Is a Certain Vaccine Causing Kidney Failure in Cats ?

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on September 26, 2012

If vaccines did not have adverse affects on your cat’s health I wouldn’t even bring this topic up. So what if cats get too many vaccines, if it doesn’t hurt them and it makes your veterinarian happy… where’s the harm? Yet vaccines are far from harmless and one particular vaccine is proven to cause kidney failure later on in life.

We vaccinate our cats because we’re afraid they’ll get certain diseases and we want to prevent those diseases. Many of us have accepted annual vaccinations as a way of life. It’s only a way of life because we’ve been made to think that we’re bad pet owners if we don’t vaccinate. I’m one veterinarian who’se going to make you feel the exact opposite of this—- that you’re good pet owners if you don’t vaccinate. Rather than vaccinations our cats need VITAL VITIES by Deserving Pets to keep them healthy every day and dump vaccine toxins from their system.
Once again, vaccines are not so harmless and they are considered a medical procedure, with risks and benefits. Are vaccines safe? That’s the first question to ask. And the answer is an emphatic NO !

People in the know, for instance The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommended 20 years ago against yearly vaccinations. Two decades later, with many more experts saying the same thing it’s now finally trickling down and some veterinarians are vaccinating cats every 3 years with their booster rather than every year. In my opinion- which agrees with many of the top veterinary researchers in the field- even that’s too much. Ron Shultz, PHD and Tom Phillips PHD (they’re professors and chairs of departments) wrote in a prestigious and well recognized veterinary publication that they believe that there is no valid or scientific evidence, in fact no proof at all, that a pet should be vaccinated every year. In fact the reverse is true, as research is showing that cats get lifetime immunity from most vaccines.

Let’s take a look together at some plain and simple facts. The most important vaccine for cats to get is feline distemper( also called feline paneukopenia), yet only kittens get feline distemper as a disease. So if your cat has had a vaccine for feline distemper and is not a kitten, why get the vaccine at all? How about if your cat is an indoor cat? How often is he or she exposed to any disease? If the vaccines are effective and long lasting and your cat is not really exposed to disease, why get them? And if your cat goes outside- well the vaccine is proven to be long lasting for his or her whole life and again only kittens get feline distemper anyway.

Vaccines do not only cause immediate reactions like swelling at the site of vaccination or lethargy and fever. Vaccines do cause real life threatening health problems later on.

The feline panleukopenia vaccine is the fancy name for the distemper vaccine that is recommended your cat get every year in his booster shot. This virus is grown in a culture of feline kidney cells. There is some distressing information concerning this vaccine made even more distressing because something like 90% of cats over 10 years of age will go into kidney failure. Colorado State University did some research which showed that the majority of kittens developed autoantibodies to their own kidney tissue after being vaccinated for panleukopenia-feline distemper. And each booster vaccine creates more antibodies to a cat’s kidneys. Your cat’s immune system attacks it’s kidneys causing a low grade inflammation and as the years pass it all adds up and kidney failure is the result. The rub is that these vaccines are long lasting and adult cats are resistant to the disease so the vaccine isn’t even needed.

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