Are we over-vaccinating our dogs? You bet! Let's use some common sense while looking at the current vaccine protocol and what can happen when you follow it.
Would you be shocked to find the illness you take your dog to the vet for may actually be caused by previous vaccines?
Would it shock you to find out that current research shows once in a lifetime will likely be enough?
Maybe even more than enough?
The truth is with each shot, both your dog and mine run a risk and it's not a small one.
Change doesn't come easy and many veterinarians are still used to the
old ways. Plus it's the easiest way to get you in the door. You know,
those little reminder cards that shots are due?
Many believe since the side effects are not usually instantaneous, we don't make the connection. One exception should be for Kennel Cough.
I have had dozens of people email me that their dogs became ill right
after this one. (I will never let my dogs have this one.)
What connection? Skin problems, allergies and hypersensitivities to fleas and foods like chicken and beef (because they're used as the protein base in vaccines). Kidney disease, liver disease, cancer and more than I will list here because it's too darn depressing.
How many times have you taken your pooch to the vet for a rash or skin problem a few days, or a month after an immunization? By the way immunization is a misnomer. Gaining immunity is what's supposed to happen after the shot.
Here is just one of many examples of over-vaccinating. I've chosen this one because it's not clear cut.
Several years ago my Golden Retriever, Izzie, became hypersensitive to fleas. I'd followed the vaccine protocol my vet recommended and she had round after round of dog shots. At four or five years old the hypersensitivity to fleas showed up.
Just one flea bite and she'd rub, scratch and bite herself until she lost all the fur on her backside and bleeding sores developed. This was "cured" by regular injections of cortisone and using a topical flea medication, i.e. poison.
I had blindly trusted the vet and never even knew about cortisone side effects or flea meds either. The lovely cortisone made my dog incontinent so urine would drip like a leaky faucet all the time and I don't even want to think about what the flea poison did.
Izzie is no longer around and I have to deal with what I put her through because I didn't know any better at the time. Guilt is not a good feeling.
A vaccine is made using a small portion of the disease itself, either live or dead. Other fun stuff toxic stuff is added and the mini disease is delivered to the body, usually by injection. The theory being that with such a small amount, the body will fight off the invader and build an immunity to it, even though it's not introduced to the body in a way where it should naturally do just that.
Still, assuming it works, why would the body stop having an immunity to a disease and need booster shots? Are repeated shots helpful or detrimental to our dogs health? Research has shown the latter. See vaccine side effects.
Roughly? A lifetime. Yup, you heard me. Personally, I prefer nosodes
to vaccinations. And truthfully, I'd rather treat my dog naturally for a disease than vaccinate. Kennel cough is simply a cold, yet I've been told of near death experiences from the nasal vaccine (considered the safest.)
What is the
average life span of a dog? Ten years? Why on earth would we give a dog
yearly rabies vaccinations or even every three years? (It actually has nothing to do with dogs.) Add to that the combination vaccines which
could include Parvo, Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis, where we inject several diseases into their unsuspecting bodies at one time. Then there are more including Leptospirosis, Lyme, Kennel Cough and these three don't work!
We love our dogs and listen to what we are told, but let's stop and think for a minute. It is logical that we are creating illness in our dogs and actually paying someone to do it!
One vaccination for one disease is all it takes to build an immunity.
So why do vets repeat, especially when our dogs are young and most
vulnerable? Because each dog has a different window where the mother's
immunity has declined and the shot will work. After years of research,
we now know that miracle age is 12 - 14 weeks at the earliest. Why are
they repeated? To try and catch that window. The problem is, in the
meantime we're flooding their little bodies with toxins, which are the
seeds of ailments, and diseases including cancer.
While even a relatively healthy dog will have vaccine side effects by introducing these strong toxins, doing it repeatedly is devastating to their bodies.
So I ask this question one more time: If its true that receiving a vaccine against a disease creates a natural resistance to it, why do it again?
For your dog's health, have your vet do a titer test to check for resistance to a particular disease before your dog receives more vaccinations, or choose not to vaccinate at all. I don't.
Please learn the truth about over-vaccinating. It will save your dog's health and maybe his very life.