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Companions For Life Pet Rescue

 Maremma Sheepdogs In Rescue (Aust)

& other Guardian Breeds

Every face deserves a "forever" place!

Adopt a pet now & give one a new life.

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Companions For Life is located at Portland, NSW, Australia. Click here for more information.

Looking for that great family pet???

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Call Andrea on 0418171896

Dogs for Rural Areas

Do you live on acreage and are looking for a dog who is suitable (or used to) rural living?

Our dogs in care (big and small) are able to be tested with the variety of livestock (eg feathered and furry) prior to being adopted.

For Guardian breeds please see our Maremma Rescue Page or if your interested in a smaller house dog that is good on acreage and trustworthy around stock, just give me a call on 02 6355 5004 or 0418171896 (evenings are best) to discuss your situation and what your looking for.


Proudly Australian

A new venture to help educate the general public on vaccinations

The Pet Parents’ Action Group

Are Annual Vaccinations Necessary?

Vaccination of dogs and cats

The AVA (Australian Veterinary Association) updated its policy on vaccination of dogs and cats in June 2009.

Our information for vets includes the background to the policy, some tips on communicating well with owners and answers to some frequently asked questions.

The information for pet owners explains about vaccinations and related health care issues for dogs and cats.

There is also information about what the new policy will mean for pet care businesses.


The AVMA Journal (#208, 1996) says: "There is no scientific data to support a recommendation for annual administration of vaccines. Furthermore, repeated administration of vaccines may be associated with a higher risk of anaphylaxis and autoimmune diseases."

In the same issue:

"There is little scientific documentation that backs up label claims for annual administration of most vaccines. In the past, it was believed that annual vaccination would not hurt and would probably help most animals. However concerns about side effects have begun to change this attitude. The client is paying for something with no effect or with the potential for an adverse reaction."

Annual vaccination schedules have always been based on -- you're going to love this -- the suggestions of the vaccine manufacturers -- NOT on independent research. Is it any surprise that they want annual vaccinations? __________________________________________________________

For Pet Owners

As with human medicine, we’re learning more all the time about the best ways to prevent disease in dogs and cats. In response to this, in 2009 the AVA revised its policy to recommend less frequent vaccination for adult cats and dogs for some vaccines.

Vaccination for some diseases may not be needed on an annual basis. Other diseases such as canine cough (or kennel cough) still need to be boosted at least every year.

You should talk to your veterinarian about the most appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet, as the best approach differs depending on the age and health of your dog or cat, and where you live.

Whatever your vet advises you about vaccinating your dog or cat, it’s still extremely important that you get an annual health check for your pet.

Dogs and cats age differently from humans, so going to the vet each year is like going to the doctor every five years or so for us!

Finding problems early at an annual health check will save time and money later on, and might even save your pet’s life. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about your pets health and welfare.

Links from the Australian Veterinary of Australia website......

Veterinarians and the new pet vaccination policy

Vaccinating your pet

Pet care businesses and the vaccination policy

Frequently asked questions


Other interesting links with regarding to over vaccinating

and this is a excellent one

an excellent one by Catherine O'Driscoll, but the background colour needs to be changed, so highlight it to make it readable

Catherine O'Driscoll runs Canine Health Concern which campaigns and also delivers an educational program, the Foundation in Canine Healthcare. She is author of Shock to the System (2005; see review this issue), the best-selling book What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines (1997, 1998), and Who Killed the Darling Buds of May? (1997; reviewed in NEXUS 4/04). She lives in Scotland with her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden Retrievers, named Edward, Daniel and Gwinnie, and she lectures on canine health around the world.

and Jean Dodds

and treating adverse reactions to vaccinations by Jean Dodds