Here are some examples of what my book is about:
* There has been much teeth gnashing in the profession in recent
years over relinquishing annual vaccinations for
distemper/hepatitis/parvo virus (DHPPV) for dogs and three-way
distemper (PCT) for cats. Think about this: People receive one vaccination
early in life and it lasts a lifetime. Why are animals any different? They
apparently aren't. Check out http://critteradvocacy.org. Dog DHPPV and cat
PCT if given after six months of age are in all probability good for life. The
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) should be commended because
they led the way. They felt vaccinations given after about six months were
good for many, many years but had to compromise with the money hungry
hardliners and agree to ONLY three years officially. How's that for caring
doctors? Even the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reluctantly
admitted that there were no studies showing these vaccinations needed to be
repeated on adult animals. Most vets still INSIST on doing them at least every
one to three years and for the life of the animal. This is not only apparently
unnecessary but can be a health risk to your pet (and your pocket book).
Rabies and leukemia shots are serious cancer threats to cats. In California,
they are classed as carcinogens. 22,000 cats are reported to die annually
from vaccination induced sarcomas. You are not benefiting your animal by
* Rabies vaccine after 6 months of age is good for THREE years for
BOTH dogs and cats. How often does your vet recommend them?
* There is a vaccine for corona virus for dogs and there has NEVER
been a recorded case of the disease (possibly one) in animals past 8
weeks of age. Some vets recommend this yearly!!!!! FIV vaccine for cats
contains the wrong serotypes. The serotype that causes aids in cats in this
country is B. The two serotypes in the vaccine are A & D. There is no
cross-immunity. The vaccine is worthless!! Both should never have been
licensed by the FDA, but were. Think about that. Check
* Insisting that dogs have to be tested annually for heartworm before
administering preventative: Ivermectin, the active ingredient in Heartguard,
is used as part of the treatment a vet gives to an infected dog to remove the
microfilaria (heartworm babies that circulate in the blood stream) at doses
many times higher than in the monthly preventative. In fact it has been found
that if Heartguard (Ivermectin) is given monthly to an infected animal for 12 to
18 months, it will actually cure the infection. I know of no monthly preventative
that will harm an infected dog (short of an allergy) and the labels state as
much. Pre-testing is totally unnecessary.
* Testing for Lymes disease: No less an astute body than the AVMA itself
states that 25% to 85% of normal animals in Lymes areas will routinely test
positive and, since these animals don't come down with symptoms any more
often that those that test negative, the test obviously is NOT a diagnosis of
Lymes disease and is NOT an indication for treatment. The test is basically
worthless as a diagnosis of the disease. Thousands of tests are run daily and
positive animals are treated. A total waste of your money! Five day treatment
with inexpensive tetracycline to an animal showing symptoms (acute, multiple
leg arthritis) will give a dramatic response in just a couple of days. If symptoms
reoccur in a few days after stopping and a repeat treatment gives another
dramatic improvement -- that's as close to positive as you are probably going
to get and continuing treatment for 30 days should then be all that's needed.
* Vaccination for Lymes disease: None of the 27 veterinary colleges in
the U.S. recommend vaccinating for Lymes disease and only 8 will
even do it if the pet owner insists. The other 19 refuse to even vaccinate
for it according to a recent survey. Minnesota is an endemic state (where the
disease is found) but the University of Minnesota diagnostic lab told me they
see only about one case a year. It is very easily treated. I haven't seen a case
in over a decade. Why would you vaccinate for this or test for it?
* Testing an animal's titer (level of antibodies in the blood stream) in
place of annual vaccinations is the new rage. It is done to supposedly
determine if the animal is protected. It is in my opinion a monetary replacement
for loss of vaccination revenue due to decreased frequency of vaccinations.
When did your doctor ever suggest drawing blood to check your titer for a
vaccination you might have received decades ago??? They may draw blood,
but not for that. It's never routinely done for two-legged animals -- why is it
pushed for four-legged?? The AVMA says that in theory it has merit, but in
actuality it is NOT an accurate indication of an animal's degree of immunity.
Animals with no discernible titer can still have ample protection because this
test totally disregards cellular immunity, which is much longer lasting and very
difficult to measure. This is basically another unjustified/make work procedure.
Check http://critteradvocacy.org again.
These are just a small number of examples of ways the modern day
veterinarian is hyping the costs of owning pets. The book explains and
highlights MANY more money-saving suggestions and gives the
reader the knowledge to know when to incur medical expenses and
when not to. Some of this is so unjustified it could be considered
fraud or at least unethical in my opinion. What do you think?
My website is www.oldcountryvet.com. I guarantee the book will be
enlightening, and I bet you can't put it down once you start reading it.
It will even bring out a laugh or two.
Dr. James L. Busby
A book written by an OLD COUNTRY VET,
Dr. James L Busby DVM.
You might be interested in my new pet care book How to Afford Veterinary
Care without Mortgaging the Kids. I'm 68 and am still in very active practice,
but am disgruntled over the way my profession is pricing routine (and often
unjustified) procedures beyond the reach of middle- and lower-class pet
owners. Many of these are not only unnecessary, but some even border on
being unethical in my opinion.
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