Are All Those Pet Vaccinations Really Necessary?

Are All Those Pet Vaccinations Really Necessary?

Would you like to save money and have a healthier pet? Let me tell you a
story. One day, my German Shepherd asleep, as usual, when suddenly, he
started convulsing so intensely that I thought he must be dying. It went on for
a few minutes, which seemed like forever. After, I couldn’t believe he was OK. It
turned out to be a seizure, and it was then that I began to learn
about alternative medicine for pets.

The most interesting thing I found out was that vaccinations seem to be a
main cause of seizures in dogs, and annual vaccinations are not necessary,
possibly causing more harm than good. After that incident, we stopped
vaccinating and the seizures became less and less. I’m going to tell you how
it’s in both your and your pet’s best interest to avoid yearly vaccinations.
Annual re-vaccination is simply not necessary.

Here is an excerpt from page 205 of Current Veterinary Therapy XI, a
reference considered to be the premier resource for the entire veterinary field.

“A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific
validity or verification is annual revaccinations. ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION
Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal.”

If you’re concerned about not vaccinating yearly, you can get proof of
immunity even years after the shot, by a blood test called a titer. Many
veterinarians, especially holistic vets, will provide these tests. See http:// for a directory of holistic vets.

Overvaccination can even cause more harm than good. This is something
that almost all holistic vets agree upon, and some of the top vets in the country
attribute many health problems to vaccines.

Dr. Richard Pitcairn, a holistic pioneer and well respected vet who
researched immunology extensively, believes that the biggest factor
contributing to epilepsy in dogs is yearly vaccinations. (1) Many seizures
happen within a few weeks of dogs getting their shots.

According to this theory that overvaccination causes harm, vaccines work
with immunity, and overvaccination weakens the immune system. This in turn
causes auto-immune problems in cats and dogs like skin problems, hair loss,
tumors, and arthritis. A weakened immune system leaves your pet open to all
kinds of potential health problems. (2)

Why do almost all conventional vets recommend yearly vaccinations? It’s
been the industry standard. According to veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Blakey, it
accounts for up to 80{44f93193654ee8e357ba54f38b49cfc3563b7d623a8103b2d4e387aa181f7fed} of a vet’s business. To recommend less frequent
vaccination, vet businesses would take a big financial blow.

If it concerns you to avoid vaccinations, are there any alternatives? There
are a couple options. Some holistic vets follow a modified program of
vaccinations, giving them at less frequent intervals.

Another option is homeopathic. Homeopathic nosodes are a remedy
administered to pets that are believed to assist in disease prevention. Nosodes
are made from the actual virus, just like a vaccine, but are made differently and
are totally safe.

According to Donna Starita, DVM, a leading homeopathic vet, many
studies show homeopathic nosodes to be just as effective or more so than
conventional vaccines in preventing disease. (3)

Some breeders, such as author Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D., that are interested
in more natural methods use exclusively nosodes in place of regular shots.
They swear by it’s effectiveness and they say their animals are much healthier
than earlier generations that got shots. (4)

So, it’s OK to question the necessity of yearly pet vaccinations, with their
questionable necessity and potential adverse effects on your pet’s health. This
is the beginning of this movement, and over the coming years, it’s my opinion
that we’ll probably see more movement away from such frequent vaccination.
Some veterinary schools are already changing their curriculum to advocate
changes in vaccination frequency. In the end, it will save us all money, and
we’ll have healthier pets.

So next time you get that little reminder card in the mail that your pet is
due for their shots, think twice! And switch your pet’s care to a vet that is more
careful about the use of vaccines.

See for a FREE online directory of
holistic vets.

(1) Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Pitcairn & Pitcairn
(2) The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats by Diane Stein with excerpt by
John Fudens, DVM
(3) The Dangers of Vaccinations, and the Advantages of Nosodes for Diseases
Prevention by Dr. Donna Starita Mehan
(4) Cat Care, Naturally! by Celeste Yarnall

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