Here is my Rat-Terrier ‘Peaches” story that inspired me to hold the Rabies Challenge Fund Benefit on March 14, 2009 to educate people on the lack of science behind the Rabies Vaccination laws. This is a chance to see and hear both Dr.’s Jean Dodds DVM, and Dr. Ronald Schultz Ph.D. speak on the groundbreaking studies being done at the Univ. Of Wisconsin to prove the duration of the Rabies Vaccine.
The Rabies Challenge Fund and Studies are about a science based change since there is zero science behind the current Rabies vaccination duration.
(See page 1479, second to last paragraph of the document “Public Veterinary Medicine Public Health; Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2008 , found in that Journal.)
There are many dogs being misdiagnosed or not diagnosed for various reasons. And these dogs are getting very ill and dying, seemingly without any consciousness from the vaccine companies.
Here is Peaches Story, and we hope it will help others:
My beloved Rat-Terrier Peaches received her 7 year Rabies booster in April of 2007. No Immediate changes, but in early June 2007, I took Peaches back to the DVM where she had received the rabies vax because she had suddenly developed bi-lateral (one on both ears) wedge shaped ear sores. The doctor dismissed me with an antifungal, antibacterial, antibiotic cream.
Peaches competed successfully in Agility through the summer of 2007. She appeared to feel well but the ear lesions remained and she developed a strange round yellowish skin/fur color change on her right rear haunch. Even the texture of the fur over that area became changed….silkier feeling, but with a yellowish cast in her otherwise white fur.
I had her back again to her regular vet during the summer, but they still could not explain the sores, neither could they now explain the hair color change…and so we continued competing thru the summer, and I used the cream which seemed to help a little. I attributed the color change to all of her swimming in the pool, much like blondes whose hair used to change color due to the chemicals in swimming pools. Little did I know what journey we were in for.
In October of 2007, Peaches entire right rear leg and (gradually her belly) became very edematous (swollen). She was taken to many specialists. Peaches had ultrasounds, x-rays, MRI’s, lymph node aspirates, lymph node biopsies, skin biopsies, etc. Then after all this, the DVM’s stated they could find nothing wrong with her, they decided to manage her symptoms with high doses of steroids. I spent many winter nights crying filled with the sadness that I was going to lose my Peach, and the frustration of KNOWING there was something wrong and I had to get to the bottom of it..
Sometime in early February, I put the symptoms together when one specialty vet said to me; “When was Peaches last vaccination?”.
As I got back into the car with Peaches I called the local vet and asked that question. I received the name of the vaccine manufacturer, lot number of the vaccine, date it was given, and where it was given..it was given in the right rear haunch where the color change had occurred!
That night I went home and began my research on “Google U”, putting in all the symptoms along with the term “vaccination”. My husband, an M.D. Was shocked and amazed at the Clinical Studies I pulled up on the net that pointed to exactly the symptoms and disease process that Peaches was experiencing.
What I found was a disease written about by well known academic Veterinary DVM’s and labeled “Rabies Vaccine associated Ischemic Dermatopathy”.
(I called the vaccine manufacturer and gave them all the details and they asked me to send them all reports which I dutifully did for months until the diagnosis was finally made).
My husband and I brought in all the documents from Dr’s across the country on this AI disease caused by the Rabies Vaccine, but our Specialty DVM’s would not label her with this diagnosis. Why? Why? Why wouldn’t they help us? We just wanted to get it diagnosed and treated properly. We had no plans to sue.
Finally we asked the Board Certified Internist and the Board Certified Dermatologist to please make an appointment with Dr. Daniel Morris DVM ACVD at the University of Pennsylvania as he was one of the authors of one of the many case studies on this AI disease I had pulled up on Google. We waited 2 weeks without our Specialty DVM calling Dr. Morris, (and I kept calling and asking, and reminding). Again, Why? Why was this so hard when we had the hard proof?
(Here, only my opinions; fiscal reasons…possibly the “Old boy” network. (IMO, my humble opinion, Specialty Referral practices do not want to cause any trouble for their referring Doctors….this would get in the DVM “pipeline” and ultimately mean a great loss of patients being referred to them, thus loss of revenue for them).
My husband and hero got on the phone and one week later we were in Dr. Morris’s office at the Mathew J. Ryan Small Animal Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
We met with Dr. Dan Morris and within minutes, he told us; “If it walks like a duck, quacks, like a duck, it’s a duck”. Oh my, how simple! This diagnosis finally occurred in early March of 2008 and cost us $12, 000.00 to obtain when we added it all up. (the entire journey) ~See the attached diagnosis and waiver.
Finally Peaches was put on the proper meds. She went into remission and was able to compete for a 2 trials in October, one year after she became critically ill. She was off all her meds for 3 weeks when symptoms reappeared. And now she is on meds again and we are trying to keep this awful disease at bay. I am hopeful she will stabilize once again and remain healthy.
Please support the Rabies Challenge Funds Study which will ultimately prove duration of the rabies vaccine.
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/ and http://www.freewebs.com/rcfbenefit2009/index.htm
Very warmly, and in hopes this will help someone else with their Fur-kid
Judy Schor and Rat Terriers~
ADCh Southern Sands Peaches TM-B, JCH-B, *2007 USDAA Regional GP Finalist, AX, AXJ, Clean Run's Ultimate 60 Weave Pole Breed Champion, CGC (8 Yr's old) *sadly retired at 7 yr's due to Rabies Vaccine induced Ischemic Vasculitis as per Univ. of Penn.*