absurd, fight to have them updated. Support the, and you can also learn about what states have medical waivers and the laws on that site. If your vet doesn’t think any condition your pet has waives his or her right to be exempt from this vaccine, find yourself a good holistic/homeopathic vet who truly knows the dangers of over vaccination (vaccinosis). One of my favorites is Dr. Will Falconer of and I love Dogs Naturally Magazine and the many contributors to natural health.

    1. Ellen

      Correction: KSU did not create the website; it was actually created by Merial. The titer done by KSU for $88 is correct.

  6. Vicky

    It is my understanding that PA does have an exemption law if your pet is ill. The Vet must certify the exemption yearly for it to be valid. This may not be followed in all counties in the state but I know my vet would write a letter for my dog if needed where I live (Allegheny/Beaver counties in PA)

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