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What All Pet Owners Need To Know About Vaccines

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:, 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:

See this link for more info on Adjuvant:

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!




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Daisy the Curly Cat

I am so glad to learn that Roxy is doing well. It sounds like Stefanie has a wonderful surgeon (in-home post operative care sounds like a dream come true). We go to a holistic vet and we carefully discuss the pros and cons of vaccinations and make individualized decisions; Harley, because of his immune-system disorder, is not going to have further vaccines at this point. One of your links discusses vaccinations in the tail. I have never heard of that, but it seems like a great idea! Thanks for helping to educate everybuddy about VAS.

ps: Hi Stefanie! ::waves paw::

Brenda @ Split Rock Ranch

I'm so happy that the surgery went well. Thank you for the information on the VAS! I hope that Roxy's recovery continues to go well and that she is back to her purrrfect self soon.


Great news about Roxy :-). Thanks a million for the info!!!

Your Daily Cute

Wow. Very important post! Thanks so much for sharing. And I'm so glad it's good news!


Thank you for sharing this very important information on vaccines. I hope sweet little Roxy is going to recover soon.

hugs and purrs,

Duni & Sammy


Goodness, I'll add her to my prayer list, I hope she gets better quickly!

Vampy Vic

Thank you so much for posting this! wow! They wouldn't do it to humans huh? :(
I am so happy for little Roxy, that she has such good vets and such a good momma and the obvious that she came out ok :)))

Mrs. Mecomber

Yikes! I have never heard of such a thing! I commonly try to skip the Distemper Vac anyway, for my indoor cat... but my outdoor kitties get the Vacs. This is just an awful thing!


Great post and terrific pictures. Speaking about surgery having your dog spayed r neutered is also vey important. Im taking one of my dogs " Boogie" in for surgery tomorrow to get fixed she is scared to death I have been practicing putting her in the dog cage carrier and each time I place her in there she pees and Poos all over herself. Seems this is one problem I as a dog person cannot get her to accept. I feel bad everytime I have to put her in the carrier but tomorrow is the big day and it has to be done. You would think I would be used to this as many dogs as I have taken to get fixed at the vets but Boogie is the only one who gets so scared of that dog cage. I hope you all will say a little prayer for her that everything turns out alright. Maria I also want to thank you for your kindness and support and thanks for voting for me. People like you with a good heart is what keeps me going when at times I feel like giving up.


Roxy is very pretty and I'm very happy that she is doing well now. Thanks for sharing this info. I didn't know about Feline Vaccine Associated Sarcoma. I'll read up on it.

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