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    DefaultCANINE RABIES VACCINE STUDIES BEGIN!!!!

    CANINE RABIES VACCINE CHALLENGE STUDIES BEGIN !



    One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine is underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a leading authority on veterinary vaccines and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies to determine the long-term duration of immunity of the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters. These will be the first long-term challenge studies on the canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United States.



    Dr. Schultz comments that: "We are all very excited to start this study that will hopefully demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a minimum of 7 years of immunity."



    This research is being financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable trust founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine, who serves as Co-Trustee with world-renowned veterinary research scientist and practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet in California. The Rabies Challenge Fund recently met its goal of $177,000 to fund the studies’ first year budget with contributions from dog owners, canine groups, trainers, veterinarians, and small businesses. Annual budget goals of $150,000 for the studies must be met in the future.



    Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM states: "This is the first time in my 43 years of involvement in veterinary issues that what started as a grass-roots effort to change an outmoded regulation affecting animals will be addressed scientifically by an acknowledged expert to benefit all canines in the future."



    Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team demonstrated that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, while Dr. Schultz’s serological studies documented antibody titer counts at levels known to confer immunity to rabies 7 years post-vaccination. This data strongly suggests that state laws requiring annual or triennial rabies boosters for dogs are redundant. Because the rabies vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse reactions, it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions such autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites are linked to rabies vaccinations.



    Study co-trustee Kris Christine adds: “Because the USDA does not require vaccine manufacturers to provide long-term duration of immunity studies documenting maximum effectiveness when licensing their products, concerned dog owners have contributed the money to fund this research themselves. We want to ensure that rabies immunization laws are based upon independent, long-term scientific data.”



    More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at: www.RabiesChallengeFund.org.



    Rabies Challenge Studies Media Coverage


    Mainer raising funds for dog study http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/st...52617&ac=PHnws
    The Rabies Challenge Animal Wise Radio Interview
    http://www.animalarkshelter.org/anim...C007EE99B&quot (scroll down to The Rabies Challenge 12/9/07 to hear interview with Dr. Ronald Schultz and Kris L.Christine of The Rabies Challenge Fund)
    The Latest on Canine Rabies http://feeds.feedburner.com/birddogsforever Bird Dogs Forever Audio Episode A075
    Rabies Challenge Fund Reaches First-Year Goal: http://www.mainelincolncountynews.co...x.cfm?ID=26297
    Pets: Rabies vaccine research may save some pain http://www.newsday.com/search/ny-lsp...6559208.column
    The Vaccine Challenge http://www.animaltalknaturally.com:8...lenge-show-91/
    How Often Does He REALLY Need a Rabies Shot? http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/m/m86/main.htm
    Get Out Your Wallets, Rabies Challenge Fund a Reality http://www.mainetoday.com/pets/dogslife/007915.html.
    Are We Overvaccinating our Pets? http://www.spanieljournal.com/28lbaughan.html
    Rabies Challenge Kicks Off Fundraiser http://www.courierpub.com/articles/2...news/4news.txt
    Nationwide Campaign Launched to Fund Rabies Vaccine Study http://www.mainelincolncountynews.co....cfm?ID=14204;
    Challenging the Rabies Vaccine http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-lsp...1274963.column
    The Rabies Challenge Fund http://blogs.mainetoday.com/dogslife/002976.html)
    The Rabies Challenge Fund & Master Dog Training at the Womens Podcasting Expo - Show #42 http://www.replay-video.com/guide/in...p?show_id=2156.
    U.S. Free of Canine Rabies Virus http://www.reuters.com/article/topNe...41162020070907
    US Declared Canine-Rabies Free -- CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/press...07/r070907.htm

    Fort Dodge Rabies Vaccine Recall

    Fort Dodge issued a recall of its RabVac 3 TF serial number 873113A rabies vaccine on May 25, 2006 after a vaccinated dog contracted rabies (see The Charlotte Observer article at http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlot...s/14786163.htm also see Dogs Adverse Reactions webpage: http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/RabvacRecall.html). According to Fort Dodge's recall letter, this batch of vaccine "was released into the veterinary market in November 2004 and expires June 29, 2006." Concerned pet owners or veterinarians can call Fort Dodge about the recalled vaccine is 800-533-8536. This link http://wyovet.uwyo.edu/Diseases_2006.asp will take you to the Wyoming State Vet Lab website which has posted the recall letter. Just click on the appropriate icon.

    Anyone wishing to have a copy of either the 1992 French challenge study data from a research team led by Michel Aubert in which dogs were demonstrated to be immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after vaccination, or Vascellari's study which documented cancerous tumors in dogs at presumed injection sites of rabies vaccine, please e-mail me.

    PERMISSION GRANTED TO POST AND CROSS-POST THIS MESSAGE If you wish to be added to my e-mail list for updates on the Rabies Challenge Fund, please contact me at [email protected] .

    Regards, Kris L. Christine
    Founder, Co-Trustee
    The Rabies Challenge Fund
    http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org
    Donations can be sent to:
    The Rabies Challenge Fund
    c/o Hemopet
    11330 Markon Drive
    Garden Grove, CA 92841
    Online donations can be made at: http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org/donate.html

    The following, along with many pet owners, trainers, breeders, and kennel owners, have contributed to The Rabies Challenge Fund:




    North Lake Kennel Club (Greater Covington, LA) in "Memory of the Dogs and Cats that Perished in Hurricane Katrina"

    Belleville and District Kennel Club
    Dachshund Club of America Health and Welfare Trust Fund
    Antelope Valley Kennel Club
    Norwegian Elkhound Association of Minnesota

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    Star of the North Chinese Shar-Pei Club
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America
    American Shih Tzu Club
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    Great River Stockdog Club
    Dog Agility Racing Team of Chino
    Collie Club of Georgia
    Chesapeake, Virginia Dog Fanciers Association
    Capital City Cocker Club
    Bernese Mountain Dog Club of SE Wisconsin
    Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley
    Leigh Valley Kennel Club
    Kuvasz Fanciers of America
    Kishwaukee Kennel Club
    Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation
    Kennel Club of Buffalo
    Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club
    Pacific NW Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Network
    Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada
    Northern Illinois Schutzhund Club
    Miniature Schnauzer Club of Southern California
    Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Greater Twin Cities
    Great Plains Bearded Collie Club
    Door County Scottie Rally
    Great Dane Club of New England
    Wachusett Kennel Club
    Evergreen Empire Manchester Terrier Fanciers
    Chicagoland Old English Sheepdog Club
    Standard Schnauzer Club of Southern California
    Staffordshire Terrier Club of America
    Saint Bernard Club of America
    Pacific Rim Golden Retriever Club
    American Bulldog Association
    Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club
    The Alaskan Malamute Club
    Saluki Club of Canada
    Great Dane Club of America
    Bernese Mountain Club of South Carolina
    Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club
    Iron Range Dog Training Club
    Alaskan Malamute Club of America
    Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club
    Bernese Mountain Club of Northern California
    Animal Farm Foundation
    American Bullmastiff Association
    Bichon Frise Club of America
    Twin Cities Llasa Apso Club
    Youngstown All-Breed Training Club
    Valparaiso Kennel Club
    Ochlockonee River Kennel Club of Florida
    Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America
    Paw Print Dog Club
    Health and Rescue Foundation of PBGVCA
    Akita Welfare League
    Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club
    Dog Agility Racing Team of Chino
    Western Reserve Kennel Club
    Onondaga Kennel Association
    Parson Russell Terrier Association of America
    Pembroke Welsh Corgi Clug of Southern California
    Sporting Dog Fanciers of New Mexico
    Lake Eustis Kennel Club
    The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
    Doberman Pinscher Club of America
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    Victory Crossroads Kennel Club
    Potugusese Water Dog Club of Northern California
    Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Greater Twin Cities
    Muncie Obedience Training Club
    The National Capital Bearded Collie Club
    Siberian Husky Health Foundation
    Great River Stockdog Club
    Gig HArbor Kennel Club
    Krusin Kanines Agility Club
    Paws Abilities Dog Training
    Weimaraner Foundation Fund
    Southland Weimaraner Club
    Nutmeg Portuguese Water Dog Club, Inc.
    Golden Gate Gordon Setter Club
    St Louis Herding Club
    Portuguese Water Dog Club of America
    Chinese Crested Club of Southern California
    Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, Inc
    South Shore Kennel Club
    German Pinscher Club of America
    Orlando Dog Training Club
    Clear Lake Kennels
    Mid-Florida Shetland Sheepdog Club
    Ridgeback Rodeo 2007
    Chambersburg Area Kennel Club
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    United German Shepard Dog Alliance
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    Chicagoland Dalmatian Club
    Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club, Inc.
    Lehigh Valley Kennel Club
    Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.
    St. Catherines Kennel Club
    The Albany Obedience Club
    Rio Salado Vizsla Club, Inc.
    Durham Kennel Club, Inc.
    Huntsville Obedience Training Club, Inc.
    Kilshannagh Veterinary Clinic
    Standard Schnauzer Club of Southern California
    Paw Prints Dog Club
    American Eskimo Dog Club of America
    Raleigh Kennel Club
    Five Flags Dog Training Club
    Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International
    Mile High Agility Training
    The Harrisburg Kennel Club
    Sta Can Kennels
    The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Foundation
    PHI Beta K-9 School for Dogs
    Northcoast Bernese Mountain Dog Club
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    Kris L. Christine
    Founder, Co-Trustee
    The Rabies Challenge Fund
    www.RabiesChallengeFund.org

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    DefaultRe: CANINE RABIES VACCINE STUDIES BEGIN!!!!

    WTH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy5475
    WTH?
    It's a study to prove that we are over vaccinating our dogs. Right now, most locales and bylaws state your dog has to be vaccinated with rabies every year, in some cases, every 3 years. In doing the study, they are hoping to prove that the vaccine itself actually lasts 7 years, thus meaning we can stop poisoning our dogs immune systems with so much goddamn vaccine.

    Does that help?
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    I'm glad to see this finally getting under way...... it is something we need to know, as I too believe we are over vaccinating our dogs. Bravo !!

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    Sounds great! I just wonder how long before the study will be done and out to the vets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lablover
    Sounds great! I just wonder how long before the study will be done and out to the vets.
    I wonder how long after the study is out to the vets, that the state and local laws will change?? I live under one of the most restrictive dog ordinances ever---I'm not sure if this study will change it in my lifetime.
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    Yup, helps big time. That was just way too much for my tired brain to handle....Thanks!

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    DefaultRe: CANINE RABIES VACCINE STUDIES BEGIN!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by kathy5475
    Yup, helps big time. That was just way too much for my tired brain to handle....Thanks!
    I wish these people would get a professional writer on board. All their emails are like this, the Web site, everything. It's just too much to comprehend! Simplify! Simplify!

    That said, I am really glad the study is underway. I think I remember reading that it would take three or so years to complete?


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    DefaultRe: CANINE RABIES VACCINE STUDIES BEGIN!!!!

    I agree with not over vaccinating and was thrilled when our laws changed to allow rabies vaccines every 3 years; however, I think there is also a major down side - how many people will take their pets in for annual wellness exams (and other vaccines or titers) if they aren't mandated by law to go get their rabies vaccine? As it stands, people are forced to bring their dogs in yearly in my county to get their new licenses or new rabies vaccine or liens will be placed on the owner's house. Without rabies every year or even every 3 years most people will not bring their dogs to the vet - for simple, but lifesaving things such as a heartworm check, or even just a CBC to check that the dog (or cat) is healthy.

    I don't want to inject more vaccine than necessary, although I don't believe it is poisoning their immune system. But I also want the general pet population to get yearly check ups so that their pets can be healthy.

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