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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 Others just stick to outdated schedules out of comfort or habit.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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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.

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Lyme Disease Vaccine for Dogs

 LYME–Vaccinate or Not?


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In response to questions about Lyme disease in dogs and the Lyme vaccine, I would like to share the advice that Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chair of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine gave me for my 2 dogs, who both receive(d) (one died in July from a mast cell tumor which developed at a rabies vaccination site) 100+ tick bites a summer.
I was concerned after having contracted Lyme twice myself; however, none of the dogs we have had over 30 years were ever vaccinated against Lyme or ever contracted the disease. After getting it myself, I was reconsidering. Dr. Schultz advised me that there was far more risk associated with the Lyme vaccine than there was with antibiotics to treat the disease if one or both dogs contracted Lyme.
He further explained that if they tested positive for Lyme, but displayed no symptoms, then not to treat them with antibiotics because it indicated that they had been exposed to the disease, but hadn’t contracted the disease. However, he said, that if they tested positive for Lyme and had symptoms (lameness, fever, lethargy, etc..), then start treatment. Dr. Schultz elaborated by telling me that in vaccinology, immunology, the point is not to prevent infection, it is to prevent disease. In fact, low-grade infections are introduced to elicit immune responses, which is how vaccination works, by introducing an attenuated (weakened) antigen into the animal’s system.
Further, he said that a positive Lyme test in an ASYMPTOMATIC dog merely reflects the fact that the dog has been exposed; positive Lyme test in a dog with SYMPTOMS indicates that the animal has contracted the disease and needs treatment.
Based on his advice, I have chosen to not vaccinate my dog(s) against Lyme. Below are links to a few articles on the subject which may help you in deciding whether or not to vaccinate your dog against Lyme.
Lyme is a “killed” vaccine and is associated with clinically significant adverse reactions. According to the 2003 AAHA Guidelines (Page 16), “…killed vaccines are much more likely to cause hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., immune-mediated disease).” Further, the AAHA task force reports on Page 18 that, “Bacterial vaccines, especially killed whole organism products …..are much more likely to cause adverse reactions than subunit or live bacterial vaccines or MLV vaccines, especially if given topically. Several killed bacterial products are used as immunomodulators/adjuvants. Thus, their presence in a combination vaccine product may enhance or suppress the immune response or may cause an undesired response (e.g., IgE hypersensitivity or a class of antibody that is not protective).”
Dr. Alice Wolf, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, stated in an address Vaccines of the Present and Future WSAVA 2001 – Vaccines of the Present and Future at the 2001 World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress that Lyme vaccines : “are only partially effective and may cause serious immune-mediated consequences in some dogs that are as serious or more serious than the disease itself…..The most reactive vaccines for dogs include leptospirosis bacterin and Borrelia [Lyme]vaccine .”.
Canine Lyme, What’s New? Vet Tech: Canine Lyme: What’s New?
No Lyme Vaccine for Charlie Nancy Freedman Smith, Maine Today Error
It is not a scientifically based recommendation to suggest that all dogs in Maine should be vaccinated with Lyme Vaccine. There may be select areas in the state, “hot spots” where infection is very high and vaccination would be indicated, but dogs in most parts of the state would probably not receive benefit and may actually be at risk of adverse reactions if a large scale vaccination program was initiated. Wisconsin has a much higher risk of Lyme than Maine, however at our Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) we have used almost no Lyme vaccine since it was first USDA approved in the early 1990’s. What we have found is infection (not disease), in much of Wisconsin, is low (<10% infection). As you know, infection does not mean disease. About 3 to 4% of infected dogs develop disease. In contrast, in Western and Northwestern parts of Wisconsin infection occurs in 60 to 90% of all dogs. In those areas, vaccination is of benefit in reducing clinical disease. …….. Also, vaccinated dogs can develop disease as efficacy of the product is about 60 to 70% in preventing disease, thus antibiotics must be used in vaccinated dogs developing disease, just like it must be used in non-vaccinated diseased dogs. Therefore, in general areas with a low infection rate <10>50%) then the vaccine will be very useful. Thus, I believe it is irresponsible to suggest that all dogs in Maine should be vaccinated . Veterinarians should know, based on diagnoses in their clinic and other clinics in the area (town), how common the disease would be and they should base their judgment to vaccinate on risk, not on a statement that all dogs in Maine need Lyme vaccine!
R.D. Schultz
_______________________________ Ronald D. Schultz, Professor and Chair
Department of Pathobiological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2015 Linden Drive West Madison, WI 53706″
 
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Help Your Dog Live Longer in Five Easy Steps

Help Your Dog Live Longer in Five Easy Steps

by Jan Rasmusen

Wish your dog could live forever? Well, forever might be a stretch, but you can often add years to a dog’s life just by taking a more holistic approach to your canine companion’s care.

Even small changes can make a huge difference and can even save you money. I modified my own dogs’ care after two years of research and interviews with top experts taught me that many dog care “truths” are really myths, outdated information or commercial propaganda.

Want your dog to live the long, healthy life he or she deserves? Try these five easy steps:

Step 1: Think Fridge, Not Cupboard

Commercial pet food is fast food. It can legally contain “4-D” meat (from dead, dying, diseased and disabled animals) as well as corn contaminated with high levels of pesticide. And did you know “complete and balanced” means minimum, not optimum, nutrition? Dogs given a balanced diet of wholesome fresh foods have the best chance for longevity. If you can keep yourself healthy, you can easily learn how to feed your dog for optimum health.

Step 2: Help Your Dog Chill

Stress kills, and your dog may be under more stress than you realize. Loneliness, confinement, insufficient exercise, obesity, impure water, excessive noise, extreme temperatures and tormenting by family members (human and otherwise) are all possible sources of killer stress. Because of their shorter life spans, dogs succumb to the effects of stress much faster than we do.

Step 3: Just Say No!

Resist the urge to suppress disease symptoms with drugs. Though some problems may require pharmacological intervention, many can be resolved—even cured—with improved nutrition and environmental changes—without dangerous side effects. If you do decide to go the “drug route,” personally check out medications. Countless dogs have died from popular “cures.”

Step 4: Get Smart about Shots

Most of us over-vaccinate our dogs. We give the wrong shots and revaccinate too often. The result can be autoimmune dysfunction, allergies, organ damage and even death. Did you know your adult dog may already have lifetime immunity to the most important diseases and that there’s a simple way to confirm it?

Step 5: Stave Off Cancer

Canine cancer is epidemic, and not just in older dogs. Because some cancers are linked to toxins, select safe floor and carpet cleaners, herbicides and fertilizers. Products unsafe for children are unsafe for dogs. Spay or neuter your dog and schedule a vet exam and blood test yearly–twice yearly for older dogs. Wash pollutants off your dog’s feet after walks on public lawns and grimy roads. Always investigate sores that don’t heal, lumps and swelling, unexplained lameness or weight loss, bleeding from orifices, and other mysterious physical or behavioral changes.

How long, and how well, your dog lives is largely up to you. A little education coupled with timely action can give your dog the best shot at a safe and healthy life!

© 2009 Jan Rasmusen – All Rights Reserved

Jan Rasmusen is the author of Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, 2006 Ben Franklin Award Winner for the “Best Health Book” of any kind. Sign up for her free newsletter at http://www.Dogs4Dogs.com.

White Oak Golden Retrievers dedicated to the health of dogs.  Please visit this wonderful website and learn how to take control of your dogs health and help them to live long healthy lives.

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Can Dog Breeding Practices Be Changed?

The Practice of In-breeding and Line-breeding in purebred dogs is discussed in a much-needed article in “The Bark” magazine, September-October issue.  The article entitled; Breeding Paradox; Can dog breeding practices be changed? by John Woestendiek.

Many breeders today in the United States practice in-breeding and line-breeding in all breeds.  It has caused an ocean of health problems in every breed.  Some breeds have passed the point of being saved due to genetic disorders from this practice.  Still many breeders, dog clubs, dog registries, etc. put their head in the sand and pretend it is not happening.  Instead they boast of health clearances and sell bold guarantees on the health of these puppies/dogs.  The public is unaware.  No one can give a clearance for health on any dog/puppy that has been in-bred or line-bred.  Generations of these practices is a nightmare for the dogs/puppies that have to endure the health problems and their owners that do everything in their power to save them.

It’s time to demand from the AKC, dog clubs, dog registries and breeders that these insane practices of in-breeding and line-breeding be stopped.

It would the greatest loss we as a people ever endured if we lost the Golden Retriever and other breeds that we all love.  It’s happening NOW!

White Oak Golden Retrievers has clean lines of goldens and we do NOT in-breed or line-breed.  We have a very healthy line of puppies that we offer to good families across America.

Pick up a copy of “The Bark” today.  This current issue also has a great article on diet written by the Editor in Chief; Claudia Kawczynska.  If you have a dog; you need this info.

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The Bark Magazine

Hi Everyone,

To all you dog lovers outthere, give yourself a big treat and pick up a copy of

“The Bark” Magazine.  You will read it from cover to cover.  Up to date news on research, diet, training and the best stories about dogs that you will ever read! 

Can you tell that I am their #1 Fan.

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The New Year 2011

1. My hope and prayer for 2011 is that all dogs get off the chain around their neck and into the house with loving owners.  It’s time we stop this practice.  The state of Tennessee is leading the way!

2. More people will discover how valuable a dog/cat can be in their lives and run to the shelter to find the dog/cat  to share their lives.

3.  More people will help their local animal shelter with food, toys, blankets and time.

4.  Stop animal cruelty!  Report abuse! Please get involved! 

White Oak Golden Retrievers

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Healthier dogs and cats in the New Year!

Great site for dog and cat owners;

www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/healthypet.htm

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