Editor Matt Fredmonsky email@example.com
3:39 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012
Unfortunately, without knowing the intimate details of your pets’ medical history, I am unable to comment as to how or why your pets developed this infection. Please feel free to contact our office if you would like to discuss the matter further. I would be happy to review the information and sources that you mentioned. If you would like, I could also assist you in contacting the specific vaccine manufacturer so you may learn specifically how they alter the virus or bacteria to achieve protection without jeopardizing the health of your family member.
As veterinarians, our primary concern is the health and well-being of your pet. Please discuss the future vaccination needs with your veterinarian at your pets’ annual exam.
Dr. Eric Brooks
3:38 pm on Friday, May 18, 2012
Thank you for your interest in the article, and for sharing your experiences with the community. I’m sorry that you had to experience this first-hand, I know this must have been a very difficult time for your family.
In regards to some of your comments, I would like to clarify a few points for the readers. It is true that some vaccines are manufactured using a modified-live virus or bacteria. These viruses/bacteria are specifically engineered to survive in the body just long enough to stimulate the immune system. However, the organisms have been altered in some manner to prevent them from causing an actual infection. Veterinarians often choose to use this type of vaccine, rather than using the killed virus/bacteria vaccines because they tend to provide stronger initial protection (immunity).
Please follow this link to an unbiased website written by other veterinarians that will help to further explain the “kennel cough” phenomenon: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=600
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