Dog vaccinations and why they’re so controversial
If all the studies that concluded that annual dog vaccinations are both unnecessary and potentially dangerous to the health of our dogs were laid end to end, they would probably stretch halfway round the globe!
Something of an exageration perhaps. But if it has attracted your attention it’s no bad thing. Because one thing is known for certain. Annual dog vaccinations are both unnecessary and potentially harmful to your dog. And there’s so much evidence to prove it I really don’t know where to begin.
According to Wikipedia. “A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.” In other words, it’s poison.
Annual dog vaccinations are dangerous
Some of the most learned bodies in the world have all reached the same conclusion. Vaccinosis has reached epidemic proportions. Vaccinosis is the technical term for side-effects of vaccines by the way.
Lew Olson, PhD, in her book Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs, states. “Vaccinations cause the immune system to temporarily suppress for two to three weeks after the vaccination. Repeating vaccinations frequently can put a serious drain on the dog’s system.” The prognosis is even worse if a dog already has a compromised immune system.
As long ago as 2004, a group of UK vets issued a statement. “The present practice of marketing vaccinations for companion animals may constitute fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence and theft by deception.”
The British Veterinary Association itself recommends that dogs be vaccinated no more frequently than every three or four years. Even that figure is arbitrary. Because there is actually no scientific evidence to support the fact that dogs ever need revaccinating after their initial set of vaccinations. We as human beings don’t. Why should our dogs be any different? Except for the fact that annual dog vaccinations generate considerable revenue for unscrupulous vets. It also provides them with the opportunity to upsell other services like health checks, pet insurance and dog food.
Studies highlight the dangers of annual dog vaccinations
Dr Larry Glickman spearheaded several studies at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in the USA. Dr Glickman is professor Emeritus at Purdue.
He and his team concluded, “Our ongoing studies of dogs show that following routine vaccination, there is a significant rise in the level of antibodies dogs produce against their own tissues. Some of these antibodies have been shown to target the thyroid gland, connective tissue such as that found in the valves of the heart, red blood cells, DNA, etc. I do believe that the heart conditions in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels could be the end result of repeated immunisations by vaccines containing tissue culture contaminants that cause a progressive immune response directed at connective tissue in the heart valves. The clinical manifestations would be more pronounced in dogs that have a genetic predisposition [although] the findings should be generally applicable to all dogs regardless of their breed.” In other words, there is strong evidence that annual dog vaccinations cause genetic defects!
Annual dog vaccination contraindications
In medical terms, a contraindication is something that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment. Generally due to the harm that it would cause the patient. In this case, the patient is your beloved dog. Here are just a few further annual dog vaccinations contraindications outlined by Dr Glickman and other learned researchers.
- Allergies: Countless research papers show a link between allergies and vaccines. A dog which has a genetic predisposition to specific allergens can be more prone to develop an allergy to those allergens after being vaccinated.
- Arthritis: Numerous scientific studies have linked arthritis with vaccination. Particularly the distemper vaccine.
- Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia: A life-threatening disease, the progress of which closely resembles the final stages of AIDS.
- Cancers: In the USA, 160,000 cats develop cancer at the site of their annual vaccination every year. The number of dogs who suffer similarly from injection-site carcinomas has yet to be established. Though rarer, they still occur.
- Leukaemia: Dr Jean Dodds is one of the world’s leading experts in canine vaccine reactions. She writes: “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.” She lists Addison’s disease, diabetes, leukaemia, lymphoma and thyroid disease as diseases that have the potential to be triggered by vaccines.
- Parvovirus: Parvovirus was originally created by vaccines. It’s a disease that did not exist prior to the 1970s. Scientists believe it was created by vaccine manufacturers who cultured the distemper vaccine on cat kidneys infected with feline enteritis. This vaccine was then injected into dogs and parvovirus was born.
- Thyroid Disease: This can be caused by vaccines and then becomes a genetically inheritable condition.
Science mitigates against annual dog vaccinations
Stan Rawlinson, the UK’s original Doglistener, is one of the UK’s leading dog behaviourists and obedience trainers. He’s an author with over 200 published articles on all aspects of dog behaviour. He knows a thing or two about dogs does Mr Rawlinson. In an article titled Annual Dog Vaccination Dangers, he says. “There is no scientific evidence pointing to the need for annual core vaccinations for dogs. There is empirical evidence, science and research that is suggesting that immunity lasts for a dog’s life, and that to vaccinate unnecessarily can be dangerous to our pets. Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs ever to be revaccinated.”
And he is absolutely right. So why are vets, The Kennel Club and others trying to pursuade us to have our dogs vaccinated annually? I think the word you’re looking for is greed in the case of vets. As for The Kennel Club actively promoting annual dog vaccinations, who knows. Perhaps for the same questionable reason they actively promote commercial dog food and annual dog health checks!
Food can help prevent the need for annual dog vaccinations
There is clear evidence that a healthy diet created by a professional canine nutritionist can enhance the immune system. Real food is ‘nature’s medicine’. Feed your dog a healthy diet, and you’ll go a very long way to strengthening his or her immune system. And giving all the protection from infectious disease that he or she needs. Without the risk of unnecessary and potentially life-changing and even life-threatening dog vaccinations!