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Hi all hope this won't be long. As I have told you the biopsy on pickles showed it was a vaccine related sarcoma, I was speaking to my aunt and she had a similar problem with this happening to her cat a few years back, where they ended up haveing to remove her cats leg. She told me there was a way to file a class action suit against the maker of the vaccine and to try to re-coup some of the money that we have had to spend, (it was well over 2000 to find out what this tumor was), I was wondering if anyone has heard of this. I would also like to find out how to let the legistlatures know this is happening, as this as I found out online is something that is occuring more often. My aunt told me I will need to get Pickles vaccine records, with the name of the vaccine that he was given, I was just wondering if anyone has heard of class actions against the companies. I am going to see if I can get the information and go from there, but more importantly I want people to know that this is out there. It' not the vets fault if he got a bad batch of vaccines, so I am hoping he is helpful. I will let you know what my vet has to say. I guess I have my work cut out, but if it helps someone else and can prevent this from happening it will be well worth it. Let me know if you have any thoughts, Please feel free to send me a pm. Thanks so much.
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OMG please let me know which vaccine this was!!
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Unfortunately, its not a bad BATCH of vaccines that cause the problem, but vaccines in general that cause the problem. We don't know why, but we do know that vaccine associated sarcomas are highly associated with Rabies vaccines and feline leukemia vaccines. So there isn't anyone to sue... its not the fault of the company, its just something that happens in cats.

Research is ongoing to try to find out what causes the reaction in cats, and new vaccine technologies are being produced (transdermal vaccines, recombinant vaccines) to hopefully decrease the incidence. Veterinarians are also decreasing the number of vaccines given, and changing where they give the vaccines (each vaccine in a specific part of the body, as low on the limb as possible) so that the sarcoma is more likely to occur in an area that can be more easily removed, or rather, amputated.

Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force

Sarcomas are not new, nor are they extremely rare. But in 1991, veterinarians began to notice a higher than expected number of sarcomas occurring on the body in places where vaccines are commonly injected. Since most sarcomas are not linked with vaccines in any way-and those that are associated occur only infrequently-it is very difficult to establish a clear relationship. Veterinary scientists are clarifying the picture, but much more needs to be learned.
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