Primum non nocere
is a Latin phrase that means "First, do no harm.”
I work hard to improve the lives of my patients and their families.
My guidelines are
(Java Mizell is the trustworthy soul in the middle)
Example of “Do No Harm” in action:
There are vaccines that have ingredients that are known to cause cancer in cats. Many vets still use them.
I do not use these.
The vaccines I choose to carry for cats are adjuvant free, meaning they
contain none of the chemicals that are suspected of causing the
vaccine-related cancers in cats. This is true for my feline Rabies
vaccine, my FeLV vaccine and my 4 way (FVRCP) vaccine. Because their
development involved a considerable amount of research and development,
they cost significantly more than any other line of vaccine I could have
It’s worth it.
I feel good about giving them, following the policy “Do no harm.”
Because...What is the point of vaccinating a cat against respiratory
diseases if the vaccine itself may induce a fibrosarcoma requiring limb
Why would anyone choose to use a cheap, cancer-causing vaccine if there
is an alternative? And yet, if you look around, some vets are still
using killed virus vaccines (meaning they contain the cancer-causing
adjuvant). Suppliers presume their clients want the cheapest, not the
safest, so their vaccines are also adjuvanted killed virus.
Why would anyone use these products?
Believe it or not, there is a lot of pressure on vets to make bad choices.
If owners decide what to do based strictly on the cost of the
shots, not on the quality of ingredients or research or technical support behind them, vets are under pressure to keep these “phone-shopped” prices as
low as possible.
It is the responsibility of the vets to educate their clients.
It is the responsibility of the owners to choose medical care based on
what’s important to them, whether that is cost or quality.
We all work within our own economic and moral framework.
I cannot explain other doctors’ choices, only my own.
Post-operative photo of a kitty named Sebastian. He had a fibrosarcoma removed from his right hind leg in Feb 2010 following a traditional, adjuvanted Rabies shot. He lived only 6 months after diagnosis.(He was not a patient of mine)
Cats like Sebastian have convinced me of the importance of avoiding adjuvanted vaccines in cats whenever possible.
photo used with permission of his loving owner