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Are annual vaccinations for your dog really necessary?
You probably receive an annual reminder from your vet that your dog is due for his/her annual checkup and vaccinations. I do.
But annual vaccinations are NOT a necessity. In fact, all current veterinary protocols indicate that annual vaccinations are not required, and can in fact be harmful.
I don’t have my dogs vaccinated any more.
For years I believed that vaccinations were essential to my dogs’ health. Why else would my vet tell me my dogs needed an annual booster vaccination shot year after year after year?
I learned the answer to this conundrum when, after careful research, I decided not to expose my dogs to what I believe is unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, toxins, any more.
I received the letter from my vet as usual, advising that my dogs’ annual checkup and vaccinations were due.
I made an appointment and arrived ready to do battle. I advised the vet that I had decided not to have my dogs vaccinated any more. She said “Fine.”
That’s right – after years of leading me to believe that these vaccinations were essential to my dogs’ wellbeing, the vet agreed that they were not in fact necessary at all!
She went on to stress the importance of still bringing the dogs in for their annual physical checkup (which was exactly what I was doing, and certainly intended to continue to do).
What do you make of that?
I’m not naturally a cynical person, and I like to believe that there is no less ethical reason that vets continue to insist on annual vaccinations, but there are many who believe that a large proportion of vets continue to insist on something that’s not only unnecessary but can actually harm your dog, just so they don’t lose out on the (considerable) income they receive from the practise of vaccinating all pets every year.
But even giving vets the benefit of the doubt, there’s still, at best, some deception going on here. We’re all told that our dogs need annual vaccinations as a ploy to get us in so our dogs can be given a physical. Why not just tell us how important these annual checkups are instead of slowly but surely poisoning our dogs with these vaccines?
I don’t have the answer to that, but I can tell you I was speechless when I heard my vet’s response.
Some of the protocols I mentioned above do not recommend any vaccinations for dogs beyond 1 year of age! Some recommend vaccinations for adult dogs every 5 years or every 3 years, but these recommendations seem to be based on a “better safe than sorry” approach rather than any hard evidence that dogs need booster vaccinations past the age of 1 year.
So make sure you ask your vet next time a vaccination has been recommended for your dog – it this really necessary? And if you’re not satisfied with the answer, consider getting a second opinion from another vet.
Side effects of this appalling over-vaccination which has been going on for years can be significant and severe. See Bailey’s Story for an example of just what damage vaccinations can do.
And if you’re not quite ready to give annual vaccinations the flick, and/or if you’re interested in homeopathic remedies instead of vaccinations, there are some wonderful ones available:
Parvovirus homeopathic vaccination.
Distemper homeopathic vaccination.
Kennel Cough homeopathic vaccination.
The great thing is that these are natural pet vaccination alternatives. They can’t harm your dog, and they can give you peace of mind!
Please note, however, that I personally would not use these homeopathic remedies for puppies instead of vaccinations. Although some people do believe these remedies can be substituted for vaccinations from birth, I am not convinced that they are a viable alternative to puppy vaccinations. The diseases that are vaccinated against are very serious diseases, and for this reason, I would never advocate doing away with vaccinations altogether. Puppy vaccinations are considered essential by most experts, including those who propound the view that adult dogs do not need to be vaccinated.