Sunday, March 05, 2017 by Vicki Batts
Hailing from Connecticut, veterinarian Dr. John Robb has been in the business of saving animals and safeguarding their health for over 30 years. Robb has dedicated his life to saving pets, even if it means being ridiculed or being arrested. On one occasion, Robb even lost his clinic — all in the name of defending innocent pets from being victims of the pharma industry’s biggest hoax: over-vaccination.
The rabies shot is what Dr. Robb is most concerned about. As he explains, vaccine manufacturers have convinced us all that rabies vaccines need to be given annually — thanks largely to their power and influence. But in reality, these vaccines typically confer lifetime immunity to the pets that receive them.
Robb says that he has seen yearly rabies vaccines make pets vomit, become ill, develop immune disorders, cancers, and has even seen the shot kill the pets of unsuspecting owners. One of the largest problems with veterinary vaccines is that these inoculations are of the one-size-fits-all variety. A 5-pound Chihuahua will receive the same dose of vaccine as a 100-pound bulldog. Does that seem logical to you?
This failure to adjust vaccine dosages to body sizes makes the rabies vaccine potentially lethal for smaller animals. Dr. Robb believes that vets should be able to give smaller pets a smaller dose of the vaccine, to reduce the risk of adverse effects.
On February 22, Dr. Robb spoke before Connecticut state officials to express his expert opinion and persuade them to at least consider changing the laws regarding pet vaccinations. He implored the state to listen to stories from other veterinarians and look at the research — but, as is always the case, he was ignored and ridiculed.
Robb presented the state officials with 45 different documents that showed vaccines are dose-dependent and that too large of a dose can prove lethal to animals. The research he gathered also showed that booster vaccines are often unnecessary and provide no additional protection to the receiving pet.
The rabies vaccine is generally first given to a pet when they are about 12 weeks old. It is then repeated at least every three years, though it is also often given on a yearly basis. And while vets may get away with giving smaller dogs partial doses of other vaccines, the law requires that every dog receive a full dose of the rabies vaccination — even if that dose could be lethal.
At one point, when Dr. Robb was speaking with the Connecticut veterinary board, things took a disturbing turn. Robb told News 12, “You’re telling me that if there’s a law that would force me to kill my patient I would have to do it? You know what the state board of Connecticut said? Yes. I said, ‘You are crazy.'”
Can you believe it? They’d rather force veterinarians to kill innocent, beloved pets than listen to reason.
Robb was dismayed by their response and went on to add, “The way you get rid of a law like that is you break it.”
Dr. Robb has said that while he is still allowed to practice veterinary medicine, he is no longer allowed to administer vaccines. Fortunately, Dr. Robb doesn’t stand alone in his belief that vaccines should be tailored to fit the patient. One woman from Brazillian Pet Lovers, an animal rights advocacy group, named Monica Capozziello says that she supports Dr. Robb. Capozziello herself lost a small dog after her pet was given a dose of the rabies vaccine that was just too high.
While Robb may have been laughed at, it appears that not all was lost. Two state lawmakers, Pam Staneski and Fred Camillo, are reportedly sponsoring a bill that would change the law and ensure vets like Dr. Robb will never again be punished for practicing “common sense medicine.”
Isn’t that what we all want — common sense medicine? The issues with vaccines do not effect just pets, but apply to humans as well. There are countless concerns, such as those about mercury in vaccines, that are readily and quickly discounted, even when evidence is presented, but why?