Is there a connection between Old Dog Encephalitis and vaccines ?
I had a GSD hybrid at 10 years old come down with Old Dog Encephalitis. This happened exactly two weeks after he had received his yearly shots. Luckily a course of hydro-cortisone and antibiotics cured him. His health had been exceptional until this incident.
I immediately started researching this condition and found a bunch of unsettling information from several sources.
The first is that the veterinary health industry has done a good job through lobbying at the state legislatures to get rabies shots mandated at one year and sometimes three year intervals when clinical studies have shown the rabies vaccinations protect our furry friends out to ten years.
The second eye opener was the assertion that the individual cost for one vial of rabies vaccine is around .15 cents to a clinic. This shot plus the labor to administer it runs what? $15.00 to $25.00 for the owner which is an approximate 6000% increase. The source made a rough estimate that with an approximate canine patient load of 250 dogs, simply shifting a yearly vaccine out to every five years would subject the "typical" clinic to a substantial loss in pure profit.
Now understand, I am not laying this at the feet of rabies vaccines alone but when you involve this frequency with all of the other vaccines and their "purported" frequencies of need . . . . . Your thoughts?