Connecticut Doctor John Robb has been fighting to save pet lives for the last 32 years. As a veterinarian, he took an oath to protect his patients no matter what – even if it means breaking the law.
Dr. John Robb, right, has a simple request for the pet vaccination industry — one that is not being taken seriously, unfortunately.
The vaccine in question is the rabies shot. Dr. Robb says that the shot works for a pet’s entire lifetime (and a blood test can determine if it is still in effect). However, largely because of the immense influence and power of the vaccine manufacturers, the rabies shot is being recommended annually. He says this shot has made pets instantly vomit and fall ill, develop immune disorders, cancers, and can even cause death. His main battle is over pet over-vaccinations, and he has been ridiculed, arrested, put on probation, and lost his clinic, but nothing can stop him after seeing patients suffer, become injured, and even die.
Not only is the number of vaccines not regulated, the dose is also not adjusted for the body weight, making the shot potentially dangerous and even lethal for smaller-sized animals.
A five-pound cat normally receives the same shot as a 100-pound dog. Dr. Robb finds it outrageous, and he has been administering half shots of the vaccines to his smaller patients. This has gotten him into a surprising amount of trouble over the years, but he is not willing to give up.
On February 22, he spoke in front of the board of state officials in Connecticut, urging them to look at the research, hear the stories from veterinarians who have seen the worst of vaccine injuries, and to change the laws when it comes to pet vaccinations. But instead of being heard, he was laughed at, ignored, and left unheard.
To prove his point, Dr. Robb brought 45 documents showing that vaccinations are dose-dependent, and too large of a dose can kill an animal. They also showed that in many cases booster vaccines are unnecessary and provide no protection to the animal.
Booster vaccinations in question are a common practice. While Connecticut laws about vaccine dosage are vague, most states require veterinarians to give a full dose of the vaccine, regardless of animal’s size.
When it comes to rabies, the vaccine is given at 12 weeks old, and then repeated at least every three years but is often done annually. It is also recommended for four doses of vaccine to be given in just two weeks whenever a pet comes in contact with a potentially rabid animal.
Why every three years? Dr. Schultz explains that the high cost of studying vaccines has prevented them from being researched to see how long they may potentially last. The longest rabies vaccine study was three years long, which he believes is simply not long enough, arguing that the vaccine is capable of providing immunity for much longer periods.
Currently, Dr. Schultz is involved in the Rabies Challenge Fund, a project aimed to extend the recommended interval between the boosters from three years to five years, and perhaps even seven years.
Dr. Robb from his own experience is convinced that one rabies vaccine is good not just for seven years, but for life. He has also seen vaccine injuries such as vomiting, tumors at the injection sites, immune diseases and immediate death from anaphylaxis (an allergic reaction to an antigen); and he does not believe in giving a full shot to pets that are small. Yet, for this belief, he has been put on probation, and can no longer administer vaccines at all.
Dr. John Robb has been a veterinarian for 32 years after getting his degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from the University of California in 1985.
And this is not the first time Dr. Robb has been in the news for fighting his fight. Dr. Robb was previously under fire for giving pets half-doses of the rabies vaccines and advocating limited vaccinations at Banfield Pet Hospital, where he was a franchise owner.
After learning about Dr. Robb’s vaccine protocol, Banfield Pet Hospital sent letters to over 5,000 of his clients claiming that they were not vaccinated properly and asking them to come back for boosters. The hospital also took ownership of Dr. Robb’s practice.
After Dr. Robb got banned from the Banfield Pet Hospital, he organized protests against them. PHOTO: Dogs Naturally Magazine
Dr. Robb then showed up at the clinic to personally urge his former patients to run a titer before getting further vaccines (a titer is a blood test that determines if antibodies are still present and or if the pet needs a booster vaccination). He was arrested for trespassing and banned from his former clinic and the Petsmart, which owns some Banfield Pet Hospitals.
Dr. Robb writes on his blog that he was also handcuffed, and was taken to a psychiatric ward of Stamford hospital, while the police came to his house and harassed his wife. He later held organized protests against the hospital, showing that he was not going to give up the fight easily.
He continued practicing veterinary medicine and recently experienced yet another backlash, this time from the State Veterinary Board of Connecticut. The reason was the same – giving small dogs half shots of the rabies vaccine.
“Every veterinary doctor that we have contacted told [us] that the rabies vaccine can either save an animal’s life or kill it depending on how much you administer. But they say Connecticut law has simply not caught up with this simple concept,” reported News 12 Connecticut.
Yet, even though many veterinarians agree on the issue, Dr. Robb was put on probation, and although he can still practice, he cannot administer vaccines anymore.
Dr. Robb still practices today, and can be reached on his website for appointments or consultations.
Most people have never heard that vaccine doses are not adjusted by weight. And some are feeling desperate, because their apartment complexes require the pets to be vaccinated for rabies each year, or else they cannot keep them.
On Planet Paws’s video report, many have left comments of their personal pet-injury stories:
“My dog passed two months after his vaccinations. He was an older dog.” – Barbara S.
“My one pug had a horrible reaction to his puppy vaccines and almost died.” – Jay R. R.
“My five-months old Yorkie died 24 hours after receiving the rabies vaccine.” – Elizabeth A.
“My sweet terrier died the next day after her vaccines. I believe every word this veterinarian says. Please be careful with [pet] shots.” – Susan M. B. P.
“My Pomeranian has two autoimmune diseases that some [doctors] think are from over-vaccinating.” – Patricia R. S.
“I have had two cats die from cancer [at the spot] where they had gotten shots.” – Teresa B. Z. B.
“My two-year old boxer nearly died from an auto immune reaction to his vaccine combination. He had a condition called ITP, which no one warns you about…He had the vaccines for lepto, lyme, and boardatella. Due to his condition he will never have another vaccine. No one tells you this can happen, or symptoms to look for. I will think twice about having these meds put into any other animals I may have.” – Marissa F.
Watch the News 12 Connecticut report: