This post was written by my best friend Stefanie after her beloved cat Roxy had surgery yesterday. After speaking with the specialist who performed the surgery and doing a little research on her own this is what she learned about pet vaccines. I believe that this is the most important information I have ever posted on my site. Thanks Stef!
Me with Roxy:
I Just wanted to report that Roxy's surgery went very well :) The surgeon believes he got all of the mass (a suspected vaccine-associated sarcoma). Thankfully, he did not have to take any of her scapula (shoulder blade), where the vaccine was administered, as the mass was not attached to the bone at all.
Roxy will not be coming home w/ me tonight. The surgeon and his wife, who is also his technician and anesthesiologist (they're an amazing team; here's a link to their website: http://www.fidossurgeon.com/), as part of their fee, offer post-operative care in their home and have indicated they would feel more comfortable doing that w/ Roxy. She has a drain at her wound site that will be difficult to deal w/ and they want to keep her on IV fluids for the night.
I'm actually relieved they're going to be taking care of her tonight, as I know she will receive the best care. However, I am definitely looking forward to seeing my precious girl tomorrow!
I've done a little research on Feline Vaccine-Associated Sarcoma (VAS), which as I mentioned above, is what they suspect Roxy had. Apparently, the cause of the cancer is being linked to the adjuvant that is used in vaccines. This is the agent that enables the cat's immune system to recognize the protein/virus being introduced by the vaccine so that antibodies will be created. It should be noted that Feline VAS is not associated w/ any particular vaccine, but rather vaccines in general. Many vaccines are now supposed to be adjuvant-free. My regular vet has indicated she wants to contact the FDA about the vaccines they've been using b/c of our situation.
In Roxy's case, it was the Feline Distemper vaccine that she received a YEAR ago; however, the tumor showed up almost over-night (I swear) and was extremely fast growing. I noticed it last Tuesday (6/16); between then and now it almost tripled in size. Talk about scary! Watch your kitties carefully for this, especially after vaccination.
For anyone wanting to read up more on the issue of Feline VAS, here are a few links that might be of interest...
See these links for more general info on Feline VAS awareness and the benefits/risks of immunization:
See this link for more info on Feline VAS and the various immunizations: http://placervillevet.com/feline%20sarcoma.htm
See this link for more info on Adjuvant: http://www.whale.to/vaccine/adjuvants.html
My thanks to everyone for their thoughts/prayers, and especially to "MariaMichelle" and "DavetheHubby," both of whom I love dearly.
A special "Hi" to Daisy; "MM" always talks about your blog! :)
Please see some photos of Stef with her two kitties Roxy and Oliver in the following post.
Here are some photos of me with Roxy. I am very proud of these photos because she is very shy, but still let me pet her!