How Safe is Your Pet from “Just a Rabies Vaccine?”

Tigger the cat post rabies vaccine

Part One: Rabies Vaccine on Trial “Oh, we’ve learned how vaccinations can make our animals sick. We only give rabies vaccine now. It’s the law.” Are you endangering your pet, following a law that has no basis in immunology? Are you absolutely sure it’s safe for your pet to get this vaccination every few years, or worse, yearly? Herein lies a dark and scary birthday tale, a tragedy we’d not wish on our worst enemy, let alone our beloved animals or children. The “birthday present?” A near death experience followed by a year of languishing health for a young cat named Tigger. And then, a second near death experience at the beginning of his second year. Happy Birthday! Or Not. When he had just crossed his first birthday, life fell apart for our innocent little gray and brown tabby. It all began with a visit to Dr. WhiteCoat’s clinic, where it was decided that Tigger was “due … [Read more...]

Dogs and Cats Who Can Fly

Pup plane

Pet Travel: Fly & Land Without Hassle Part One: U.S. Interstate Travel I have a fair number of mobile clients who need or want to travel with Fido, Felice, Prince, or Speedy Underfoot (bar none, the best cat name that has ever graced my homeopathic vet practice). I’m talking plane travel here, not just driving to see Aunt Louise in the next county. State to state pet travel (U.S.) technically needs a veterinary health certificate to accompany the animal, regardless of mode of transport. That means, even if you drive cross country with your animal, you are supposed to have one. If you are flying, the airlines are usually tasked with asking for these, as there are no veterinary officials who will come to greet your airplane. Unless you travel with a pet to Hawaii, a rabies free island. Or another country, of course. Officials will be all over those planes, you can bank on … [Read more...]