A Pathway to Hope August Newsletter The Vaccination Debate By Howard Silberman, VMD Tri-County Animal Hospital 2075 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne NJ Th


A Pathway to Hope August Newsletter

The Vaccination Debate

By Howard Silberman, VMD
Tri-County Animal Hospital
2075 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne NJ

The first goal of medicine is disease prevention. For our four-legged family members, the most crucial part of prevention is routine visits to your veterinarian for comprehensive physical examinations. Another component is having your pet receive the proper inoculations. However, in recent years vaccines have become a hot topic of debate in both human and veterinary medicine.

The invention of the vaccine is one of the greatest advances in all of medicine. Vaccines have radically reduced the number of deaths and illnesses due to infectious disease. They are also now being used as treatment for certain types of cancers. For many years it was thought that vaccines were harmless and could only benefit our patients. Currently, there is significant speculation that vaccines may be a cause or factor in the development of other diseases. There is no concrete evidence to back this speculation, but it is making veterinarians approach vaccines differently.

All dogs and cats are at risk of exposure to various infectious diseases, some of which may be life-threatening. It is always easier, safer, and more affordable to prevent disease rather than treat it after it occurs. It is important to understand the basis for how vaccines work. When we administer vaccines, we are not just giving a "shot". The administration of a vaccine is creating a very complex immune reaction within the body. Vaccines may be given by injection, intra-nasal, or orally. They contain either killed or modified live (weakened) forms of virus or bacteria, which stimulate the production of protective antibodies. These antibodies will "remember" the virus or bacteria so that they can neutralize it, if they are exposed at a later time.

The immune stimulation created by a vaccine is the cause of some of the side effects that may be seen following inoculation. While quite rare, these adverse effects may include localized soreness in the area of injection, vomiting, diarrhea, and anaphylaxis (facial and throat swelling). There is also speculation that this reaction, from certain vaccines, could be a factor in the development of specific cancers and auto-immune diseases. With this in mind, it is still widely accepted that the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. In general, viruses cannot be specifically treated, but must be managed supportively, to allow the body to cure itself.

Hopefully, as the research progresses we will have a clearer understanding of vaccines. It is imperative that you have a detailed discussion with your veterinarian on the appropriate vaccines for your dog or cat. Together, you can decide which vaccines are necessary and how frequently they should be given. There are a number of questions that should be answered before creating a vaccine protocol for your specific pet. How old is your pet? What is their previous vaccine history? Do they have any other medical conditions? Do they have contact with other dogs or cats? What is their lifestyle? Do they go hiking, camping or hunting? Will they be boarding in a kennel?

Prevention is the key to a long and healthy life. Vaccines can protect our pets from a number of infectious diseases, but they must be used appropriately. A vaccine protocol should be created for your specific pet based on exposure risks, medical history, and lifestyle. Together, with your veterinarian, you can provide the best opportunity for years of happiness with your tail-wagging companion.
If you have any specific vaccine questions or would like further information please contact me at info@tricountyah.com.

We'd like to thank Dr. S and the entire staff at Tri-County Animal Hospital. We have partnered with them to be the vet for our Pathway dogs and cats. They truly care about all our animals and have made a difference in their lives as they get ready for their forever homes.


Upcoming Events


Saturday, September 8th
Adoption Event and Fundraiser
Dairy Queen
299 Franklin Ave, Wyckoff
Come out and meet some of our adoptable dogs and cats. Donate $1 to Pathway and receive a free mini blizzard!

Saturday, September 8th
North Haledon Day
More details to come!

Sunday, September 23rd
Multi Agency Adoption Day & Family Festival
Slater's Mill behind Mike's Feed Farm
90 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne
Adoptable dogs and cats, family fun, activities for you and your pets, and more!


Yankee Candle Fundraiser


Yankee Candle has generously partnered with APTH this year to allow us this wonderful fundraising opportunity. You get the quality of Yankee Candle, a name everyone knows, for your own enjoyment or to offer as a holiday gift AND you provide A Pathway to Hope with funds to rescue more animals. The price points are the same as in any retail establishment but you don’t pay tax or shipping costs.

Orders must be taken between August 29th and October 8th. All orders will be available for Thanksgiving so products for both holidays ( Thanksgiving and Christmas ) will be available. We should receive the orders the week of Nov 12th. Take a look at the fall catalog here!

Our centralized pick-up/drop-off location will be at Jake's Place at Rock Ledge Garden Center in Wayne.

Interested in placing an order? Let us know and we can coordinate! If you would like to volunteer as a representative during this fundraiser we can provide you an order form and catalog. This will give you the opportunity to offer your colleagues and family gift giving ideas that save lives too!


Meet Connor!

Connor is an adorable 8 month old shepherd/terrier mix who is looking for his forever home. Connor has a lot of energy and would do best with an active family who can keep him busy physically and mentally. He will make a great jogging or hiking partner and would love a big yard to run and play in. Connor is housetrained and crate trained. He gets along with some dogs but barks and is a bit unsure around others. With training and proper socialization, we're sure he'll blossom into an amazing pup!
For more information on Connor, click here

Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering, but aren't able to foster? Contact pathwaytohope@yahoo.com to find out about volunteer opportunities, including driving for volunteer transports, attending events, event planning, helping with screening & home visits and more!


Monetary donations are always appreciated as many of our rescues come in needing special medical care. A link for donations can be found on our website at apathwaytohope.org. We are in need of dog treats, martingale collars, cat carriers, litter boxes and frontline or advantage for both dogs and cats. See list below for additional needs. Donations can be dropped off at Jake's Place in Wayne! Check out our wishlist as well on Amazon.com!

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