Distemper in Dogs
Why your dog is more likely to get it from the vaccine than the neighbor dog


My best friend Bonz didn't die of distemper. He died due to vaccine side effects.

Highly contagious, distemper in dogs rarely occurs in the U.S. yet it's on the dog vaccination schedule in the 'core vaccine' even though proven to actually cause distemper. How does this happen?

First what we fail to realize is each and every time our dogs get vaccinated it's like Russian roulette.

Vaccine side effects abound and often we don't see the connection. Either we don't have the list; or maybe our vet has led us to believe side effects are rare and the vaccines are worth the tiny risk.

The risks however, are not tiny at all and the list is long. And of course, if you happen to have a dog become extremely ill or die from vaccine side effects, you see this list in a whole new light, like I do. (Don't worry, I'll post the list below.)

As far as distemper, pet owners who don't vaccinate  (and the vets who support this practice) understand the risk is low and the disease is usually treatable.


The Problem with the Distemper Vaccine

I have three major problems with the distemper vaccine.

  • Why vaccinate for something our dogs may never be exposed to? 
  • Studies have shown the parvo component in the combination core vaccine works to block the distemper component.
  • If a puppy gets distemper from the vaccine (see list), it will likely be virulent and cause death.

Also, there has been some debate whether the Parvo disease is actually caused by the long time use of the distemper vaccine which leads me to ask, "What on earth are we doing to our dogs?"


Common Reactions

  • Lethargy (tired; lack of energy)
  • Hair Loss, hair color change at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Soreness
  • Refusal to eat
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • Sneezing
  • Oral ulcers

Moderate Reactions

  • Immunosuppression  (suppression of the immune system and its ability to fight infection )
  • Behavior changes
  • Vitiligo (loss of cells that give color to the skin)
  • Cachexia  (general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease)
  • Reduced milk production
  • Lameness
  • Granulomas/Abscesses (chronically inflamed tissue with granulations usually associated with an infection)
  • Hives
  • Facial edema  (swelling)
  • Atopy (disposition to develop an allergic reaction)
  • Respiratory disease (breathing is difficult and the oxygen levels in the blood drop lower than normal)
  • Allergic uveitis (inflammation inside of the eye behind the cornea)

 Severe Reactions

  • Vaccine injection site sarcomas (malignant cancer tumor)
  • Anaphylaxis (rapidly progressing, life-threatening allergic reaction)
  • Arthritis, polyarthritis (Simultaneous inflammation of several joints)
  • HOD hypertrophy osteodystrophy  (bone disease)
  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia  (uh-oh, not quite sure)
  • Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (abnormal drop in the number of blood cells involved in forming blood clots. i.e. platelets)
  • Hemolytic disease of the newborn (severe anemia)
  • Thyroiditis (inflamed thyroid gland hyperthyroid state, then hypothyroid state)
  • Glomerulonephritis  (inflammatory disease of both kidneys)
  • Disease or enhanced disease which the vaccine was designed to prevent !!
  • Myocarditis (acute or chronic inflammation of the heart )
  • Post vaccinal encephalitis or polyneuritis (swelling of the brain or nerves)
  • Seizures
  • Abortion, congenital anomalies, embryonic/fetal death, failure to conceive


Now What?


It seems the best way to prevent distemper in dogs and all dog diseases is dog health. It's not rocket science. The opposite of disease is health and dog health begins with real food. Not the manufactured stuff. There is absolutely nothing scientific about putting together human food garbage; adding chemicals and cooking it; turning it into little brown bits and saying it meets all nutritional needs of our canines.

If it did, they wouldn't be getting so many more diseases than they did before commercial dog foods were developed. Adding that to over vaccinating is a nightmare.

It behooves us to learn the truth about dog nutrition and perhaps consider changing to a raw dog food diet or at least improve what we're feeding our pups.

If you are unsure of what to believe,  I suggest looking up the research of immunologist Ronald Schultz, PhD. There's also a safer time to vaccinate dogs which you can find on my page titled Dog Vaccination Schedule.

Why don't I worry about distemper in dogs? I have two very personal negative experiences with vaccines. I share that at Vaccine side effects.


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