Pet Vaccinations

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Pet Vaccinations

Pet VaccinationsIf you’ve been reading my dog newsletter for long, or visiting my websites here or at very often, you’ll know that I’m dead against the dreaded annual vaccinations for our adult dogs.

Well, Dr Larry Siegler is of like mind. Vaccinations can and do cause serious health problems in our pets. They’re not only unnecessary, they’re positively harmful. And the tragic thing is that any vet worth his or her salt would agree that they’re unnecessary.

So why do the majority of pet owners continue to vaccinate their pets?

Dr Siegler suggests it’s because vets don’t want to lose the income from giving the annual vaccinations. I like to think that most vets do have our dogs’ wellbeing at heart, and that the reason for hauling you in each and every year for these unnecessary and harmful booster shots isn’t purely profit.

It IS important to have your dog checked out annually to make sure s/h e is generally healthy and that there is no health problem which you haven’t noticed, which your vet will pick up. While I think it’s a misguided method, I like to think that many vets get you in on the pretext of required vaccinations, to make sure that your dog is in good health.

But whatever the reason, I strongly recommend that you think twice before following your vet’s advice to vaccinate annually.

Here’s the article

The Truth About Pet Vaccinations

by Dr. Larry Siegler

Most guardians have never been told the truth about vaccinations. On the contrary, you are likely to get annual notices from your veterinarian that your companion is due for their annual booster shots. The evidence against vaccinating, however, is overwhelming. Most veterinarians just choose to ignore the research because they don’t want to lose the income from giving booster shots to all those animals each year.Vaccinations represent a major stress to the immune system. They can not only cause side-effects and allergic reactions, they also contribute significantly to long term chronic disease. Chronic health problems frequently appear following vaccination including skin allergies, arthritis, leukemia, upper respiratory infections, irritable bowel syndromes, neurological conditions including aggressive behavior and epilepsy, auto-immune diseases and cancer.

I have been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years and I see sicker animals at a younger age now than when I began. It is more and more common to see cancer in dogs and cats under 5 years of age. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise as well. Our companions are suffering from generations of over-vaccination, which combined with inadequate nutrition, poor breeding practices and environmental stresses are leaving each generation more susceptible to congenital disorders and chronic diseasePet Vaccinations

Vaccinations do help prevent serious illnesses, but they should be used with restraint. Before vaccinating, consider the risk. If your cat is indoor only and will never be exposed to unvaccinated animals, the risk of infection is low. The decision about vaccinations is very individual and should be guided by your own research on the subject before you go to the veterinarian.

Puppies and kittens should not be vaccinated until at least 12 weeks of age. Their developing immune systems are especially vulnerable to the stress of vaccines. Request individual vaccines and vaccinate at least three weeks apart if possible. Until 12 weeks of age keep your companion safe by avoiding exposure to public areas such as parks and pet stores. Keep them close to home and only expose them to animals you know are healthy. For puppies consider parvovirus and distemper at 12-15 weeks, and not until after 6 months of age for rabies. For kittens – consider one Panleukopenia combination (FRCP). Again, if available, give the vaccine components separately spaced three to four weeks apart. Feline leukemia and FIP vaccines may not be necessary for your cat. Consider its lifestyle and environment. IF your cats go outside and you have rabies in your area, give a rabies vaccine at six months of age. (Legal requirements vary from state to state.)

Vaccinations do not need “boosting”. Studies have shown that a single vaccination for parvovirus, distemper and panleukopenia results in long-term protection from disease. Simple blood tests can determine if your companion’s antibody levels for parvovirus and distemper remain high enough to resist infection. Next time your veterinarian suggests a booster shot, request the blood test first. (Rabies may be required by law every three years. Check the regulations in your state.)

I do not recommend vaccinations for Bordetella, corona virus, leptospirosis or Lyme vaccines unless these diseases are endemic locally or at a specific kennel. The currently licensed leptospira bacterins do not contain the serovars causing the majority of clinical leptospirosis today, so it is generally not a useful vaccine.

Pet VaccinationsHomeopathic Nosodes are an alternative some guardians are using when choosing not to vaccinate. They can also be used before three months of age if an animal is at risk. Many guardians use these homeopathic medicines to help protect their companions against Parvovirus, Distemper, Kennel Cough, Panleukopenia and FIP. Some nosodes seem to work more effectively than others. Homeopathic nosodes are not vaccinations. They do not produce titers against these diseases like a vaccination. They do seem to offer some protection by reducing the severity of illness if the animal is exposed, even if they don’t prevent it.

Never vaccinate a sick or weakened animal. If your puppy or kitten is showing signs of allergies or skin problems, WAIT. Vaccinating an already compromised immune system is almost sure to compound the problem!

Educate yourself. Your veterinarian cannot make this decision for you, nor should they. You are your companion’s guardian. It is your responsibility to give them the best care you can by researching and carefully weighing your decisions about their healthcare.

Well, there’s plenty of food for thought there.
And don’t forget that there are wonderful alternatives to vaccinations which are completely safe and boost your dog’s immunity so s/he won’t contract any of the diseases which vaccinations are supposed to prevent. See:
or click on any of the links in the article above – just click on anything that’s underlined and highlighted!

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About Brigitte Smith

Brigitte Smith is an entrepreneur with a love of dogs and a healthy lifestyle. Brigitte is passionate about holistic health alternatives for dogs, most of which are today suffering foreshortened lifespans in the wake of a lifetime diet of commercial pet food, and further contributed to by unnecessary over-vaccination and chemicals and poisons applied topically and internally. is one of Brigitte's sites dedicated to dog health, and in particular dog food reviews.

5 thoughts on “Pet Vaccinations

  1. Anne Blanchette


    I am in total agreement with you on this article. I tell all my customers everything you have mentioned in this letter and it feels great to have others that agree with you. . I am a breeder of golden retrievers and started taking control of my healths pets in 2006 after one of my old cockers developed an auto immune disorder and one of my goldens had an adverse reaction to a shot. I did a lot of searching on the internet and was shocked to see what my vet had not told me about the dangers of vaccinations! I also did research about the dogs diet and switched to raw in 2006 and never looked back to kibble. My dogs are the healthiest I have ever seen them be. My cocker has not been to the vet with any disorder since 2006!

    I stopped vaccinating my goldens and I do titers from now on. I did get a letter from my vet to show that my cocker and one of my goldens cannot ever be vaccinated.

    I also tell my new puppy owners of my vaccine protocol and the raw diet and most are in agreement and the others I don’t sell my puppies too. I would love to post this letter on my web site so that any potential new customers can see that I have others to back me up. I do have other links posted as well about the dangers of vaccination.

    Would you give me permission to post this letter on my site?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    thank you.
    Anne Blanchette

  2. Brigitte Smith

    Hi Anne,

    Great comments! I always love to hear from breeders who favor natural food and natural health care for the dogs they breed.

    And I love the pictures of the wonderfully healthy golden retrievers on your site.

    (I’ve emailed you about the reprint permission).


  3. karan

    Hi Anne,

    1st of all i would like 2 say u thanks bcz u r doing a great..
    whenever i hear that any breeder is taking good care of his/her pet i bcm very happy..

    and you r doing that only you are spreading a good knowledge for the people to take a good care of their pets…

    with best
    karan a pet lover..

  4. kathleen

    Eddie’s Story

    My sister took Eddie,her golden retriever/poodle mix to vet for ear infection and routine check. The quack gave Eddie prescription for infection AND rabies shot. Within a few days Eddie developed hives under his arms and his paws were bloody as he chewed on them.My sister gave Eddie some benedryl in evening and vet appointment for next day.During night Eddie started nose bleed.After many expensive tests and several days the vet said Eddie had Immune Aquired Thrombocytopenia . This is an auto immune disease where the body destroys is own platelets.
    The vet said it must have been the benedryl!!!!

    If you have no choice but to vaccinate pets dont do it when pet’s immune system is down. MY vet said that Eddie’s immune system was already stressed and the vaccination probably caused Eddie’s immune system to go into hyperdrive and start attacking his own body.

    Over next several months Eddie was given predinisone and other drugs.The drugs didnt do to much and side effects also included incontinence.The platelets went up marginally but Eddie wasnt allowed to play with the other dogs or any exercise.He had to wear T-shirts to prevent him from tearing at his skin. He coulnt keep food down except for beef soaked bread. He finally lost function of his back legs and my sister had to make the decision to euthanize Eddie. Eddie was only 2 years old.

    Is this a coincidence to rabies shot? Even my vet thinks there is a connection.

  5. Joyce

    I recently got rattlesnake vaccinations for my dogs (12 year old Shih Tzu and 15 year old Lhasa). They came in 2 parts, 3 weeks apart. My Shih Tzu developed a large lump (about the size of a gold ball) with the first one, but when I took him to the vet a couple of weeks later, they said it wasn’t at the injection site. So we got the 2nd round and within the next few days (this time I was looking), he had one the size of a small baseball. I took him to the vet & they extracted two needles of blood and puss & put him on antibiotics for 10 days. He’s got an appetite and has no problems with going to the bathroom and hasn’t vomited, but he’s been very lethargic. Your advise?

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