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Dogs and Vaccines

New science comes out all the time concerning our dog’s health.  This information can be life altering to you and your dog.

At the top of the list now, is “Vaccines”.  What vaccines are necessary, at what age should they be given and which ones potentially could harm our dogs.

Vaccines are necessary because many diseases are life threatening, but…some of these very same vaccines are now known to cause other problems.  Problems like; joint and hip dysplasia, aggression, lymphoma-yes lymphoma ( a death sentence for your dog. )

Here at White Oak Golden Retrievers we believe in limited vaccines, holistic vet care and of course, a species appropriate diet.

There are many sources that you can research to get the most up to date information on what vaccines to give, when to give them, and which ones can wait.

Visit our website; http://www.whiteoakgoldenretrievers.com and then click on our “health and diet” page to start your research.  We hope you will join us in our quest to keep our dogs living longer and free of disease.

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Rabies and Cancer

Rabies and Cancer:

A very interesting article on rabies and cancer in dogs.

http://www.thedogplace.org/VACCINES/Vaccine-reaction-essay-tumor-photos-P.Jordan-DVM-136158.asp

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Vaccines For Dogs- New Guidlines that are Critical

What Your Vet Doesn’t Know About Distemper Could Harm Your Dog

Any vaccine given to any dog at any point in his life has the ability to cause harm. This makes it incredibly important to limit vaccinations to only those that will protect your pet. After all, the entire point of vaccination is to protect your pet from harm, isn’t it?

If improved health is the true goal of your dog’s vaccination program, then your vet must understand that any unnecessary vaccine should be avoided. Yet this almost never happens.

The reasons vets over vaccinate are varied: some are just unaware that they are vaccinating too often. Other vets don’t believe that vaccines have the ability to harm your dog. Others just stick to outdated schedules out of comfort or habit. It really doesn’t matter why dogs are over vaccinated – what really matters is that this practice is stopped.

If you don’t think your dog is being vaccinated too often, the following information about the distemper vaccine might offer a glimpse into how many unnecessary vaccines our dogs are exposed to.

What You Need To Know About Distemper

In a study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, renowned veterinary infectious disease expert Dr Ronald Schultz vaccinated puppies with just one dose of distemper vaccine just four hours prior to placing the puppies in a room with distemper infected dogs. All of the puppies (which were vaccinated at 12 weeks), were protected against distemper in this challenge study.

In fact, the distemper vaccine works so well, that it can even be given up to three days post exposure to healthy puppies and still offer protection. Dr Schultz offers his expertise on the subject in the following video taken from New Canine and Feline Vaccination Guidelines: What Has Changed and Why:

What About Booster Shots?

Many pet owners (and some vets) believe that it takes more than one vaccine to protect a puppy. This isn’t true in most cases. It only takes one vaccine to confer immunity, if delivered at the right time. Although two and even three doses of vaccine were the original recommendations made in the AAHA 2003 Canine Vaccine Guideline, Dr Schultz’s research shows that the series of vaccinations is unnecessary.Puppies vaccinated for distemper once at 12 to 16 weeks of age with a high titer vaccine have a virtually 100% chance of being protected. And that protection is most likely for life.

In 2003, The American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Taskforce warned vets in JAAHA (39 March/April 2003) that “Misunderstanding, misinformation and the conservative nature of our profession have largely slowed adoption of protocols advocating decreased frequency of vaccination … Immunological memory provides durations of immunity for core infectious diseases that far exceed the traditional recommendations for annual vaccination.”

“This is supported by a growing body of veterinary information as well-developed epidemiological vigilance in human medicine that indicates immunity induced by vaccination is extremely long lasting and, in most cases, lifelong.”

“The recommendation for annual re-vaccination is a practice that was officially started in 1978.” says Dr. Schultz. “This recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently. In fact the presence of good humoral antibody levels blocks the anamnestic response to vaccine boosters just as maternal antibody blocks the response in some young animals.”

Below is the result of duration of immunity testing on over 1,000 dogs. Both challenge (exposure to the real virus) and serology (antibody titer results) are shown below:

Table 1: Minimum Duration of Immunity for Canine Vaccines

Vaccine

Minimum Duration of Immunity

Methods Used to Determine Immunity

CORE VACCINES

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)
Rockbom Strain
7 yrs / 15 yrs
challenge / serology

Onderstepoort Strain
5 yrs / 9 yrs
challenge / serology

Canine Adenovirus-2 (CAV-2)
7 yrs / 9 yrs
challenge-CAV-1 / serology

Canine Parvovirus-2 (CAV-2)
7 yrs
challenge / serology

It’s important to note that this is the MINIMUM duration of immunity. These ceilings reflect not the duration of immunity, rather the duration of the studies. Dr. Schultz explains “It is important to understand that these are minimum DOI’s and longer studies have not been done with certain of the above products. It is possible that some or all of these products will provide lifelong immunity.”

Dr. Schultz has seen these results repeated over the years. In 2010, he published the following with newer generation, recombinant vaccines. It’s important to note that not only did the vaccines provide protection for a minimum of 4 to 5 years, they did so in 100% of the dogs tested.

So Why Are Dogs Vaccinated Every Year Or Three Years?

That’s a good question and here’s one answer:

“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 might be less inclined to make yearly veterinary visits. Vaccines add up to 14 percent of the average practice’s income, AAHA reports, and veterinarians stand to lose big. I suspect some are ignoring my work,” says Schultz. “Tying vaccinations into the annual visit became prominent in the 1980s and a way of practicing in the 1990s. Now veterinarians don’t want to give it up.”

What Are The Dangers Of Over Vaccination?

It’s important that vaccines are only given when necessary because every vaccine has the potential to kill the patient or create debilitating chronic diseases including cancer and allergies. Below is a list of potential adverse vaccine reactions:

Common Reactions:
Lethargy
Hair Loss, hair color change at injection Site
Fever
Soreness
Stiffness
Refusal to eat
Conjunctivitis
Sneezing
Oral ulcers

Moderate Reactions:
Immunosupression
Behavioral changes
Vitiligo
Weight loss (Cachexia)
Reduced milk production
Lameness
Granulomas/Abscesses
Hives
FacialeEdema
Atopy
Respiratory disease
Allergic uveitis (Blue Eye)

Severe Reactions triggered by Vaccines:
Vaccine injection site sarcomas
Anaphylaxis
Arthritis, polyarthritis
HOD hypertrophy osteodystrophy
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMTP)
Hemolytic disease of the newborn (Neonatal Isoerythrolysis)
Thyroiditis
Glomerulonephritis
Disease or enhanced disease which with the vaccine was designed to prevent
Myocarditis
Post vaccinal Encephalitis or polyneuritis
Seizures
Abortion, congenital anomalies, embryonic/fetal death, failure to conceive

How Much Is Too Much?

It’s well established that vaccines can be harmful and should therefore be limited to as few as possible to protect our pets. “The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given” says Dr Schultz. He adds, “Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated.”

So if the goal of vaccination is to protect animals from harm, how do the following vaccine schedules for distemper make sense when only one is needed to protect a puppy, most likely for life?

Yearly Vaccination

Any dog who is vaccinated three times as a puppy and again at a year, then annually will be vaccinated for distemper 15 times if he lives to 12. Now read Dr Schultz’s research above. Most puppies are protected for distemper within hours of vaccination and most dogs, once successfully vaccinated, are protected for life.

If your dog is vaccinated yearly for distemper, then he will receive 14 unnecessary vaccinations in his life – if he’s lucky enough to survive those vaccinations for 12 years.

Triennial Vaccination

Many vets pride themselves on not vaccinating annually. Triennial vaccination, although it delivers fewer vaccinations to your dog, is just as flawed in its logic as annual vaccination. Most 12 year old dogs who are vaccinated triennially will be vaccinated eight times for distemper. While that’s certainly better than 15, it’s still most likely 7 times too many!

What Should Your Dog’s Distemper Vaccine Schedule Look Like?

One. Uno. That’s it. Some dogs may require a second distemper vaccine as puppies if maternal antibodies block the first one, but if a puppy is vaccinated after 12 to 16 weeks of age, he will most likely be protected, for life, with just one distemper vaccine.

What About The Other Vaccines?

We’ve just focused on distemper here. Most dogs also receive other components in their vaccines including parvovirus, coronavirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptorspirosis, bordetella, rabies and more. Clearly, the number of unnecessary vaccines our companion dogs endure – and the potential damage they pose – are out of control. So what can you do?

Take Back Control

If the information we’ve presented in this article makes you think that you should lighten your dog’s vaccine schedule, then do it. Don’t expect your vet to do it for you. And don’t go to groomers, training facilities or boarding kennels that require too many vaccines. There are enlightened vets and businesses out there and your dollars would be much better spent supporting these fine people instead of the businesses who are asking you to subject your dog to an unnecessary and dangerous vaccination protocol.

Dr. Schultz summarizes his 40 years of research with the following:

“Only one dose of the modified-live canine ‘core’ vaccine (against CDV, CAV-2 and CPV-2) or modified-live feline ‘core’ vaccine (against FPV, FCV and FHV), when administered at 16 weeks or older, will provide long lasting (many years to a lifetime) immunity in a very high percentage of animals.”

Like anybody who is exposed to too many drugs, the first step is to admit you have a problem. The second step is to stop the vaccine addiction immediately. That may mean saying no to your vet or, preferably, it means finding a vet who is paying attention to the damage vaccines can cause and is using vaccines (or not using them) to do what they were designed to do: protect your dog!

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Heartworm Medications For Dogs

Are drug companies honest about Heartworm?

By Dr. Peter Dobias

Holistic look at the Heartworm prevention

 

A few days ago,  one of my friends living in Vermont called me. She was wondering what I thought about heartworm prevention and if I could help her determine, if the monthly administration of heartworm preventive medication is really necessary.

The question threw me back in the 90’s, when the manufacturers of heartworm preventive drugs decided to take North America by storm. I remembered he drug reps visiting vet clinics on a regular basis telling us that it was only a matter of time and heartworm would widely spread in Canada.  These visits were also accompanied by a subtle suggestion that selling the heartworm tests and preventive drugs could be a significant source of income for the practice.

 

 

As time progressed,  the heartworm doom and gloom case scenario didn’t happen and that the risks of heartworm infection in my areas were clearly exaggerated.

On the basis of my findings, I made a decision not to recommend Heartworm preventive drugs in the area practice because the risk was practically zero and administering of any drugs is never optimal.  In reality no one can be absolutely certain if down the road preventive medication doesn’t  increase the tendency to chronic disease, organ failure or even cancer.

On the other hand, my friend’s situation is quite different because she lives in the Eastern US where heartworm is a real possibility.  I saw her question as a great opportunity for me to review the lifecycle of heartworm once again to  see if drug companies were honest about their recommendations of monthly prevention.  To me, the monthly administration frequency  seemed to be kind of peculiar because as far as I know, parasites do not carry an iPhone with a calendar and schedule.

I decided to bring clarity in the current situation to see what  the frequency of  heartworm preventive drugs really needed to be and also tell you more about the heartworm prevention alternatives that I use with my dog Skai. In order to do so, I need to give you answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the risk of heartworm disease in the area?

  2. What is the minimal frequency of administering preventive drugs?

  3. Are there any alternatives?

 

Here are the answers:

 

1. Heartworm incidence:

Heartworm life cycle is dependent on temperature that must remain above 57 degrees F  (14 C ) for at least 45 days straight and at least 2 weeks of temperatures over 80 F ( If these conditions are not fulfilled, the parasite cycle cannot be completed and your dog is safe.

Based on the recommendations of Dr. David Knight and Dr. James Lok from the American Heartworm society, even with the most cautious conventional medical protocols, all year around heartworm preventive schedule is exaggerated with the exception of Florida, some parts of Texas and Hawaii.  According to their conventional opinion, preventive treatment is unnecessary in the winter months and definitely doesn’t  need to be started before or after the months noted on the map in their paper.

 

2. Heartworm life cycle

Before you sucumb to the marketing pressure and fear to administer heartworm medicine monthly,  I  urge you to learn more about the heartworm life cycle. The heartworm development goes through several stages before reaching maturity and it takes 2.5 to 4 months before the tiny stage of microfilaria leaves the muscles and starts settling in the pulmonary artery. When heartworm reaches its final destination of pulmonary artery near the heart, it takes about 3 – 4 months to reach maturity.

One doesn’t need to have a degree in math to figure that it takes somewhere between 5.5 to 8 months for microfilaria to mature into an adult worm and that your dog  should be safe if you administer heartworm meds only once every every 3 to 4 months if your live in the area where heartworm occurs.

So why would the drug companies recommend monthly heartworm prevention? The reason is clearly identified  clearly in the study of Drs. Knight and Lok’s study on page 80 :

“…given what is presently known, continued adherence to a policy of superfluous chemoprophylaxis is disquieting because financial expediency for the veterinarian conflicts with clinical objectivity and client consent is predicated on unrealistic expectations. Clients mistakenly believe that they are purchasing additional protection for their pets, but in reality they are not. If the truth was known to them, few clients would agree to unnecessarily double their expense for heartworm prevention.”

In real language  and life translation most vets are too busy to question the recommendations that drug companies give them about heartworm prevention.  I strongly believe that the main  reason for over recommending heartworm prevention ( chemoprophylaxis ) is that drug companies can double or triple their revenues.

 

3. Safe alternative to heartworm preventive drugs

My dog  Skai and I travel to Hawaii approximately twice a year for 2  months and I had to face  the dilemma what  to do about  heartworm.   I  never felt totally comfortable about giving him any  drugs because in my mind, there is no such thing as a little bit of poison.

Luckily, advances  in heartworm testing offers DNA testing on the basis of PCR technology which allows me to test 3 times a year for any presence of heartworm.  This test has virtually no false negatives which is great news for your dog.

I can see that these tests are  a serious threat to the heft profits of  manufacturers of heartworm meds. They are simply not needed if you follow this formula  considering the duration of the heartworm seasons you can find out from the map  on page 79

 

Season Duration   Number of Tests Required
    (the last should be done at the end of HW Season)
Less than 4 months   1 test
4 – 8 months   2 tests
8 – 12 months   3 tests

 

 

Consider the facts above, in order to prevent heartworm and keep your dog safe, all you need to do is test your dog if you live in an affected area. If the results are positive (heartworm DNA is present) make sure that you consult your veterinarian before administering any heartworm meds. Heartworm preventive medication can be used only if adult heartworms are NOT present because using preventive drugs on adult heartworm can cause serious problems and  a different treatment protocol must be used.

Conclusion

I regret to say that similar to the vaccination scam,  monthly heartworm prevention is yet another dishonest marketing plot.   What I am confused about is why drug companies continuously try to trick us and frighten us instead making a living the honest way.  No matter what they are planning to try next, I believe that eventually they will have to become more honest in order to survive because it is much more difficult  to hide the truth in the age of world wide web.

Wishing you a happy, more informed heartworm season.

 

With gratitude,

 

Peter Dobias, dvm
 
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Dog Food: Ten Scary Truths

Dog Food:  Ten Scary Truths

Written by Jan Rasmusen on December 13, 2010. Posted in Nutrition And Diet 9 Comments

 
 
dog bowlBy:  Jan Rasmusen

40% of dogs are obese. 46% of dogs and 39% of cats now die of cancer.  Heart, kidney and liver disease are epidemic. Like people, dogs are what  they eat. Save your dog a lot of suffering, and save yourself a fortune  in vet bills, by learning the truth about your dog’s diet. Here are 10 important things you may not know about what your dog is eating:

1)      Commercial dog food is “fast food.

Heavily-processed fast foods (burgers, fries, tacos, etc.) as a big  diet component can cause major health problems in people. How can fast  foods be good for dogs? Only dog food manufacturers think this nonsense  makes sense. Dogs and people share roughly 75% the same genetic makeup,  and we have similar nutritional needs. What we’re doing to our own  health with processed foods, we’re also doing to our dogs. And it’s  happening faster.

2)      People food is good for dogs.

Despite what you’ve heard from friends, vets and pet food manufacturers, wholesome ”people food” is good for dogs.  People food is only bad for dog food makers. The same fresh, nutritious foods people eat can offer your dog the  nutrition he needs and save you a mountain of vet bills.  It just takes a  little education to learn the small differences between human and  canine nutritional needs. (Hint: no onions, grapes or raisins. Rinse off  rich spices and sauces. Go easy on carbs and avoid wheat and corn.)

3)      Don’t presume the food your vet sells is a superior product.

Veterinarians, like medical doctors, learn relatively little about  nutrition in school. Much of what they do learn comes directly from pet  food company vets, sales reps, articles, studies, and seminars. If  your vet hasn’t studied and experimented on his or her own with raw or  homemade diets, it’s unlikely that he or she  knows bad food from good,  and may be acting on outdated information or superstition. And if vets  profit from selling one brand, and not another, they have a conflict of  interest that may influence their opinions. (Some may even be prohibited  by a manufacturer from selling more than one brand.)

4)      The quality of processed commercial foods is suspect.

Dog food may legally contain “4-D” meat: meat from dead, dying,  diseased and disabled animals. Add a little road kill, mill floor  sweepings labeled as grain, and corn contaminated with high levels of  pesticide (yes, really) and you have a recipe for ill health. The  cheaper the food, the cheaper the ingredients, the worse the nutrition. Read the labels!

5)      Kibble does not clean teeth.

Almost all dogs age three and over have dental diseases. Most of  these dogs eat kibble. That should tell you something.  Although a small  study once suggested that kibble might clean teeth better than canned food, better doesn’t mean effectively. Hoping to avoid brushing our dog’s teeth, we too willingly grasp at  kibble’s unsubstantiated health benefits. But pretending that kibble or  hard treats will keep teeth clean will only lead to huge vet bills, lost  teeth and much canine suffering.

6) “Complete and balanced” does not mean “optimum.”

“Complete and balanced” means that a food meets minimal theoretical health requirements for the average dog.  Food boasting that it  conducted Feeding Trials often just test only the lead product in a line  of foods.  Trials, too, are for only a small number of dogs for a short  period of time. Over time, nutrient and enzyme deficiencies are  inevitable. Of course, complete and balanced is better than not complete and balanced, but again, better does not mean good.

7)      Feeding the same food day after day limits nutrition.

Imagine eating corn, rancid fat and chicken wings (without meat)  every meal of your life, with the same mix of cheap vitamins and  minerals added. Nutritionists urge people to eat a variety of foods,  both for improved nutrition and also to prevent allergies. Dogs need  variety, too. But variety can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs,  right?  In the short run, yes. Nutritionally-deprived animals have sick  guts. In fact, intestinal upset when switching foods is a sign your dog needs more variety. Once good nutrition has healed a dog’s digestive system,  the dog can eat different foods every meal — just as people do. Just  switch foods gradually over several weeks while your dog’s gut heals.

8)      Kibble is not better than canned.

Whereas canned food is preserved by the process of canning, most  kibble is preserved artificially. (Ever contemplate how much  preservative must be required to retard spoilage of food left out all  day?) Kibble begins as a dry cooked meal whereas canned food is canned  fresh.  Kibble is exposed to more heat than canned  (destroying nutrients). Worse yet, kibble is linked to kidney and  bladder problems in cats, and to bloat, a deadly problem especially for  large, broad-chested dogs. It’s also dehydrating. Of course, canned  isn’t perfect either. Fresh is best, raw or cooked. Next best is frozen  prepared food and then dehydrated and freeze dried foods, all available  at better pet stores.

9)      Some common foods can be hazardous to canine health.

Cooked bones and rawhide chews can cause major health problems  requiring emergency surgery. Wheat-based treats can bring on allergies.  Onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, the article sweetener Xylitol and  other common foods can be toxic for dogs and must be avoided.

10)   Corn kills.

Most kibble is loaded with corn, a cheap filler. Unfortunately, the  corn isn’t the luscious kind you and I eat. It’s feed corn (like cattle  eat), or cheap feed corn remnants. Even corn meal dust counts  as corn. The corn may even have been condemned for human consumption,  there being no upper level of pesticide contamination for pet foods. If  that weren’t bad enough, corn (which gives us both high fructose corn  syrup and corn oil) is fattening. Any wonder so many dogs are obese and  suffer from diabetes?

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Improving your dog’s diet can add years to your dog’s life and save  you a fortune. It doesn’t require a lot of work or expense. It just  requires a little knowledge and the desire to give your dog the healthy  body he or she deserves. Check out the two chapters in my book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care. (Read an excerpt about dog food myths.) And check out Dog and Cat Food Labels: Marketing Tricks That Cost You Money and Dog Food: What to Feed and Why.

Feed Your Dog Raw Eggs

 

Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs – Good Or Bad?

Written by Dogs Naturally Magazine on March 26, 2012. Posted in Nutrition And Diet 22 Comments

 
 

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about raw feeding and it seems the poor egg is often dragged through the mud as a dangerous food for dogs. Opponents of eggs claim that they are too high in cholesterol, they pose a risk of salmonella and that they cause a biotin deficiency. To that, we say nonsense! Eggs are not only a cheap and safe source of raw food for your dog, they are one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose!

Here are the facts you need to know about eggs.

Eggs are a complete food source – Eggs are an important source of nutrition for not only many predators, but for the chick living inside it.  Inside the egg are all the nutrients necessary to grow a new chicken.  Eggs are also one of the most complete sources of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.  Eggs are a good source of:

Vitamin A Riboflavin Folate Vitamin B12 Iron Selenium Fatty Acids

Egg whites contain enzyme inhibitors – One of the reasons pet owners are warned off eggs is that the whites contain enzyme inhibitors which can interfere with digestion, especially in very young and old animals.  This is true, but it only means that eggs should not be the mainstay of the diet.  It is perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog.  If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset when feeding eggs to dogs, then he should have no trouble if eggs are a regular part of his diet.  Cooking the egg white could solve this problem but much of the nutrition would be lost so it is best to feed it raw.

Egg whites cause Biotin deficiency – Egg whites contain avidin, a Biotin (one of the B vitamins) inhibitor.  Biotin is one of the B vitamins and is important for cellular growth, fatty acid metabolism and good skin and coat.  Biotin deficiencies are quite rare and it would take an extraordinary amount of eggs to create a deficiency.  Moreover, egg yolks are very high in biotin, so as long as you feed the entire egg, there are few worries.  There are other sources of biotin in the diet as well.  Liver is a particularly good source.  Once again, cooking the egg white will eliminate the risk but your dog will lose much of the nutritional value.  If feeding your dog eggs on a regular basis, simply make sure he gets the whole egg, not just the white.

Eggs contain salmonella – Dogs are well equipped to handle the bacteria in raw foods.  The health of the hen is also important, so it is best to choose eggs from organic, free-range chickens.  Proper storage and keeping the eggs cool will also go a long way toward keeping the harmful bacteria at a manageable level.

Don’t forget the shells – If eggs are fed with the shell on, they are a nearly complete food source for dogs.  The shells can also be valuable for dogs who have difficulty eating bones.  Simply dry the shells out and grind them in a clean coffee grinder until they are powdered and sprinkle the powder on your dog’s food.  It’s important to remember that many eggs are sprayed with a chemical to make them look shiny, so it is best to get your eggs from a local organic farmer.

Eggs are cheap, easily obtained and an outstanding source of nutrition for your dog.  The overall concensus with raw feeders is that the health benefits of eggs certainly outweigh the risks – and feeding eggs whole, the way nature intended, goes a long ways to counteract harmful imbalances.  Try feeding your dogs a few eggs a week and he will you’ll see better health, inside and out.

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Ten Vaccine Myths

Ten Vaccine Myths

Written by Catherine O’Driscoll on June 11, 2011. Posted in Vaccine Articles and News 20 Comments

 
 

Myth No. 1

Vaccines protect our dogs against disease, helping to ensure they live long, healthy, happy lives.

Wrong!

Vaccines only sometimes protect our dogs against disease (if at all).  Scientific studies into human vaccines have shown that just as many  vaccinated people, and sometimes more vaccinated people, contract  diseases as do unvaccinated people.

A study conducted by Canine Health Concern during 1997, involving 2,700  dogs, showed that 68.2% of dogs in the survey with parvovirus contracted  it within three months of being vaccinated. Similarly, 55.6% of dogs  with distemper contracted it within three months of vaccination; 63.6%  contracted hepatitis within three months of vaccination; 50% contracted  parainfluenza within three months of vaccination; and every single dog  with leptospirosis contracted it within that three month timeframe.

So vaccines represent – at best – only a 50/50 chance of protection. But  if you doubt the validity of the CHC survey, ask around. It won’t take  long to find people whose dogs contracted these diseases shortly after  being vaccinated. In a parvo vaccine trial conducted by Dr Ronald D  Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University, three out of six  parvo vaccine brands totally failed to give protection; two gave only  partial protection; and only one was shown to be effective.

Myth No. 2

Vaccines have eradicated epidemics.

Wrong!

Vaccine manufacturers like to claim this. But research shows that  vaccines are generally introduced after the disease has died out:  diseases die out after 67% of a population has been exposed to it. The  smallpox vaccine is often quoted as having eradicated smallpox. In fact,  scientists stopped using it when they finally admitted that it was  causing too many side-effects.

Only then did the disease die out.

There are strong arguments to suggest that vaccines keep diseases in the  eco-system. For example, the only cause of polio in the USA today is  the vaccine itself. (You can get polio if you change the nappy of a baby  who has recently been vaccinated against polio.) Vaccines also shed  into the environment, so a vaccinated or unvaccinated dog or cat can  contract a disease from the urine and faeces of a vaccinated dog or cat.

Myth No. 3

Vaccines are extremely safe.

Wrong!

No-one can legitimately claim that vaccines are safe – because no-one  has conducted the necessary research to make that claim. There are no  long-term studies to show the long-term effects of vaccines on humans,  let alone dogs.

Myth No. 4

Only a tiny minority of genetically-susceptible dogs will suffer adverse reactions to vaccines.

Wrong!

Whilst some dogs will have genetic weaknesses that make vaccines more  dangerous to them, there are many other factors which can put your dog  at risk.

Vaccine manufacturers warn, in their data sheets, that the following  factors can render vaccines harmful (they use the phrase,  “immunocompetence may be compromised” ):

1. if the dog is genetically defective 2. if there is something wrong with the dog’s diet 3. if the dog was unhealthy when vaccinated 4. if the dog is stressed at time of injection 5. if the dog’s immune system is incompetent 6. if the dog is exposed to a virus shortly after vaccination 7. if the dog is taking immune suppressant drugs such as steroids 8. if the vet stores and handles the vaccine inappropriately 9. if the dog is incubating disease at the time of vaccination

And if no-one is recording the adverse effects of vaccines effectively,  then how can anyone say only a ‘tiny minority’ have adverse reactions?  In the UK, vets are asked (not compelled) to report adverse reactions if  they suspect an adverse vaccine reaction. If a dog falls down having an  epileptic fit within half an hour, ten days, or a month of vaccination,  the vet very often fails to suspect a link – even though vaccines are  known to cause epilepsy, and the human Vaccine Damage Compensation Unit  has paid up to £30,000 to parents whose children were made epileptic by  vaccines. Even if the vet does suspect a link, there is no law to make  him report the suspected reaction. Many vets are too busy to complete  the necessary paperwork. The same applies to other diseases which many  scientists contend are vaccine-related – such as skin disease,  arthritis, cancer, encephalitis, etc.

Myth No. 5

“I am a vet, and I have only seen one vaccine reaction in 20 years’ of practice.”

Wrong!

You only think you have seen one vaccine reaction in twenty years of  practice! Vets have been trained to look for an immediate reaction –  where the dog is allergic to the vaccine (this allergy is the basis for  the genetic link claim). In the event of an allergic reaction –  sometimes called anaphylaxis or a hypersensitivity reaction – the vet is  advised to inject adrenalin into the animal to save his life.

Because vaccine components can remain in the system for long periods of  time, and because most of these disease take time to show themselves,  causal link is rarely established. Unless, that is, scientists take the  time (despite fears that their funding might be withdrawn by the  pharmaceutical industry) to study the facts.

Research papers published by eminent scientists show that the following diseases can be caused by vaccines:

Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia

A dreadful disease that usually kills a dog within days. Progress of the  disease closely resembles the last stages of AIDS. Cancer – Dr Denis W  Macey was reported in an American veterinary paper as saying that up to  22,000 cats develop cancer at the site of vaccination every year in the  USA.

The Salk Polio Vaccine

Administered to thousands of people in the 1950s and ’60s was  contaminated with a Simian (monkey) retrovirus (called SV40) that has  been found at human cancer sites. An Avian (bird) retrovirus has also  been found at human cancer sites, suspected to have come from the MMR  vaccine. Monkey kidneys, chick embryos, dog brains and kidney, and cat  brains and kidneys are all commonly used as vaccine culture media. If  the animal used as a culture medium for vaccines carries a retrovirus  and this is undetected and left in the vaccine, the vaccine can  permanently alter the genes of the animal or human receiving the  vaccine.

Genetic defects

The significance of vaccines’ gene altering potential is alarming. For  example, SV40 has been found at cancer sites belonging to the children  of people who received the SV40-contaminated Salk Polio vaccine. SV40  switches off the part of the DNA that protects from cancer, and this  defect can be inherited.

Although the British government was informed that the polio vaccine was  contaminated at the time, they took the decision to use it anyway.  Records have now been destroyed (to protect the guilty?). Once it was  decided it was too risky to continue using the contaminated vaccine on  the UK population, it was sold overseas to unsuspecting ‘foreigners’.

So God help your dog. Thyroid disease is inheritable; and this can be  caused by vaccines. Once a dog has underlying thyroid disease, he or she  only needs a trigger – from a vaccine, an environmental pollutant, from  stress, or from dietary inadequacies – to develop full-blown autoimmune  diseases. Thyroid disease can often be undetected. For example,  behavioural problems, hormonal imbalances, nymphomania, and coat loss  can by symptoms of thyroid disease, but are often treated at face value  without establishing the underlying cause.

Leukaemia

Dr Jean Dodds, one of the world’s foremost experts in canine vaccine  reactions, says: “Recent vaccinations with single or combination  modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are increasingly recognised  contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure, and  organ dysfunction.”

Dr Dodds lists leukaemia, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, diabetes,  and lymphoma as diseases that can be triggered by vaccines.

Parvovirus

Yes, parvovirus was created by vaccines. This disease didn’t exist prior  to the 1970s. In fact, scientists tell us it was created by vaccine  manufacturers who cultured the distemper vaccine on cat kidneys that  were infected with feline enteritis. This cat-enteritis-diseased  distemper vaccine was then injected into dogs around the world, and  parvovirus reared its ugly head around the world at the same time.  Similarly, human AIDS is thought by some scientists to be a  vaccine-induced plague. HIV (humans), FIV (cats), and SIV (monkeys) are  closely related viruses. Two separate scientific papers link the  emergence of HIV in humans with the use of SIV-infected polio vaccines  (cultured on monkey kidneys) on male homosexuals in New York, and  innocent citizens of the Belgian Congo.

Arthritis

If there is a history of arthritis, epilepsy or allergies in a human  family, doctors will often refrain from vaccinating a child. Arthritis  is an inflammatory (hypersensitivity/allergy) disease. Vaccines contain  various components, including serum (often bovine serum posing a BSE  type threat), formaldehyde, aluminium, and mercury. Is it any wonder  that an animal might become hypersensitive or inflamed after having  these poisons injected into hm? According to one vaccine manufacturer,  vaccines that are cultured on animal tissue can contain ‘extraneous  proteins’ that can cause autoimmune diseases. Arthritis is an autoimmune  disease, and it was found in the CHC survey to manifest in clusters  nine months after vaccination. Animals with a genetic pre-disposition to  allergies (ie ‘people’ from families with a history of irritable bowel  syndrome/Crohns disease/enteritis, asthma, hay fever, eczema, and so  on), can become more allergic, or become highly sensitised, when you  inject foreign proteins (serums and organ tissue) into them. Veterinary  manuals talk openly about serum reactions.

Allergies

There are many, many research papers showing a link between allergies and vaccines. In 1983, for example, Frick and Brooks published a paper to show that  inhalant allergies (such as atopic dermatitis) have developed in dogs  when vaccinated with distemper, hepatitis and leptospirosis vaccines  just prior to, but not after, exposure to pollen extracts. ‘Atopic’  means an inherited pre-disposition to produce excess amounts of IgE  antibodies in response to antigens (the things the animal is allergic to  such as pollen, flea bites, dust mites, etc.). As a result the allergic  individuals suffer chronically irritating skin inflammations. Other  organs may exhibit signs of hypersensitivity causing, for example,  conjunctivitis or rhinitis. Homoeopathic vets treat a large proportion  of skin problems as ‘vaccinosis’ (a morbid reaction to vaccines).

Epilepsy

As stated earlier, it is scientifically recognised that vaccines can  cause epilepsy in humans. Dr Hans Selye published a famous paper in  ‘Nature’ in 1936 which explained how an organism will react to a massive  challenge (such as a vaccine). Every system of the body springs into  action, and a hormone called DOC can be released. This hormone can cause  brain lesions and destruction of large parts of the brain. Epilepsy is a  neurological (brain) condition. In addition, this brain damage can lead  to behavioural problems. Harris L Coulter has published a very  convincing argument to suggest that unprovoked aggression in humans has  its base in encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) caused by vaccines.

Myth No. 6

Vaccine manufacturers have to undergo stringent procedures and tests to ensure safety.

Wrong!

OK, partly true . . . vaccine manufacturers have to go through safety  procedures and tests, but to claim that these tests are stringent is  highly subjective. How, then, did SV40 get through; how did the avian  virus get into the MMR vaccine; how did parvovirus slip through the net;  and how did AIDS suddenly arrive from nowhere? In actual fact, no-one  is permitted (in the UK at least) to test the viral component of a  veterinary vaccine except a vaccine manufacturer. They are the only ones  with a license to do it. This means that if you suspect a vaccine  killed your puppy, you have to take the vaccine company’s word for it if  they say it didn’t.

There’s no-one to go to if you want an independent check.

Myth No. 7

It’s better to risk a vaccine reaction than subject my dog to these deadly killer diseases.

Wrong!

Firstly, very few of the classic canine diseases are deadly.

Parvovirus is only generally deadly to puppies and, as maternal antibody  can be present for as many as 22 weeks, and as maternal antibody  cancels out the vaccine, vaccinated puppies are unlikely to be protected  from parvovirus. Adult dogs rarely die from parvovirus. Distemper kills only half of affected dogs. Indeed, dogs most  susceptible to disease are those who are fed poor quality processed  foods (and don’t imagine that price equals quality). A dog fed a natural  diet, containing ‘real’ food, is most able to combat any viral  challenges. Also, please be aware that there is an alternative to a  highly risky vaccine – this is discussed later. Clinical signs of  hepatitis and parainfluenza range from mild and invisible to death (the  flu rarely kills; hepatitis can be caused by a range of factors,  including poor diet, and the vaccine doesn’t protect against all of the  other dangers). Secondly, no-one knows how common these diseases are.  No-one records their existence.

Leptospirosis, for example, is extremely rare (apart from which,  leptospirosis is a range of over a hundred bacterins; the chances of the  strain in the needle matching the strain in the field are remote; and  the vaccine only confers protection for between three and six months,  leaving vaccinated dogs ‘unprotected’ for up to nine months anyway).  Vaccines have also been known to cause the diseases they were designed  to prevent. This happens when a vaccine is injected into an animal with a  suppressed immune system (caused by genetic factors, poor diet, stress,  existing illness, etc.); or when the vaccine manufacturer fails to  render the viral component of the vaccine harmless in the lab. In the  latter instance, the vaccine is withdrawn after it has killed ‘more dogs  than normally expected’ (in the words of one vaccine manufacturer as it  withdrew its vaccine).

Canine Health Concern’s vaccine survey indicated that at least one in  every hundred dogs is damaged by vaccines. As no-one has any statistics  to suggest otherwise, it should be up to vets and vaccine manufacturers  to prove vaccines are safe – and not the other way round. We whose dogs  have died or suffered chronic debilitating diseases shouldn’t have to  take their word for it when the vaccine manufacturers deny  responsibility. Our concerns should be taken seriously, and not  strenuously denied in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Myth No. 8

The homoeopathic vaccine alternative is unproven.

Wrong!

Existing research and experience shows that the homoeopathic nosode is  as protective – but probably more protective – than vaccines. Whereas  the medical and veterinary ‘professions’ receive huge sums of money from  international multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical conglomerates, please  note that homoeopaths do not. Rather, vets who trust the less expensive  homoeopathic alternative suffer serious financial loss by refusing to  sell highly lucrative annual boosters. A growing number of dog lovers  are beginning to choose the homoeopathic alternative to vaccines. Some  have been using the nosode for up to twenty years, and claim that they  have never had a problem.

Myth No. 9

You should vaccinate your dog every year.

Wrong!

If you hear nothing else, if you can accept nothing else, please know  that annual vaccination is not necessary. Please do not subject your  dogs to the vaccine risk year after year until they drop.

Once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for the lifetime of the  host. In the case of leptospirosis (a bacterial disease), I have already  explained that the vaccine is virtually useless and therefore not worth  the risk.

One American veterinary vaccine manufacturer has made a public  announcement, saying that it no longer recommends annual vaccination.  Several American veterinary colleges have announced the same, in  reaction to consumer pressure and fears over adverse reactions.

One veterinary college said that annual vaccination has no scientific  basis, and we might as well have chosen ‘every full moon’ to stick the  needle in. And please be aware that a vaccine administered to a puppy,  when his immune system is immature, is probably the most harmful jab of  all, capable of wreaking havoc – havoc that you might not be able to  detect immediately.

Myth No. 10

My doctor/vet knows best.

Wrong!

Doctors and vets are trained in a very specific healing discipline. They  know a little about pharmaceuticals, and some of them know about  surgery.

But they rely upon the pharmaceutical industry to tell them which drugs  to use in which circumstances. When a conventionally trained scientist  tells you that homeopathy doesn’t work, you may as well ask your  butcher whether electricity works – the fact is, conventional vets  rarely have any knowledge of homeopathy to base their opinions on.  Homeopaths do not claim to be able to reverse all vaccine damage, and  conventional vets – not even recognizing vaccine damage – have little  success.

Once you’ve administered the needle, you can never change your mind. Please STUDY THE FACTS, don’t live to regret it.