(Note from Erin: You all know how much I love cats and miss my Ms.Pye every day. And perhaps for that reason, this story resonated with me. Vaccines are too dangerous for our fur babies and regular babies. They all deserve better than this. Why aren’t scientists researching safer alternatives to standard vaccines? At some point, it might just be too late.)

In conjunction with the University of Florida, researchers with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program have discovered an alternative vaccination protocol for cats that they believe is good news in the war on cancer.

“When administering vaccinations, veterinarians typically follow the current recommendations of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, giving the injections below the elbow or the knee joint in the leg. That protocol is based on the understanding that the most effective treatment for cancer that occurs near vaccine injection sites is radical surgery – amputation of a limb.

New findings published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery by Julie Levy, D.V.M., Ph.D., the Maddie’s Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and a team of experts show that administering vaccinations in the tip of the cat’s tail appears to be as effective as vaccines at traditional sites. The researchers say tail vaccination would make surgical treatment of any cancer occurring near the site much easier, less invasive and less disfiguring for the animal, which could encourage more owners to treat the disease in their pet when it occurs.”1

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I suppose for me the bigger question is, if we know there’s a very good chance the vaccine is going to cause cancer- or quite frankly the fact that we know they cause cancer at all- WHY WOULD WE GIVE OUR PETS A VACCINE AT ALL?

Every person needs to make a personal and informed choice about vaccines and whether or not to administer them to their animals (and or children too, for that matter). The studies are available. Good luck.