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Vaccines for Dogs-Causes of Damage

Vaccine Damage In Dogs

May 30, 2011 – Featured Articles, Vaccine Articles and News5 comments

May/June 2010 Issue

Part 2

Genetic Damage?

Perhaps most worryingly, the Purdue study found that the vaccinated dogs were developing autoantibodies to their own DNA, which indicates that we are injecting inheritable damage into animals.  According to Cambridge Life Sciences, antibodies directed against native DNA were first detected in the serum of patients with SLE in the 1950s.  The presence of anti-DNA autoantibodies is one of the four highly specific serological markers included in the 1982 American College of Rheumatology criteria  for the classification of SLE. The more of these antibodies an individual has, the higher the disease activity.  Long term risks include renal and central nervous system involvement.

SLE is an autoimmune disease characterised  by inflammation  and destruction of a variety of tissues.  Clinical presentation is varied, but a common feature is the presence of a number of autoantibodies.  Canine autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, which also occurs in isolation, can form part of the SLE syndrome.  The other common manifestations of SLE are platelet deficiency and inflammation in blood vessels, joints, skin, peripheral nervous system, meninges (which protect the brain and spinal chord) and the thyroid.

A paper entitled  ‘Vaccine Associated Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA) in the Dog’ (15)  states, “This study provides  the first clinical evidence for a temporal relationship of vaccine- associated IMHA in the dog.”  However, the Merck Manual had made this association earlier.

The study remarked that there was a marked difference in frequency of IMHA between the first month after vaccination and subsequent months  which was not seen in the control group.  The authors concluded that, because not all cases are reported (none of the cases in their study had been reported), the prevalence of vaccine-associated IMHA is likely to be under estimated.

The seventh  edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual states:  “Bone marrow suppression with transient (21 day) or chronic/latent erythroid dysplasia, in the presence or absence of thrombocytopenia and neutropenia, Combs’ positive haemolytic anaemia, and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia have been associated with (i.e., may prove to be caused by) both retroviral and parvoviral infection in man and other species. Also, modified live parvovirus vaccines in dogs, and killed feline leukaemia virus vaccine are suspects as causes (in genetically susceptible animals) of such haematological diseases.”

Dr Jean W Dodds, writing in US Dog World, March, 1995, (16) states: “Immune–suppressant viruses of the retrovirus and parvovirus classes have recently been implicated as causes of bone marrow failure, immune-mediated blood diseases, haematologic malignancies  (lymphoma  and leukemia), dysregulation of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, organ failure (liver, kidney) and autoimmune endocrine disorders – especially of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis), adrenal  gland (Addison’s disease)  and pancreas (diabetes). Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live virus vaccines, especially those containing distemper, adenovirus 1 or 2 and parvovirus,  are increasingly recognised contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure and organ dysfunction.”

Dr Dodds also stated:  “The T-cell leukaemias of human and animals are ex amples of those associated with retroviral infections.  The same class of viruses has been associated with the production of autoimmunity and immuno-deficiency diseases.  The recent isolation of a retrovirus from a German Shepherd  with B-cell leukaemia exemplifies the role of these agents in producing leukaemia and lymphomas in the dog.”

Dr Patricia Jordan has uncovered a very recent scientific paper (Journal of Virology, April 2010, p. 3690-3694, Vol. 84, No. 7) which describes the testing of veterinary vaccines for dogs and cats from both the UK and Japan.  Several routinely  used vaccines were shown to contain retrovirus contaminants. This study shows that the methods currently employed to screen veterinary vaccines for retroviruses should be re-evaluated.  From a pet owner’s perspective, it doesn’t go far enough to alert us to the potential consequences of manufacturing failures.

Vaccine Shedding

I believe that we should also concern ourselves with vaccine shedding.  In the DVM round table discussion  mentioned earlier, Dr Rude asked whether the shedding of modified live virus vaccine viruses from vaccinated animals have the potential to cause disease in non-vaccinated contact animals of the same species and/or different species.  The conclusion was ‘yes’.

The 1988 Concise Oxford Veterinary Dictionary postulates that parvovirus “originated from an attenuated feline enteritis vaccine strain”. (17)  The question is whether this was from shed feline vaccine, or injected canine vaccine grown on cats’ kidneys.

It’s also possible that symptoms of viral disease, such as arthritis from parvovirus, might arise from the vaccine process, from shed vaccine, as well as from field infection. (18)

More On Inflammation

A review article in In Practice, Vol 20 No 2, Feb 1998, by Michael Day, senior lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Bristol (19) states that environmental influences are crucial to the expression of immune mediated disease and that the most important of these is likely to be exposure to microbial antigens  following natural  infection or vaccination.  Mr. Day divides immune mediated disease into four main groups – hypersensitivity diseases, autoimmune diseases, immune system neoplasia (the formation  of tumors) and immunodeficiency diseases.

In a letter to Veterinary Times during July 1999, veterinarian Lyn Thomson responded, “This would indicate that veterinarians must consider and report the whole range of immune mediated diseases  post vaccination, including flea allergy, atopic dermatitis, dietary hypersensitivity, contact hypersensitivity, asthma, autoimmune diseases, lymphoma, lymphoid leukaemia, multiple myeloma, plasmcytoma, hisiiocytoma, thymoma, and immunodeficiency disease.”

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. (20) 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.

In 2000, research showed that poly-arthritis and other diseases like amyloidosis in dogs were linked to combined MLV vaccines. (21)   Dr Ronald Schultz is quoted in Vet Med Today: “Immune-mediated disease has developed  in human beings following vaccination, as was seen with cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome following swine flu vaccinations, and rheumatoid arthritis following influenza vaccination”.  (22)

In the 1996 Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, we found that a high per centage of dogs with arthritis in the survey were diagnosed  with the condition in a cluster nine months  after a vaccine event.

Dermatitis, another inflammatory disease, has also been linked to vaccination.  A study conducted by Frick and Brooks in 1983 showed that dogs predisposed  to develop atopic dermatitis didn’t develop this hereditary condition when exposed to an allergen and later vaccinated.  But a second group who were vaccinated before being exposed to the allergen did develop the condition, indicating that vaccines can play a role in skin disease.  The trial group also developed  conjunctivitis.

Merck also tells us that serum (which is used in vaccines) can cause Type III hypersensitivity reactions,  including an inflammatory skin condition involving painful local lesions leading to tissue necrosis (tissue death), as well as wide- spread vascular injury.

Although rare, I have come across three cases of dogs whose skin began to split post-vaccination.  One case involved a Golden Retriever called Spangler. Some of Spangler’s dead and dying skin was sent by his vet to an independent laboratory, which could neither confirm nor deny that his death was related  to vaccination.  Very early reports of vaccine adverse  effects incidently, talk widely of leprosy developing in those who were vaccinated.

Neurological Damage

The Merck Manual describes encephalitis as “an acute inflammatory disease of the brain due to direct viral invasion or to hypersensitivity initiated  by a virus or other foreign protein.  Secondary encephalitis,  usually a complication of viral infection, is considered to have an immunologic mechanism.  Examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral infections.”

Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain which can include lesions throughout the brain and central nervous  system) has been shown to appear in dogs after vaccination. (23)  Another paper in Veterinary Record states:  “Post-vaccinal encephalitis is a recognised complication of the administration of certain strains of live attenuated canine distemper vaccine. (24)

According to Braund’s Clinical Neurology in Small Animals: Localisation, Diagnosis and Treatment, “post vaccinal canine distemper encephalitis occurs in young animals, especially those less than six months of age.  It has been recognised as a disease entity for a number of years, and is believed to be association with vaccination using live virus.” (25)

Merck states:  “Symptoms of encephalitis may be associated with cerebral dysfunction (alteration in consciousness, personality change, seizures, paresis) and cranial nerve abnormalities.”

Think of all the epileptic dogs, and all of the dogs showing aggression, and start asking questions about the onset of these problems in relation to vaccine events.  If you are going to vaccinate, keep detailed, dated, records  of your dog – his mental and physical health, and veterinary interventions.

Epilepsy is listed by Merck as a symptom of encephalitis,  and we know that encephalitis can be vaccine-induced. Merck states:  “noninfectious  causes of encephalitis include … vaccine reactions:  many”. It adds that epilepsy can be caused by “CNS infections (meningitis, Aids, encephalitis) and also by a foreign serum or drug allergy, or by convulsive or toxic agents”.  See also Ballerini, Rico B et al., Neurological Complications of Vaccination With Special Reference to Epileptic Syndrome (Review Neurol, Jul-Aug 1973; 43: 254-258).

According to the Society for Companion Animal Studies, “epilepsy is the commonest neurological disorder seen in dogs and constitutes a major health problem.  (26)  “It is probable that between 30,000 and 366,000 of the 6.1 million dogs in the UK suffer from epilepsy.”

Many dog owners have noted personality changes in their dogs shortly after vaccination, including nervous, worrying disposition; short attention span; and aggression.  The Canine Health Concern survey found that high percentages of these conditions, where they existed in survey dogs, were reported to have started within three months of vaccination.  The study is detailed in What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines, Catherine O’Driscoll. (27)

Scientists other than the politically, but not morally or scientifically, discredited Dr Andrew Wakefield have discovered a vaccine-autism (neurological) link. For example, the Department of Paediatrics,  Tokyo Medical University, Japan, found the measles virus in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism. (28) The sequences obtained from the patients with ulcerative colitis and children with autism were consistent with vaccine strains.

In another paper, researchers found a correlation between the Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1-9 years.  (29)  The myelin sheath  may also be pertinent in relation to vaccine damage. Merck states: “Many congenital metabolic disorders affect the developing myelin sheath.  Unless the innate biochemical defect can be corrected or compensated for, permanent, often widespread, neurological deficits results.”

But vaccines can also play their part. Merck adds:  “In acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (post infectious encephalitis), demyelination can occur spontaneously, but usually follows a viral infection or inoculation (or very rarely a bacterial vaccine), suggesting an immunologic cause.”

I find it interesting that on the one hand, demyelination is deemed a congenital problem, but on the other it is clearly laid at the vaccine table.  This makes me ask whether dog breeders are responsible for many so-called genetic problems in dogs, or whether it’s because we vaccinate puppies before their true personalities and health status can be assessed.

Paresis is another potential sequel to encephalitis; Merck describes paresis as: “Muscular weakness of neural origin. It is usually regarded as a state of partial or incomplete  paralysis, resulting in a deficit of voluntary  movement. Paresis may result from lesions at any level of the descending  motor innervation pathway from the brain.”   In addition to my own four-year-old Golden Retriever, Oliver, presenting with paresis of both hind limbs before dying suddenly, I have been presented with many other anecdotal  reports of dogs suffering paresis shortly after vaccination where the vets suspected no link to their vaccines, and no adverse  event reports were filed.

Cumulative Damage

“There is a real concern that vaccines may predispose certain genetically susceptible individuals to immune-mediated disease,” says Dr. Ronald Schultz.  “The more antigens we administer, the higher the potential for hypersensitiv- ity. Type I is IgE mediated; type 2, cy- totoxic antibody mediated; type 3, im- mune-complex mediated; and type 4 cellular mediated. All of these hyper- sensitivities are natural  parts of the immune response, but they cause a certain amount of tissue damage.  That damage may occur in the kidney, liver, or as was the case with canine adenovi- rus 1, in the eye. In many cases it is impossible to show a direct connection between the damage and a vaccine, since it is the accumulation of many antigens over many years that results in clinically evident disease.” (30)

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association Vaccination Guidelines Group states:   “We should aim to vaccinate every animal, and to vaccinate each individual less frequently.” (31)

My own view is that we should take on board Dr Schultz’s statements made as a result of his duration of immunity studies, namely that, “Once an animal is immune to viral disease, he is immune for years or life”. Dr Schultz was motivated to conduct his studies when he reflected that children didn’t need vaccinating every year, so why do dogs?  It is also worth noting that no science has ever been put forward to justify annual vaccination, or three-yearly vaccination for that matter.

With regard  to the controversial leptospirosis vaccine and its known ability to stimulate anaphylaxis and encephalitis, its poor record of efficacy, and the fact that leptospirosis is a relatively rare disease, I go along with Dr Schultz’s own views that this vaccine comes with more risks than benefits, and that its use is questionable.  In view of the risks of any vaccine, informed guardian  consent would seem sensible.

And finally, I am happy to state publicly that I do not vaccinate any of the dogs in my care.   My own researched belief is that vaccines cause more death and suffering than the diseases  we vaccinate against.  I do, however, hold firm to the principles  of free choice and informed guardian  consent.  Without the information to base choices upon, no one is giving their informed consent. They are merely relying upon the knowledge, training, and financial needs of the person  whose advice they follow.

**White Oak Golden Retrievers-Another great article against vaccines and the reasons to support it.  Research has confirmed the damage that vaccines are doing tremendous damage to our dogs.  From genetic damage to hip and joint dysplasia.  Please print this article out and use for future use and to give a copy to your veterinarian and boarding business.  Things won’t change until we demand the changes.  You can put a stop to the madness and save your dogs life and health. 

www.whiteoakgoldenretrievers.com/healthanddiet.htm

 

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Vaccines for Dogs

 Vaccine Damage Article – Dogs Today

By Catherine O’Driscoll

 

 

Here is a statement of truth:  once immune, dogs are immune against viral disease for years or life.  The study group set up by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) on vaccines has come up with global guidelines which categorically state that dogs and cats should NOT be vaccinated at more than three yearly intervals, and then only for core vaccines – distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus.  Core vaccines do not include Leptospirosis, which the WSAVA acknowledges as causing more adverse reactions than other vaccines.

 

Importantly, the WSAVA acknowledges that vaccines can be harmful, and titer (blood) tests are safer than revaccination.      

 

I constantly receive emails from people whose dogs have been harmed by vaccines.  Edward McKenzie-Clark stated:  “Last week, at the request of the new owner, I had a puppy I bred vaccinated. The  puppy went downhill overnight and is now seriously ill.  The vet is telling me that this puppy’s condition and the vaccination are coincidences. The puppy is going into kidney failure caused by either leptospirosis (in the vaccine) or drinking anti-freeze (impossible).  Can there be a connection between the vaccine and the puppy’s health?”

 

If this man had given this puppy heroin, his vet would be in no doubt as to cause and effect.  It’s amazing how they don’t connect the dots.  In fact, a study conducted by Purdue University found that vaccinated, but not unvaccinated, dogs developed auto-antibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals.  One of these was laminin, which coats kidney cells.  Vaccinated dogs were attacking their own kidneys. 

 

Vaccines can also cause the disease you’re attempting to prevent.  In the Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, 100% of dogs with leptospirosis contracted it just after being vaccinated against it.  Leptospirosis, of course, attacks the kidneys – and the puppy had severe kidney damage.

 

Edward wrote again. “I had to put Hamish to sleep on Sunday. He deteriorated rapidly over the weekend and I decided I couldn’t allow him to go through any more.  There are a lot of ‘if only we did this’ days.  My other half says I’m too hard on myself and perhaps I can be but it’s very hard to put out of my mind what that poor baby had to go through.”

 

A few days later, Edward wrote: “The pharmaceutical company have said they will pay for an autopsy. I’ve said if you pick up the rest of the £300 bill. They refused so I’m refusing to let them have the autopsy done.  I asked why are you so keen on an autopsy when you claim it wasn’t your vaccine?  No answer!  I stopped vaccinating in 1990 after a similar incident and this was only done at the new owner’s request so NEVER again will a vaccine come near my dogs.”

 

I shared Edward’s story with Dr Patricia Jordan, a vet who has done a great deal of research into the vaccine issue.  She added these comments:  “Kidney failure is a common sequel to vaccination.  The basement membrane is susceptible to damage from a clogging that results as the immune complexes are drained via the lymphatics. The kidney is a big part of the lymphatic system. The body tries to clear the toxins in the vaccines and there is damage done in this clearing mechanism.

 

“Lepto is a very adverse event associated vaccine and the damndest thing is that lepto vaccines simply do not work.  Dr Ron Schultz (the world’s foremost independent authority on canine vaccines) hates to see them in with anything else and, in puppies, advises that they are completely finished with the viral inoculations before getting a vaccine against Lepto, which he neither recommends nor advocates – even in Lepto endemic areas.

 

“I have seen older dogs go into kidney failure within two days of receiving a Lepto vaccine.”

 

Many dog lovers, I suspect, have difficulty in understanding the science surrounding vaccination, so they’d rather trust the ‘experts’ than struggle to understand.  Dr Jordan sent me one of her diary notes, which isn’t technical in the least.  Perhaps this will have meaning for you?

 

“What a depressing day today.  I had to kill a patient who was vaccinated every year, fed crappy food, and was so immune exhausted that he had everything wrong – coccidia, yeast overgrowth, cancer.  I took pictures of his poor wracked body.  I only had about a month to try to reverse his condition.  It was insurmountable due to the years of visits to the vet and resulting complete adrenal exhaustion and immunosuppression.  He was just spent. 

 

“The day got worse. I heard barking in the reception and found a tiny eight pound terrorist barking at a tall noble greyhound.  The tall dog was looking desperate and his sides were heaving.  I went back to finish the patient I was with.  By the time I had finished, I’d missed the next patient and the owner of the practice had him.

 

“I was able to walk by the room for another reason and was very concerned to see vaccines laid out in the room – with the dog who looked like he couldn’t breathe.  I have ranted and raved against vaccines – the over-use and the fact that every single day there is malpractice committed with the administration of this danger to sick and geriatric animals.  Anyway, the dog was shot up with vaccines.

 

“After lunch, I returned to see two of the kennel workers carrying that dog’s dead body back to the freezer for burial.  He had gone home and died.  The owner was very upset.  Apparently, he wasn’t expecting to have vaccinated his pet and his pet die shortly thereafter.

 

“I looked at the record.  The dog had been a cardiac patient for a while, with terrible heart murmurs.  That was why he was so concerned about the barking terrier, if only eight pounds.  The dog could hardly get around, so why was he administered an eight way MLV vaccine? 

 

“There appears to be very little compassion in this field.  Very little honesty and integrity for the patient of the client.  I will get blasted by most vets reading this, but the situation is true.  It’s a desperate situation.”

 

I agree with Dr Jordan.  The situation is desperate.  Those in authority don’t appear to care, and the pet owners seem unable to get out of the mode of following. 

 

Alice Hughes wrote to me:  “Please help.  Our pup is six years old and has suffered terribly from arthritis. For three weeks she lost the use of her back end.  One week ago today she had her booster and within days she was in distress and is barely moving around.  She is lethargic and sad.  What can we do?  I am not sure if I should take her to the vet for advice because when we were there last Saturday, he seemed displeased that I turned down the kennel cough shot (I just felt uneasy about so many chemicals going into her and she is never in a kennel).  He is 100% behind the annual shots and sends me notices each year, twice. I feel like I am killing her.” 

 

Research shows that vaccines can cause arthritis.  They can also, as a symptom of encephalitis (which is an acknowledged vaccine reaction), cause paralysis of the rear end.

 

Elaine Loydall wrote:  “Two weeks ago we did the year’s round of boosters. Our younger boy who is 16 months had a massive fit almost two weeks after the jabs. It was scary.  Do you have a view on this, and does this mirror other experiences?”

 

Yes it does mirror other experiences.  Epilepsy is another symptom of encephalitis, an acknowledged vaccine sequel.  Millions of pounds have been paid out worldwide in compensation to the parents of epileptic, vaccine damaged, children. 

 

Brenda Hopping wrote:  “I took my eleven year old dog (the love of my life!) to have his boosters yesterday.  Just minutes after leaving the vets, he collapsed to the ground in an unconscious state and looked as if he was dying.  The sight of this was horrendous, just seeing his legs at awkward angles and in spasms.
”He did come round, but his eyes were glazed and he looked completely disorientated.  I couldn’t lift him.  I managed to persuade him to his feet and he wobbled back to the vets.  My dog has a slight heart murmur and I feared the worst. The vet would not say that it may be something to do with the vaccination.  He just told me to take my dog home and advised me that if it happened again, I should bring my dog back for an ECG.

“In my mind it is too much of a coincidence that his ‘attack’ was straight after the vaccination.  I really think that the state of confusion and the lack of knowledge on the part of the owner is beneficial to the vet and invariably to the pharmaceutical companies.”

 

Proceedings of the First Veterinary Vaccine Symposium, held in 1997, advised that geriatric dogs – over eight years of age – should not be vaccinated.  All vaccine datasheets state that only healthy animals should be vaccinated.  A dog with a heart murmur is not healthy.  He should not be vaccinated: he can die. 

 

To make matters worse, Brenda was forced to have her cat euthanised recently as his vaccine-induced cancer had become so aggressive.  Brenda says, “His big eyes and lovely face still haunt me and I am in tears now as I write to you.  To think, if I had been better informed, he may still be with me now.”

 

When I started reporting vaccine reactions back in 1994, a limited amount of research was available.  It isn’t limited any more.  What is needed now is for vets to stop giving unnecessary annual shots, to start upholding the truth, and for pet owners to become aware of the truth and honour the trust their dogs place in them.

 

It is a sad fact that we live in a world where we can’t trust apparently respectable business people and healthcare providers to put our dogs’ health first.  We need to wise up – our dogs depend on us.   

White Oak Golden Retrievers- *Very Important Read by the well respected Catherine O’Driscoll.

Please pass on to your veterinarian and ask them why they have NOT adopted this research that has been well known by the American Veterinary Association for many years now. 

http://www.whiteoakgoldenretrievers.com/healthanddiet.htm

 

 

 

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

July 8, 2011 – Nutrition And Diet
 
 

Although supplements can be a confusing topic for many pet owners, most dog owners have heard of the benefits of feeding fish oils. There are however, a variety of oils that you can also use to your dog’s benefit, each with different actions and benefits.

Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

According to Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.

Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

Digestion

  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.”

Why not give coconut oil a try and introduce it to your dog?  It offers many benefits for your dog and is a more sustainable and less toxic source of oils than fish.

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Beneful Dog Food-BEWARE!

Dog owners blame Beneful for their pets’ illness

Pet owners around the country report similar problems in their dogs

01/08/2013 |ConsumerAffairs| Pets

 

By James R. Hood

                                    ConsumerAffairs’ founder and editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide. He also served as Senior Vice President of United Press International and was the founder and editor of Zapnews, a newswire service for radio and television.                                 

 

PhotoNew federal food safety regulations may make food safer for humans in a few years but what about pet food? Well, in theory, it’s already regulated as tightly as food processed for human consumption, which may be part of the problem.

There is a long history of pet food recalls and reports of pet deaths attributed to salmonella, molds and other contaminants in pet food but most cases are never solved, in large part because the evidence — the sick animal and the suspect food — are long gone by the time investigators begin their work.

The latest pet food to enrage pet owners is Purina’s Beneful. A spurt of complaints over the last few months has been accompanied by a large increase in the number of people reading the Beneful reviews posted by ConsumerAffairs readers.

“I switched to Beneful about two months ago. Two weeks ago my maltipoo Buster stopped eating and started throwing up, followed by bloody diarrhea. He died within a week,” said one angry reader. “Then my maltese Layla had the same symptoms everytime she ate Beneful dog food. I started feeding her home-cooked food like boiled chicken and she is 100 percent better. Buster is dead because of beneful.”

Purina did not respond to a request for its response to the consumers’ reports.

It’s not just pet owners who are concerned. The Dog Food Advisor website gives dry Beneful its lowest rating and lists it as “not recommended.” Although the site’s editor, Mike Sagman, is not a veterinarian, he is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia with a doctoral degree in dental surgery and an undergraduate degree in chemistry. Sagman says he has published more than 700 dog food reviews.

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Judy of Suffern, NY, sent us this photo of her intubated Siberian Husky

But the problems pet owners are reporting are even more serious than Sagman’s review might indicate — and, in fact, are so serious that pet owners whose pets become ill after eating Beneful should see their veterinarian quickly.

LaShanda of Silver Spring, Md., did just that when her dog became ill in November and she credits reviews posted on ConsumerAffairs by other pet owners with spurring her to take action.

“I have been feeding my dog, a 4-year-old, 10-lb Havanese, Purina Beneful dog food for over the past year. I began noticing changes in my dog’s behavior after opening the new bag and feeding it to her. During the course of the week she was on the new bag of dog food, she was listless, barely eating her food and vomited twice,” LaShanda said. Things deteriorated from there, as she tells it:

“Her stomach was very upset and she refused to eat her dog food and attempted to eat grass when she was outside to induce vomiting. Her skin felt extremely hot to the touch and she was lethargic. On Tuesday, November 20th, I arrived home to find diarrhea in the bathroom and one of her eyes swollen shut. I rushed her to the emergency medical clinic where blood work was done. …

My veterinarian believes that there is a direct relationship between Purina’s Beneful dog food and my pet’s onset of health problems. Additionally, the symptoms that he originally believed to be as a reaction to seasonal allergies, is a result of this dog food. He notated the name of the dog food, lot number, and the place of purchase for future reference for his other patients.

Fortunately, due to my quick response in seeking medical attention, after receiving medication and being on a bland diet for approximately 6 days, my dog is in recovery and seems to be stable.In the past week, two of my friends that also feed their dogs Beneful, have had to rush their dogs to the emergency vet (one had a seizure and the other couldn’t stop vomiting…also they live on completely different sides of the country).

This site is what actually made me rush to the emergency vet myself and seek medical care (and could single-handly be responsible for why she is still alive). I STRONGLY urge everyone here to file a formal complaint with the FDA:

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm

 

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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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