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** Ever since I first wrote this article, we have adopted a no vaccine policy with our own dogs and puppies**
The unfortunate thing about vaccinosis is that people don't get involved in learning about it until after there is a problem, and by then it's often too late.
Vaccinosis is the term used for "reactions our pets have to being vaccinated." It is far more common than we are lead to believe. In fact, most veterinarians refuse to talk about it because they are the ones who give the shots that cause Vaccinosis.
Over the past several years I have started to seriously question what the Veterinary industry recommends for a regimen of vaccinations for our dogs. I will tell you that I no longer vaccinate my dogs. I strongly recommend that you research this issue and not blindly accept the advice of your local vet, no matter how nice of a person he or she is.
It is my opinion that vaccinations cause more problems than they are supposed to cure. My research indicates that side effects from vaccinations are thyroid problems, epilepsy, cancer, allergies and behavioral problems just to mention a few. I would recommend that you do your own research. Go to Google and search on "Vaccinosis." Ask yourself if you honestly think the veterinary medical industry is that far behind the human medical field. Humans do not need yearly vaccinations and I do not think our dogs need yearly vaccinations. I sell an excellent book titled Shock to the System. If you want to have your eyes opened, read this book.
Another very informative book is Vaccine Guide for Dogs & Cats. We now send a copy of this with all of our puppy customers.
It's not a matter IF your dog has a reaction or damage from a vaccine, it's WHEN it will happen. The damage from a vaccine can happen weeks or months after the actual injection is given.
What I do recommend is to schedule a yearly vet examination for your dog - just don't go along with the vaccination schedule.
Report Your Pet's Reaction to Medications
You can report any reaction your pet has to any drugs (including vaccinations, flea and tick medications, drugs, etc) By doing this you will help other pet owners.
Send your report to: http://www.fda.gov/cvm/adereporting.htm
How To Report An Adverse Drug Experience
Veterinarians and animal owners are encouraged to report adverse experiences and product failures to the government Agency that regulates the product in question. Pretesting by the manufacturer and review of the data by the government does not guarantee absolute safety and effectiveness due to the inherent limitation imposed by testing the product on a limited population of animals. CVM encourages you to contact the manufacturer of a suspect product. Reporting information for the following product categories:
1. Animal Drugs, Devices and Foods
Veterinarians and animal owners may report adverse drug experiences to FDA by:
A. You should first call the drug company to report an ADE for an FDA-approved animal drug. Drug company phone numbers can usually be obtained from product labeling. Inform the drug company that you wish to report an ADE, and ask to speak to a technical services veterinarian. The technical services veterinarian should ask a series of questions about the event, complete the FDA 1932 form, and forward the report to CVM. In addition, the technical services veterinarian may also contact the veterinarian who treated your pet to obtain more information regarding the ADE.
If the drug is not FDA-approved for animal administration, or if it is approved but you do not wish to contact the manufacturer, the report may be submitted directly to the FDA on Form 1932a.
Reports should preferably include a good medical history, all concomitant drugs the animal has been given, any recent surgical procedures, and as much in the way of clinical findings as is possible. Clinical findings would include veterinary exam, clinical chemistries, complete blood counts, urinalysis, fecal exams, radiographic results, and hemodynamic data such as blood pressure, any other pressure measurements in or around the heart, and neurologic assessments.
B. Submitting FORM FDA 1932a, "Veterinary Adverse Experience, Lack of Effectiveness or Product Defect Report." The 1932a is a pre-addressed, prepaid postage form which can be completed and dropped in the mail. This form may be obtained by <clicking> the highlighted title above or by writing to:
ADE Reporting System
Center for Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
7500 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855-2773
The Center may occasionally need more detailed information about an incident and the reporter may be called by a CVM staff veterinarian.
C. Telephoning the Center for Veterinary Medicine: 1-888-FDA-VETS
IMPORTANT: The identities of all persons and animals is held in strict confidence by FDA and protected to the fullest extent of the law. The reporter's identity may be shared with the manufacturer or distributor unless requested otherwise. However, FDA will not disclose the reporter's identity to a request from the public, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
Leave your name, address, phone number and the brand name of the drug involved. Ask to have a 1932a form sent or ask for the phone number of the drug company you should call to report the problem.
2. Animal Biologics: Vaccines, Bacterins and Diagnostic Kits
U.S. Department of Agriculture
3. Pesticides: Topically Applied External Parasiticides
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
One of the premier vets on Vaccinosis in this country is Dr. Jean Dodds.
To Contact Dr. Jean Dodds:
Home Office: (Mon/Tues/Fri)
Phone 310/ 828-4804 --Pacific Time
Fax: 310/ 828-8251
938 Stanford St.
Santa Monica, CA 90403 USA
Hemopet Office: (Wed/Thurs)
Phone: 714-891-2022 --Pacific Time
11330 Markon Dr
Garden Grove, CA 92841 USA
Dr Jean Dodds: "This schedule is the one I recommend and should NOT be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It's a matter of professional judgment and choice." For breeds or families of dogs susceptible to or effected with immune dysfunction, immune-mediated disease, immune-reactions associated with vaccinations, or autoimmune endocrine disease (e.g., thyroiditis, Addison's or Cushing's disease, diabetes, etc.), the following protocol is recommended:
Age of Pups / Vaccine Type
9 weeks MLV Distemper/Parvovirus only (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy)
12 weeks MLV Distemper/Parvovirus only (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy)
24 weeks or older , if allowable by law Killed Rabies Vaccine
After 1 year, annually measure serum antibody titers against specific canine infectious agents such as distemper and parvovirus. This is especially recommended for animals previously experiencing adverse vaccine reactions or breeds at higher risk for such reactions (e.g., Weimaraner, Akita, American Eskimo, Great Dane). Another alternative to booster vaccinations is homeopathic nosodes. This option is considered an unconventional treatment that has not been scientifically proven to be efficacious. One controlled parvovirus nosode study did not adequately protect puppies under challenged conditions. However, data from Europe and clinical experience in North America support its use. If veterinarians choose to use homeopathic nosodes, their clients should be provided with an appropriate disclaimer and written informed consent should be obtained.
I use only killed 3 year rabies vaccine for adults. In some states, they may be able to give titer test result in lieu of booster.
I do NOT use Bordetella, corona virus, leptospirosis or Lyme vaccines unless these diseases are endemic in the local area pr specific kennel. Furthermore, the currently licensed leptospira bacterins do not contain the serovars causing the majority of clinical leptospirosis today.
Do NOT recommend vaccinating bitches during estrus, pregnancy or lactation. Do not vaccinate during times of stress such as: surgery, travel, illness or infection.
Read this link on our Web Discussion Board on "Why NOT to Vaccinate for Lepto.
Dogs may be getting too many vaccines, vet specialist says
Cox News Service
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.29.2007
WASHINGTON — Despite warnings that America's dogs are being vaccinated too much and too often, most veterinarians continue the practice as a way to keep clients coming in the door, according to a leading animal immunologist.
Vaccines for rabies and three other major canine diseases — distemper, canine adenovirus-2 and canine parvovirus — should be given no more often than once every three years, said Ronald Schultz, a veterinary immunologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"Unfortunately, most veterinarians recommend annual revaccinations for these core diseases," said Schultz, "and many of them are using the procedures as what I call 'practice management tools' — to keep clients coming in on an annual basis."
He said many vets send annual vaccination reminder postcards because they know that when the animal is brought in for shots, they can give it an important physical examination.
"The dogs ought to be coming in for the examinations, not shots," said Schultz.
And since all vaccinations are potentially harmful, it makes no sense to expose an animal to that risk when it already is immune, he said.
"Some vets argue that it's better to be safe than sorry, but if you turn that around, you might be sorry and not safe," he said. Most states require rabies vaccinations for dogs every three years.
U.S. vet bill tops $670 million
Nearly 45 million American households include dogs, more than any other pet, and the nation's canine veterinary bill runs more than $670 million a year, according to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
In addition to the four deadly diseases, more than a dozen other "non-core" vaccines against diseases such as Lyme disease, intestinal parasites, kennel cough and others provide immunity that lasts only a year.
Vets often vaccinate for these ailments annually in large, multi-disease injections that Schultz says are often unnecessary.
If Lyme disease doesn't exist in your area, don't have your dog vaccinated for it, he said. If your dog is not going to be kenneled or boarded, don't have it immunized for kennel cough.
"They give a lot of these vaccinations in 'mambocombo' injections," he said. "Imagine what an assault it is to an animal's immune system to have 12 or 13 vaccines injected at once."
Although dog vaccinations, like human versions, kick-start the immune system to prepare antibodies and other immunity weapons for specific diseases, they can also be dangerous, Schultz said.
"The most common problem is anaphylactic shock," he said, referring to the devastating and often fatal allergic reaction, "but there are others. Some vaccines can actually cause the disease or other diseases."
Injections sickened cats
It hasn't happened in dogs, but a cat vaccine was found several years ago to be causing fatal tumors at the injection site. At the same time, an aggressive animal biologics industry keeps turning out new vaccines.
One company released a vaccine this year against Western diamondback rattlesnake bites and is working on a version for bites by Eastern diamondbacks, which have a different kind of toxin.
During a lecture on dog immunology at the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Schultz dismissed one commonly used vaccine — for a disease called canine corona virus — as "a cure looking for a disease."
Canine parvovirus became the fourth of the deadly "core diseases" in 1978 when a cat disease "jumped" to dogs, evidently because of their legendary fondness for cat feces.
"Thousands of dogs died, and veterinarians had never seen it before," Schultz said. "They were familiar with distemper, but they'd never seen this before."
Up to 80 percent of puppies with parvovirus die within 72 hours. A vaccine was developed immediately and was quickly used to control the disease.
The same year parvovirus appeared, Schultz reported that experiments in his Wisconsin lab indicated that vaccinations for distemper and canine adenovirus-2, which causes often-fatal hepatitis, appeared to last at least seven years. Further tests have since shown that parvovirus vaccine also lasts seven years, Schultz said.
E-mails on Vaccinating Your Dog:
I get a number of emails from people whose pets have severe reactions after being vaccinated. I will begin to post these emails in this article. If your dog has a reaction to being vaccinated I invite you to tell us your story.Email:
This week we sent out a letter to the press, signed by 33 vets and doctors from around the world. See attached. A letter from pet owners accompanied it. I don’t know if you’d like to make this information known.
Leading Vets and Dog Owners Condemn Vaccine Manufacturer for Promoting Unnecessary Vaccinations
This month, June 2009, has been designated National Vaccination Month by vaccine manufacturer Intervet. The multi-national’s marketing campaign offers a discounted full ‘starter’ series for dogs, cats and rabbits whose vaccines have lapsed by 18 months. Yet it has not been scientifically proven that dogs, cats and rabbits actually need annual boosters, nor that they need to start the whole course again. Rather, scientific studies show that dogs and cats, once immune, are unlikely to need vaccinating again.
Thirty-three vets and doctors, from around the world, have signed an important letter (attached) to clarify the science. They quote world veterinary bodies that have announced publicly that annual vaccination is not necessary, and that it can be harmful:
We, the undersigned, are dog owners who are losing faith in the veterinary profession and in our government. Many of us believe that our dogs were made ill or killed by unnecessary vaccines. We have signed our names in memory of our dogs, our family friends, who were damaged by vaccines, and we have added their names to our signatures so that they can be counted as mattering. Others of us are signing because we have read the science relating to annual vaccination, and we feel strongly that change is required.
We are not suggesting that pet owners leave their pets unprotected against viral disease. We also understand that many dogs appear to withstand annual vaccination without apparent harm. Others, though, do not.
We are simply stating a known scientific fact – that annual vaccines are not necessary, and they are not without harm. Many of us have blamed ourselves for not knowing this fact, and for following veterinary advice without question. Our dogs look at us with love and trust in their eyes, and we betrayed them through our ignorance.
We are signing this letter so that other dog owners, and cat owners, can be informed of the known science, so that they do not have to stand over the bodies of their dead animals and ask, “why did nobody tell me?” We are calling for informed consent for pet owners, and asking that vets in practice warn pet owners of the known possible side-effects of vaccines, namely allergies, organ failure, brain damage, arthritis, paralysis, epilepsy, and a wide range of immune-mediated diseases including cancer and autoimmune haemolytic anaemia. Sudden death, described as anaphylactic shock, is another acknowledged vaccine reaction that pet owners should be aware of before consenting to potentially unnecessary shots.
We are dismayed that veterinarians and veterinary vaccine manufacturers are allowed by law to promote veterinary products such as annual vaccines, which come with known side-effects, when there is no scientific evidence to say that they are necessary.
We understand that vets are required to follow data sheet guidelines, and that the VMD has allowed veterinary vaccine manufacturers to hide behind duration of immunity studies of only one or three years. It has taken independent scientists to show that vaccines protect for much longer. We are grateful to these independent scientists for doing this work.
We also understand that vets, MPs and political parties receive money from pharmaceutical companies; that professors in veterinary teaching establishments, and the establishments themselves, receive funding from industry; and that most if not all of the large animal charities in the UK are also in receipt of funding from veterinary vaccine manufacturers. We are also concerned that officials within our government departments might also receive pecuniary advantages from veterinary pharmaceutical companies.
We, the undersigned, ask that protective measures be instigated so that pet owners can make informed decisions; that they are told the full truth so that they can choose wisely on behalf of their pets.
Catherine O’Driscoll, Canine Health Concern, for Oliver, Prudence and Samson;
Robert Ellis, Canine Health Concern, for Samson and Jazar
Jan Rasmusen, Dogs4Dogs, award-winning author Scared Poopless
Chrissie Mason PhD
Liz Jay BA(Hons), for Lulu
Lisa Lister, for Puzzle
Terry and Satu Bateman, for Baron, Eiger and Brogan
Jens and Christina Diron, for Tallinn
Eve Kueh for Trekkie
Maggie Marshall, for Fleur and Brucie
Gill Aitken VN PhD, for Bill
Elizabeth Smith, for Hoocha and Bertie Bull
Julie Arnold, for Jess
Barbara Halliday for Nora
Alison Ingram BA(Hons), for Oskar
Heather Peterson, for Ben
Pat Nightingale, for Lady
Julia Roth Nicholson, for Poppy
Mandy Payne, for Gunner
Eileen Tuulos, for Tia Maria and KC
Christine Rogers, for Sasha
Victoria Herbert, for Luna and River
Linda Bland, for Cully, Freya and Rosie
Bet Hargreaves, for Ailsa
Christine Bailey BA, for Tasha
Wendy & Garry Galt for Bailey, Sandy, Sarah, Carson, Sage
Jytte Smith, for Zoe
Barbara Burgess for Zilzie and Patch
Antonia Bancroft for Bandit, Fay and Hamish
Jan Vallance BA(Hons) MSc, for Gunn
Anne van Poelwijck, for Chatter, Rose and Mandy
Judith Coveney BA/Ed, for Elsie
Barbara Clark AAMET, for Rosie
Anne Aitken PASIACT , for Tansy
Jennie Wilcock-Bates, for Poacher
Veronica Steel, for Millie
Debbie Hill, for Max
Judith Longman, for Shah
Trisha Scott, for Hannah
Madeline Pook, for Barnaby
Sylvia Walker, for Tailor
Steve and Alison Pearce, for Minx
Sally Cronk, For Sadie
Joyce McDowell, for Bailee
Gail Gwesyn-Price APDT, BIPDT, ACA, NCAB, CSI, for Abel
Kath Rayson, for Oliver
Douglas M Decker SLC, for Alex, Casey and Nikko
Edward McKenzie-Clark, for Hamish
George and Christine Ridley, for Shem
Sarah Rutherford BA Hons, for Kerrie
Christine Wyndham-Thomas, for Lucky
Lisbeth Gjetnes RN, for Zoe and Pippa
Chris Salter, for Dexter and Leo
Pat White, for Sabre
Nick and Lisa Healing, for Jake
John and Sheryl Kobel and Family, Kingdom Cavaliers, for India
Morgana Washington, Welcome Home Sanctuary, for Samson
Janis Mattson, for Mocha Joe
Liz Levelle ND Dip Hom, for Pepper
Bruce and Jean Hellingsworth, for Morgan
Debbie Sutherland, for Mojo and Rocky
Barb McKee, for Bailey, Vegas and Muggins
Anne Grose, for Merrie and Stitch
Judy Williams RGN NDN MAR, for Teifi
Gary Robert Smith, BSc Hons MAPM
Deborah Molwuka BSc(Hons)
Sandy and David Bridger
Doreen Simpkins RGN, SCM, RHV, CSWM BA
Mari-Carmen and Edward Carson
Alexandra McGough BSc
Sarah Hold BHSAI
Robert P Warwick
Cheralyn Lewis BSc BA
Helen Roberts BSc Hons
Helen-Kimball-Brooke BA MA MBA FRSA LCPH MCHE RMANIM
David and Patricia Bryan
Rev Peter Cawood
Martin J Schor M.D. F.A.C.S., Diplomat, American Board Of Urology, Fellow, American College Of Surgeons
Deborah Gornall MBIPDT KCAI, Tinklebury Papillons and Chihuahuas, A.P.D.T.
Sandra Brigola, Von Hapsburg Danes
Patricia Sears, BIPDT (Advanced Instructor) APDT FDTCB
Joan M. Anderson, for Bene
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