While many conventional veterinarians stress that vaccinating your dog annually is necessary; holistic veterinarians look at it differently.
I think every dog owner needs to understand how these vaccines affect their pet.
It’s not good, and you owe it to your dog to make an informed decision. I urge you to talk with a holistic vet who uses titer testing to reveal your dog’s immune level to the disease based on his last vaccination.
It shows if he or she needs the vaccination or not. This is much better and far safer than just vaccinating a dog when it doesn’t need it!
Many (if not most) traditional vets push vaccinations because it’s a reoccurring stream of money for their practice. Read this article from a vet (and the comments from other pet owners) who discuss this very issue of how the majority of traditional vets don’t want to give up vaccinating dogs annually because of the profit it brings in for them; even though they know how unsafe this practice is for our pets.
As a pet owner, you MUST understand how over vaccinating can hurt, cause long-term disease, illness, paralysis and even kill your furry family member.
One key thing to remember when getting any type of vaccination for your pet is to always ask for KILLED CELL VACCINES and NEVER allow them to use MODIFIED LIVE VACCINES .
RABIES is the only vaccination required by law in the U.S. , but not without risk!
Avoid Getting Sucked Into the Trap of Combination Vaccines and Over Vaccinating
I urge you to seek out a holistic vet for all of your dogs needs and make sure he (or she) does titer testing for vaccinations. Unfortunately, many traditional vets are still over vaccinating by vaccinating more than necessary, and many still use combination vaccines vs single.
What’s the difference? A combination vaccine is multiple vaccines for different diseases given in one injection which can cause many bad reactions in dogs. A single vaccine is just that; one vaccine per injection. This doesn’t mean that your dog won’t have a reaction to a single dose; it just makes more sense to not bombard the body with mega doses of different diseases all at once making it even harder for the dog’s body to fight against.
It is easier for the body’s natural defense (both people and pets) to successfully respond to one vaccine at a time, while building immunity with less negative side effects. However, remember that you are not required by law to get any other vaccine except for rabies.
Holistic vets on the other hand typically use single vaccines for cat and dogs and most do use a safe test called “titer” for checking your dog’s antibody’s before vaccinating. This is a pretty cheap blood test usually less than $50 bucks and it tells whether or not your dog is protected against a certain disease such as distemper, parvo, etc. and whether or not your dog actually needs the vaccine or not!
So, you can see why it’s important to have a titer test done and not automatically bombard your dog with potentially hazardous shots when they are not necessary. But unfortunately this test isn’t a waiver for the rabies vaccine that’s still mandatory in the U.S.
Reactions Can Be Toxic and Show up Weeks Later
Your dog might or might not react right away. In fact, he or she may not reveal the symptoms until 10-21 days after the vaccination. FYI, certain vaccines can even cause symptoms of the disease that it’s meant to prevent. Here’s just a few of the symptoms:
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Swelling of joints
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Thyroid & Adrenal gland diseases
- Rear end paralysis
- Lack of energy
- Decreased appetite
- Kidney and liver disease
- Hypo and Hyperthyroidism
- Scared and fearful
Treating Vaccination Reactions
There are several homeopathic remedies that they say can work pretty well for preventing and even reversing reactions from the rabies vaccine. I ALWAYS keep Thuja on hand and administer daily for 6 weeks prior to the rabies vaccine.
Here’s a list of the most common remedies and what they can help with. If you think your dog is having issues related to a vaccination, these remedies can help.
Dr. Dobias recommends giving dogs Lyssin 200C after the the rabies vaccination as a preventative step for reactions to the vaccine. However, Elixers sells Lyssin here and recommends giving it before the vaccine. They give very detailed dosages as well.
Thuja can help with: general annoyance due to the vaccine, anxiety, diarrhea, tumors and warts, coughing, fever, swelling, leg difficulty, abdominal pain, tumors, asthma, rear end paralysis, and infection. Dosage: 30C once daily orally for five days.
Silicea is often recommended in addition to Thuja. However, holistic vet Dr. Pitcairn DOES NOT recommend Silicea, he actually recommends vitamin C in addition to Thuja. Here’s the symptoms Silicea can help with in regards to vaccines: fear and anxiety, skin and anal gland issues, coldness, chronic inflammation and abscesses. Dosage: 30C 3 times daily.
Dr. Pitcairn suggests Vitamin C before and after vaccinations. Personally, my dogs receive ester C which is included in a high end multi vitamin they receive daily. However, I used to give them Ester C daily before I started feeding Nuvet. This helps with their immune system.
Rabies Vaccine – U.S. Law Only Requires Rabies Vaccine – No Others
It’s important for pet owners to realize that whether or not your dog or cat receives a one year or a three year rabies vaccine – the vaccines in the bottles are identical and the only difference is the label on the bottle itself. The label on the bottle is simply to satisfy current laws. Also, research has and is being done to show that a dog vaccination for rabies lasts roughly 5-10 years.
So, if your pet’s veterinarian uses a rabies vaccine with a label that states “1 year or annual rabies vaccine” on the bottle, your pet will be required by law to get another rabies shot the following year.
However, if the doctor uses a bottle labeled “3 year rabies vaccine” then your pet won’t be required to get another rabies vaccine for 3 years. Pet owners should insist that their veterinarian use a rabies vaccine with a “3 year label” on the bottle.
Why are so Many Vets Over Vaccinating
Why are so many veterinarians still pushing unnecessary dog vaccinations and booster shots? Think about it. It’s a very steady income regardless of how bad it is for your pet.
DON’T BE AFRAID to ask questions and explain your feelings to your vet regarding vaccinating your dog. If the vet doesn’t take kindly to your questions, look for another vet; it’s that simple. After all, this is a family member. Don’t ever leave your dog’s health completely in your vet’s hands. Just like your child’s care, you wouldn’t leave every decision regarding their health to a pediatrician – you want to know the what’s and why’s and then make an informed decision! The same should be done for your dog.
It is believed that over vaccinating contributes to many health problems in both people and pets. It’s believed that vaccines cause cancer in our four legged friends. it’s beliethe answer is yes and dogs are dying of cancer more than any other disease. Many vets believe the numbers are alarming. This is truly disturbing for holistic veterinarians who believe in treating the whole dog and not just symptoms.
Most holistic vets believe that vaccinating dogs annually is not only unnecessary, but unsafe for the dog. A safer approach is to run blood tests and vaccine titer tests to see if a vaccine is necessary. Holistic veterinarians typically accept that vaccinations last 5-10 years and ONLY vaccinate if the annual titer test comes back negative.
Dr. Andrew Jones Shares His Recommendations in the Video Below
Times You Should NEVER Vaccinate Your Dog
- Dogs who have cancer and are undergoing chemo/radiation therapy
- Dogs of any age who are sick or recovering from ANY disease or sickness
- Dog is acting like something is wrong, but the vet tells you he can’t find anything
- Dogs suffering from malnutrition
- Dogs infected with parasites
- Dogs suffering with chronic stress
- Dogs who are older period (0lder to me is 9 years old)
- Dogs who are older with a weakened immune system
- Dogs who may be dying
Why I Want to Spread The Word About Dog Vaccines
I would like you to really think about the consequences that vaccinations can have on the immune system of your pet. The body’s immune system is the foundation to good health or bad.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t vaccinate your dog. However, you owe it to your pet to understand which vaccines are mandatory, which ones are necessary and which ones aren’t. You also owe it to your pet to know how often your pet should be vaccinated, if at all.
My awareness into natural health for my own dogs began when I couldn’t count on traditional veterinary medicine and was forced to look for alternative treatments. I’m glad that I did, and so are my dogs!
References: The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog