What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
It seems you’ll soon have the option to vaccinate for something new. You who are owned by a feline can now get a new treatment if your cat gets feline fibrosarcoma.
A cancer vaccine. It comes from Merial with a fancy name that, on the surface, sounds helpful:
Feline Interleukin–2 Immunomodulator
“Hmmm, isn’t interleukin–2 one of the good guys, a cytokine, that helps bodies fight invaders? Like, even cancer?”
Why yes, you’re absolutely right.
“So, how do we get it into our cat, who’s dying a slow death due to this malignant tumor between her shoulder blades? Is it a pill or a tasty liquid we could add to her food?”
Umm, no. Not exactly. Merial’s forward thinking scientists have used “recombinant technology” to modify a gene in a canarypox virus. And your forward looking vet will just inject this live virus all around your cat’s malignant tumor.
Before and after surgery.
“Whoa. Hold the phone. Aren’t we talking genetically modified organisms here? Now in a cancer vaccine? For injection around my cat’s malignant tumor??”
Yes, indeed! Welcome to the brave new world of science!
Why a Nasty Malignant Tumor in the First Place?
Great question. I love it when you ask thoughtful questions like this. This used to be called VAS: Vaccine-associated Sarcoma. It was clear to everyone that it was occurring right where vaccines were installed. The rabies vaccine in particular has been incriminated in causing this malignancy. Runner up is the feline leukemia vaccine.
Knowing this cause and effect, vets began injecting the incriminated vaccines in anatomy that was easier to amputate. Like the hind leg. Or even the tail.
I wish I was making this up.
Though the incidence is reportedly low, it’s 100% if your cat gets this tumor. And the tumor is, well, not a good one.
Due to their aggressiveness, these tumors can invade local tissue and even metastasize to other areas of the body which can lead to a very poor prognosis.” – AVMA
Very poor prognosis, in English: your cat will die of this cancer.
Names Have Been Changed, To Protect the, Umm, Profiteers
Interestingly, the term Vaccine-associated Sarcoma has morphed a bit. The AVMA and American Association of Feline Practitioners make mention now of FISS (a great name for anything feline, don’t you think?):
Feline Injection Site Sarcoma.
Because, well, maybe other things beside the aluminum-laden vaccines given all too frequently to your cat could cause this. Who knows? No data on that, but, you know, maybe other things…
And, of course, Merial, being a vaccine manufacturer, knows VAS is just plain bad for business. So, in their literature, they are calling the tumor just Feline Fibrosarcoma.
No mention of vaccines as the cause, as you might imagine. And they are ready to FIGHT this nasty disease.
Start the Fight Earlier!
If you’re a smart pet owner, you’ll know you’ve got to start this fight long before your cat has a tumor threatening her existence.
You’ll take a long, hard look at the known cause. It’s unlikely you’re going to be swayed by Big Pharma telling you how they, arriving late to the scene, and having caused this, are now somehow on your side.
With a bold new Frankenvaccine.
You likely also know that even one rabies vaccination can wreak havoc.
No, the “fight” begins at home. In your deep understanding. Over the main causative factor of tumors: vaccinations.
Want to learn more about this critical area of prevention than Dr. WhiteCoat will ever teach you? You’ll definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for my soon to be re-released updated course, Avoiding Vaccine Injury.
Here’s where to get first notice. And to do me a favor.