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.
I have three major problems with the distemper vaccine.
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?"
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.