Pet Vaccination: Adverse Reactions -
Placing Our Animals at Risk
Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D..- "Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase
the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals
(those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease
after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and
canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%." Current and
Future Canine and Feline Vaccination Programs. Dr. Ronald Schultz
is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences
at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison. Schultz, R.D.
- Current and Future Canine and Feline Vaccination Programs. Vet
Med 3: No. 3, 233-254, 1998
Charles E Loops DVM - "The first thing that must change with
routine vaccinations is the myth that vaccines are not harmful.
Veterinarians and animal guardians have to come to realize that
they are not protecting animals from disease by annual vaccinations,
but in fact, are destroying the vitality and immune systems of these
same animals they love and care for. 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....
Vaccine induced 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."
Dr. 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 (right photo), 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." See vaccinosis symptom of severe insevere inflammation of the tail.
Dr. Pat Bradley, DVM - "In a general and frightening context,
I see the overall wellness and longevity of animals deteriorating.
The bodies of most animals have a tremendous capacity to detoxify
poisons, but they do have a limit. I think we often exceed that
limit and overwhelm the body's immune system function with toxins
from vaccines. The most common problems I see that are directly
related to vaccines on a day to day basis are ear or skin conditions,
such as chronic discharges and itching. I also see behavior problems
such as fearfulness or aggression. Often guardians will report that
these begin shortly after vaccination and are exacerbated with every vaccine."
Dr. Donna Kelleher, a Seattle-based veterinarian who uses
acupuncture and chiropractic, says that improving an animal’s immune system will negate the need for
most vaccines. Vaccines, she says, have been shown to cause auto-immune diseases. “I feel they may be responsible for arthritis, skin, liver
and kidney problems as well. as well.”
Dr. Dennis Macy DVM - "We sh - "We should not allow politics and tradition
or greed to enter the decision (on frequency of vaccination). Changing
vaccination schedules doesn't have to mean less profit, but that
you have more income from some clients and less from others. Veterinarians
and the industry need to have guts to be honest with ourselves and
assess the risk and not be trapped in tradition." -- Dr. Dennis
Macy in "Are We Vaccinating Too Much?" AVMA Journal, 1995
Dr. Christina Chambreau, DVM - "Routine vaccinations are
probably the worst thing that we do for our animals. They cause
all types of illnesses but not directly to where we would relate
them definitely to be caused by the vaccine. Repeating vaccinations
on a yearly basis undermines the whole energetic well-being of our
animals. Animals do not seem to be decimated by one or two vaccines
when they are young and veterinary immunologists tell us that viral
vaccines need only be given once or twice in an animal's life. First,
there is no need for annual vaccinations and, second, they definitely
cause chronic disease. As a homoeopath, it is almost impossible
to cure an animal without first addressing the problems that vaccines
have caused to the animal, no matter what the species."
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association - Adverse events diagnosed within three days of vaccine administration in dogs study of more than 2,000 cats and dogs in the United Kingdom by
Canine Health Concern showed a 1 in 10 risk of adverse reactions
from vaccines. This contradicts what the vaccine manufacturers report
for rates of adverse reactions, which is “less than 15 adverse reactions
in 100,000 animals vaccinated” (0.015 percent). Additionally, adverse
reactions of small breeds are 10 times higher than large breeds,
suggesting standard vaccine doses are too high for smaller animals.
A great number of studies have shown that when you vaccinate
an animal, the body's inflammatory cytokines not only increase dramatically,
but so do the brain's inflammatory chemicals. Many pet guardians
observe changes in a pet subsequent to the first series of animal
vaccinations - lethargy, vomiting, itching, ear or eye discharge,
to name but a few. The veterinarian will reassure you that these
symptoms are normal. Sadly, for some companion animals, these symptoms
worsen and lead to death. For other pets, they lead to a lifetime
of health problems.
Adverse reaction to vaccines
Dog's tail - (photographs courtesy of Sherri Regalbuto)
My German Shepherd dog Shasta,
had a similar looking tail. It was a direct result of adverse reaction
to vaccines. The inflammed area of the tail would swell up with
fluid and became extremely sensitive, painful and very itchy. Poor
Shasta would constantly bite and lick the area. Correctly prescribed
homeopathic remedies can often undue the damage caused by vaccines.
Homeopathy is noted for
its success to antidote or remove the toxic effects of vaccines
and to re-establish balance in the organism and restore health.
Certain homeopathic remedies taken after vaccination can minimize
vaccine damage. A professional homeopathic
vet should be consulted for more information. Dr. Falconer DVM
also uses transfer factors to help support
the animal's immune system before and after vaccination. Some people
have found that marine phytoplankton
is also effective in improving their animals' overall health.
My other German Shepherd dog Kuuma had a different
reaction to vaccines. Soon after I rescued Kuuma, I noticed an inflammed
spot 2 or 3 inches in diameter on his left thigh which he constantly
licked. That was precisely the spot where he had been vaccinated.
I treated him with homeoapthic
remedies and rubbed neem oil on the wound. Whithin a few weeks the area was healed. A
few years later, Kuuma experienced a bizarre symptom of sudden
unexplained strange behavior. One afternoon, he became restless
and started crying in pain anytime I would just walk by him, as
though the movement of the air was hurting him ?!?!? That same morning,
we had an hour long walk in the hills and he was perfectly fine.
At home, he laid by my side all day, sleeping peacefully.
symptoms occured suddenly by mid-afternoon when he woke up. When
I tried to pet him, he would yelp as if he had been hit. He was
in constant pain, yet he had no injury and no fever. I suspected
vaccine reaction and tried numerous homeopathic remedies such as
Silica, Thuja, as well as Rhus Tox and Arsenicum for his restless
behavior, but none helped. That night, poor Kuuma could barely sleep
and cried almost all the time. The next day, I gave him a single
dose of the homeopathic (nosode) remedy
Lyssin (hydrophobinum) 200 C and within hours, I saw major
improvement. For the first time in 18 hours he was able to sleep
again and wouldn't yelp in pain everytime I walked by him. If I
had left this dog with a dog sitter or in a boardingplace,
I would have been convinced that someone had mistreated him severely.
Kuuma is a very healthy, fearless high spirited dog. I had never
seen him looking so pittyful and miserable before. Lyssin is available
from Dr. Charles
Loops DVM -- (A few hours after giving him Lyssin, I also gave
him a single dose of Lachesis 30 C when I observed that sleep
agravated his symptoms)
'are making our dogs sick as vets cash in' Profit-hungry drug companies and vets are 'frightening' dog owners into inoculating
their pets more often than necessary, according to Canine Health Concern. Some puppies have developed conditions including autism
and epilepsy after a raft of injections, it warns.
Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D - "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."
Dr. Blanco DVM notes that while more and more health care providers
become enlightened and refuse to vaccinate their kids and patients,
they often forget about their animals. This seminar will be a reminder
that the animals are under a huge assault with vaccinations. Dr.
Blanco will expose the trade off of using dangerous vaccines against
acute disease verses the risk of increased chronic, debilitating
disease. She will analyze the dangers of vaccine ingredients such
as thimerisol, aluminum and formaldehyde and the related disorders
of behavior including ADHD-like tendencies, aggression,seizures,
chronic distemper, chronic parvo and chronic rabies. She will also give recommendations for using vaccines in the safest manner (only
where required by law), not using vaccines at all or using homeopathic nosodes. Dr. Blanco will show
how the historical model of small pox vaccinations and their following diseases gave much information to the
homeopathic treatment of vaccine induced illness - the model she uses daily. She will also
explore the lack of animal rights in medicine and vaccines specifically.
In 1997 Canine
Health Concern conducted a survey on 4000 dogs and found that 61.5% of dogs developed liver failure within
three months of being vaccinated ,73.1% of epileptic dogs first became epileptic within three months of being vaccinated, 64.9%
of dogs with behavioural problems started to be a problem within three months of vaccination.
TWO VACCINE PETITIONS:
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.
The rabies vaccine research project to address the duration of immunity
actually conveyed by rabies vaccine will be performed by Dr. Ronald
Schultz, Chairman of Pathobiology at the University of Wisconsin
School of Veterinary Medicine.The second phase of the project will
finance a study of the adjuvants used in veterinary vaccines, and
establish a federal adverse reaction reporting system for rabies
and other vaccines.
The Rabies Challenge Fund Facebook
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Boost the immune system for 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 factors products coupled with
should be an adequate support and boost to the immune system to
get your animal out in the real world, benefitting from natural
exposure to viruses and bacteria that can make the immune system
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 factors 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 factors 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."
Testimonials about a dog and a horse's full recovery from severe adverse effects from vaccination with transfer factors
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
Are annual shots a risk for dogs? Like a good pet owner, Pat Wohrley followed her veterinarian's advice and took her dog in every
year for vaccinations. Now she thinks the vaccinations, including
a rabies vaccine that the city of Wichita requires yearly for dogs
and cats, cut her dog's life short. Sadie, a shepherd-setter mix,
had to be euthanized in 2002 after she contracted an autoimmune
disease that caused her body to attack its own red blood cells.
Veterinarians at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary
Medicine told Wohrley they thought Sadie's illness was a "reaction
from all the vaccines she'd been given throughout her life," Wohrley said.
Many vets and many of the world's 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
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.
In her story, A Cat, a Bat and Rabies Vaccination, Kimberly Roush writes that the risk of side effects from the vaccines is frightening, but nothing is a scary as the state coming to confiscate your cat and possibly chop off his head. This summer, in Utah, there were at least 3 stories in the news of cats having had some contact with bats that were only overdue for a rabies vaccines. All of the cats were put to sleep as no one was willing to pay for the costof a 6 month quarantine. I believe over 300 animals in Utah were put to sleep in 2007 because of bat encounters and lack of or late vaccines.
THE BIG SCAM--RABIES VACCINATION
By: Dr. John Fudens, D.V.M.
"All mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law,
in that they have been passed and mandated upon the pet owning public
by certain vested interest groups. Who are these groups? First and
foremost are veterinarians, in general, and veterinarian medical
organizations. Second are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats
and politicians. What are their reasons? GREED, POWER AND CONTROL.
Both these large powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly
by having rabies mandated by colorable law."
"Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross
income and profit from vaccines given in the office. On average
vaccines cost 60 to 95 cents per dose and are charged to the client
at $15 to $25 per injection and substantially more in the large
cities. Therefore, if veterinarians lobby to have a colorable law
passed to give rabies vaccine every year that enhances their financial
"The vaccines, particularly rabies, are a political and economic
scam being forced upon pet owners because they do not know the truth."
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All Veterinary Schools in North America Changing Vaccination Protocols
Recent editions of the Senior Dogs Project's newsletter
have reported on the ever-broadening trend of eliminating vaccinations for adult
dogs, except for rabies, where required by state law. We have now
had a report that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are
in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs
and cats. Here, in a nutshell, are the new guidelines under consideration:
"Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified
live virus (MLV) vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces
immunity, which is good for the life of the pet (i.e., canine distemper,
parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year
later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens
of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The
titer is not 'boosted' nor are more memory
"Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary,
they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and
immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. There is no scientific documentation
to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines.
Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural
protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies and kittens should NOT be
vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize
the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination
at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective
vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate
the immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at
8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another
vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year
4 months) will provide lifetime immunity."
Related: The horrific results
of allowing the necessary vaccination of companion animals to continue
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 program 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 avaccination
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, tumors 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."
More and more dogs have skin problems and Dr. Messonnier DVM writes convincingly about
over-vaccination and poor nutrition being major causes.
Dr. Marty Goldstein DVM, author of
The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat talks about vaccination
and making the healthiest food and lifestyle choices for our furry friends.
To listen click here
Avoid Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, and Periodontal Vaccine
Dr.Patricia Jordan, DVM
The leptospirosis portion of the DHLPP (distemper) vaccine for
dogs has a reputation for being the most likely portion to cause
vaccine reactions. This is largely because of the size of the organism.
(Most vaccine is directed against viruses that are barely bigger
than complicated molecules. Theleptospirosis organism is a bacterium,
meaning it is enormous and more complicated than any virus. The
more complicated the organism, the more likely the reaction. That
said, in the aforementioned study of over one million dogs, the
leptospirosis vaccine was not found to be more likely to cause a
reaction. This may be because of improved vaccine technology and
using only portions of the organism rather than the entire bacterium.
Other leptospirosis vaccine may not be as well produced as the one
that happened to be used in this study so, as a precaution you can
request that this portion be left out of your dog's vaccine.) The
Lyme disease organism is also a bacterium as is the periodontal
vaccine (the Porphyromonas vaccine). Again, larger vaccine organisms
tend to produce more reactions.
Avoid Giving Several Vaccinations at one Time
Keep in mind that vaccines given within two weeks of each other
can interfere with each other so you do not want to separate vaccines
by less than a two week period but separating vaccine can mean your
pet has less stimulation to deal with at one time. Breaking up vaccines
also helps determine which vaccine is the culprit.
Do Not have your Pet Vaccinated at a Vaccine Clinic
Vaccination clinics are designed to provide streamlined service
for healthy pets in need of their regular immunizations. These clinics
are generally not prepared for the individual attention required
by a pet who has a history of vaccination reaction. A pet with a
vaccine reaction history should receive some special attention in
the form of observation in the hospital and/or pre-treatment with
Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., M.S. - "As far as prevention
goes, this is a sticky wicket. There is a great deal of controversy
concerning the dog Lyme vaccine. There is a great debate about how
well they actually work as well as potential side effects. There
are publications concerning its safety, but the researchers only
look 24 hours after the vaccine reaction. Research at Cornell University
veterinary school brings up some suspicion that there may be potential
long term side effects of the vaccine, though nothing is certain.
These side effects may vary from rheumatoid arthritis and all the
major symptoms of lyme disease to acute kidney failure. Though nothing
is definitively documented, I personally am very cautious and do
not recommend vaccinating for Lyme disease even though it is so
epidemic here. Many veterinary schools and major veterinary centers
do not recommend the vaccine for the same concern regarding potential
side effects. I have seen all the symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs
four to eight weeks after the vaccine and when I sent the western
blot test to Cornell, it shows no evidence of the disease, only
evidence of the dog having been vaccinated, yet the dog shows all
the classic symptoms of the disease. There is a new dog vaccine
out that claims that it does not have any of the side effects, however,
I still remain cautious and will wait for a year or two to see.
I personally would rather treat my dog for Lyme disease rather than
risking the potential side effects of the vaccine. In addition,
there is a question of actually how well it works. Until more safety
and decreased risk of side effects and efficacy are demonstrated, I recommend holding off."
Vaccines…Good Medicine or Bad Advice?
by Russell Swift, DVM
Homeopaths have referred to vaccine induced problems as "vaccinosis"
for decades. From my experience and that of others, I say without
reservation that many chronic diseases are caused by vaccinations.
I often find that a health problem began shortly after vaccination.
I am certain this is no coincidence. Fortunately, homeopathy can
help. Unfortunately, vaccines are a BILLION dollar industry and
vets make a large part of their income from them. Despite the new
findings, there is no move to reduce vaccine use. Most use the excuse
that they don't want to be sued should an animal become ill. Another
rationalization is that some pets are not protected despite vaccination
therefore, it is best to vaccinate every pet to be safe. If vets
knew how much damage they were doing, I believe most would change.
There is too much power and money promoting more vaccines. Vets
are inundated with sales people, advertisements and marketing materials
telling them how important and lucrative vaccines are.
Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D - "In the process
of training as a doctor or veterinarian, one goes in as a relatively
naive young person. The conditioning is heavy; it costs a lot of
money, and of course you want to do well. Students are told how
wonderful vaccines are, and they don't really question it; they
accept as a fact that they're these great boons to health, are never
harmful, and have saved a lot of lives—it's black and white. The
companies making the vaccines have great amounts of money and influence
to campaign and advertise. You have a situation on the one hand
where doctors are conditioned to accept, and on the other hand companies
powerful enough to squelch negative comment."
Dr. Driston Sherman, DVM - " When I was doing primary
allopathic medicine, I saw two things. One is that within an hour
after the vaccination was given, the animal was having trouble breathing
or may have had redness of the skin. The other thing I saw quite
often was usually about twelve to twenty-four hours after being
vaccinated, animals with fever, loss of appetite, sleeping a lot,
sometimes vomitting or diarrhea. Most of those cases usually took
care of themselves without any intervention within twenty-four hours.
Now that I'm doing holistic medicine, it's really intriguing to
look at the medical histories of animals. One case that comes to
mind is a cat with a history of these horrible-looking sores that
occurred exactly 30 days after being vaccinated - two years in a
row. You may want to call that coincidence. I have my suspicions
but I can't say , for sure, what caused these conditions, which
is very frustrating."
Immune-mediated hematological disease and transient bone marrow
failure are increasingly recognized sequelae of...vaccination. ...
Postvacinal polyneuropathy is a recognized entity associated with...vaccines.
...Adverse reactions to vaccination have also recently been reported
with increasing frequency in cats." (Dr. Dodds, 1990)
Veterinary Vaccines are Big Money for Many Vets—and Even Bigger Money for Big Pharma
Without some driving force for change, there is no motivation
for the industry to change the most lucrative part of its practice.
Many vets cling to annual vaccine schedules because of economic
dependence more than maintaining a “cautious” standard of care.
This is particularly true for the typical small vet practices (1-3
people, non-specialty, non-emergency practices).
Consider this… One dose of rabies vaccine costs the vet about
61 cents. The client is typically charged between $15 and $38, plus
a $35 office visit. The markup on the vaccine alone is 2,400 percent
to 6,200 percent—a markup equivalent to charging $217 for a loaf
of bread. According to one estimate, removing the one-year rabies
vaccination and consequential office visit for dogs alone would
decrease the average small vet’s income from $87,000 to $25,000—and
this doesn’t include cats or other vaccinations.
According to James Schwartz, author of Trust Me, I’m Not a Veterinarian,
63 percent of canine and 70 percent of feline vet office visits
are for vaccinations. Clearly, radically changing the vaccine schedule
for dogs and cats would result in a huge economic loss for any veterinary
practice that is built around shots. And chances are the vaccines
you are paying so much for are creating even more income for vets,
because the adverse reactions and other medical issues caused by
the vaccines keep Fluffy coming back often!
The profits for vets pale in comparison to the profits being
enjoyed by vaccine manufacturers. Veterinary vaccine sales amounted
to more than $3.2 million in 2004 and have risen 7 percent per year
since 2000. This figure is projected to exceed $4 billion in 2009.
Six companies account for more than 70percent of world veterinary
vaccine sales. The market leader is Intervet, with sales of almost
$600 million in 2004. That’s a whole lot of 61-cent vaccines. The
United States has by far the largest share of the national market
with revenues of $935 million, and Japan comes in second with $236 million.
Vaccinosis and inflammatory bowel disease
by Dr. Michael E Dym VMD
"This research is likely alarmingly occurring with the epidemic
levels of inflammatory bowel disease in our pets seen over
the past few decades that was rare 30 years ago"
Directly from human medical research, we have definitive proof
of a linkage between polyvalent viral vaccines and inflammatory
bowel disease, in particular the combination MMR vaccine and Crohn's
disease and/or ulcerative colitis(the same thing?) in susceptible
children. In his masterful research Andrew Wakefield, MD, a prominent
British gastroenterologist, documented measles virus infection in
the intestinal walls of nearly %100 of the autistic children he
scoped and biopsied, who developed their disease within a short
time after MMR vaccination. All of the normally developing children
did not have any evidence of measles virus infection or histopathologic
evidence of Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. I believe that he did
actually document that the measles virus found in the intestinal
walls of these autistic children who developed the disease was vaccine
measles virus strain, which he showed via DNA analysis. And while
Dr. Wakefield is not anti-vaccine, he has lectured that if the vaccines
were given monovalently, that such problems had not been seen. Unfortunately,
Dr. Wakefield was recently asked to resign from his position because
the results of his research was unpopular. According to his work,
Dr. Wakefield theorizes that the measles virus infection and subsequent
pathology in the gut walls leads to a leaky-gut like syndrome causing
absorption of encephelopathic toxins which directly affects the
developing brains of susceptible children leading to
autistic like symptoms.
This above research is likely alarmingly occurring with the epidemic
levels of inflammatory bowel disease in our pets seen over the past
few decades that was rare 30 years ago. Just think how many POLYVALENTLY
vaccinated dogs with distemper (a measles virus) are suffering such
chronic infections and pathology in their intestines. I wish that
someone would do the research in pets, but of course we all know
that this will never happen. But I wonder how many academically-oriented
veterinary gastroenterologists would be interested in reading Dr.
Wakefield's research, and examining this issue in our dogs and cats,
who are the true victims here. At least it would open up for academic
discussion potential origins of this "new" disease of the past few
How many out there are seeing such a link clinically in their
patients. Of course not all of these pets are scoped and biopsied,
but there are certainly mega numbers of dogs and cats whose appetites
change forever, and who develop vague chronic waxing and waning
GI symptoms which clients just live with (i.e. the maltese who vomits
bile once or twice a month, or the occasional "hairball" vomiting
cat) and who vets dismiss as variants of normal. And what about
all of those pets with vague GI symptoms who also have mental/emotional
disorders or active CNS diseases like epilepsy. Andrew Wakefield's
work truly clicks with me in all of these possibilities.
Of course homeopathically, we do not constitutionally prescribe
based on types of viral infections or pathology, but such work does
lend credence to the pet vaccinosis epidemic other than looking
at adjuvants in the rabies or leukemia virus vaccines as the sole
contributors to perceived rare vaccine-induced disease by our allopathic
colleagues. I hope Andrew Wakefield's work is at some point examined
with regards to relevance in veterinary medicine. Just tonight,
I had a new client come in whose dog had developed transient bloody/mucousy
diarrhea after every vaccine, and after its last round a few months
ago, has had non-relenting colitis signs, and bowels as thick as
rope on my exam, which would like be characterized as severe chronic
idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease by most of our colleagues.
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My pug, MuShu, almost died twice from routine vaccinations.
MuShu had always been vaccinated and given her booster shots
since she was 8 weeks old. I had done everything my vet had told
me to do. After all, I love my dog and wanted her to have a healthy
happy life. When MuShu was 5 yrs. old, I took her in for her routine
vaccines. I live about 5 min. from my vet clinic and by the time
I got home with her and got into the house, she was scratching herself
like crazy. Even draging her tummy across the floor and rolling
all around. When I looked at her closer, I saw she had developed
hives all over. She then got up to come to me and could not walk
in a straight line. She vomited and fell over and could not get
up. I grabed my keys and MuShu and threw her into the car. We practically
flew back to the Vet clinic.
I ran into the office and yelled "my dog is dying!". The vet
tech came out and grabbed her from my arms and went into the back
with her. I was hot on her heels as I was not going to let her out
of my sight. The Dr. came in and administered some benadryl and
told me to stay with her and watch her. They came in and checked
on her every 5 min. or so. After about 1 hour. it seemed the crisis
was over and she was becoming her old self again. I asked the Dr.
what on earth had happened and he said she had a reaction to the
vaccine she was given.
When I asked him if it would ever happen again, he said probably
not. Little did I know. About 6 mos. later, it was time for MuShu
to have her Rabies vaccine. This is required by law and I thought
I had to comply. I reminded the Vet about her reaction to the last
shots and her told me that there was no way she would have the same
reaction because it was a different shot and carrier in the shot.
With his reassurance, I got MuShu the shot.
She seemed fine at first but after about an hour later, I saw
the hives and the itching starting all over again. This time the
Vet came over to my house and gave her some benadryl and stayed
to watch her recovery. I have since learned that, armed with a letter
from my vet. I no longer have to get her any vaccines as she is
exempt due to severe reactions. I will never get her another vaccine
again. I keep her healthy and strong by feeding her a
raw food diet and giving
transfer factors to keep her immune system strong. I also have
another dog, a cat and a horse. All are given the best diet I can
give them and transfer factors. I do have to give my new dog Rabies
shots, however they are followed up with a homeopathic remedy to
lesson any side affects.
Read other testimonials of vaccine adverse
reaction and recovery: horse and dog
Urgent action is needed!
The New York Legislature has introduced misguided bills -- S02164
and A14253 -- which would require boarding kennels and grooming
facilities to obtain proof of ANNUAL VACCINATION “against distemper,
hepatitis, para influenza, leptospirosis, parvo and bordetella during
the previous year” for dogs and “against feline viral rhinotracheitis,
feline calicivirus,or feline panleuopenia within the past year”
for cats engaging their services.
Photos: Excessive licking of the air and licking of the paws
Dr. 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,
often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become
aggressive for several days. Frequently, you'll see
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."
Bob Rogers, DVM - "We are harming pets by causing fibrosarcomas,
possibly hypothyroidism and IMHA. The research has been done to
support reduced vaccination recommendations. More importantly research
shows that unnecessarily repeating vaccines has no effect. The AVMA
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents concluded that no research
exists to support our present prevailing recommendations. Drs like
Ford, Schultz and Wolf have presented the data and made persuasive
arguments with persistence and dignity. After 7 years less than
7% of Veterinarians have changed. I feel it is fair to say many
refuse to listen. I have filed complaints about Veterinarians giving
unnecessary vaccines. I am truly saddened that my complaints have
been necessary. I do not think Veterinarians are intentionally committing
fraud. Ask yourself if the public has a right to know the truth
and make informed decisions on their pet’s health."
Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality : The Medical Assault on the American Brain
by Harris L. Coulter Ph.D.
Harris Coulter, Ph.D. - "Physicians have always known
that encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, ...can be caused
by traumatic injury to the head, a severe burn, infectious illnesses
such as measles, mumps, German measles, chicken pox, or whooping
cough, and — last but not least — the vaccines against these same
diseases: 'post-vaccinal encephalitis.'" Vaccination being one of
the causes of several serious social problems of our day, incuding
violence and aggressiveness. Although Coulter doesn't feel that
the vaccination program is responsible for every case of such disabilities
and social problems, he is sure that it makes a substantial contribution.
Coulter talked about encephalitis having physical, neurologic,
mental, and emotional symptoms. A variety of syndromes can occur
because any portion of the nervous system can be affected. This
applies to our pets as well as our kids.
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."
One of my rescued dog suffered from severe painful inflamation
of its paws as a result of vaccination. I treated him with
homeopathic remedies to help
remove the vaccine poisons and to detox him. I also boosted his
immune system with raw food
diet, flaxseed oil, greens, and
transfer factors. He eventually recovered. Shirley
Stop the Shots! IF YOU HAVE A DOG OR CAT: DON'T VACCINATE until you read this book!
In this compact, easy-to-understand volume, John Clifton explains
the very real risks involved every time a dog or cat gets a shot.
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. This is an important book for every pet owner to read.
In a conversational, direct, non-technical voice it guides the reader
in formulating an intelligent approach to animal vaccinations. Clifton
lays out all the major issues: whether to vaccinate or not, which
shots to give and which to avoid, how to know if and when a shot
should be repeated. And, importantly, the risks in over-vaccinating.
Holistic as well as orthodox medical opinions are presented. Despite
the title, readers are not advised flat out to abandon vaccinations.
Rather, they are encouraged to learn about the risks and benefits
- and "stop the shots" until they are fully informed. This book tells you: all you need to know about vaccinating and NOT vaccinating
- how to tailor a plan for YOUR pet.
- what LEADING VETERINARY ORGANIZATIONS are saying about over-vaccinating.
- what your veterinarian may NOT tell you!
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".
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Testimonials about a dog and a horse full recovery from severe adverse
effects brought on by routine vaccination
Recently, my sweet, healthy, 11-year-old German shepherd died
of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. He had no problems until
after his annual Lyme-disease booster. Within a couple of weeks
after that shot, he worsened slowly and continually. Despite expert
medical attention (including transfusions), we couldn't save him.
Canine autoimmune hemolytic anemia. (AIHA) is a disease characterized
by increased destruction of red blood cells (erythrocytes) by the
dog's own immune system. Though much attention has been given recently
to AIHA due to evidence linking the process of vaccinating
with the manifestation of this sometimes life-threatening disease,
immunization is only one potential cause for this condition.
My dog Arnie had been given up on by the vet. He had acute anaemia,
a disease characterized by increased destruction of red blood cells
(erythrocytes) by the dog's own immune system, and quite honestly
we were making arrangements for his funeral. After one week on
transfer factors to support his immune system, we noticed a dramatic
improvement. Three months later, after finishing the entire course,
Arnie is doing so well that he no longer needs transfer factors .
He now has so much energy on his new diet (James welbeloved) that
we have to restrict his intake or we could be pulling him off the
ceiling. He is putting on weight steadily as is his partner Heidi,
She has been on transfer factors also and it has cured her scaly
flaky skin condition on her back. Dave Burrows in Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Sometimes you have to vaccinate your dog. Many boarding kennels
require proof of vaccination, as do obedience schools. For the latest
research on vaccines and learn about the new vaccines that are on
the market refer to the 2nd edition of the
Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog
"I have used
transfer factors for animal stress pack in several emergency cases including a horse that had a severe reaction to
routine immunizations. This horse could not
walk, his hind end was doubled under him and his entire body was
a big spasm. He was unable to urinate and did not have a bowel movement
in two days. His central nervous system was in shock. I began energy
therapy and the transfer factors animal stress pack was given every
4 hours to help support his immune system. In two days the horse
was able to walk. One month later the horse shows very little permanant
damage. He could have been crippled. The stress pack worked miracles.
I would highly recommend transfer factors for both human and animals."
Feline Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) and Vaccine Link
By Jean Hofve, DVM
It has long been known that CRF in cats
has an inflammatory component. Chronic low-grade inflammation causes
gradual destruction and scarring of the kidney, eventually resulting
in loss of function and failure of the organ. However, what was
not known was what caused the inflammation in the first place. Recent
research from Colorado State University suggests a link between
vaccination for feline distemper (panleukopenia) and the development
of CRF. The distemper virus is grown in a feline
kidney cell culture to make the vaccine. Earlier research at Purdue
University showed that puppies given a vaccine grown in calf serum
developed antibodies to calf proteins that also reacted against
the puppies' own cells. These auto-antibodies (antibodies to self,
or to one's own tissues) may contribute to later development of
autoimmune diseases. Every subsequent vaccine caused the puppies
to form even more antibodies
Charles E Loops DVM - "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."
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
- 1. Puppies under three months of age should not be vaccinated.
- 2. Kittens should only be vaccinated for Panleukopenia and
not before three months of age.
- 3. Puppies and kittens can be given homeopathic nosodes
beginning at three weeks of age
- 4. Booster vaccinations are completely unnecessary.
- 7. My personal recommendation is NOT to vaccinate at all
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Safe and effective alternative to vaccines
for your animals: NOSODES
Dr Loops offers alternative to routine vaccination with a
IMMUNIZATION WITH HOMEOPATHIC NOSODES
WHAT VETS DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT VACCINES
to the System by Catherine O’Driscoll is a sequel to 'What
Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines'. It covers the latest information
on the vaccine issue, and puts the other pieces of the puzzle into
the picture. Diet, environmental toxins, pharmaceuticals and stress
all play a part in the health of companion animals. This book will
make you cry and aware of the scam that is the mainstay of the veterinary
field. It is well researched and written. The truth about the terrible
suffering of pets and their owners and what can be done to protect
your animals from the drug companies and ignorant vets. This information
can save your animals and give you the facts to present to your
vet if he/she does not keep up with current science. A must for
anyone who loves animals and wants to keep them safe and healthy.
Catherine O'Driscoll is the founder of Canine Health Concern in the UK. Canine Health Concern offers a certified
study programme – the Foundation in Canine Healthcare – to help
you to take good care of your dogs. This programme also has another
aim, and this is to build a worldwide network of Animal Advocates
– people who understand the scientific and experiential facts about
canine healthcare, and who are not influenced by the advertising
propaganda of big business.
Vets are, sadly, educated in colleges which must accept funding
from commercial concerns. Often this funding is given on the understanding
that the sponsor’s commercial message is respected within the curriculum.
For example, ask your vet how many hours or days were spent discussing
canine dietary requirements, and whether the lecturer was independent
of commercial propaganda or, indeed, whether the lecturer was an
employee of a pet food company. You will find the answers somewhat
disconcerting. Become, instead, your own expert – and enjoy life
with your animal friends, without constantly having to tend to illnesses.
Canine Health Concern’s educational programme is based upon ten
years of research; our work is sufficiently credible to be featured
in a prime time TV documentary – World in Action. Catherine O’Driscoll’s
book, ‘What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines’ is an official best-seller
that forms the basis of continuing research in the scientific and
Concern (CHC) has been exposing the truth about the influence
of big business on your pets – so that your dogs can live long and healthy lives.
Viera Scheibner, PhD - "I did not find it difficult to conclude
that there is no evidence whatsoever that vaccines or any kind are
effective in preventing the infectious diseases they are supposed
to prevent. Further, adverse effects are amply documented and are
far more significant to public health than any adverse effects of
infectious diseases. Immunizations not only did not prevent any
infectious diseases, they caused more suffering and more deaths
than has any other human activity n the entire history of medical
intervention. It will be decades before the mopping-up after the
disasters caused by childhood vaccination will be completed. "
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.
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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).
The Dangers of Vaccinations and the Advantages of Nosodes for Disease Prevention
by Donna Starita Mehan DVM
"Routine" vaccination, as it is practiced today, is not always
effective (especially in the case of the feline leukemia vaccine),
and frequently has adverse side-effects, either short or long term.
With the use of multivalent (combination: 4 in 1, 6 in 1, etc.)
vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity
of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically.
Not surprisingly, 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. The body may overreact to normally harmless substances
(allergies, especially flea allergies and other skin problems),
or even produce antibodies to itself (autoimmune disease). At the
same time, the body may be sluggish in responding to those things
that it should reject, such as common viruses, bacteria, fungi,
and parasites. This 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.
Homeopathic Nosodes: a Better Alternative
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.
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD)
Hypertrophic osteodystrophy causes lameness and extreme pain in
young growing dogs, usually of a large breed. Great danes, German
shepherds, dobermans, retrievers and weimaraners are examples of
breeds that may be affected by this condition. It appears to occur
in weimaraners as a vaccine reaction and this may also affect
mastiffs and great Danes. In this case, it usually occurs a few
days after vaccination and may appear to be worse than the "average"
case on radiographs.
HOD usually shows up as an acute lameness, often seeming to affect
all four legs simultaneously. Affected dogs may stand in a "hunched
up" stance or refuse to stand up at all. They may have a fever but
this is not consistently present. They usually have painful swellings
around the lower joints on the legs. Some puppies will die from
this disease, some suffer permanent disability but many recover
later. The disease is so painful that many owners elect to euthanize
the puppy rather than watch it suffer, despite the reasonably good
chance for recovery, long term. Affected dogs may be so ill that
they refuse to eat.
"Tommy was in excellent condition and was a Champion showdog who
was Top Dobermann in the UK 2000. In May 2002 we took Tommy to the
Vet for blood tests to see whether he needed his Booster and the
Vet advised we should give the Leptospirosis vaccine as this was
safe and would definitely be needed. On his return home, Tommy was
very quiet and went and lay upstairs on his own. When we tried to
get him to come downstairs, he had problems getting up off the bed
and was unco-ordinated. He then tried to get on the bed in the other
bedroom and when we tried to help him, he fell back screaming in
pain and could not move."
"This morning I ran into a frantic lady, who recently lost her 5
yr. old dachsie, (died of complications due to back paralysis),
which she claimed was due to having her dog vaccinated for rabies
every year. She said she once worked for a Vet, and said she also
had pamphlets that claim many vets over vaccinate these small dogs
for the sake of making extra $$$$. She also said this breed is far
too small to intake yearly vaccinations and this will eventually
paralyse them as it did hers."
TAKE THE TITER TEST Testing a dog’s serum antibody titers
can prevent overvaccinating. Taking blood for an annual titer test,
to check a dog’s level of immune defenses, should replace the habit
of vaccinating dogs annually whether or not they need it.
VACCINATING DOGS AND CATS
T J Dunn, Jr. DVM
If you choose to vaccinate your own dog or cat, there are a few
things you should consider first. Remember...any animal could have
an adverse reaction to any vaccine. The probability is small, but
if it happens, your pet could be in big trouble...fast! Adverse
reactions from vaccinations are rare but do happen. The worst case
scenario occurs when the dog or cat has what is termed an ANAPHYLACTIC
REACTION. These hypersensitivity reactions cause a number of physiologic
disturbances within the body that result in low blood pressure,
slow heart rate and depressed breathing rate. The pet goes into a SHOCK REACTION...
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