Over-Vaccinating Dogs

Written by Jan on June 18, 2009 – 12:10 am

Thanks to Dr. Michael Dym, a homeopathic veterinarian, for sending me this article.

Michael Dym, VMD

Michael Dym, VMD

For the past several decades, the conventional standard of practice has been to give puppies and kittens, as young as three to four weeks of age, multiple viral vaccinations every few weeks until they are about five months old, then repeat the practice very year through their golden years. Years ago, veterinary immunologists and renowned vaccine experts Ron Schultz, DVM and colleague Dr. Phillips wrote in the XI edition of Kirks Current Veterinary Therapy (used in all vet schools), that yearly vaccination for viral diseases is medically unnecessary and is a practice that “lacks scientific validity,” indicating that immunity to most core viral vaccination persists “for years to the life of the animal.”

In 1997, the first International Veterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics Conference concluded that the duration of immunity is likely more than five years for the clinically important companion animal vaccines. Yet, veterinarians continue to routinely over-vaccinate both puppies and adult/senior dogs and cats.

More recently, evidence has emerged that, along with the nutrient-poor processed commercial pet foods, over-vaccinating has been a major factor in the development of the epidemic increases in autoimmune diseases, seizures, hormonal disorders and cancer seen in younger pets. There’s even evidence that genetic changes have occurred due to over-vaccination over many generations. Vaccinating pets with chronic immune mediated illnesses or cancer, or even a history of cancer, is contraindicated, as all vaccine inserts that come with the vaccinations say for “use in healthy animals only.” Studies are now under way to document that even rabies vaccination has immunity that probably lasts from five to 10 years . (Please see the Rabies Challenge Fund and Truth4Dogs.org).

I recommend that animal guardians become better informed about which vaccines are appropriate for their pets and how often or if they should be given or repeated. The health of our canine and feline companions depends upon learning the truth, just as we are now learning the truth about fresh, more nutritional foods.

In practice for 18 years, Dr. Dym developed an interest in holistic and homeopathic veterinary medicine and has studied with Richard Pitcairn, DVM, and PhD, author of Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. He practices in New Jersey. For additional information, please visit Dr. Michael Dym‘s website.

Note from Jan: Find more in-depth articles on vaccination at my Truth4Dogs.com blog.
Vaccinating Unhealthy Pets: Beware Reactions & Vaccine Failure
Vaccinating Dogs: 10 Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Shots
    
Titer Test: Don’t Vaccinate Your Dog Unnecessarily

On my website: Rabies Vaccine Information and Vaccinating Dogs: What Your Vet Won’t Tell You

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