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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 Others just stick to outdated schedules out of comfort or habit.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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Vaccines, Collagen and Joint Disease

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Vaccines, Collagen And Joint Disease

April 9, 2012 – Featured Articles7 comments

 
 

January 2011 Issue By Dana Scott

Most people have heard of collagen as an anti-aging cosmetic product.  Collagen is the elastic protein that holds skin together.  As we age, the amount and quality of collagen in our bodies starts to diminish and we can see this in our skin as it begins to wrinkle and sag.

Collagen is also found in abundance in the joints and connective tissue of the body. In fact, collagen makes up 70 to 90% of our muscles, tendons, ligaments and other joint supporting tissues. As happens in the skin, when collagen breaks down in the body, the joints become less stable, the muscles and connective tissue loosen and become more brittle, and disorders such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, tendonitis and overuse injuries begin to occur.

The same thing happens in our dogs. They might not get the crow’s feet and turkey necks that we older humans sport, but they do suffer from age related joint and soft tissue pain due to collagen loss and degradation.  Sadly, many dogs suffer from these diseases at a very young age. Breeders and lovers of large breed dogs know all too well the heartache of canine hip and elbow dysplasia. Dog owners see patellar subluxations, cruciate tears and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in young dogs at an alarming rate and they pay the price with expensive surgery, therapy and supplements.

Why are dogs suffering from these diseases at such a young age? Many breeders and vets are quick to say that it is due to bad genetics – so good breeders screen their dogs for these diseases before breeding, to make sure the problems are not passed down to the offspring.

The problem is, this screening hasn’t really changed the incidence of most of these diseases.

Hip dysplasia was first diagnosed in dogs in 1935, although nobody seemed terribly interested at the time.  Over twenty years later, the number of dogs presenting with this disease prompted the Swed- ish Kennel Club to become one of the first to develop a program to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia. They believed that if German Shepherd breeders took radiographs of their dogs and only bred the dogs that did not show evidence of hip dysplasia, they could eliminate hip dysplasia.  After ten years of selective breeding however, the incidence of moderate and severe cases of hip dysplasia didn’t change.  Dogs that did not show radiographic evidence of hip dysplasia were still producing puppies with the disease. In one study, over two thirds of dysplastic puppies were from normal parents.

This led researchers to conclude that hip dysplasia was a polygenic disease (residing in more than one gene), meaning that the severity of the disease could be influenced by environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle. However, affected puppies are born with normal hips – the dysplastic changes are not there at birth.

Over fifty years later, despite increased testing rates, the incidence of hip dysplasia is not going down in most breeds.  In fact, smaller breeds are now showing an increased susceptibility to this disease which historically was limited to larger breeds of dogs. Even in Germany, where the kennel club has very tight breeding restrictions, the incidence of hip dysplasia in German Shepherds is still 7%.

Hip dysplasia is not the only common joint disorder in dogs. Cranial cruciate tears are becoming endemic in dogs, as are luxating patellas and elbow dysplasia (two more disorders that breeders do clearances for).  In the midst of this, the vets point their fingers at both breeders and purebred dogs and the breeders point their fingers at the pet owners and at each other.  Surely somebody must be to blame?

A polygenic disease is one that takes the right combination of genetic susceptibility, environmental factors and dietary influences to occur. The genes are like a light switch: if a dog has a genetic susceptibility to hip dysplasia, the switch is in the ON position. Just because a dog has the gene for hip dysplasia however, does not mean he will be affected: the severity of the disease will be directly influenced by the dog’s diet and other environmental factors such as exercise level or body condition – or so the theory goes. Unfortunately, we don’t know which dogs possess and produce the genes that cause joint disease – but dog owners can change the environmental stressors.

To this point, vets and many breeders will pay lip service to things such as keeping puppies lean, not feeding them too much protein (a myth that is not proven), giving them supplements – all the usual drama.  Puppy buyers usually get this well rehearsed speech when they bring their new puppy in for his vaccination. Most vets actively look for large breed puppies to show signs of hip dysplasia and are ready to step in with surgery.  They blame the breeders and their purebred dogs for joint issues while, at the same time, they inject these healthy puppies with vaccines.

Is it any coincidence that even severe cases of hip dysplasia are not seen before eight weeks of age – the age at which most puppies are vaccinated?  Why is it that, once again, vets are recommending expensive hip surgeries and multiple, unnecessary vaccines, while remaining oblivious to what should be obvious?  Why is nobody blaming the vaccines when there are plenty of reasons to do so?

Vaccines and Joint Disorders

The Canine Health Concern’s 1997 study of 4,000 dogs showed a high number  of dogs developing mobility problems shortly after they were vaccinated. Immunologist Dr. Jean Dodds has also noted similar issues: “Beyond the immediate hypersensitivity (vaccine) reactions, other acute events tend to occur 24 to 72 hours afterward, or 7 to 45 days later in a delayed type immunological response. Even more delayed adverse effects include…canine distemper antibodies in joint diseases of dogs.”

Interesting. The distemper vaccine was introduced in 1950 and just a few years later, the breed clubs suddenly felt the need to start doing hip clearances on breeding stock. There is no cause and effect here but the temporal relationship is fairly noteworthy.

Vaccination has been implicated in cases of polyarthritis in dogs. Here is an interesting passage from the Veterinary Products Com- mittee (VPC) Working Group on Feline and Canine Vaccination.

“Occasional self-limiting cases of immune-based arthritis in dogs have been reported usually following primary vaccination, and recently, four young adult dogs of different breeds have been reported to develop an idiopathic polyarthritis three to15 days after multivalent vaccination. Immune-mediated  polyarthritis and systemic disease including amyloidosis has been reported in Akita dogs following modified live vaccination.   Hypertrophic  osteodystrophy (HOD), in some cases associated with juvenile cellulitis, has been reported following vaccination, mainly in Weimaraners, and it has been suggested that canine distemper virus may be involved. There is also some evidence that canine distemper virus (and possibly vaccines) may be involved in canine rheumatoid-like  arthritis through  the formation of immune complexes”.

Here is the predictable part: “…the immunological basis of such reactions is unclear, and it is possible that such apparent associations with vaccination may be due to coincident disease development, particularly in young animals”.

That sure would be a heck of a coincidence.  Catherine O’Driscoll sheds more light on the relationship.

“A paper appearing in the British Veterinary Journal states that dogs with rheumatoid  arthritis showed higher anti-heat shock protein antibody levels in their sera and synovial fluids compared to control dogs. There was a significant correlation between anti HSP65 and antibodies to canine distemper virus, and the paper discussed the relevance of the presence of canine distemper virus within the joints.  Since vaccines inject modified live distemper virus into the dog, this research should be of concern.  Shed attenuated live vaccine might also be considered in this regard. And it’s worth noting that the high antibody titers to distemper that we are so pleased with might also play a role in our dogs’ decreasing mobility. Rheumatoid arthritis is, of course an autoimmune condition in which there is inflammation of joints and progressive erosion of cartilage and bone, which reflects the autoantibodies to collagen found in the Purdue study.”

Autoantibodies to collagen? Vaccinated dogs developed autoantibodies to their own collagen and nobody was worried about that?

The Purdue Study

In 1999, a one of a kind study was performed that should have connected the dots between vaccination and joint disease (Hogenesch H, Azcona-Olivera J, Scott-Montcrieff C, Snyder PW, Glickman LT. Vaccine-induced autoimmunity in the dog. Adv Med Vet 1999;41:733-747). In this study, puppies were immunized with the rabies vaccine and the usual cocktail of core and non-core vaccines. The authors concluded that the vaccinated but not the unvaccinated puppies developed autoantibodies to their own collagen.  The authors noted and reproduced similar findings in a follow-up study in dogs that were given just the rabies vaccine and just the multivalent vaccine.

The vaccinated dogs in this study were literally destroying their own collagen (as well as their own DNA and other important substances), and nobody thought “aha, maybe this is why our dogs are being hit so hard with joint disease and we can’t breed it out of them.” Instead, the researchers discontinued the study when the puppies were 22 weeks of age and, over a decade later, nobody has viewed these results as a serious threat to canine (or human) health.

Why is it that vets and researchers can claim purebred dogs and genetics are to blame for these joint disorders when this shining beacon is aimed squarely on vaccination, especially the distemper shot?

Collagen  and Joint Disease

In a 1989 study, Bari et al found autoimmunity to collagen in 72.4% of dogs with rheumatoid arthritis, 88% of dogs with infective arthritis and 52% of dogs with osteoarthritis.  Dogs with cruciate disease also showed significantly increased levels of autoantibodies.  They also had higher levels of anti-collagen antibodies in the synovial fluid (the fluid that surrounds  joints).  They concluded that anti-collagen complexes were present in all joint disorders.

The presence of these anti-collagen antibodies, just like those noted in the vaccinated dogs in the Purdue study, can actually predict cruciate tears.  In dogs with cruciate tears in one leg, studies show elevated anti-collagen antibodies in the other leg which predicted future tears.  When multiple joints were tested, higher levels of autoantibodies were found in stifle joints that were eventually torn than in other joints of the body (DeBruin et al, 2007). These autoantibodies have also been found in the joints of dogs suffering from arthritis that is not secondary to cruciate tears (Niebauer et al, 1987).

Duke  University Medical Center  researchers  led by Kyle Allen found that collagen deficient mice prematurely developed common and chronic musculoskeletal disorders while the wild-type mice did not.  “We observed a pattern of behavioral changes in the collagen deficient mice that suggests a relationship to (osteoarthritis and de- generative disc disease),” said Allen, who noted the collagen deficient mice also had elevated levels of knee and intervertebral disc structural changes.

Collagen  and Joint Integrity

Collagen is concentrated mostly in weight supporting tissues, basically cartilage and bones. Collagen is also concentrated in high percentages in the parts of the body transmitting strength, such as tendons. Collagen not only protects joint cartilage, it is also what protects tendons and ligaments against tears.

The elastic property of collagen gives ligaments a tiny bit of stretch so that if the joint that ligament supports is stressed, the ligament can withhold the tension without tearing. Just as bridges and high rise buildings need a tiny bit of give in them to weather high winds and earthquakes, ligaments need the elastic properties of collagen to bear shearing forces within the joints.

Collagen is also important for the integrity of joint surfaces. There is a thin layer of tissue surrounding the cartilage on the surface of joints called the pericellular matrix (PCM). Together with collagen and other cartilage cells, the PCM forms a barrier between the cells and the rest of the cartilage tissue.  When collagen is disrupted in joints, the changes in mechanical forces on the cells can lead to degenerative changes.

Leonidas Alexopoulos studied the relationship  between collagen and osteoarthritis at Duke University and presented the results at the 51th annual scientific meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society in Washington, DC. Alexopoulos explains: ““When we analyzed the PCM of mice unable to produce type VI collagen, we found that the chondrons (joint surface structures) in these mice were much softer and the joints did not respond well to mechanical pressures. The joint looked as if osteoarthritis had developed.”

In May, 1997, a paper was presented in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association by Jens Sejer Madsen, Ph.D., D.V.M. from the Small Animal Hospital, Department  of Clinical Studies, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg C, Denmark.  This study shows how collagen can be related to hip dysplasia.

“Mechanical strength of the joint capsule is related to its collagen content and composition. In children with congenital hip joint dislocation, the collagen composition of the joint capsule has been shown to be abnormal. Thus, it is reasonable to hypothesize that laxity of the hip joint in dogs may be related to the collagen composition of the capsule…results of the study support the hypothesis that a change in collagen composition may contribute to hip joint laxity in dogs with a predisposition to CHD.”

The vets and breeders are right in that hip dysplasia and other joint disorders are caused by a variety of environmental and nutritional factors.  Genetics probably do play a role, although it could have something to do with the cumulative damage the puppies’ parents and grandparents suffer through repeated vaccination, highly processed diets, antibiotics and toxins. On top of that, the Purdue study showed that vaccinated dogs develop autoantibodies to their own DNA; perhaps vaccinated breeding dogs are passing along damaged DNA and that is a part of the picture.

Meanwhile, the vets and researchers repeatedly state there is no cause and effect relationship and that further studies will have to be done before vaccines can be implicated in joint disease. While we wait for those magical studies, vets continue to vaccinate every three years, or even more frequently, with vaccines that were shown to last at least seven years over thirty years ago.

In the case of distemper, one of the vaccines repeatedly vindicated in joint disease, puppies develop titers within hours of their first distemper vaccination. In his study at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Dr. Ronald Schultz vaccinated puppies with one dose of distemper vaccine just four hours prior to being placed in a room with distemper-infected dogs. All of the puppies were protected against distemper in this challenge study.

This bears repeating. Dr. Ronald Schultz, the leading canine immunologist, publishes a study in which every single puppy is protected within hours of the very first vaccination. Thirty years prior to this, he determined that core vaccines (including distemper) last at least seven years, and most likely for the life of the dog.  So it should be pretty obvious that it only takes one distemper vaccine to protect a puppy from distemper for life. Why then does the average dog get vaccinated for distemper at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, one year, four years, seven years, ten years – and if he is lucky enough to have lived through this unnecessary and dangerous onslaught – thirteen and sixteen years of age? Nine shots of the same virus that is shown to be permanently effective within hours of the very first vaccine is considered a minimal vaccine schedule by most veterinarians – many other dogs receive 15 or more shots of distemper!  It is no wonder that joint disease is on the rise in dogs, especially in the most aggressively vaccinated subset: purebred dogs.

Clearly, more research needs to be done in this area but somebody should at least pay attention to the growing list of unwanted and adverse effects caused by vaccines. There is a growing list of joint and collagen related changes that occur after vaccination and they are implicated in joint disease which has become a significant problem in today’s dog population.  I’m not saying stop vaccination for distemper altogether (although that is a viable option), but at the very least, stop the madness of unnecessarily vaccinating dogs for distemper over, and over, and over, and over again. Isn’t there enough research to make vets just a little bit concerned about potential damage from the eight or more distemper vaccines that go into dogs?

It seems that in-depth research and analysis are not all that necessary when it comes to giving more vaccines but when it comes to giving less, research is suddenly put on the hot seat and common sense goes out the window. What will it take before vets start taking this research seriously and stop vaccinating dogs unnecessarily?

Article published by Dogs Naturally Magizine.com in the January 2011 issue by Dana Scott

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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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