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Vaccinosis: Health Hazard of Routine Vaccination

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

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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

needle drawing serumDr. 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 realise 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."

Excessive licking of the dogs paws 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 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.”

What Vets don't tell you about Vaccines Dr. Dennis Macy DVM - "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."

Shock to the System
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association - Adverse events diagnosed within three days of vaccine administration in dogs
A 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 reation to vaccines

Vaccinosis: dog's tail reaction to vaccine Dog's tail reaction to vaccinesDog's tail - (photographs courtesy of Sherri Regalbuto)

Note from Shirley
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 Factor 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 A side view of Shirley's German Shepard Kuumaand 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.

Front view of KuumaThe 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)

Book Cover: Mark of the BeastVaccines '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:

Aimee's Rabies Exemption LawRabies 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.

Rabies Challenge ProjectRABIES CHALLENGE PROJECT
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.

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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 Factor products coupled with excellent nutrition, 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 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.
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Rabie Vaccines

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 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.

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 picture."

"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 cells induced.

"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 unecessary 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 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 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. The horrific results of allowing the unecessary vaccination of companion animals to continue 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."

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. Audio speakerTo listen click here


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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 anti-inflammatory medication.

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."

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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)

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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.


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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 decades.

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 her Transfer Factor 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 Factor. I do have to give my new dog Rabies shots, however they are followed up with a homeopathic remedy to lesson any side affects.

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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.

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Dog licking Paw 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 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."

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 Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality : The Medical Assault on the American Brainby 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 Factor. He eventually recovered. Shirley

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Stop the Shots 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 your pet.
- 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 Factor 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 Factor . 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 Factor also and it has cured her scaly flaky skin condition on her back. Dave Burrows in Eastbourne, United Kingdom

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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

Woman and a horse"I have used Transfer Factor 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 Factor 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 Factor for both human and animals."

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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."

THE VACCINATION DILEMMA and YOUR HEALTHY COMPANIONS
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.

  • 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 (Click the headline for details)
Schedule of immunization with nosodes for puppies and kittens - scroll to the bottom of that page for Dr. Loops' schedule of immunization

Safe and effective alternative to vaccines for your animals: NOSODES

Dr Loops offers alternative to routine vaccination with a SCHEDULE FOR IMMUNIZATION WITH HOMEOPATHIC NOSODES

WHAT VETS DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT VACCINES

Shock to the System'Shock 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 veterinary communities.

Since 1994, Canine Health 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.

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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. "

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.

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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."

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Over-Vaccinating

"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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