Routine Pet Vaccinations

“Routine” pet vaccinations can cause side effects, either short or long term. Considering pet vaccines are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side effects in our pets have increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system.” — Donna Starita Mehan, DVM

Thousands of people across the U.S. are saying their pets are dying from vaccines. They report seeing a variety of side effects, from tumors to autoimmune diseases to cancer.

So we have decided to take a closer look at pet vaccines and how they’re impacting our beloved pets.

Harmful Ingredients Found in Pet Vaccines

The heavy metals, aluminum, and/or mercury (neurotoxins) contained in many vaccines are suspected as the original source of inflammation. Other vaccine components may include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen appropriate for preserving dead tissue only (formaldehyde is used in the embalming process).

Pet vaccines may also include other toxins such as MSG (a known neurotoxin), sorbitol, and other residual impurities from processing.

Pet Vaccination Schedules Damage Immunity and Cause Other Health Problems

Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, is the founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and coauthor of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats. He has been steadfastly saying the two major contributors to ill health among companion animals today is the overuse of vaccines and the feeding of commercial pet foods.

Dr. Pitcairn’s PhD is in Immunology and Virology. He didn’t start out thinking vaccines were a problem. It took him some time to see the clear and unyielding connection, which is vaccines produce chronic disease and vaccine-induced diseases. In other words, animals vaccinated often have a lifetime of illness and disease with steady visits to veterinarians (and more prescription drugs). As a result, the pets are often sentenced to a shortened and lower quality of life.

Dr. Pat Bradley, DVM states, “In a general and frightening context, I see the overall wellness and longevity of animals deteriorating. The bodies of most animals have a tremendous capacity to detoxify poisons, but they do have a limit. I think we often exceed that limit and overwhelm the body’s defense system function with toxins from vaccines.”

Dr. Charles E Loops, DVM, explains the issue with routine pet vaccination this way:

“The first thing that must change with routine vaccinations is the myth that vaccines are not harmful. Veterinarians and animal guardians have to come to realize that they are not protecting animals from disease by annual vaccinations, but in fact, are destroying the vitality and defense systems of these same animals they love and care for.

Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the animal’s immune system…. Vaccine induced chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as autoimmune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies.”

Unless your pet is a chimpanzee or guinea pig, it produces ascorbic acid in the liver from glucose. In fact, animals produce more ascorbic acid from this process than most humans take in from today’s modern diets. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in sufficient amounts is a proven antiviral and antibacterial agent. Humans lack this aspect of immunity, but dogs and cats have the innate capacity to produce their own vitamin C.

Animal companions shouldn’t need lots of vaccinations to be healthy. Exercise, a safe and restful environment, avoiding toxins, and a healthy diet should suffice.

Vets Visits Are on the Rise

Vaccination schedules today have increased dramatically since the mid-20th century. During the 1950s through the 1970s, veterinarian expenses were almost non-existent among most pet owners. During that era, pet owners rarely discussed veterinarian matters, because they rarely took their pets to veterinarians!

Now many dogs are kept inside all day and treated as beloved family members. Pet parents discuss the latest health issues with their dogs and cats, but don’t often understand the cause of the health issue. Most are completely unaware of the vaccination connection to increasing health problems. This is especially the case for pets subjected to repeat vaccinations with their one-size-fits-all dosages on an annual or semi-annual basis.

The Dose Doesn’t Fit the Dog (or Cat)

Many pet parents are unaware that in addition to vaccines that are repeated at annual vet visits, the dosages given are not proportionate to size. You may have taken a child to a doctor and had the doctor weigh the child to determine the correct dosage of a medication.

This same logic of dosing by weight does NOT apply to pet vaccinations. Whether your pet is a 100-pound Great Dane, a tiny terrier mix, or a five-pound cat, vaccines are one-size-fits-all. This means that the smaller your pet, the higher the risk of vaccine damage.

“Does that make sense to you?” Mary Zalewski said, who lost her dog to vaccines recently. “Because that little one’s gonna take a hit. They’re doing it repeatedly, blindly, every 3 years, and some every year. The dogs don’t have a chance.”

Zalewski lost her dog, Bentley, in 2016. His health problems stemmed from when he received his vaccines years ago and they haven’t regressed since.

“He suddenly blew up. He gained 10 pounds. I’m like, ‘What’s happening?’ We didn’t change his food,” she said. “The fact that we kept having all these things kind of added on top of each other, so it was kind of like what… what else could it be?”

Right now, every single dog, regardless of weight or size, is getting the same dose of each vaccine.

Do Dogs Really Need a Kennel Cough Vaccine?

According to some aware, honest veterinary experts, the so-called “kennel cough” is not so dangerous and contagious as it’s made out to be. It’s like a cold among humans. The vaccine is also likely to be ineffective. There are 40 or more pathogens or viral strains that can create kennel cough, but the vaccine contains only two strains.

Highly respected Professor and researcher at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Dr. Robert Schultz has openly stated, “Kennel Cough is not a vaccinatable disease.”

The “kennel cough” or Bordetella vaccine contains an attenuated or modified live virus and, as mentioned, is likely to be combined with the parainfluenza vaccine. Thus, the kennel cough multivalent vaccine is capable of infecting other animals via a process called viral shedding for up to seven weeks. Viral shedding can also create more virulent viruses than common natural wild viruses.

Money Motivation Creates a Dangerous Push for More Pet Vaccinations

Few health practitioners and scientists within human health circles acknowledge the fact vaccinations can lead to severe adverse reactions, and even death. Why? They may lose their job, they are marginalized by the media, ridiculed by their peers, and even harassed by Big Pharma and bureaucratic medical associations.

This is the same for veterinarians.

Well, why would some veterinarians who would benefit from the increased revenues associated with giving more vaccines speak out against them? Could it be they are more concerned about animal health than making money?

Dr. Shultz, who was quoted earlier, is more than a professor of veterinary medicine. He is an immunologist and researcher who has conducted experiments to prove dogs and cats do not need follow-up vaccines and booster shots once vaccinated. Many veterinarians still recommend annual visits that include repeat vaccinations. According to Dr. Shultz…

“Annual re-vaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. Profits are what vaccine critics believe is at the root of the profession’s resistance to update its protocols. Without the lure of vaccines, clients are less inclined to make yearly veterinary visits. Vaccines add up to 14 percent of the average practice’s income, AAHA [American Animal Hospital Association] reports, and veterinarians stand to lose big.”

Studies on Vaccines and Pets:

Final Report to the Hayward Foundation and The Great Dane Health Foundation of a Study Titled Vaccinosis in Great Danes

As in two previous studies we conducted, we confirmed that vaccinated dogs, when compared with non-vaccinated dogs, have a higher concentration of antibodies in their serum directed against bovine proteins such as thyroglobulin and fibronectin. These antibodies are probably produced in response to contaminants from fetal calf serum commonly used to make canine vaccines. These anti-bovine antibodies probably then cross-react with a dog’s own thyroglobulin and fibronectin, resulting in detectable concentrations of autoantibodies in their serum.

Evaluation of antithyroglobulin antibodies after routine vaccination in pet and research dogs.

In the research Beagles, there was a significant increase in anti-bovine thyroglobulin antibodies in all vaccinated dogs, compared with control dogs. There was a significant increase in anti-canine thyroglobulin antibodies in the 2 groups of dogs that received the rabies vaccine but not in the group that received the multivalent vaccine alone. In the pet dogs, there was a significant increase in anti-canine thyroglobulin antibodies after vaccination but no significant change in anti-bovine thyroglobulin antibodies.


More Pets Are Dying From Vaccinations

What do the experts say?

“Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%.” — Dr. Ronald Schultz, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Many people are very concerned about vaccinating their animals and the adverse reactions are often referred to as vaccinosis and miasms which is said to be difficult or impossible to cure. Most wonder why “annual boosters” are given to our animals when vaccinations for humans last for our lifetime. Also asked is why isn’t the dose adjusted for the size of the animal? The many serious adverse reactions may be grossly under-reported to the vet (insist on telling the vet), to the manufacturer, and to the USDA Biologics Hotline.” — Dr. Don Hamilton, DVM

“Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body’s immune system… Vaccine-induced 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.” — Dr. Charles E Loops, DVM

“We should not allow politics and tradition or greed to enter the decision (on the frequency of vaccination). Changing vaccination schedules doesn’t have to mean less profit, but that you have more income from some clients and less from others. Veterinarians and the industry need to have guts to be honest with ourselves and assess the risk and not be trapped in tradition.” — Dr. Dennis Macy in “Are We Vaccinating Too Much?” AVMA Journal, 1995

“55% of all illnesses reported by participants occurred within the first three months of vaccination. Arthritis – Diarrhoea – Allergies -Dry eye/conjunctivitis – Epilepsy – Loss of appetite Nervous/worrying disposition – Skin problems – Nasal discharges – Vomiting – Weight loss – Behavioural problems – Tumour or growth.” — Catherine O’Driscoll, founder of Canine Health Concerns and an author for Dogs Naturally

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  • Go to a holistic vet and get titers done instead of the rabies vaccine:
  • If your pet has had adverse reactions from vaccines or is sick, you might try getting your vet to sign off on this vaccination waiver.
  • There is great info here on titers and Dr. Robb contact them by mail if your vet refuses:
  • Homeoprophylaxis (sp) can often work as a substitute. Also, not ALL states actually require rabies or other vaccines… make sure you understand the laws rather than just assume what your vet or others tell you is true. Some pet owners who keep their pets at home/inside simply fly under the radar.
  • Don’t license your pet! To get a license you have to show proof of the rabies shot. Go to a holistic vet, they’re usually more willing to write an exemption for your pet.

Just as the incidence of Autism-Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) has risen alarmingly in children over the last half-century, there is evidence that similar behavioral disorders have been observed in pets, most widely reported among pet dogs. It is too early for mainstream veterinary authorities to confidently confirm that dogs can develop autism, but there are numerous reports of behavior patterns in pets that mirror autism behavior in children.

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