Rabies Vaccination for Dogs Part 9


Rabies Vaccination for Dogs – AB 272

Dog Getting Vaccinated


Is there an issue with fetal calf serum and why? e-mail Dr. Dodds at hemopet@hotmail.com)

I found this information http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/ucm187810.htm

Why is fetal calf/bovine serum in some vaccines?

In the manufacture of viral vaccines, the virus may be grown in cells.  These cells need a source of nutrition, which in some instances may be provided by fetal bovine serum.”

I read the September 10, 2012 release by the LA County Health Department which states that there were 45 rabid bats in LA County as opposed to the average of 10.

Not sure where the average of 10 comes from, in 2007 there were 24 rabid bats reported in Los Angeles County, 0 dogs http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/Rabies/Reported%20Animal%20Rabies/2007%20Rabies%20Summary.pdf, for 2008 there were 9 rabid bats, 0 dogs; and in 2009 there were 12 rabid bats, 0 rabid dogs–so over those 3 years there was an average of 15, not 10, rabid bats per year) which seems to support Dr. Ehnert.  In fact, it seems that it is worse than she reported.  I went http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/rabiesmap2012.htm  which states this:

“1.18.13. In 2012, a total of 56 rabid bats were found in our county.  This was, by far, the highest number detected in our county in one year, since testing of bats began in 1961. The prior record was set last year, when 38 rabid bats were detected.  During most years, only 8-10 rabid bats have been found.  Twelve people and 14 pets had potential exposure to these rabid bats. The cause for the increase is unknown.”

California Department of Health Reported Animal Rabies for 2010 Los Angeles County had 22 rabid bats, 0 rabid dogs  http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/Rabies/Reported%20Animal%20Rabies/2010%20Rabies%20Summary.pdf ; in 2011 there were 34 rabid bats, 0 rabid dogs http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/Rabies/Reported%20Animal%20Rabies/2011%20Rabies%20Summary.pdf ; in 2012 there were 54 rabid bats, 0 rabid dogs http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/Rabies/Reported%20Animal%20Rabies/2012%20RAR%20Table.pdf  Over those 2 years, there was a 2.45 increase in bat rabies, not a 4-5 fold increase. (It could be that 2008 and 2009 were unusual in their low number of rabid bats given that 2007 had 24 and data for 2006 and earlier are not on the website) Dr. Ehnert correlated this increase in bat rabies with an increased risk to puppies despite the fact that there was no corresponding increase in rabid dogs (only 1 had been reported since 2007). 

I am also interested, especially since I am a trainer/behavior consultant, in what other behavioral symptoms can occur other than irritability, snapping, and puppies’ being dazed. I will send you some information under separate cover. [This information is Special  Report of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force: 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature.]

Finally, do you have any information or knowledge as to why this bill was introduced at all? In a February 13, 2013 e-mail to Dr. Dodds and me, Dr. Ehnert made the following statement:   Why have I pushed for this change? In all other states and countries, they either allow or mandate that dogs get vaccinated at 3 months, as the vaccines are licensed for by the USDA. Only California discredits rabies vaccines given between 3 and 4 months. She cited inaccurate information & failed to correct that misinformation which had been given to legislators.  Under separate cover, I’ll send you links to all 50 states’ rabies laws so you can fact check.

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Disclaimers – This is a *very* long article (almost 17,000 words) which I have loosely broken up into segments. This is the unedited final draft of the article in its entirety that I wrote in 2013 for a website that is no longer in existence. Not only is the final article no longer available, but I have had computer and Internet issues where some data may have been lost. I have spent several hours trying to piece it together and reformatting.

The article does not reflect current research as of 2018.  However, a good portion of the discussion is still applicable. If there is something that you believe was not true in 2013 or if I have made a mistake in reformatting, please let me know and I will do my best to fix it.

The reason it is posted here is because I was hosting a discussion on DogRead DogRead@yahoogroups.com about my book Doggie Dangers ( Kindle http://tinyurl.com/y8uc4gtc  Paperback http://tinyurl.com/y7vhce9t ), and the subject of rabies vaccines came up when we were talking about wildlife concerns for family dogs. We were discussing how to keep the yard safe from wildlife, but one person mentioned she had a bat fly into her house! Some of the participants requested that I post the article since it is no longer published.

And the final disclaimer – I am a dog trainer, not a veterinarian or medical researcher. Therefore, this article is for information only and not a substitute for any veterinary, medical, or other advice.

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