Rosie, my service dog, had a severe vaccine reaction with her first parvo/distemper vac. It was given to her the day before I got her, and we nearly lost her 4 days later. So, I didn't give her anymore vacs. She titered out protected for life for parvo/distemper. I don't go anywhere, so I wasn't going to rabies vac her. There's no risk that she would get it. She and I have medical exemptions. The adjuvants could resolve out of the dog and get me, even if she hadn't had a problem, before. It takes two years for them to get out of the dog. I researched this as well. (I guess you can see what's been occupying me, and why I didn't get to posting...)
Anyway, I checked on the state laws between here and my son. Every other state accepts exemptions but Texas. So I called Texas. I talked to the head of the the Zoonosis, Dept. of Health. He advised me to just ignore the law. My problem with that is, what happens if I run into a bigot, in law enforcement? I've had enough personal experience with bigots. Then there's the testimonies of my frends, who are TI. So many of them have been threatened, harmed or harassed by law enforcement. We seem to be "bigot magnets." They come out of the woodwork to harass us. If I did get pulled over by a bigot, they could impound (up to 6 months) my service dog, vac her, and charge me $1000 + costs of boarding. I wouldn't even be able to access her for 2 years. Nor would I be in any condition to argue past the first few minutes. Bad all the way around. So I asked the head of Zoonosis if they recognised exemptions? NO! Titers? NO!
Texas does have a pretty bad rabid fox, coyote, bat and skunk problem. They vac them with an oral vaccine, in bait. I asked him if I could get a dose of that for Rosie... It doesn't have adjuvants (the toxins they put in to elicit a huge response from the subjects immune system, when they use killed virus.) NO! It's not legal to give to pets.
Well that pretty much shot my dreams of attending my son's wedding in the ass!! I depend on my service dog. I can't not have her with me for 10 days. Ten days were I will be getting exposures and will be so swollen and painful I will need her... I was back to attending by Skype. Which breaks my heart. I want to go to my son's wedding!!!!
I cried for a while. I'd heard rumors of a non-toxic vac on line. I'd even gone to a holistic vet to get one. It turns out it was Imrab3 TF. It's thermerisol free. Thermerisol contains 50% liquid mercury. Mercury is a neuro-toxin. It's in most killed vaccines as a preservative. They used gentimycin, an antibiotic, instead. They still use aluminum as an adjuvant. Aluminum is a neurotoxin. So that won't work.
I decided to look for that "non-toxic" rabies vac. My holistic vet told me if I found it, he'd order it for me. I initiated a massive search. I ended up calling every rabies vaccine maker out there and running down every possible lead. There is a less toxic rabies vaccine out there. It's for cats. Too high a precentage of cats were dying of Rabies (vac) Associated Sarcoma (RAS). Cancer at the sight of their rabies injection, due to the adjuvants and toxins used to kill the virus. It's a recombinant (DNA fragmented) live virus on canary pox. It's not legal for dogs. More and more dogs are starting to get RAS, so they are working on a dog Vaccine. It's out there about 5 years away.
I spoke with the Immunologist at Merck. She was a very lovely woman. She confirmed that niether Rosie or I should have anything to do with vacs. And she should be exempt on both counts. She did say it would be 2 years before the adjuvants resolved out of the dog, as well. She was also highly concerned with me being anywhere near a rabies hot spot. Another big, bad dead end. I cried and moped for 24 hrs.
I decided, that perhaps the nice Dr. Of Zoonosis didn't know his ADA mandates very well. I looked up the Texas Department of Disability. They weren't in, but had a link to the Independent Living Resource. I called them. The nice young woman said she'd see what she could do, and to give her a few days. So that's where we are... Waiting.
Anyone else got any ideas? Where o' where is "Walker Texas Ranger" when you need him?