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Vaccinations in Veterinary Medicine: Dogs and Cats: Vaccinosis

Dr. Michael W. Fox DVM - "Adverse vaccination reactions resulting in disease(so called vaccinosis) include injection-site fibro-sarcomas in cats, and various immune-system dysfunction diseases, possibly hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, various chronic skin conditions and kidney disease. More research has been done in dogs, where certain breeds and lines are particularly prone to develop vaccinosis. Conditions associated with same include encephalitis, seizures, polyneuropathy ( weakness, incoordination and muscle atrophy), hypertrophic osteodystrophy (shifting lameness and painful joints), autoimmune thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, liver, kidney and bone marrow failure variously associated with
autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thrombocytopenia."

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Chrissie Mason B.R.C.P., Ph.D. - "I am becoming seriously concerned at the increase in the cases of Auto-immune disease, and the Canine/Feline vaccination programme which I consider to be inextricably linked. Certainly, I do not stand alone in holding these views, as a number of Orthodox Veterinary Practitioners have expressed their concern over the incidence of certain types of illness suddenly appearing after a vaccination has been administered. Often these are severe skin disorders, gastrointestinal disturbances, sickness and colitis symptoms, all of which have been observed and recorded. A further occurrence observed by some Veterinarians is that of a tumour or growth appearing directly on or around the sight of the annual injection, this is particularly noticeable in the feline world, and can take the form of fibrosarcoma. Indeed, the list of symptoms that can be linked with the over exuberant vaccination programme appears endless: warty growths, tumours of both malignant and benign type, seizures, skin problems, bone and joint disorders.  In America the Veterinary Immunologists claim that vaccinations should only be given once or twice during an animal's life time. There is no need or evidence to prove that annual vaccination programmes are either essential or effective. On the contrary research suggests that no dog over the age of 7 years of age derives benefit from the annual vaccine programme. Furthermore, those animals submitted to the annual boosters, go on to display exacerbation of joint related ills in later life."

The Rabies Challenge Study

Many vets and many of the worlds’ leading veterinary experts and researchers indicate that pets are being over vaccinated but the laws require us to continue doing it because there are no US rabies vaccine studies done per US government standards to prove without any doubt that revaccination is not necessary. Our government has allowed pharmaceutical companies to give arbitrary rabies revaccination guidelines without proving how long their product is effective. 

World-renown vaccine research scientist and practicing veterinarian, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine, have established The Rabies Challenge Fund to raise money to fund a 7 year rabies vaccine challenge study in the United States.  Many dog caregivers across the country are becoming more and more aware of the possibility that over vaccination can have harmful effects on dogs - and the rabies vaccine is no exception. The incidence of rabies exposure in companion animals and humans, though very low today, still remains a distinct possibility. Consequently, the Federal and state governments require every dog to be vaccinated triennially (still even annually or biannually in a few states) against rabies. However, the veterinary community is increasingly concerned that rabies vaccination given this frequently is not only unnecessary but also responsible for inducing adverse reactions that lead to both acute and chronic immunological and other disorders. Although a French medical study completed in 1992 showed that rabies vaccine is protective for at least five years, Federal and state legislatures have not accepted this finding.Thus, the health and well-being of millions of dogs in the United States remain threatened by the potential for adverse vaccinal events.

Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, will be conducting the rabies challenge studies.  Dr. Schultz has been performing challenge studies on canine vaccines since the mid-1970's, and his data formed the scientific base for the American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines.   He is set to begin the rabies challenge studies as soon as the fund can raise the first year's budget of $177,000.  The University of Wisconsin is waiving its overhead charges for these studies.  The only expenses coming out of the pre-grant funds are those for filing annual returns with IRS -- there are no salaried officers, building costs, etc... Except for IRS fees, all the money donated to The Rabies Challenge Fund will go directly to funding these studies. learn more  -  Frequently Asked Questions

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Dee Blanco, D.V.M - "You take healthy animals and often very quickly after you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions and licking of the air. We see a lot of epilepsy/seizure, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently, you'll see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination."  Dee Blanco, D.V.M., a holistic practitioner in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Vaccinations may even contribute to premature death in animals whose immune systems were already compromised, some veterinarians believe. "I had two situations where we had spent a long time building up two older, severely immunocompromised dogs, and then their owners had them vaccinated for just about everything known to man," recalled Dr. Carvel Tiekert, executive director and founder of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association headquartered in Bel Air, Maryland. "Both of those dogs died within about a month of vaccination. Can we prove a cause and effect? No. Do I think there was a cause and effect? Yes." more

The Pet Wellness has been successful in getting the Texas Department of Health Services to propose a rule change. It will be published for public comment in October. In the meantime, we must truly marshal our forces to counteract what is surely to be a nasty fight. There is so much myth and misinformation surrounding rabies in companion animals. Our laws are at least 20 years behind our knowledge of vaccinology.  Please help us get wider awareness of the proposed rule change and the need for people to speak out on the need for reform in rabies laws, starting with an exemption for sick and senior pets. 

Rabies is the only vaccine that is mandated by law, yet lawmakers do not understand how vaccines work and that "more" (i.e. yearly) is not better and can actually be harmful to pets.  Anti dog legislation is rampant in this country, and the only way to stop it is for ALL pet owners to band together and contact legislators, both local and outside their area.  These laws spread like wildfire to other areas once passed, and none of us (i.e. our animals) is safe.  Please phone, fax or email your opposition to public officials.  Changing the law in Kansas (and then Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas etc) could stop similar laws from being implemented in your city/state.   Joint $35,000 Matching Gift to the Rabies Challenge Fun

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Dr. Falconer DVM - "The goal is to have an immune system that can defend the animal against exposure to parvo, canine or feline distemper, kennel cough, FeLV, strangles, flu, Rhino, etc. If you opt to have the strongest immune system possible without the risks that vaccines confer, use the preventative program that keeps the immune system strong safely and efficaciously, and without risk to the animal. That, in my opinion, is daily dosing with the Animal Health supplements utilizing Transfer Factor products coupled with excellent nutrition, should be adequate protection to get your animal out in the real world, benefitting from natural exposure to viruses and bacteria that can make the immune system stronger. "

Question to Dr. Falconer: does vaccination (or over-vaccination) causes overactive immune reaction (autoimmune disorder) or does it cause suppression of the immune system?

Dr. Will Falconer D.V.M: "The answer is YES.  Probably both.  Vaccination *confuses* the immune system, as I point out in my heartworm eBook. So, it could go either way, or alternate over time between the two. Transfer Factor is a natural nutritional product that help support the animal's immune system. A healthy immune system is capable of helping the body heal itself. Transfer Factor should be given before and immediately after vaccination for at least a few weeks to help ameliorate the confusion (when someone is faced with a mandatory vaccination, or has decided they want to give one).  By giving the immune system with Transfer Factor, the immune intelligence should be able to better sort through the confusion, though I'm not sure that's measurable."

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Homeopathy is also renowned for its success to antidote or remove the toxic effects of vaccines and to re-establish balance in health. Certain homeopathic remedies such as thuja, sulphur and silica taken before and after vaccination can protect from vaccine damage. Please consult a professional homeopath for more information. (see list of holistic and homeopathic veterinarians) Many families are now also using homeopathy 'nosodes' as an alternative to vaccines for their children and their pets. Nosodes are available from Dr. Charles Loops

Vaccinations in Veterinary Medicine: Dogs and Cats
by Don Hamilton, DVM

A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual re-vaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccinations. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7-10 years). And no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats. Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response as a result of interference by existing antibody (similar to maternal antibody interference). The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law (i.e., certain states require annual revaccination for rabies).

Summary: Yearly "boosters" are unnecessary, provide no benefit if given (will not increase immunity). Thus boosters are either a legal issue (Rabies) or a manipulation issue (inducing clients to come in for examination rather than directly suggesting an examination).

The issue of initial vaccination is less clear than that of boosters. Many clinicians feel that without vaccination they would see outbreaks of disease, particularly canine parvovirus disease. This can be a difficult issue to resolve. A fundamental dilemma is that vaccination in effect leads to weakening of the gene pool, and thus the overall health of a given population. One way this occurs is by allowing individuals to live that would otherwise succumb to disease, such disease being a natural means to "cleanse" and thus strengthen that population. This naturally presents an ethical quandary these days (our understanding of native or aboriginal thinking suggests that letting weak individuals die was implicitly understood to be not only acceptable but proper).

Western society values the individual's right to be, therefore we make efforts to save all individuals. Any answer to this question naturally lies with the individual(s) involved. The second, and more compelling theory of the mechanism of interaction between a vaccine and the body suggests that vaccines "protect" against the acute disease not by preventing the disease but by changing the form of the disease to a chronic disease. 2 For example, the panleukopenia virus of cats induces an intense, rapidly progressive malfunction in the digestive tract, leading to vomiting and/or diarrhea. In adult vaccinated animals this translates into a chronic state of diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. This disease is known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an autoimmune disease of the intestines. IBD has been occurring at near epidemic levels over the past several years; no other reasonable explanation has been proposed for the proliferation of cases of the disease.

Vaccinations are known to be a major trigger of other autoimmune processes in susceptible individuals, 3 so it is reasonable to suspect vaccines as a trigger for IBD. Another aspect of panleukopenia virus infection, implied by the name of the virus, is vastly lowered numbers of white blood cells and corresponding immune deficiency. Could the appearance of Feline Leukemia virus disease and later Feline Immunodeficiency virus disease be related to vaccination for panleukopenia during the previous two decades? The logicality of this theory does not allow easy dismissal of a relationship, most likely cause and effect. Both of the latter diseases produce low white blood cell counts and immunodeficiency as part of their symptom complexes.

Similar connections have been proposed between Canine Distemper virus disease and both kennel cough and Canine Parvovirus diseases as "distemper" includes a pneumonia component as well as severe diarrhea. Chronic coughing is characteristic of kennel cough; parvovirus disease affects the intestines, producing severe diarrhea and vomiting. Additionally, the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease in dogs appears to be on the increase in the past year or two. Vaccination of dogs for Canine Parvovirus has been in effect for fifteen years, contrasted with the much longer history of parvovirus vaccination in cats (Feline Panleukopenia virus is a member of the parvovirus family). This portends a frightening future for dogs if the connection is indeed correct. Finally, connections are proposed between vaccination for Rabies and increasing numbers of fearful, aggressive animals. Behavioral problems of the extent seen today are a recent occurrence, being rare only two to three decades ago. 4 Their emergence is coincident with the practice of repeated adult vaccination, suggesting the need to examine that relationship. Aggressive behavior has been observed in dogs for several days following vaccination for rabies, even with non-infectious [killed] vaccines.5, 6

As practitioners sharing responsibility for the well being of patients, veterinarians are faced with a challenge when dealing with acute diseases. Vaccinations may prevent these acute diseases, but if the exchange is for a lifetime of chronic disease, is that a viable option? (Viable is from the French vie, meaning life, so the question is will the patient live and flourish or simply exist.)

First, remembering that booster vaccines are unnecessary, we can stop all vaccination after one year of age for virtually all diseases. (cf. below; Rabies is required by law so we need to work to change the laws so that they are in accordance with the fact rather than fear.) As repetition naturally increases the likelihood of problems, we can reduce side effects tremendously with no additional risk to the patient, simply by stopping adult boosters. Of course, there will still be some risk involved with even the initial vaccinations, but no risk of contracting the acute disease once the animal is immunized by these first vaccines. See below for duration of immunity to the various diseases for which vaccines are available.

Secondly, all vaccines should be administered as single antigens. (An antigen is something that is capable of eliciting an immune response, in this case a viral or bacterial organism from which a vaccine is produced.) This means not using the polyvalent vaccines which have become so common these days. Natural exposure to diseases is usually one at a time, and the body is probably more successful at responding to only one antigen and producing immunity without adverse effects, rather than responding to a complex of antigens. Therefore, rather than giving a group of antigens together at three to four week intervals, individual components should be given using an alternating schedule with a minimum of repetition. (Cf. below)

Thirdly, only immunize for diseases which meet all of the following criteria:

  • 1.The disease is serious, even life threatening.
  • 2.The animal is or will be exposed to the disease.
  • 3.The vaccine for the disease is known to be effective.
  • 4.The vaccine for the disease is considered safe.
  • Let us take Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV) disease as an example. An indoor only cat will not be exposed as this requires direct, intimate, cat-to-cat contact. Many veterinarians recommend immunizing indoor cats against this disease. I feel this is unethical. This disease does not fit criteria number three or four anyway in my experience, so vaccination is unwarranted in most if not all circumstances. Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) virus disease is another disease which fits neither three or four. FIP vaccine has generally been found ineffective and has produced severe side effects. Among the side effects I have observed with both FIP and FeLV is induction of the clinical disease they were intended to prevent. In dogs, Canine Hepatitis (CH) virus is almost nonexistent (the vaccine virus to prevent CH is Adenovirus-2). Leptospirosis is extremely rare and often not the same serotype used in the vaccine 7 and the bacterin for "lepto" is very prone to side effects. Coronavirus disease was never a serious threat except to dog companions' bank accounts, the same being true for Lyme disease except possibly in very small regions. Kennel cough disease is generally not serious (criteria one), and one study showed immunization to be ineffective or even counterproductive. 8 Immunization should be limited to high risk circumstances, if at all. A similar situation exists with the feline upper respiratory diseases; most are not serious except in very young kittens who contract the disease before vaccines are typically administered. Rabies is another disease for which indoor cats and well confined dogs have no exposure, so the vaccine is clinically unnecessary although required by law.

    Fourth, vaccines should NEVER be given to unhealthy animals. This is a practice that is gaining popularity among veterinarians for some strange reason, and it goes against the recommendations in all vaccine inserts as well as those of virtually all immunologists. This is malpractice in my opinion.

    A bolder option is to refuse immunizations entirely, recognizing the inherent risk in administration of even one vaccine into the body, and being willing to accept the risk of not immunizing. While risk does exist if animals are unvaccinated, it can be moderated significantly by feeding better quality foods (home prepared, including fresh, raw meats) and by limiting exposure until the animals are six to eight months of age. An unvaccinated animal will be significantly less likely to suffer from allergies and many health problems. Skin allergic reactions have been associated with vaccine administration, 9 and tremendous numbers of dogs and cats have skin allergies today. Some other diseases for which links to vaccines are known or suspected include epilepsy, thyroid disorders 10 (hyper- and hypothyroidism), chronic hepatitis, renal failure, cystitis or lower urinary tract disease (particularly in cats), autoimmune hemolytic anemia, 11 neurologic diseases such as confusion and inability to be "present", asthma, and so on. In humans sudden infant death syndrome is strongly linked to DPT vaccination, 12 as are attention deficit disease/hyperactivity and autism, 13 among many others including severe brain damage.

    Why are vaccines worse than natural exposure? Probably the major factors are the artificial means by which exposure is created with vaccines and the repetition. With few exceptions (primarily rabies and occasionally Feline Leukemia virus or Feline Immunodeficiency virus), infectious organisms are transmitted via oral and nasal exposure, and this response begins at the oral/nasal level with recognition of a foreign material or organism, followed by initial non-specific destruction and elimination of the organism at the local site of exposure as well as within the blood stream whence an organism may not even reach the interior to cause deep illness, but may be successfully repelled at the periphery. In other cases the body would have a lag time of several hours or even days to begin mounting a response before the "invader" reaches interior organs. As a consequence, deeper pathology may be minimized or even averted. This interior organ pathology may be a direct result of the organism, or it may be an indirect result, manifested through antigen-antibody complexes or other immune system components. These components may inadvertently damage body tissues as "innocent bystanders", or may directly attack or invade tissues due to recognition problems (autoimmune diseases). The latter may happen because of similarity between organism structures and host tissues; often this involves the nucleoproteins (DNA or RNA), molecules that are important for controlling activity at a cellular level.

    When a vaccine is administered, the organism is injected directly into body tissues, bypassing the local immune responses. When this happens, much of the immune system is rendered useless. The body then must compensate by increasing the activity of the balance of the system, and the defenses begin in a compromised state, with the organism already in the blood stream. Within the blood stream, the primary aspects of the immune system are antibodies, proteins which attach to the organism and assist in its destruction. Although normally only a part of the defenses, these antibodies become heavily responsible in a vaccine (injected) induced invasion, thereby initiating a hyperactive (increased) response. Additionally, the preparation of vaccines often breaks down the integral structure of the virus or bacteria, exposing internal strictures such as viral DNA or RNA (depending on the virus) to the immune system, leading to heavy antibody production against these nucleoproteins. Since nucleoproteins are relatively similar in all life forms, the host antibodies may lose the induced hyperactivity of antibody production. The result may be antibody mediated destruction of host tissue, and autoimmune disease. In a natural exposure, antibodies would be directed more at external structures, which are less similar to host tissues thus less likely to induce cross reactions. Incidentally, autoimmune diseases are occurring more frequently than ever; could this be a reason?

    Aside from the above considerations, vaccines commonly contain materials other than the organism to which immunity is desired. These materials may be added as preservatives, adjuvants (materials to stimulate immune response, usually added to non-infectious [killed] vaccines), or antibiotics. Preservatives and adjuvants include such toxins and carcinogens as aluminum (alum), mercury (thimersol), and formaldehyde. Also, many foreign proteins are included if the organism was grown on foreign tissue such as chicken or duck embryos. Even more frightening, non-intended organisms are sometimes accidentally incorporated as contaminant "stowaways". In 1995 The Washington Post reported that MMR vaccine produced by Merck and Co. along with some influenza and yellow fever vaccines, contained an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase. This enzyme is associated with retroviruses such as FeLV, FIV, and HIV, and has the capability to alter genetic information, leading to serious diseases such as leukemia and other cancers. These diseases may take years to manifest, so correlation with vaccination may be impossible, masking a potentially causative relationship.

    The recommended schedules (age to vaccinate) are from Dr. Schultz, with a few changes as follows: He supports the use of combination vaccines and I strongly do not. He thus recommends in cats to combine Panleukopenia (FPL), Calicivrus (FC), and Rhinotracheitis (FVR) in one schedule; I have recommended to use FVR-FC intranasal vaccine only if needed, and separately from FPL. In dogs he would combine Distemper (CD), Parvo (CPV), and Hepatitis, and possibly Corona and Parainfluenza. I would recommend CD and CPV only, and not combined.

    I generally support the use of killed (non-infectious) vaccines, as I feel they have less likelihood for long term damage, but Dr. Schultz presents a strong case for the use of modified live vaccines (MLV) as repetition can be necessary with non-infectious vaccines. With MLV, one dose can have high efficacy. This primarily applies to DC and CPV as non-infectious [killed] Rabies and FP are as effective as MLV. Dr. Schultz' one dose-95% (one dose of vaccine at a given age will successfully immunize 95% of animals) suggestions are as follows.

    Canine Distemper (MLV) 10-12 weeks
    Canine Parvovirus (MLV) 12-14 weeks
    Feline Panleukoenia (non-inf. [killed] OK) 10-12 weeks

    Finally, a comment about vaccinations and choice. While the concept of 'owning' an animal is one with which I am uncomfortable, I do recognize that this is how the human-animal relationship is viewed from a legal perspective. Otherwise we certainly can be said to be guardians of our companion animals. Within this framework the choice about vaccination rests with the human who has accepted responsible guardianship. It does not rest with the veterinarian. Another trend of the past few years is coercion of guardians into procedures such as vaccination. This coercion may be blatant, such as refusal to provide services, even emergency care, unless the animal is 'current' on vaccines. Sometimes even critically ill animals are vaccinated upon admission for treatment. More subtle means include induction of fear and/or guilt by asserting (as an authority figure) that companion animals are at risk if not vaccinated yearly, and that failure to comply is evidence of lack of caring. Tactics such as this can create feelings of guilt in the guardian, leading to a fear based decision to vaccinate an animal that is not at risk. This is unethical if not outright malpractice and refusal is an acceptable response. As has been stated above, rabies vaccination is legally compulsive at one to three year intervals, so refusal is a legal risk. Fighting to change these laws, however, is appropriate.

    1 T.R. Phillips, T.R., DVM and Ron Schultz, PhD, Canine and Feline Vaccinations in Current Veterinary Therapy, Volume XI Robert Kirk, DVM and John Bonagura, DVM, eds., 1992
    2 Pitcarin, Richard, DVM, PhD, A New Look at the Vaccine Questions. Proceedings of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, 1993.
    3 Dodds, W. Jean, DVM, More Bumps on the Vaccine Road, Proceedings of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, 1995.
    4 Young, Arthur, DVM, Personal communication.
    5 Blanco, B. Dee, DVM, Personal communication.
    6 Hamilton, Don, DVM, Personal observation.
    7 Schultz, Ronald D., PhD, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conference, 1995.
    8 Day, Christopher, E.I., MRCVS Isopathic Prevention of Kennel Cough - Is Vaccination Justified? International Journal of Veterinary Homeopathy, Vol. 2, number 2, 1987.
    9 Scheibner, Viera, PhD, Vaccination: The Medical Assault on the Immune System, Australian Print Group, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 1993, p. 21.
    10 Dodds, 1995.
    11 Ibid.
    12 Scheibner 1993.
    13 Coulter, Harris, PhD, Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, North Atlantic Books, 1990.

    Copyright 1996 Don Hamilton, DVM

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    Dr Andrew Jones, DVM answers to some very common Vaccine Questions

    Q: Should I vaccinate my dog or cat every year?

    A: No. There is absolutely no scientific justification for annual vaccination. According to Dr Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University, and the world's most eminent expert on canine and feline immunology, "once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for years or for the life of an animal". This fact, supported by further duration of immunity studies, has been accepted by veterinary bodies in America and Australia. The consensus is that, if you wish to vaccinate your dog, then he should have puppy shots followed by one shot after six months of age, and then no further shots are required.

    Q: I thought vaccines were safe - what are the adverse effects?

    A: Inflammatory ('itis') diseases in dogs and cats are becoming increasingly common, due largely to vaccines. Vaccines contain modified live viruses; formaldehyde (a cancer-causing preservative used to embalm corpses); mercury and aluminium salts (both toxins); serum (blood products); and other worrying substances. The medical and veterinary professions readily acknowledge that both humans and animals can have allergic reactions to serum. But add all the other components, and it's no wonder some individuals have allergic reactions.

    In addition, vaccines are often cultivated on dog and cat brains and kidneys, on hamsters, on monkeys, and on chick embryos. If any of these animals' tissues are inadequately removed from the vaccine, the patient can have a hypersensitivity reaction to them. The words 'hypersensitivity', 'allergy', and 'inflammation' are interchangeable. Sometimes the hypersensitivity reaction is so severe that the patient must be immediately injected with adrenaline or they will die.

    Because vaccines are generally injected straight into the bloodstream, components can be carried around the body. Depending upon the animal's genetic predisposition, the allergic reaction could manifest as inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the digestive system, inflammation of the bones and joints - in fact, any of the many inflammatory conditions. This is why scientists have written and produced scientific papers that link vaccines in with brain damage, epilepsy, behavioural problems, colitis, arthritis, thyroid disease, heart failure, kidney failure, cancer and more.

    The practice of cultivating vaccines on animal tissue has also been called into question. The Salk Polio vaccine illustrated the dangers of this when it was discovered that it was contaminated with a range of monkey retroviruses. SV40, a monkey retrovirus found in the Salk vaccine, has been found at the cancer sites of people who received this vaccine. Worryingly, it has also been found at the cancer sites of their children. SV40 switches off the part of the DNA that protects from cancer.

    SIV, another monkey retrovirus, was also a contaminant in the Salk vaccine. SIV and HIV are closely related viruses, and independent scientists have traced the emergence of AIDS to mass polio vaccination in the Belgian Congo and amongst male homosexuals in New York who were given the vaccine in an attempt to protect against genital herpes (however strange this might sound!).

    Similarly, an avian (bird) retrovirus has been found in leukaemia patients, and it is thought that the retrovirus came from the MMR vaccine. Distemper and measles are virtually identical viruses, and both vaccines are cultivated on chick embryos.

    Where did parvovirus come from in the 1970s, killing thousands of dogs? Scientists have been quoted as saying that it was a cross-species disease, created by a vaccine manufacturer who cultivated the distemper vaccine on cats infected with feline enteritis. The first vaccine for this new disease was a stopgap: the feline enteritis vaccine. The disease occurred simultaneously around the world. Naturally occurring diseases spread slowly, but vaccine manufacturers send their products out in batches around the world, easily creating a worldwide epidemic.

    By looking at scientific data from both human and animal-based research, we are able to say that vaccines are proven to cause inflammatory and immune- mediated diseases. The UK vet Christopher Day observed that, where the start date of an illness in his patients is known, around 80% of patients started to be ill within three months of vaccination. CHC put this theory to the test by inviting pet owners to complete a short questionnaire.

    There were over 4,000 dogs in the survey. We asked, if your dog is ill, when did he become ill in relation to the vaccine? We have been astounded by the results so far.

    • 91% of Ataxia cases occurred within three months of a vaccine event
    • 81% of dogs who had tumours at their vaccine sites, first developed the tumours within three months of being vaccinated
    • 78.6% of dogs with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) first developed the condition within three months of being vaccinated
    • 73.1% of epileptic dogs first became epileptic within three months of being vaccinated
    • 65.9% of dogs with colitis developed the condition within that first three months
    • 64.9% of dogs with behavioural problems started to be a problem within three months of vaccination
    • 61.5% of dogs developed liver failure within three months of being vaccinated.
    The above figures were chosen at random from our findings to illustrate the principle to you: vaccines may be protecting our dogs against viral disease, but they are doing this at a very high price. If vaccination had no bearing on subsequent illness, only 25% of dogs should become ill in each three-month period.

    Q: Is CHC saying that we should leave our dogs unprotected against horrible diseases like distemper and parvovirus?

    A: No, certainly not. In fact, we would say you should not leave your dogs unprotected. But you can minimise the risks.

    Firstly, if you choose to continue vaccinating, you could have puppy shots and possibly the first year's booster, and leave it at that. This is the advice being given now by veterinary colleges in America.

    Secondly, you could use the homoeopathic alternative instead. This has been used by many breeders and show people for years. Reports indicate that homoeopathically protected dogs are far healthier than vaccinated dogs. There are several scientific studies showing that the homoeopathic alternative works.

    Vaccine manufacturers are currently trying to tell us that dogs need annual boosters against leptospirosis, which is a bacterin rather than a virus.
    However, many eminent scientists say that this vaccine should actually be withdrawn as it is not very protective, and it is the vaccine most associated with adverse reactions. The kennel cough virus mutates (like the flu) so you can't guarantee permanent immunity from the vaccine. However, scientific  research has shown that the homoeopathic nosode is more protective against kennel cough than the vaccine - and it's safer.

    Q: My vet tells me that you are scaremongering and that I should continue to vaccinate every year. I don't know what to do.

    A: Vets, however well-meaning, are educated in colleges that rely upon vaccine and pharmaceutical companies for funding in the form of sponsorship, research grants, scholarships and bursaries. Colleges are reliant upon big business for funding, and few people are willing to bite the hand that feeds them. Vets' education with regard to vaccines tends to stop beyond "do it".

    Our knowledge about immunity has improved greatly over the past five years. Some of the information coming to light about vaccines will present an ethical and economic challenge to veterinarians. But your pet deserves to come first, over and above any such challenges. If your vet says annual vaccination is necessary, ask him if he has heard of the research coming out of America, and the advice that annual vaccination is unnecessary. If he has heard of this research, he cannot dismiss your questions. If he has not heard of it, then he lacks the knowledge to advise.

    Finally, your dog looks at you with love and trust in his eyes, not at a stranger in a white coat. It is vitally important that you do as much as you can to understand the facts. Please don't do as I did and allow your dogs to die before you discover the truth. I wish you and your animal friends many happy and healthy years together.

    Health Hazard of Routine Vaccination: placing our animals at risk
    Most pet owners aren't aware of the dangers in animal vaccinations that have been discovered in recent years. The major veterinary associations now agree that vaccinations can trigger all sorts of maladies, from allergies to cancer - but most pet caretakers (and many veterinarians, it seems) haven't gotten the word. "With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system." Dr. Donna Starita Mehan DVM    learn more

    Prevaccination Protection  Dr. Falconer D.V.M. explains how to protect your animal from vaccines damage

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    Hearing on Pet Vaccine Disclosure Forms Draws a Big Crowd
    By Kay Liss

    A hearing on a proposal to require veterinarians to provide to pet owners disclosure forms on vaccines was standing-room-only on Monday in Augusta. Comments were fairly equally divided, with citizens in support on one hand and veterinarians opposed on the other. The proposed act is the latest effort spearheaded by Kris Christine of Alna to correct what she views as flaws in state laws regarding the administering of vaccines to pets, dogs in particular.

    She recently was successful in bringing enough attention to discrepancies in canine rabies vaccination rules, which resulted in over-vaccination of dogs in Maine for 17 years, that the law was changed, extending the administering of inoculations from two to three years. Language exempting sick dogs from the requirement is soon to be added, due to the persistence of the Alna mother and dog owner.

    This new proposal, initially championed by former Senator Chris Hall of Bristol, and presently by Rep. Peter Rines (D-Wiscasset), is an important next step, Christine believes, providing pet owners with scientifically-based information on which to make decisions on other routinely-given canine vaccines, specifically the distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis booster shot, recommended annually by vets. In her research into the rabies vaccines issue, she came upon information that suggested this booster vaccine was protective for much longer than a year. 

    The Rabies Challenge Fund - World-renowned vaccine research scientist and practicing veterinarian, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine, have established The Rabies Challenge Fund to raise money to fund a 7 year canine rabies vaccine challenge study in the United States.

    Karen Dale Dustman "The link between vaccinations and the immune system is cited by other veterinarians as well, although some caution that immune problems may involve more factors than just vaccination. "We're seeing more immune problems in general," noted Jean Dodds, D.V.M., a veterinarian with a referral practice in hematology and immunology in Santa Monica, California. "And it's likely that vacinations are just one of the triggers in individuals that are susceptible." Many holistic veterinarians also report that their observations in practice seem to support a link between vaccinations and a wide variety of ailments.

    The Cats are Talking... About Chronic Disease 
    by Will Falconer, DVM, Certified Veterinary Homeopath

    Note: This article  not meant to be a "feline" article per se.  At first glance, it may seem to be that, but 
     it's in fact more of an exposure of modern medicine, veterinary as well as human.

    Having watched animals and their illnesses for the last twenty-odd years of practice, I am seeing a disturbing trend. Have you noticed it, too? When illness strikes our pets, it is long term, chronic, and difficult to cure. The best that conventional medicine seems able to do is to (barely or briefly) control symptoms, but these poor creatures never get back to a normal, enthusiastic level of health. We've all seen these animals: they are allergic to something and itch a lot; they have thyroid problems and lose their hair or their body weight (depending on whether they have too little or too much thyroid function); they have stiffness and pain in their joints; or their teeth get filthy regularly, and they don't stay clean with our best efforts at dental hygiene. Why is this becoming so common? When I look at it carefully, it's apparent that we are not raising healthy pets. Oh, we try, we follow the veterinary line that says we should vaccinate every one every year, we should feed only one kind of food from a bag or can, we should brush teeth regularly, control fleas with the latest chemicals, but where is this getting us and our four-footed companions? The cats are telling a story about this that I want to share with you. 

    Back twenty some years ago, dogs were the most popular pet in America. Cats were less popular, and, therefore, had less likelihood of being brought to the vet. As the years went on, more people lived in smaller spaces, led busier lives, and had less time to care for a dog, but wanted that special companionship that a pet can bring, so cats grew in popularity, until, by the mid-80's, they overtook dogs in numbers owned per capita. And where did the conscientious pet owners get their advice on raising the healthiest cats they could? From their local veterinarian, of course. What was the definition of giving the best care? Vaccinating annually, feeding Science Diet, brushing teeth, treating for fleas, etc. Just like it had been for years before with the canine population. 

    Interestingly enough, the diseases that are quite common in cats now were virtually unknown in the late 70's when I was in veterinary school. We had two donated diabetic beagle siblings who lived in the hospital and taught us about this strange disease. It was something we never saw in cats, and it was pretty uncommon in dogs for that matter. We learned of hypothyroidism from several canine cases, but cats didn't have thyroid problems, and hyperthyroidism was not in the books or the exam rooms. We saw horrible skin allergies in dogs, with crusts and scabs and red feet and unending itchiness, but we didn't see cats with this disease, either.

    Well, if you've been observant in recent years, you know that these chronic diseases are fairly commonplace now in the feline population. As are heartworm (again, a dog disease originally), asthma, kidney failure, inflammatory bowel disease, dental calculus and decay, heart disease, and cancer. Why? Could it be that the cat is now following the same road that the dog has gone down? I think so, and what's more, I think we need to redefine what is the best way to raise a healthy animal.

    More veterinary care in the usual preventative way has backfired, and I think we are actually causing these chronic diseases to become more prevalent. While prevention is still most important, it's not best done by annual vaccines, toxic food, and topical flea poisons that warn us not to get them on our skin. 

    And guess what? Wild cats like the lynx and bobcat are not experiencing these chronic degenerative diseases. Wolves don't die of heartworm disease or have dirty teeth. And nobody is dropping them heartworm pills monthly nor brushing their teeth. Might we do better to follow their example (fresh, healthy food, no/minimal vaccines, no toxic chemicals)? I think we will all be happier and see less disease in all species when we do. I know this approach works. Experience has borne it out in daily practice on hundreds of animals. Question the norm! Don't raise an average animal in the common way.

    The cats are talking. Are you listening?

    Will Falconer, DVM is a Certified Veterinary Homeopath. He practices at the  Alternatives for Animal Health clinic in Austin, Texas. Telephone Consultations by Appointment 512/288-5400

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri 1980. Practice followed, with the first seven years providing conventional medical and surgical care to creatures large and small. Retraining in methods natural included certification in acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, followed by certification as a Veterinary Homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Dr. Falconer has since 1992 dedicated his practice to classical homeopathy, with animal patients around the globe. 

    The philosophy of Alternatives for Animal Health is that we work with your animal’s innate healing abilities to achieve an optimal state of health. This is best accomplished by the smooth working together of doctor, care giver, and animal. The doctor depends on you the care giver to carefully watch and report on symptoms. He will use the information you provide to carefully guide the course of homeopathic care for your individual animal. As no two animals are exactly alike, even if they have the same diagnosis, we will focus on how your individual animal manifests illness and health. This uniqueness will guide the treatment according to the clear principals of classical homeopathy. more about Dr. Falconer and his practice

    Prevaccination Protection  Dr. Falconer DVM

    I get this question more often than I used to: “If I’m not vaccinating my animal against parvo and distemper (or ______), do I need to avoid contact with other animals?” The norm has been for my patients to come to me already vaccinated, so the easy answer, based on duration of immunity, was no, the immunity should persist for “years if not the life of the animal.”  Now that people have thought more about the dangers of vaccination, it may be that some are choosing not to vaccinate until later in life (pups at 12-16 weeks old, for example), to be sure the minimum number of vaccines will give long-lived immunity. They may be using homeopathic nosodes before that, or may be opting to not vaccinate at all. What to do for these guys? Keep them in a bubble, away from all exposure to possible disease causing germs? No. That’s impractical, and, unless you have a strictly indoor cat, not much fun.

    The goal is to have an immune system that can defend the animal against exposure to parvo, canine or feline distemper, kennel cough, FeLV, strangles, flu, Rhino, etc. If you opt to have the strongest immune system possible without the risks that vaccines confer, use the preventative program that keeps the immune system strong safely and efficaciously, and without risk to the animal. That, in my opinion, is daily dosing with the Animal Health supplements utilizing Transfer Factor products coupled with excellent nutrition, should be adequate protection to get your animal out in the real world, benefitting from natural exposure to viruses and bacteria that can make the immune system stronger. Follow label doses and boost this base level as I explain below if exposure is likely

    Question to Dr. Falconer: does vaccination (or over-vaccination) causes overactive immune reaction (autoimmune disorder) or does it cause suppression of the immune system?

    Dr. Will Falconer D.V.M: "The answer is YES.  Probably both.  Vaccination *confuses* the immune system, as I point out in my heartworm eBook. So, it could go either way, or alternate over time between the two. Transfer Factor is a natural nutritional product that help support the animal's immune system. A healthy immune system is capable of helping the body heal itself. Transfer Factor should be given before and immediately after vaccination for at least a few weeks to help ameliorate the confusion (when someone is faced with a mandatory vaccination, or has decided they want to give one).  By priming the immune system with Transfer Factor, the immune intelligence should be less confused, though I'm not sure that's measurable." 

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    Veterinary Vaccine Injury Act
    It is imperative that veterinarians educate their clients concerning the associated risks of vaccines. Pet owners need to make educated decisions regarding the care of their beloved pets. Standardized handouts describing the benefits and risks of vaccinations are warranted and should be distributed by veterinarians to all animal lovers. In addition, standardized vaccination waivers should also be available for caretakers whose animals are prone to adverse reactions. This also applies to animals with chronic health conditions to insure that caretakers are not penalized for taking the necessary medical precautions. Truth in Labeling law for Rabies vaccines is a must . Unbeknown to many animal lovers, and with the USDA's approval, some three-year rabies vaccines are relabeled and used as one year products. Pet owners are generally unaware of the fact that their animals are being over-vaccinated by receiving a full three-year dose every year. The government, in cooperation with the veterinary professional community, should enact and enforce a "standard" set of administrative guidelines concerning: a). the frequency and location of any vaccination and b). accurate record keeping for both feline and canine vaccinations; taking into consideration each animal's lifestyle, health and age. Veterinarians should then be held accountable to this "standard of care".  Please sign the petition.
    Additional information about Health Hazard of Routine Vaccination: placing our animals at risk

    A handbook of Homeopathic Alternative to Immunization
    by Susan Curtis BA, MCH, RShom

    This book was written as a practical guide to explain what homeopathy has to offer as alternatives to immunization

    Routine Vaccination: Is it really safe and effective?

    Most recently, an article appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association entitled "Are We Vaccinating Too Much?" 

    Dr. Richard Pitcairn D.V.M. Ph.D:"In this article we begin to address the subject of vaccinosis, the general name for chronic dis-ease caused by vaccines. For some readers the very idea that vaccines are anything but wonderful and life-saving may come as a surprise, and it's not a very pleasant one. After all, the general population pictures vaccines as one of modern medicine's best and brightest moments, saving literally millions from the scourge of diseases like poliomyelitis and smallpox. " Dr. Pitcairn DVM, Ph.D

    Dr. Chambreau DVM: "Holistic veterinarians are finding that vaccines are causing great harm to our animals (and ourselves). To cure an animal of any problem we have found through experience that we must use homeopathic remedies that are known to reverse vaccine related problems as well as fit this individual." In this paper, Dr. Chambreau DVM, offers vaccination guidelines and homemopathic prevention schedule.

    Dr. McCluggage DVM,- "...we must stop advocating yearly vaccines because of the harm we are doing to the animals we vaccinate. He covered the homeopathic concept of "vaccinosis". Vaccinosis is a disease entity that may be introduced through vaccinating animals or people. Once vaccinosis develops, there is a disturbance in the bodies vital forces that leads to symptoms of chronic disease that can be very difficult (and often impossible) to cure. Dr. McCluggage also stated that there are no good reasons to recommend annual vaccinations for our companion animals. " Dr. McCluggage DVM 

    Donna Starita Mehan DVM: "Routine" vaccination has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system and can result in increased susceptibility to acute infections (such as ear infections in dogs, bladder infections in cats), chronic tapeworm problems, or in more degenerative cases, cancer." Donna Starita Mehan DVM

    Read about the comments of othervets who believe that vaccines are damaging our pets. Read the above quotes in their entirety

    Frustrated with the Failures of Conventional Veterinary Medicine:

    "After 10 years of traditional veterinary practice I became tired of having no treatment for chronic disease, incurable conditions, and a plethora of allergic maladies which seem to plague all veterinary practices. I was frustrated with giving animals cortisone because I had no other solutions, or using antibiotics for infections which I knew were of viral origin. There is so much that can be done for an animal, bird, or reptile that is ailing by utilizing homeopathic medicine." Dr Charles E Loops DVM

    by Dr Charles E Loops DVM 

    Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system. Attentuated organisms or chemicalled killed viruses or bacteria are injected directly into the blood stream, an unnatural route of infection. This profound insult, avoiding the body's first line of defenses, and flooding the system with millions of organisms or viral particles, stresses the immune system in a way not of natures design. This insult causes irregularities and abnormalities in the immune system which then manifests as chronic diseases in animals.

    These chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies. What we are now seeing are generations of over-vaccinated animals and these current offspring are suffering the penalty of this medical abuse. In an attempt to control a naturally occurring process of population control and survival of the fittest, the medical establishment has convinced people that mass innoculations are for the good of all, overlooking the health of the individual. Where vaccinations have helped in eradicating or reducing the incidence of severe, acute disease processes, the result has been to plague humanity with more insiduous, chronic diseases that are much more difficult to treat and that lower the quality of life for many individual animals and people. In all of this, there needs to be BALANCE, and the following are my recommendations for vaccinating or not vaccinating and some comments about diet. 1. Puppies under three months of age should not be vaccinated. Vaccinations are much more stressful on the underdeveloped immune system.

    Also, these vaccinations are much less effective at providing immunity before three months of age. If you feel you must vaccinate, do so with one vaccination of Distemper at three months, followed by a vaccination for Parvovirus at four months of age, and stop with that. If you can't find a single Distemper vaccine use the Distemper-measles combination. Use killed vaccines only.

    2. Kittens should only be vaccinated for Panleukopenia and not before three months of age. All other vaccinations should be avoided. One vaccine is sufficient.

    3. Puppies and kittens can be given homeopathic nosodes beginning at three weeks of age, if there is a potential for exposure to Distemper, Parvovirus, or Panleukopenia. These nosodes can be used until vaccinations are given or continued periodically for the first year of life, if vaccinations are not given. Common sense should be used in avoiding exposure of very young animals to other, possible unhealthy, animals of the same species. 

    4. Booster vaccinations are completely unnecessary. Studies are now showing that these vaccinations are effective for many years and most probably for life. Vaccinated animals do not need any boosters. Homeopathic nosodes can be given periodically if you are concerned or if you think your animals live a high risk, life style.

    5. Rabies Vaccinations should be given as dictated by state laws. Lyssin, the homeopathic nosode, should be given within a few hours after the vaccination. Clearly, the rabies vaccination is effective for many years more than state laws require booster vaccination.

    6. Booster vaccinations can cause SEVERE set-backs when an animal is being treated homeopathically for chronic problems. They can completely erase any progress that has been made towards improving an animal's health.

    7. My personal recommendation is NOT to vaccinate at all. The best road to good health is feeding a diet rich in fresh foods, raw meats for the carnivores, and avoiding vaccinations and allopathic medications. Antbiotics and other allopathic drugs should only be used in situations where their use is clearly indicated, and this should be only in potentially, life-threatening situations. Every time you suppress a symptom the body produces, you are potentially lowering the health status of the body system. Treating with the correctly prescribed, homeopathic remedy, herbs, or other non-invasive therapies, not of a chemical nature, will enhance your health and your companions health. 

    Schedule of immunization with nosodes for puppies and kittens - scroll to the bottom of that page for Dr. Loops' schedule of immunization

  • More about the health hazards of vaccines

  • Do you suspect your animal to be a victim of vaccine damage?
    Homeopathy is renowned for its success to antidote or remove the toxic effects of vaccines and to re-establish balance in health. Certain homeopathic remedies such as thuja and silica taken before and after vaccination can protect from vaccine damage. Please consult a professional homeopath for more information. (see list of holistic and homeopathic veterinarians) Many families are now also using homeopathy 'nosodes' as an alternative to vaccines for their children and their pets

    Kennels in Germany

    "These 200+ dogs are given a distemper vaccine and a Parvovirus vaccine only, at age 10 weeks and 1 year. No other vaccines are given except occasionally rabies, when needed. Their diet varies from home-prepared to commercial. These dogs are having litters and showing at 10 years of age, and live to 16 or so. In the States, many Shepherds are dying by the age of 10. Other breeders have found that stopping vaccination has made their line much healthier, and usually immune (through good health) to the infectious agents that usually cause disease. Not always, of course. Some dogs or cats are very susceptible to disease and will become infected and may die. Most survive epidemics with mild disease, if treated holistically."

    Overcoming vaccination hurdles 

    Helping our animal companions through potential problems
    by by Kristy Lampe, DIHom

    "I attended a lecture by Don Hamilton, DVM, in 1996. I saw a  slide showing the incidence of negative side-effects after vaccination. Since then, I have known to give my animals 3 doses of Thuja 30X after vaccination … on day 1, day 2, and day 5. We’ve never had another problem." 

    Below are excerpts from Homeopathy Today magazine May/June 04 issue) I invite you to subscribe to learn how Kristy treated each of her dogs successfully with the correct homeopathic remedies.  (Some dogs required other remedies besides thuja)

  • Paralysis from a “bad batch” - Back in 1989, when our whippets, Leilani and Lovey, were 5 years old, they received their annual DHAPP [distemper, hepatitis, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus] vaccination, injected in the scruff of the neck at 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Around 11:00 a.m., Leilani started screaming. I rushed to her and found her dragging herself with her front legs; the rear legs were paralyzed. 
  • Pierre feverish after rabies shot - In late 1989, we adopted a 5-month-old male whippet. We were told that he had not been vaccinated, so we dutifully took him to the vet for a rabies vaccination. (We found out later that he had already had a rabies shot at four months old.) Pierre had some interesting symptoms that evening after the rabies shot. First, he declined dinner (highly unusual!). Then he wouldn’t get up for the evening walk (usually he was first to the leash rack). Upon touching him, I realized he had a fever, so I got out the dog thermometer. It registered 104.7°F (normal for an unvaccinated animal is about 100--101°F, vaccinated is about 101--102°F). I noticed that his eyes were glazed and staring, his gums were bright red, and the skin in his groin was bright red, too.
  • Energetic puppy turns lethargic  - In 1990, we found ourselves with 5 puppies, all needing their rabies shots at 4 months of age, as required by law. Being a bit gun-shy about vaccinations after the experiences mentioned above, I gave each of the puppies a dose of Thuja 30X upon leaving the vet’s office. This was great! No fevers, no swelling …However, several days later, Joy was still very lethargic (she had been the animated one up till then), so I decided to give her --- learn more: subscribe to Homeopathy Today magazine
  • Blaze gets rambunctious - In 1991, one of the puppies (who had by now gone to live with another family) decided I needed to learn how to deal with behavior issues. Blaze got his second rabies vaccination on a Thursday evening when he was 16 months old. His family spent the following Saturday planting 2 trees, 12 bushes, and 4 flats of flowers. That evening while they were having supper, he dug up and chewed everything! When they scolded him, he just “smirked” and took off, seemingly forgetting every single command and trick he’d been taught in obedience class.
  • Joy develops a lump - In 1992, when Joy had her second rabies vaccination, I knew there was a risk of reaction based on the lethargy she had experienced after her first shot the previous year, so I gave her some Thuja 30X immediately after the vaccine. Five days later, she developed a huge lump on her neck. I must admit I freaked out until I realized it was at the site of the injection. I gave her a dose of Thuja 30X, but it didn’t reduce the lump. I found some lecture notes on materia medica from my study group. 

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    You can read the entire article in the Homeopathy Today magazine May/June 04 issue. As a subscriber, you will have access to the information online.

    Homeopathy Today is a great read every month! Homeopathic remedies may be bought over the counter in all countries, and are being used to treat both human beings and animals. If you're interested in homeopathy, this is one magazine to get. Each month it features articles and information from todays leading homeopaths. The information is always timely i.e. flu remedies during the flu season and burn rememdies during the summer. It's also a great resource for homeopathy suppliers and schools. I wait for mine to arrive each month and then read it cover-to-cover! Highly recommended for laypeople, students, and professionals alike

    Animals aren't the only ones at risk! What Every Parent Should Know BEFORE Their Childen Are Vaccinated!

    A shot in the Dark by Harris Coulter Ph.DBookshelf: Vaccine Controversy
    Vaccinations DO cause temporary and permanent damage to children every year in this country, and many of the diseases against which we are vaccinated are not as frightening as the damage caused by the vaccinations themselves. If it has ever even occured to you that the medical system is not infallible, these books will open your eyes to a reality that most people would prefer to ignore.

    Vaccines: Are They Really Safe And Effective?What Every Parent Should Know BEFORE Their Childen Are Vaccinated - pictures from the CDC about the side effects of vaccinesVaccines: are they really safe and effective? Why are a growing number of parents and health care professionals around the world questioning vaccination? The controversy stems from the thousands of deaths and permanent disabilities attributed to vaccination annually, as well as the many published medical studies, government statistics, congressional testimonies, and other credible sources that directly contradict commonly held assumptions about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

    More pictures of vaccine damage available to view at the CDC website
    "Bart Classen, a Maryland physician, published data showing that diabetes rates rose significantly in New Zealand following a massive hepatitis B vaccine campaign in young children, and that diabetes rates also went up sharply in Finland after three new childhood vaccines were introduced." Nicholas Regush ABCNEWS.com 

    This child died as a result of vaccines - pictures from the CDC about the side effects of vaccinesIn fall 1997, two influential professional magazines featured articles asking the question: Has the decrease of infectious diseases in childhood through the mass use of vaccines been replaced with an increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma? The Economist, a prestigious international magazine read by world leaders in government, business and public policy, and Science News, a magazine read by both health care professionals and the general public, explored the reported links between vaccines and chronic diseases in their November 22, 1997 issues. Learn more about vaccine and diabetes connection --- asthma and vaccine connection --- SIDS and autism and vaccine connection --- "Shaken Baby Syndrome": the vaccination link

    Please get informed! Enter the vaccine information site

    Découvrez le secret qui se cache derrivre la vaccination Lisez ceci, si vous avez un chien ou un chat. Avez-vous fait vacciné votre animal au cours des derniers 6 mois ? Allez-vous bientôt le faire vacciné? Votre animal présente-t-il un des symtômes suivant? Absces…fievre …Stress…Allergies…Asthme...infection ...Infections de peau...Vomissement...Anxieté…Indigestion…Rhume et grippe…  Colique... Psyoriasis… rhumatisme… dépression… infections des sinus...Éruption cutanées…Eczema…Douleurs…Fievre…Gastro-Enterite. Il est peut-etre déja victime des effets adverse causé par les vaccins! Lisez les commentaires de vétérinaires et ce qu'ils pensent de la vaccination. encore

    Improving Your Animal's Immune System and Overall Health with Nutritional Support

    A groundswell of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their clients that they supplement their animals diet with a daily dose of flaxseed oil and other important nutrients.When the diets of animals were fortified with flax, within three weeks their coats developed a beautiful sheen, and dandruff was greatly diminished. 

    There are amazing testimonials about animals recovering from cancer, diabetes and other severe degenerative illnesses with a nutritional product called Transfer Factor.

     Charles W. Brown, DVM - "My colleagues and I have found this product (transfer factor) to be very effective in modulating the immune system. Transfer factor is a "soup" of immune-modulating factors, which contains a leukocyte-type molecule that can passively transfer immunity from one mammal to another by stimulating cell-mediated immunity and is antigen specific."

    Richard Bennett, Ph.D., an Infectious Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, believes this could be the most significant development in animal health care in decades. We have a great number of veterinarians and clients who are experiencing very positive results in a broad area of disorders, including periodontal.

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    Michael Dym, VMD - "Over the past 40 years and 17 generations of dogs and, cats we are seeing tremendous increases in chronic ill health in our pets that was rare back in the early 1960's. Most of these illnesses revolve around breakdown in our pets' immune systems, and include chronic skin/ear allergies, digestive upset, thyroid/adrenal/pancreatic disorders, seizures, gum/ teeth problems, degenerative arthritis, kidney/liver failure, and cancer across all ages and breeds. We are also seeing a record number of behavioral and emotional disorders including alarming and unexplained fears/aggression., as well as difficulty focusing/training and paying attention. The analogy of these compared with escalating immune/behavioral diseases in children is quite disturbing. The two biggest factors in our pets' population health decline over these generations has been the severe overuse of multiple vaccines and nutrient poor and toxin filled commercial pet foods. We have also failed to address the underlying cause of disease by only sup pressing symptoms with antibiotics, cortisone and related drugs, so the disease progresses and goes deeper. Homeopathy offers a viable alternative in truly curing pets and making their bodies healthier." 

    Just like humans, domesticated animals like dogs and cats are affected by the health hazards of modern living. Pollution, poor nutrition, stress and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to a variety of illnesses and conditions that are very similar to those experienced by humans. These days, emotional and psychological problems like depression, anxiety, ADHD and behavioral problems are just as prevalent in pets as they are in their owners. Similarly, physical ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, cystitis, kidney and liver disease, skin disorders, obesity, thyroid dysfunction and other problems are becoming more and more common in domesticated animals. Many, if not most of these conditions can be prevented by helping your pets to live a healthier lifestyle. For pets already suffering from existing conditions, a combination of lifestyle changes and natural medicine can work wonders! 

    Will Falconer, DVM - "Most of the chronic diseases we commonly see in animals (and humans) have an immune basis, e.g. diabetes, allergies, asthma, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, repeated ear infections, cancer, etc. While they can be cured through the careful use of homeopathy, the road to cure can be a long one -- often years if the animal has had years of disease. Transfer factors can significantly support and boost the immune system. Animals with a healthy functioning immune system can overcome almost any health challenge."  Prevaccination Protection  Dr. Falconer D.V.M. explains how to protect your animal from vaccines damage   Veterinary Message:  1-866-315-4004 Listen to several veterinarians talk about the use of transfer factors in their practice.

    Sam Jones, DVM - "Two cats, both about 8 years old, had severe diabetes. It was impossible to get the insulin requirements adjusted. They had lost weight to a point that they were skin and bones. Both cats had no quality of life left. The cats were given Transfer Factor along with a healthy diet to help support their immune system. A week later, we were able to get their insulin requirements adjusted. It is now 6 months and they have regained their weight and have a great quality of life and health." 

    You cannot poisonyour animal into health with drugs, chemo or radiation. The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself "Health can only be achieved with healthful living" T.C.Fry

    Frustrated with the Failures of Conventional Veterinary Medicine: "After 10 years of traditional veterinary practice I became tired of having no treatment for chronic disease, incurable conditions, and a plethora of allergic maladies which seem to plague all veterinary practices. I was frustrated with giving animals cortisone because I had no other solutions, or using antibiotics for infections which I knew were of viral origin." Dr Charles E Loops DVM

    Note from Shirley: I am not a doctor, a nurse or a veterinarian, but I am fortunate to have the knowledge of natural medicine. I studied homeopathy and herbal remedies in my spare time at home for several years. When a member of my family is sick or injured, I treat them at home with great success and avoid conventional medical intervention.

    When my dog Shasta is sick or injured, I try to protect her from stress and anxiety and I avoid taking her to a vet. I have witnessed the amazing healing power of homeopathyherbal extracts and Reiki energy healing in traumatic emergency situations and in acute and chronic disease with my dog Shasta. Some of the healings, which took place, were nothing short of miraculous.

    I personally experienced the incredible healing power of homeopathy in 1981 after I had been chronically sick for years and  was addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. Unfortunately, instead of generating a cure, the medications (steroids, antibiotics, antihistamine, etc.) merely temporarily suppressed my symptoms, weakened my immune system, and in the long run made me sicker. When I received homeopathic treatment from a professional experienced homeopath my health had an amazing turn around. In time I experienced a dramatic and permanent cure of all my symptoms. Blown away, I bought dozens of homeopathic books, subscribed to homeopathic journals and started to study homeopathy at home for the next several years. I'm not a doctor or a nurse, but when a member of my family get sick or injured (including my dog) I immediately use homeopathic medicine, always with great success, and avoid seeing a conventional doctor or veterinarian. You can read my testimonials how I recoved my health; using homeopathy for my dog Shasta; my husband's heart attack and lung cancer. The National Center for Homeopathy has information about short courses for lay people. Shirley