Over-Vaccination of Pets: An International Scam

Written by Jan on December 15, 2010 – 6:01 pm

My friend and colleague in the war against over-vaccination, Australian Elizabeth Hart, posted this as a response to my article, What to Do When Your Dog Has a Vaccine Reaction  I’m posting it here, instead of as a comment,  because the subject is so important. Here’s what she said:

Over-vaccination of pets is a multi-billion dollar international scam. But where are pet owners to turn to for protection from this unacceptable practice of over-servicing? Certainly in Australia there is little in the way of effective regulation of vaccine products, or consumer protection for users of veterinary services.

For many years pet owners around the world have been coerced by poorly educated veterinarians into having repeated unnecessary, and possibly harmful, vaccinations for their pets. This is a great shame on the veterinary ‘profession’.

Pet owners need to be warned that many veterinarians are not proficient in companion animal vaccination ‘best practice’. For instance, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Vaccination Guidelines Group has warned that “there is an urgent requirement for education of practicing veterinarians in this area”.(1)

Many vets also appear to be ignorant of the concept of ‘informed consent’.

On the topic of veterinary training in vaccination best practice, Professor Ronald Schultz, a member of the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group, says: “Our new grads don’t know a heck of a lot more about vaccines than our older grads. And I’ve figured out why this is. They know a lot more about basic immunology, but they don’t know about vaccinology and the two are not the same…Also, they’re taught by people generally that know nothing about vaccinology. Now, when do they get their vaccine training? During their fourth year. And who’s giving that? The veterinarians that know how to give vaccines, that still don’t know about vaccinology. So we haven’t gone very far from where we were ten years ago or twenty years ago with regard to training veterinarians about vaccines”.(2)

This is hardly comforting news for all those pet owners who are currently placing their trust in the backward ‘knowledge’ of many practicing veterinarians…

It’s way past time that both the veterinary profession and vaccine manufacturers were brought to account for unnecessary, and possibly harmful, vaccination of pets.

1. Refer to the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group page on the WSAVA website for the quote re education of vets: http://www.wsava.org/VGG1.htm
2. The quote from Ronald Schultz was transcribed from the Safer Pet Vaccination Benefit Seminar DVD which includes footage of the 2009 US NJ Rabies Challenge Fund Benefit Seminar: https://www.dogs4dogs.com/New%20Shopping%20Cart/Check%20out%20page.htm

Click the upcoming link to learn more about what internationally-renowned vaccine experts Ronald Schultz, PhD, and Jean Dodds, DVM, have to say about pet vaccination and vaccinology in this 2 hour DVD.  All proceeds less shipping benefit the Rabies Challenge Fund study of the rabies vaccine.

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7 Comments to “Over-Vaccination of Pets: An International Scam”

  1. Kyla Duffy Says:

    So what is the solution? Are there some references you recommend regarding vaccinating our pets? I’m struggling with the Diamondback/Rattlesnake vaccine myself. We live in Colorado where they are Rattlers. We spend a considerable amount of time in areas where they could be. I’ve considered aversion training and also the vaccine, but both sound pretty terrible. I’m open to any suggestions.

  2. Jan Says:

    Kyla, Dr. Ron Schultz, one of the premier pet vaccination experts in the world, spoke at link about this at my Safer Pet Vaccination seminar. You can hear him talk about it in the DVD. https://www.dogs4dogs.com/saferpet In short, he’s against it. He said it’s never even been tested on dogs. Unless something has changed recently, it’s only available in California. Not even the vet school in CA recommends it.

    Read about unnecessary shots: https://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2009/04/22/no-unnecessary-dog-shots/ About the snake vaccine: “While some veterinarians carry a commercial preventive rattlesnake vaccine, the teaching hospital does not stock the product, according to Valerie Wiebe, pharmacy coordinator there.

    “Due to the complex makeup of venom in different species and regions, as well as a lack of objective clinical trials to date, teaching hospital faculty currently do not advocate the vaccine for their patients,” Wiebe said. http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7763 Also see http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/pharmacy/pdfs/pharmnewsvol4-1.pdf

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  4. Megan Smith Says:


    The rabies vaccines cause malignant tumors in out pets.

    We lost our beloved dog, Roxanne, to a horrible tumor which appeared shortly after a Rabies vaccine given by a local vet in Davis, CA. This was an extremely fast-growing tumor on her right hind leg that ended miserably with the assistance of another local vet in Dixon, CA, further opening the rupture and offering amputation upon complete inability to deal with the problem. I learned a great deal about the inability and complete reluctance to acknowledge any causal relation between vaccination and tumor appearance by all Veterinary professionals. I am glad to see that pet-owning consumers are inquiring into this matter for the AVMA has been in complete denial about the dangers and responsibility for these malignances cropping up with almost certainty upon otherwise healthy animals. There is no mystery here. The research is being done and should be professionally documented by owners, veterinary professionals and vaccine manufacturers.

  5. Jan Says:

    Megan, I’m so sorry for your loss. You might want to report both vets. Probably nothing will happen but you may embarrass them. Also, make sure you get all the documentation and report the incidence to the vaccine drug maker and ask them to reimburse you for any expenses. The right hind leg is exactly where the shot should have been given and a tumor is hardly unusual. It became so commonplace in cats that veterinary organizations recommended giving the shot in the tail or low on the leg so amputation was possible. Can you believe it? Amputate, don’t fix the shot!

    Here’s some info on taking action. https://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2010/12/02/what-to-do-when-your-dog-has-a-vaccine-reaction/ Until these vets get reported, and until pet parents demand compensation from drug makes, nothing will change.

    Again, my condolences.

  6. Megan Smith Says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. I have another well-loved dog with the same problem and do not plan to involve the vets as they exacerbate the problem then offer amputation. I am going to look into getting an exception to further vaccination as this dog has had a series of 3 rounds of rabies shots and probably has the required immunity titre in his blood.

  7. Sandy Says:

    My 3 1/2 yr old dog was vaccinated for rabies on 4-2-11 , she became anxious and paranoid within 24 hours. Today 5-16-11, she woke up vomiting and than started seizing within 5 minutes of vomiting. She stopped seizing and wandered around , got lost in a corner, didnt respond to my voice, then slept a couple hours, now at 2:30pm she seems to be comming out of it. She is my 2nd dog to have reactions to the rabies vac. My 1st one had grand mal seizures within 12 hours of her 2nd rabies vaccine. The seizures got worse and eventually she was medicated for the seizures daily. After 7 years of medicating and upping meds to stronger doses to control the seizures, the Vet told me she wouldnt live 2 more years after they put her on some new meds. I didnt want to go this route and started researching the internet, thats when I became aware of homeopathy, and slowly weaned her off the meds while starting her on homeopathics, milk thistle, and a special home made diet. Within 1 month, my dog stopped her seizures completely (as long as she stayed on the diet, homeopathics, vitimins and milk thistle) she had energy and played and lived to 12 years old- (5 years longer than the Vet said) with a good quality life. She died having a seizure that wouldnt stop, It happened at 10pm and the only vet open was 40 min. away. She seized approx. 3 hours total. I beleive her brain was bad off at that point, so I said my good-byes and I loved her and had the Vet put her to sleep. I have been so grateful for the healthy 5 years I had with her. I wouldnt of known how to help her without the wonderful books from Martain Goldstein DVM and J. Dodd Dvm and many informative sites on the internet. Hopefully my new dog wont have another seizure, but should it happen I hope she responds the same way. Im becomming very nontrusting of many vets and pharmacutical companies, who are into pushing vaccines and harmful medications without telling us the side effects that may occur not at all in the name of helping and more in the name of making money. I hope one day soon western medicine will take a serious look at natural medicine, it would be perfect if they could offer us a choice. I would be more willing to take my beloved pets to a Vet I knew had their best interest at heart. What I learned from all this is ” Sometimes there`s a better way” if we decide to look. Thank You for this site and all the important info you put out.
    Most Sincerly, Sandy

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