Puppy Shots and Dog Vaccinations
Michele Welton, Copyright © 2008. May not be reprinted without
Are they needed -- or
Only a few years ago, it was considered
mandatory to bring your dog to the vet every year for his shots.
Times have changed.
Consider this about yearly vaccinations:
"Would you rebel if your doctor told
you to have measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus,
and hepatitis shots every year of your life until you died, instead of
only a few doses as a child?"
|People don't need yearly
revaccinations. And veterinarians and immunological researchers now
tell us: Neither do dogs and cats.
The most current veterinarian's
"A practice that was started many years
ago that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual
Almost without exception there is no
immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses
persists for years or for the life of the animal."
"Only the immune response to TOXINS
requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended
once every 7-10 years). NO toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs
Please read that
That's what Kirk's Current
Veterinary Therapy XI -- the veterinarians' "bible" -- says. It
was written by Dr. Ronald Schultz Ph.D. (immunologist and Chairman of
the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin
School of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Tom Phillips D.V.M. Ph.D.
In plain English, it
That the immune system has a
"memory." The immune system contains memory cells. Once those
memory cells have been shown what to do against a particular disease
(by one puppy vaccination at 11-16 weeks old), they will
produce antibodies against that disease whenever they encounter it --
for years and years, probably for life.
Annual reminders are
fact, annual reminders are mostly useless because...
The same article in Kirk's Current
Veterinary Therapy XI goes on to say:
"Furthermore, revaccination fails to
stimulate a secondary response as a result of interference by existing
In plain English, that
Booster shots don't work when
your dog's system ALREADY has antibodies from previous vaccinations.
Those existing antibodies neutralize the booster shot.
repeating vaccinations doesn't "boost" immunity at all.
Re-vaccinating an already-immune dog offer no benefit,
because the previous immunity inactivates the vaccine. Your dog
can't get "more" immune.
So why are vets vaccinating every
Dr. Phillips and Dr. Schultz end their
article in Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI with this
bombshell -- the real reason why so many vets continue to insist that
dogs require annual vaccinations:
"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."
|In other words, your vet
gets dogs into his office by saying that they need yearly shots.
Vets charge $15 to $50 for vaccines that cost them less than two
dollars apiece. Plus you pay $25 to $35 for the office visit.
Vaccinations account for a major chunk of a veterinarian's income.
It is in your vet's best financial interest that you bring your dog
in every year.
Now don't get me wrong -- regular
physical exams can be a good thing, especially for older dogs.
ethical vets must STOP using the false pretext
that "yearly shots are necessary"
just to lure us into their offices.
In fact, annual booster shots are
even if yearly shots aren't necessary, they don't do any harm, right?"
On the contrary.
Vaccines are NOT harmless.
Listen to what Dr. Charles Loops D.V.M. has to say about the
dangers of vaccines:
"The first thing that must change is
the myth that vaccines are harmless. 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 health and immune systems of these same animals they love and
Dr. Christina Chambreau D.V.M. agrees:
"Routine vaccinations are probably the
worst thing that we do for our animals. They cause all types of
illnesses. Repeating vaccinations on a yearly basis undermines the
whole energetic well-being of our animals. Veterinary immunologists
tell us that 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."
Dr. Roger DeHaan D.V.M. has this
"We have been destroying the immune
system. Over the years it has become increasingly clear that some
vaccines are ineffectual or unnecessary, and some vaccines are
dangerous, even causing symptoms of the disease they are supposed to
|You might breathe a sigh of relief
that your dog has "breezed through" a vaccination with no immediate
reaction. In reality, you have no idea what
is going inside him. The real problems may surface next
month or next year.
Listen to what Dr. Pedro Rivera D.V.M. says about vaccines
causing chronic disease:
"Vaccinosis is the reaction from common
innoculations. Reactions might take months or years to show up. In our
practice, we've seen hypothyroidism, ear infections, immune-system
diseases, joint maladies, and behavioral prolems as reactions to
Dr. Charles Loops D.V.M. says:
"Vaccinations represent a major assault
on the body's immune system. 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."
Dr. Pat Bradley D.V.M. observes:
"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. In a more general and frightening
context, I see the overall health and longevity of animals
|Let's let the AVMA Journal sum
Journal (#208, 1996) says: "There is no scientific
data to support a recommendation for annual administration of vaccines.
Furthermore, repeated administration of vaccines may be associated with
a higher risk of anaphylaxis and autoimmune diseases."
In the same
issue: "There is little scientific documentation that
backs up label claims for annual administration of most vaccines. In
the past, it was believed that annual vaccination would not hurt and
would probably help most animals. However concerns about side effects
have begun to change this attitude. The client is paying for something
with no effect or with the potential for an adverse reaction."
|Annual vaccination schedules have
ALWAYS been based on the suggestions of the vaccine manufacturers
–- NOT on independent research. Is it any surprise that they want
annual vaccinations? They sell more vaccines!
|Don't be intimidated by your vet
Dr. Don Hamilton D.V.M. warns you
NOT to fall for the guilt trip pushed on you by many vets:
"Another trend of the past few years is
coercion of guardians into procedures such as vaccination. This
coercion may be blatant, such as refusal to provide services, even
emergency care, unless the animal is 'current' on vaccines. Sometimes
even critically ill animals are vaccinated upon admission for
treatment. More subtle means include induction of fear and/or guilt by
asserting (as an authority figure) that companion animals are at risk
if not vaccinated yearly, and that failure to comply is evidence of
lack of caring. Tactics such as this can create feelings of guilt in
the guardian, leading to a fear-based decision to vaccinate an animal
that is not at risk. This is unethical, if not outright malpractice,
and refusal is an acceptable response."
The conclusion is clear:
YOU must take charge
dog's vaccination schedule.