They Shoot Horses but Vaccinate Dogs by Chrissie Mason B.R.C.P., Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered why some dogs or cats continually experience skin problems? Have you ever wondered why your dog has to constantly have its anal glands evacuated? Have you ever wondered why your friend's dog experiences allergies to grass pollens, fleas, house dust mites etc? Have you ever thought your own diligence in conforming to a Veterinary Surgeon's request, and the annual vaccine programme could, in fact, be killing your beloved pets, rather than improving their quality of life? Perhaps you are inadvertently exposing them to the ravages of the 20th century illnesses, of immune deficiency diseases. Those readers old enough to remember their own childhood animals may recall, a puppy being vaccinated at 7 to 8 weeks followed by a second dose at twelve weeks. If a particularly virulent epidemic was apparent in the neighborhood a booster injection was recommended, other than that this was the only time your domestic dog received vaccinations. A further observation of thirty years ago was that domestic cats in general, were never vaccinated.

Do we need annual vaccinations for our animals?

I run a very busy practice in animal healthcare, utilizing Homoeopathy, Biochemistry, Mineral and Enzyme therapy. I am becoming seriously concerned at the increase in the cases of Auto‚?'immune disease, and the Canine/Feline vaccination programme which I consider to be inextricably linked.

Certainly, I do not stand alone in holding these views, as a number of Orthodox Veterinary Practitioners have expressed their concern over the incidence of certain types of illness suddenly appearing after a vaccination has been administered. Often these are severe skin disorders, gastrointestinal disturbances, sickness and colitis symptoms, all of which have been observed and recorded. It would appear the subject is as controversial within animal husbandry as it is in the welfare programme of vaccinating children. Certainly opinion is very divided, and I feel we owe it to the animals and their long term future, to request an open, unbiased research programme. This should be conducted to ascertain if there is evidence to support the theory of vaccination being related to the increase of auto‚?'immune diseases.

What is being done at present?

The Royal Veterinary College is currently conducting an investigation into Auto‚?'immune disease, and this is at considerable cost within the research programme. Yet I am unaware of any involvement, within this research, of any Alternative Medical viewpoint, other than Orthodox Veterinary Surgeons who themselves use Homoeopathy as an adjunct to their practice. Many Orthodox Vets refuse to acknowledge the efficacy of using Homoeopathy or other complementary therapies within their practice, dismissing them as being unscientific and at worst, complete hocus pocus. Very often by using Homoeopathy as the primary medication one can achieve reversal or complete remission of symptoms, and in particular when "Vaccinosis" is used as the diagnostic investigation and assessment, pertaining to symptoms displayed. Responsible owners are positively encouraged to have their animals vaccinated on an annual basis, and to this end appointment, reminder cards are sent out to clients. This encourages them to book up for the annual "top up". Often the general rules pertaining to the vaccination procedures are ignored when the cat or dog is submitted to the Veterinary Surgery. As an example the temperature should be taken to check for any evidence of infection, and no animal should receive a further vaccine whilst displaying ill health or immune deficiency disorders. Yet owners are told that in the past, without the vaccine programme, thousands of animals were dying on an annual basis of illnesses such as hardpad, distemper and parvo‚?'virus. However, one could begin to question if we are entering a phase whereby we are purely exchanging one cause of death for another, namely Aids in the animal kingdom. Furthermore concern is mounting for the quality of the cat/dog's life that is constantly exposed to the ill effects of the vaccine programme.

What is this 'Vaccinosis' we speak of?

Vaccinosis, or vaccinia is the term used to describe the set of symptoms recognized by Homoeopaths and other Naturopathic Healthcare Professionals, as being the morbid constitutional state engendered by the vaccine virus. The effects of chronic Vaccinosis are various but frequently include severe skin disorders, e.g. urticaria, excema, lupus vulgaris, warts, spongy tumours etc. In the canine world skin disorders are a serious problem currently affecting thousands of animals, ranging from minor skin symptoms through to complete and total alopecia. Once this state has been reached the cell metabolism is impaired and the nervous system is severely affected. This leaves the animal vulnerable, and exposed to various allergic reactions and allergens that would normally be tolerated, such as fleas and house dust mites. I suspect if one took a random number of supposedly healthy animals, and then exposed them all, to the same irritants and allergens, the chances are that a small percentage would display symptoms pertaining to an allergic reaction. However, when one begins to look at the reverse situation, i.e. more animals showing signs of allergic reaction than not, one must consider why this is happening. If the immune system is strong and at optimum potential, it should be able to safeguard the body, from attack. But this is not the current situation, more and more canines and felines are displaying symptoms of immune malfunction. To date the various pieces of research that have been conducted by independent sources, indicate the problem arises from two factors, namely the use of Multiple live vaccine material, as opposed to killed or treated viruses, and very importantly, the frequency of administration of vaccines.

How do vaccines affect animals?

The Multiple Live Vaccine offers a much stronger challenge to an animal's defense mechanism. As an example: a puppy of 7 weeks of age, and weighing only 2 lbs. will still be vaccinated with Canine Distemper, Parvo‚?'virus, Leptospirosis, Parain Influenza and Hepatitis, all on the same day. The amount of vaccine given is often identical in proportion as that given to a Great Dane puppy, that would obviously weigh considerably more. In countries such as the United States of America and parts of Europe, this tremendous bombardment will often be followed just one week later by the rabies injection. How an animal can be expected to cope with such an accumulation of components, and all at one time, is quite extreme but in particular the young animal whose immune system has not yet been fully developed. The immunological tolerance of this situation is often extremely poor, and in certain instances an animal will display ill health within a few hours of the vaccine being administered. As the weeks go by many animals will display unfavorable response to the vaccine often bringing to the fore front inherited predisposition to other illnesses. Further evidence would suggest that vaccinating an animal during pregnancy or during the estrus cycle can inhibit hormonal function. This not only creates physical symptoms to the dam, but can be passed on through the gestation period to the unborn puppies. In severe cases of Vaccinosis puppies may be delivered still born or already displaying skin disorders. It is a clinical fact that following parvo‚?'virus vaccine as an example, the number of white cells in the circulation, decreases for a period of time, thereby rendering the animal exposed to illness as a result of the lowering of immune responses. Animals suffer stress just as do we humans. A further relevant factor involving the vaccine programme is related to stress, either emotional or environmental. There is a general acceptance in today's society that exposure to stress in the human quarter affects the functioning of the immune system; the same must be acknowledged within the animal kingdom. For example, the young puppy having recently left its mother, and fellow offspring, finds itself in a new and often frightening environment, is going to display stress related disorders. This will undoubtedly affect its response to the receptiveness of the vaccine programme, which is usually administered around the same time as the move into the new environment. There is a strange irony attached to the vaccine programme in so far as the pharmaceutical industry states. "The administration of a vaccine should only be given to healthy animals". However, if an animal was completely healthy it would not require the vaccination in the first place. Surely the correct way forward is to be looking at ways and means to enhance the immune system and bring it up to its optimum performance, principally by addressing the nutrition of the animal and using things such as essential biochemistry and homoeopathic nosodes incorporated into its welfare programme.

Is continual Vaccination really necessary?

In America the Veterinary Immunologists claim that vaccinations should only be given once or twice during an animal's life time. There is no need or evidence to prove that annual vaccination programmes are either essential or effective. On the contrary research suggests that no dog over the age of 7 years of age derives benefit from the annual vaccine programme. Furthermore, those animals submitted to the annual boosters, go on to display exacerbation of joint related ills in later life. Sadly even within the animal welfare programme professionals are influenced by the 'biomedical' model as outlined by the pharmaceutical industry. Injections have become the 'norm' as being the ultimate panacea to attain optimum health for the domestic animal. Yet we are seeing an increasing number of cases involving immune dysfunction, tumours, cancerous growths, severe skin disorders and behavioral disturbances. What, I wonder, is the comparison of auto‚?'immune diseases in the domestic animal, compared to that of his counter part in the wild animal kingdom? Is this a worthy comparison to make when conducting research into auto‚?'immune disease conditions? I am convinced it should be investigated. What can be done about the Vaccinosis problem? When I suspect a case of Vaccinosis in a domestic animal, I invariably treat it with Homoeopathic remedies for the specific condition coupled with immune enhancing formulas. I further stress to the owner that until the animal has showed signs of significant recovery no further booster vaccinations should be administered. However, problems soon arise when the owner returns to the Orthodox Veterinary system. They usually find pressure to bear to have the cat/dog re‚?'vaccinated as soon as possible. The results of which can vary considerably. If the animal's immune system has recovered sufficiently it may well withstand the vaccine without too many problems, however, if the immune function is still below par, exacerbation of original symptomology is generally displayed within a few days of the vaccine taking place. A further occurrence observed by some Veterinarians is that of a tumour or growth appearing directly on or around the sight of the annual injection, this is particularly noticeable in the feline world, and can take the form of fibrosarcoma. Indeed, the list of symptoms that can be linked with the over exuberant vaccination programme appears endless: warty growths, tumours of both malignant and benign type, seizures, skin problems, bone and joint disorders. During the current investigations being carried out by the Royal Veterinary College, it has been observed that many of these auto‚?'immune diseases commence as skin disorders. Aside from the inherited factor as displayed in certain breeds such as West Highland Whites, the disease occurs as a result of the immune system attacking the skin. Furthermore, they have also observed auto‚?'immune blood disease leading to hemolytic anaemia ‚?' cast your mind back to the earlier fact pertaining to the parvo‚?'virus vaccine. Following vaccination the white blood cells are severely diminished and their function temporarily impaired! A further and most alarming disease currently being observed by the R.V.C. is that of systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This disease eventually affects many body systems including red and white blood cells, and the joints, skin and kidneys. Reflect back to the inclusion of symptoms of Vaccinia as defined by Homoeopaths, does it not include all of the aforementioned as being contributory to this disease syndrome?

Why then the insistence on annual Vaccinations?

There are over 6 million families in England that own a dog, and this is increasing annually. The number of animals that will fall foul of one or more of the afore‚?'mentioned symptoms will increase, as the vaccine programme is vehemently maintained by the Orthodox Veterinary Surgeons. The vaccine programme is a highly lucrative part of a Veterinary practice and a vaccine can vary in cost from √ļ15 to √ļ30 per time. Some sources purport as much as 30% profit in a Veterinary practice is obtained from the vaccine programme. Smith Kline Beecham Animal Health division specialized in vaccines and earlier this year sold its animal division for √ļ920 million pounds. It is hard not to become cynical, as to why the Veterinary profession and the drug companies do not want the problem of Vaccine related illness properly and accurately investigated. Yet morally what are we doing to our domestic animals, where is their future and moreover the quality of their lives? We must address the situation now. Certainly the weaker among their species will become even more vulnerable and are we not witnessing the 'genetic engineering' of their long term destiny, maybe to extinction as we know them today? Having shared most of my life with domestic animals I can only view the world as an empty shell should it succumb to being devoid of cats, dogs and the like. Can we just turn our heads and ignore their plight or do we, should we, acknowledge their cry for help? Are we really vaccinating animals on an annual basis with large doses of multiple live vaccine substances because we are committed to the programme, and because we feel it is right? Or are we exposing our beloved friends to a lifetime of hell and deprivation due to vested interest?

This is a subject I have researched in depth ‚?' the results of this research are carried in the book, 'What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines'. Before I start, I want to make one thing totally clear. I am not asking you to stop vaccinating your beloved animals. I don't believe that any human being has the right to dictate that sort of thing to another human being. However, I do believe that you have a right to the facts so that you can make an informed choice.

The first fact is this: Annual vaccination is fraud. Strong stuff, eh? There is absolutely no scientific basis for annual vaccination. It was just a practice that was started many years ago, probably because the shots weren't working and someone had the bright idea to keep repeating it in case it helped. In fact, we have discovered that, far from helping, annual vaccination is destroying our animals' immune systems. This is widely known in scientific circles ‚?' but vets are reluctant to look at the evidence too closely due to potential lost booster income. I am sorry to say this but long years of campaigning allow me to develop no other conclusion. The vets who have read my book they take it very seriously. However, most refuse to read it. "Once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for years or life." ‚?' Dr Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University. My own six year old Golden Retriever Gwinnie gives a good example of this. Gwinnie was vaccinated ONLY as a puppy. We got her when she was five months old, already vaccinated. She was never vaccinated again. Last year, at the age of six, Gwinnie had a blood test and this revealed that she still has high antibody levels to distemper and parvo. The advice from Professor Hal Thomson at Glasgow University was "no need to revaccinate". After SIX years. Dr Jean Dodds in America has just completed a study that shows much the same thing. You don't NEED to keep vaccinating your dogs. There is one exception, and this is the leptospirosis component of the vaccine. Lepto is a bacterin, not a virus, and you can't get permanent immunity to a bacterin. However, the vaccine has been described as 'useless' and there have been many calls for it to be withdrawn from the market. There are hundreds of strains of leptospirosis, but only two in the vaccine, AND it provides immunity (if at all) for only between three and six months. This means that your dog is probably unprotected against the two strains for around nine months of the year, and against all the other hundreds of strains for ever. Australian research shows that the lepto component of vaccines can cause horrendous side effects, so top veterinary immunologists, microbiologists and pathobiologists have advised we don't use it.

Fact two:

Vaccines can cause a whole range of diseases. Skin problems: Frick and Brooks, in 1983, showed that dogs who were genetically susceptible to develop atopic dermatitis ONLY contracted the condition IF they were vaccinated before being exposed to an allergen. So vaccines trigger skin disease.

Arthritis: There are many, many studies which show that vaccines can cause arthritis. Vaccine components have even been found in the bones of arthritis sufferers.

Cancer: Vaccine components have been found at the cancer sites of victims. Worse, they have been found at the cancer sites of the CHILDREN of the people who received the guilty vaccine. In other words, vaccines can cause inheritable cancer.

Leukaemia: Dr Jean Dodds has linked leukaemia to vaccines. Also, Merck, a vaccine manufacturer, has linked leukaemia to a leukaemia like retrovirus found in birds. Merck were investigating the link between this retrovirus and the eggs they cultivated the measles vaccine on. Distemper and measles are virtually the same virus, and both vaccines are cultivated on chick embryos.

Aggression: Vaccines are acknowledged to cause inflammation of the brain and, in severe cases, lesions in the brain and throughout the central nervous system. This condition, known as encephalitis, lies at the root of much aggressive and violent behaviour, autism, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, and other neurological conditions (for example, CDRM, Ataxia, etc).

Autoimmune disease: It is widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a whole range of autoimmune diseases, such as Cushings disease, Addisons disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, and many others. The scientific evidence is there for anyone who wants to look at it. Dr Larry Glickman at Purdue University has found that routinely vaccinated dogs develop autoantibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals. This means that vaccines cause dogs to attack their own bodies ‚?' which is what autoimmune disease is all about.

Fact three: Some animals are genetically pre‚?'disposed to suffer fatal reactions to vaccines, or to develop vaccine‚?'induced disease. The Merck Manual (the doctor's bible, published by a vaccine manufacturer) says that children with B and/or T cell immunodeficiencies should not receive live virus vaccines as the vaccine can stimulate a severe or FATAL infection. Not to put too fine a point on it, 'fatal' means death. Merck explains that features of B and T cell immunodeficiencies include eczema, dermatitis, heart disease, inhalant allergies, food allergies and neurological conditions. They say that humans suffering with any of these conditions, or from families with these conditions, should not receive live virus vaccines because the vaccine can kill them. Our dogs also have B and T cells, and B and T cell immunodeficiencies. So if your dog has allergies, or heart problems, or neurological problems . . .vaccines represent a life threatening risk.

Fact four: Vaccines cause more diseases than they prevent. This is the one the scientists are currently arguing about. You can probably guess which way I've fallen on the debate. In my humble opinion, vaccination is probably the worst thing we can do for someone we love. Obviously, this is a scarey statement. Let me tell you a little about why I'm here saying this to you. Oliver, a beautiful Golden Retriever, lost the use of his back legs one day when he was four years old. We rushed him to the vet but he was dead by four that afternoon. For two years, I asked every vet I met 'why?' No one could tell me until I met a homoeopathic vet called Chris Day, and he asked me when Ollie had last been vaccinated. He told me it was a classic vaccine reaction, falling within three months of the shot. Since then I have met many people whose dogs died in exactly the same way. Prudence, another Golden Retriever, died of leukaemia when she was six. The last time I vaccinated her, her eyes rolled in her sockets, and she climbed up on my back, begging me not to have it done. But we carried on because I thought it was good for her. Distemper and parvo are horrible diseases, of course ‚?' but so is leukaemia. You don't want to see a dog die this way. Samson's back legs were paralysed the day after his second puppy shot. I thought maybe someone had put poison down because I didn't know vaccines could do this. The next year he was boosted, and his head swelled up like a football and he ran around screaming ‚?' I now know that this was a massive allergic reaction to the vaccine. At the age of two we had a blood test done, and it came back autoimmune disease. He died of cancer at the age of five. Having studied the scientific evidence, I know that Sammie was killed the day a vaccine destroyed his immune system.

Edward and Daniel are three year old Golden Retrievers. Neither has ever been vaccinated. Not once. They are the healthiest two Goldens I have ever had the privilege to share my life with. No sickness, no diarrhoea, no allergies, no illness. The vet doesn't know who they are they have only ever visited to have their blood tested (both have antibodies to distemper and parvo . . . which means they've met the diseases but not succumbed). They also went to the vets a few weeks ago to have ticks removed. The Vet remarked on how fit and healthy they were. But that's it their entire veterinary history at the age of three. Compare this with Samson's veterinary history! I was literally at the Vet every two weeks with Sammie. Edward and Daniel are fed real food raw meaty bones, vegetables, etc. This means that they have optimal immune systems, so they are in a good position to fight any viruses or bacterins that come along. They also receive the homoeopathic vaccine alternative. When they were nine months old, my older vaccinated dogs contracted kennel cough. My two homoeopathically protected pups didn't cough once. A few days ago on the CHC discussion list, one of our members reported meeting two 17 year old Golden Retrievers on the beach. Both ran and jumped around like young ones. The owner told her that they had never been vaccinated and, as he was a butcher, he had fed them raw meat. Seven years into the campaign, we are beginning to see the results of not vaccinating and feeding real food. Canine Health Concern members are now constantly reporting that their dogs are incredibly healthy, and those who show are winning at all the shows. Don't blame the 'irresponsible breeders' blame vaccines. Without vaccines, you too can hope for long lived friends who get through their lives without the crippling debilitating diseases that have become common in the dog population.

One last fact: Vaccines don't offer GUARANTEED immunity. Nearly all of the dogs in the CHC vaccine survey which involved over 4,000 dogs and is still ongoing contracted distemper, parvo, lepto, hepatitis, etc, within three months of being vaccinated. I am going to be away on Monday and Tuesday, so shall answer any questions on Wednesday. Please give your post the 'Vaccinations' heading so I can plough through incoming emails as quickly as possible. I know that this post is going to unsettle and disturb many list members and I apologise for this. My motivation is that you don't have to sit and watch your beloved friends die years before their time, or suffer from any of the many vaccine‚?'induced diseases. We are making a terrible mistake on behalf of our animal friends. What we think is best for them is in fact the worst thing we can do. I am not alone in saying this the very top veterinary specialists agree. We just need to get the other Vets up to date. CHC members and people like your own beloved Bonnie are doing this through example. I promise you this annual vaccination is coming to an end. We will look back in horror at what we used to do.

Catherine O'Driscoll

This is a message from Catherine O'Driscoll

Do you really regularly see puppies dying of distemper? That's a first for me the vets I speak to in the UK tell me they haven't seen a case of distemper in ten years. As for parvo, there are examples in my book of vaccinated pups dying of it, with expert opinion stating it was vaccine induced. Parvo was also created by vaccine manufacturers who cultivated the distemper vaccine on cat tissue infected with feline enteritis and distributed it around the world. We have exchanged distemper and parvo with cancer, leukaemia, diabetes, brain damage, skin disease, allergies, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases all vaccine induced. We have a sickly dog population, made sick by vaccines. According to Marty Goldstein DVM, and many others (including me), vaccination is just about the worst thing we do to our dogs. Somewhere in the middle? What about the dogs who are genetically pre‚?'disposed to have vaccine reactions. Why are they not being screened out of the programme? Why the relaxed attitude about over‚?'doing vaccination? Why are vets vaccinating animals against viral disease annually, when immunity to a virus is known to last for years or life? Also consider the very important work by Dr Teresa Binstock, showing that prior infection and/or antibiotics causes the release of cytokines and permeability of the blood/brain barrier leading to encephalitis post vaccination.

Consider the following:

It is well known that there are risks associated with vaccination of dogs, just as there are risks for humans. The trouble is, no one has adequately quantified the risks. Is it true that only a tiny minority of dogs suffer adverse reactions to vaccines, or is the problem more common? And what is a vaccine reaction? Is it something that happens immediately after the jab, or can you expect a reaction to manifest weeks or months later? Christopher Day, Honorary Secretary of the British Homoeopathic Veterinary Association, told us that, in his experience, where the start date of a dog's illness is known, a high percentage (around 80%) begin within three months of vaccination. Canine Health Concern tested this observation and has analysed the histories of over 3,800 dogs post vaccination. This critical mass, by any standards, is a very high number from which to draw valid statistical conclusions. Most commercial scientific research involves significantly fewer dogs (tending to base their conclusions on data involving a couple of litters of puppies, if that). We have been able to show a definite statistical correlation between a vaccine event and the onset of a number of specific illnesses. Our published conclusions have satisfied mathematical or inferential statistical tests at a level of confidence of 99% or better. Overall, we found that 66% per cent of all sick dogs start being sick within three months of vaccination, which is considerably more than double the expected rate of illness. Worse, 49% of all illnesses reported in the survey occurred within 30 days of vaccination. This is over five times the expected percentage if vaccination had no bearing on subsequent illness. More damning still, 29% of sick dogs first became sick within seven days of their vaccine jab. This means that a dog is 13 times more likely to become ill within seven days of vaccination than at any other time. In the study, 69.2% of allergic dogs first became allergic within three months of being vaccinated ‚?' more than double the expected number. 55.8% of dogs with autoimmune disease developed the condition within three months of being vaccinated ‚?' again, more than twice the expected figure. Of dogs with colitis, 65.9% developed the complaint within three months of being vaccinated and, of dogs with dry eye/conjunctivitis, 70.2% developed their conditions within three months ‚?' both nearly three times higher than expected. 73.1% of dogs with epilepsy first became epileptic within three months of vaccination. As 2% of all dogs in the UK are epileptic, vaccines are clearly causing horrendous damage. For statisticians, our Chi score for epilepsy is 96: any Chi test statistic higher than twelve gives a 95% confidence about the conclusions. Without doubt, then, the majority of epileptic dogs in our survey are vaccine damaged. But perhaps most astonishing is the fact that a majority of dogs (64.9%) with behavioural problems appear to have developed their difficulties within three months of vaccination. Similarly, 72.5% per cent of dogs with nervous or worrying dispositions became nervous within three months of their jabs (with a Chi score of 112), and 73.1% per cent of dogs with short attention spans lost their attentiveness within three months of vaccination. All of our evidence ties in with research in the human field, and a growing body of veterinary research, which says that vaccines cause allergies, hypersensitivity reactions, autoimmune disease, encephalitis, epilepsy, personality changes and brain damage. The CHC results are statistically very significant, and carry with them very high statistical certainty. This means that the evidence is strong that the above diseases can be triggered or caused by vaccination. Other diseases that were highly represented within three months post vaccination included cancer (35.1%) , chorea (81%), encephalitis (78.6%), heart conditions (39.2%), kidney damage (53.7%), liver damage/failure (61.5%), paralysis of the rear end (69.2%), and pancreas problems (54.2%). Research conducted at Purdue University shows routinely vaccinated dogs developing autoantibodies to a vast range of normal canine biochemicals ‚?' which corroborates our findings. Interestingly, our study showed that arthritis and Chronic Destructive Reticulo Myelopathy (CDRM ‚?' a degenerative disease affecting myelin in the spinal cord) occur in clusters nine months after vaccination, suggesting that the damage from vaccines resulting in these two diseases takes longer to develop or to show their symptoms. Many contend that vaccines are a necessary evil; that we need them to protect our dogs against certain deadly canine diseases. However, our survey found that high percentages of dogs are developing the diseases we vaccinate against, soon after vaccination.

Of dogs with hepatitis, 64% contracted it within three months of being vaccinated and, of those with parainfluenza, 50% developed it within three months of their shots. Also, 69% of dogs with parvovirus, 56% of dogs with distemper, and every single dog with leptospirosis in the survey contracted the diseases within three months of vaccination. Our figures support the view that vaccines don't confer guaranteed immunity and may actually cause the diseases they're designed to prevent. Our figures appear to demonstrate that vaccines cause illness in one in every hundred dogs ‚?' and this is a conservative estimate. For human beings, the World Health Organization considers a reaction of one in 10,000 unacceptable. Surely the same statistics apply to dogs. Worse ‚?' and bordering on corporate dogslaughter ‚?' is the fact that we are urged to vaccinate companion animals every year. There is no scientific justification for this; it is a crime.

Catherine O'Driscoll

How can an unvaccinated dog be more of a risk than a vaccinated dog if neither have the disease? Surely it would be the other way around in the case of the live virus vaccines? These dogs are assured of having the virus in their bodies to spread.

Vaccine Damage Tribunals

In the U.K. there is government tribunal to assess and award damages to people who have suffered from the use of vaccines. It is believed that a similar body exists in the United States.

Now, if vaccine damage is acknowledged with regard to humans why do we not have the same principle for animals?

This is taken from Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI (Small Animal Practice) Pg 205.

Authors: Tom R Phillips DVM PhD, Associate Member, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla California & Ronald D Schultz PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathobiological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin Ronald Schultz, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Veterinary Medicine has done some duration studies that show that, for greater than 90% of dogs, a single DHPP vaccination provides immunity for *at least* 7 years, and probably for life. There is an article by him in .pdf format that you can download from www.noofies‚?' Dr. Schultz is the author of this paragraph in Kirk's "Current Veterinary Therapy XI", the conventional medicine textbook: "A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7‚?'10 years), and no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats. Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response as a result of interference by existing antibody (similar to maternal antibody interference). The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law (i.e., certain states require annual revaccination for rabies)."

Some quotes from enlightened Vets:

"In this article we begin to address the subject of vaccinosis, the general name for chronic dis‚?'ease caused by vaccines. For some readers the very idea that vaccines are anything but wonderful and life‚?'saving may come as a surprise, and it's not a very pleasant one. After all, the general population pictures vaccines as one of modern medicine's best and brightest moments, saving literally millions from the scourge of diseases like poliomyelitis and smallpox." Dr. Richard Pitcairn D.V.M., Ph.D

"I suppose we veterinarians who do a lot of work with skin and hair problems ought to thank the commercial pet food manufacturers for all the business they create for us." J. Keith Benedict, D.V.M.

‚?oOver vaccination is the main problem (along with malnutrition) that affects our pets today.‚?Ě Michele Yasson, D.V.M., C.V.A.

"Standard vaccines are the single biggest cause of immune system damage in animals and humans. All chronic disease in animals is traced to genetics and standard vaccinations before anything else." John Fudens, D.V.M. May issue of Prevention magazine, there is an article in the Pet sections CAN VACCINATIONS HURT YOUR CAT OR DOG?

They give the following points to determine your pet's vaccination protocol:

What is required by law

Your pet's chance of exposure to the disease

The incidence of the disease in your area

The vaccine's effectiveness and safety

Age and health of the pet

Pet Vaccination : Common Questions

Q: Should I vaccinate my dog or cat every year?

A: There is absolutely no scientific justification for annual vaccination.

According to Dr Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University, and the world's most voiceful and eminent expert on canine and feline immunology, "once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for years or for the life of an animal". This is why we don't vaccinate children every year ?' because there is no need.

Q: I thought vaccines were safe ?' what are the adverse effects?

A: Inflammatory ('itis') diseases in dogs and cats are becoming increasingly common, due largely to vaccines. Vaccines contain modified live viruses; formaldehyde (a cancer‚?'causing preservative used to embalm corpses); mercury and aluminium salts (both toxins); serum (blood products); and other worrying substances. The medical and veterinary professions readily acknowledge that both humans and animals can have allergic reactions to serum. But add all the other components, and it's no wonder some individuals have allergic reactions. In addition, vaccines are often cultivated on dog and cat brains and kidneys, on hamsters, on monkeys, and on chick embryos. If any of these animals' tissues are inadequately removed from the vaccine, the patient can have a hypersensitivity reaction to them. The words 'hypersensitivity', 'allergy', and 'inflammation' are interchangeable. Sometimes the hypersensitivity reaction is so severe that the patient must be immediately injected with adrenaline or they will die. Because vaccines are generally injected straight into the bloodstream, components can be carried around the body. Depending upon the animal's genetic predisposition, the allergic reaction could manifest as inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the digestive system, inflammation of the bones and joints ‚?' in fact, any of the many inflammatory conditions. This is why scientists have written and produced scientific papers that link vaccines in with brain damage, epilepsy, behavioural problems, colitis, arthritis, thyroid disease, heart failure, kidney failure, cancer and more. The practice of cultivating vaccines on animal tissue has also been called into question. The Salk Polio vaccine illustrated the dangers of this when it was discovered that it was contaminated with a range of monkey retroviruses. SV40, a monkey retrovirus found in the Salk vaccine, has been found at the cancer sites of people who received this vaccine. Worryingly, it has also been found at the cancer sites of their children. SV40 switches off the part of the DNA that protects from cancer. SIV, another monkey retrovirus, was also a contaminant in the Salk vaccine. SIV and HIV are closely related viruses, and independent scientists have traced the emergence of AIDS to mass polio vaccination in the Belgian Congo and amongst male homosexuals in New York who were given the vaccine in an attempt to protect against genital herpes (however strange this might sound!). Similarly, an avian (bird) retrovirus has been found in leukaemia patients, and it is thought that the retrovirus came from the MMR vaccine. Distemper and measles are virtually identical viruses, and both vaccines are cultivated on chick embryos. Where did parvovirus come from in the 1970s, killing thousands of dogs? Scientists have been quoted as saying that it was a cross?'species disease, created by a vaccine manufacturer who cultivated the distemper vaccine on cats infected with feline enteritis. The first vaccine for this new disease was a stopgap: the feline enteritis vaccine. The disease occurred simultaneously around the world. Naturally occurring diseases spread slowly, but vaccine manufacturers send their products out in batches around the world, easily creating a worldwide epidemic.

Q: Is CHC saying that we should leave our dogs unprotected against horrible diseases like distemper and parvovirus?

A: No, certainly not. In fact, we would say you should not leave your dogs unprotected. But you can minimise the risks. Firstly, if you choose to continue vaccinating, you could have puppy shots and possibly the first year's booster, and leave it at that. This is the advice being given now by veterinary colleges in America. Secondly, you could use the homoeopathic alternative instead. This has been used by many breeders and show people for years. Reports indicate that homoeopathically protected dogs are far healthier than vaccinated dogs. There are several scientific studies showing that the homoeopathic alternative works. Telephone the British Association of Homoeopathic Veterinary Surgeons ‚?' 01367 718115 ‚?' if you would like more information about the homoeopathic vaccine alternative. Vaccine manufacturers are currently trying to tell us that dogs need annual boosters against leptospirosis, which is a bacterin rather than a virus. However, many eminent scientists say that this vaccine should actually be withdrawn as it is not very protective, and it is the vaccine most associated with adverse reactions. The kennel cough virus mutates (like the flu) so you can't guarantee permanent immunity from the vaccine. However, scientific research has shown that the homoeopathic nosode is more protective against kennel cough than the vaccine and it's safer.

Q: My vet tells me that you are scaremongering and that I should continue to vaccinate every year. I don't know what to do.

A: Vets, however well‚?'meaning, are educated in colleges that rely upon vaccine and pharmaceutical companies for funding in the form of sponsorship, research grants, scholarships and bursaries. Colleges are reliant upon big business for funding, and few people are willing to bite the hand that feeds them. Vets' education with regard to vaccines tends to stop beyond "do it".

The practice of medicine is a continuously evolving entity of new knowledge and technology. Keeping abreast of the latest information requires a passionate commitment to continuing education. Our knowledge about immunity has improved greatly over the past five years. Some of the information coming to light about vaccines will present an ethical and economic challenge to veterinarians. But your pet deserves to come first, over and above any such challenges. If your vet says annual vaccination is necessary, ask him if he has heard of the huge body of research available, and the advice that annual vaccination is unnecessary. If he has heard of this research, he cannot dismiss your questions. If he has not heard of it, then he lacks the knowledge to advise.

Finally, your dog looks at you with love and trust in his eyes, not at a stranger in a white coat. It is vitally important that you do as much as you can to understand the facts. Please don't do as I did and allow your dogs to die before you discover the truth. I wish you and your animals friends many happy and healthy years together.

Catherine O'Driscoll
Canine Health Concern
Longnor SPO
Derbyshire SK17 ONS

If you study the history of disease you will see that all diseases have a natural cycle, you will see a rise in deaths due to the virus/bacteria then a natural decline..when 67% of a population has been exposed to the disease and survived there is 'herd immunity'. In all cases of vaccines, the disease they have created the vaccines for was on a natural decline anyway, but the vaccine manufacturers like to take the credit for it. Dr. Parish at Cornell was one of the pioneers in the parvo vaccine. In fact, are you aware that Cornell OWNS the PATENT on the parvo vaccine? They have made over SIX million dollars on this vaccine alone. Since PARVO is MANMADE, I'll leave you to speculate on just WHO is benefiting from this...

Holistic Animal Health: Vaccinosis

Health Hazard of Routine Vaccination: Placing our animals at risk

"Routine" vaccination has adverse side effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system." Donna Starita Mehan DVM

"Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system."

Dr Charles E Loops DVM

" 55% of all illnesses reported by participants occurred within the first three months of vaccination." Arthritis Diarrhoea Allergies Dry eye/conjunctivitis Epilepsy Loss of appetite Nervous/worrying disposition Skin problems Nasal discharges Vomiting Weight loss Behavioural problems Tumour or growth."

Catherine O'Driscoll' "In the process of training as a doctor or veterinarian, one goes in as a relatively naive young person. The conditioning is heavy; it costs a lot of money, and of course you want to do well. Students are told how wonderful vaccines are, and they don't really question it; they accept as a fact that they're these great boons to health, are never harmful, and have saved a lot of lives it's black and white. The companies making the vaccines have great amounts of money and influence to campaign and advertise. You have a situation on the one hand where doctors are conditioned to accept, and on the other hand companies powerful enough to squelch negative comment."

"Immune mediated hematological disease and transient bone marrow failure are increasingly recognized sequelae of...vaccination. ... Postvacinal polyneuropathy is a recognized entity associated with...vaccines. ...Adverse reactions to vaccination have also recently been reported with increasing frequency in cats." (Dr. Dodds, 1990)


David M. McCluggage, D.V.M.

Dr. McCluggage covered the holistic perspective on vaccinations. "...He stated that we must stop advocating yearly vaccines because of the harm we are doing to the animals we vaccinate. He covered the homeopathic concept of "vaccinosis". Vaccinosis is a disease entity that may be introduced through vaccinating animals or people. Once vaccinosis develops, there is a disturbance in the bodies vital forces that leads to symptoms of chronic disease that can be very difficult (and often impossible) to cure. Dr. McCluggage also stated that there are no good reasons to recommend annual vaccinations for our companion animals. For clients Interested in a holistic approach, nosodes should be employed instead. Dr. McCluggage discussed alternative methods to run a profitable veterinary practice, including utilizing alternative modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic medicine.

Dr. Chambreau DVM: "Holistic veterinarians are finding that vaccines are causing great harm to our animals (and ourselves). To cure an animal of any problem we have found through experience that we must use homeopathic remedies that are known to reverse vaccine related problems as well as fit this individual." In this paper, Dr. Chambreau DVM, "Dr Ronald D Schultz, one of the foremost veterinary immunologists in the world, is on record as saying that annual vaccination for viral disease is not only unnecessary, but that it also causes significant problems. A growing number of vets, predominantly in America but also in the UK, contend that vaccines are now causing more diseases than they are preventing."

The arguments against vaccination include the following viewpoints:

vaccines do not prevent disease or immunise, they sensitise

vaccines cause encephalitis, inflammation of the brain

vaccines are deadly poisons

vaccines can cause the disease they are designed to prevent

vaccines shed into the environment, spreading disease vaccines disarm and unbalance the immune system

"The homoeopathic veterinarian Christopher Day, on the other hand, suspected that around 80% of the diseases he treats in his surgery are vaccine related, and occur within three months of vaccination where the start date of the illness is known."

Vaccination Decisions

by Susan Gayle Wynn, DVM

Many pet owners and some veterinarians have begun to question both the need for annual, life long re-vaccination, as well as the long term consequences of vaccination in general. Most recently, an article appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association entitled "Are We Vaccinating Too Much?" The veterinarians interviewed included Dr Schultz, Dr Dennis Macy of Colorado State University, Dr Leland Carmichael, and Dr Fred Scott of Cornell University. These leading veterinary immunologists admit puzzlement at the current situation but stop short of making recommendations, since no studies have been done to show maximum duration of immunity.

Natural Immunity

Why You Should NOT Vaccinate!

by Pat McKay

If after knowing that some of the health hazards from vaccinations include, allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, cataracts, cerebral palsy, chronic ear infections, conception rate lowered, encephalitis, epilepsy, fibrosarcoma at the vaccination site, hyperactivity, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, interdigital pyoderma, juvenile type diabetes, learning disabilities, leukemia, lupus, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, damage to and/or failure of heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas and other organs of the body, and ALL of the diseases for which your animal or child were vaccinated, are you still willing to take that risk of vaccinating? If so, WHY? There is no proof that vaccinations work at all.

Do Vaccines Disable the Immune System?

Randall Neustaedter, O.M.D.

Two research models have been used to discover the possible adverse effect of vaccines on the immune system. Laboratory researchers observe whether vaccines have any negative effect on white blood cells, the body's primary immune defense system. Clinical researchers study illness patterns preceding and following vaccination. All of these investigative channels have reached the same conclusions 'vaccines can trigger immune system suppression.


By: Dr. John Fudens, D.V.M.

"All mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law, in that they have been passed and mandated upon the pet owning public by certain vested interest groups. Who are these groups? First and foremost are veterinarians, in general, and veterinarian medical organizations. Second are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats and politicians. What are their reasons? GREED, POWER AND CONTROL. Both these large powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly by having rabies mandated by colorable law." "Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross income and profit from vaccines given in the office. On average vaccines cost 60 to 95 cents per dose and are charged to the client at $15 to $25 per injection and substantially more in the large cities. Therefore, if veterinarians lobby to have a colorable law passed to give rabies vaccine every year that enhances their financial picture. "The vaccines, particularly rabies, are a political and economic scam being forced upon pet owners because they do not know the truth."

Over Vaccinating

"This morning I ran into a frantic lady, who recently lost her 5 yr. old dachsie, (died of complications due to back paralysis), which she claimed was due to having her dog vaccinated for rabies every year. She said she once worked for a Vet, and said she also had pamphlets that claim many vets over vaccinate these small dogs for the sake of making extra $$$$. She also said this breed is far too small to intake yearly vaccinations and this will eventually paralyse them as it did hers."

CAV 1 vaccines carry the risk of "hepatitis blue eye" reactions & kidney damage

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: main page Vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)Information needed to help with vaccine/SIDS research AUTISM: Is there a vaccine connection? Measles Vaccine Experiment Litigation Pending Anthrax Vaccine Facts & Gulf War Syndrome. How To Legally Avoid Unwanted Immunizations Of All Kinds. The First International Public Conference On Vaccination Vaccine Support Groups & Organizations Animals: chronic dis‚?'ease caused by vaccines.

Nosodes: alternative to conventional vaccines

Dee Blanco Vaccines Are They Safe for Your Dog?

The questions surrounding the issue of veterinary vaccinations are many. My intent is to open other doors of thought that might help you make your decisions align with your animals well being, your lifestyle, your left and right brain and most importantly ‚?' your heart. ... Because I cannot completely separate from this topic, you will clearly hear my bias, my emotions as well as my perspective from my years practicing allopathy and subsequently homeopathy. I will make recommendations based both on this study of many years and on the way I hope to be of help in the world. I strongly recommend for you to let this info simmer a bit ... please make sure to do more research. And always listen to your inner voice. You are your own authority, you are your animal's primary health care practitioner, on call, 24 hours a day. You may decide some of this info is useful, and some you will let go by. Please make sure you do not allow fear to run your decisions.

I have spent a good amount of time in the last 12 of my 19 years as vet, studying the issue of vaccinations. During this time in holistic vet practice, I have been able to see the clinical manifestations and harmful effects of the use and abuse of vaccinations. I have also been able to see improvements of many common maladies in our domestic animals using holistic medicines, in particular homeopathy. It is from this clinical standpoint as well as my own study of the available info on vaccinations that I present my info. I am continually compiling more info in my 'database', so if you would like to add anything you might have, please feel free to send me your info.

The History of Vaccinations

The birth of vaccinations came when the English doctor Edward Jenner discovered that the people who worked closely with cows seemed to be less susceptible to smallpox. He injected small amounts of the smallpox crusts into healthy individuals (including his own son) and found these people to also be less susceptible to smallpox. Unfortunately, this process may have fatally weakened his son and his son's friends, because he died at the early age of 21 of tuberculosis. Then, during the American Civil War, Louis Pasteur, an accomplished microbiologist, was able to change the vaccines he was using enough that some of the harmful effects were diminished. He was famous for his work in cattle where he was able to prove that vaccines could protect against the deadly disease, anthrax. Thus, he started the new field of medicine called immunology. Pasteur also became famous for his concept of the 'germ theory'. This is still the theory modern medicine uses to explain all illness.

Thus we have created a 'war on bugs' that we seem to be losing. It's interesting to note that on his deathbed Pasteur recanted his prior work of blaming the microorganism. His last words were "seed is nothing, soil is everything". In Chinese medicine we say "it's not the agent, but the terrain". Both are saying the same thing the germ is nothing, but the host's resistance is everything. These concepts lay the foundation for all forms of holistic medicine.

How Vaccines Work

The primary intention of the vaccine is to produce a stimulation to the cellular immune system, via the production of antibodies. Antibodies attach onto the virus and render it inactive and harmless. It is through this stimulation and resultant production of antibodies that the body is now prepared for a possible 'attack' by 'foreign invaders' later down the line. These invadersare typically known as bacteria or viruses. This immunity will later provide protection without having to go through the disease itself. It's a bit like the vigilant minute men always on guard for a possible attack. There are problems with this way of thinking which we will discuss later.

Why Vaccines Cause Problems

Typically, the vaccines are injected into the body; subcutaneously (under the skin) or intramuscularly (in the muscle). These vaccines usually have numerous viruses as well as other ingredients in them. Exceptions to this include the rabies, corona, and bordatella vaccines. Herein lies the second and third problem with the vaccination process. The process of injecting numerous viruses at one time into the body does not mimic in any way what we would see in the natural world. There would never be such an enormous exposure to that many microorganisms at one time. ...

These diseases have never, in the real world, occurred at one time, never. The purpose for which mother nature uses and continues to use acute illness is to thin out the population, whereby the fittest survive. Everything in nature has a rhythm, everything. The rhythm of distemper, of polio, of measles, of influenza, of parvo, of rabies are all on a schedule. This schedule, much to the chagrin of the vet profession, is not determined by the vet profession!

Neil Miller, a father of two, in his desire to understand the issues around vaccinations for his children, decided to explore the issue extensively. He studied the rise and fall and the death rate of the childhood diseases of polio, measles, and whooping cough in both the US and the UK. He compared the death rates and the point at which vaccinations were introduced. Much to his surprise, in all three of these diseases, he saw that the death rates starting in the early 1900s were markedly decreasing by the time the vaccines were introduced. In the case of polio there was actually a bit of an increase after the vaccines. The increased numbers of deaths after polio vaccines were covered up by reclassifying them as aseptic meningitis. Therefore the deaths didn't show up in the records, but it is quite clear that vaccinations did not really have a beneficial impact on the already declining health rate. The reason the diseases were declining had more to do with the increased natural resistance and better understanding about prevention through hygiene.

Thirdly, the process of injecting viruses into the body is a very unnatural method of introducing viruses, with the exception of Rabies virus. Most other forms of exposure are through the mucous membranes the nose, throat/mouth, even the eyes. This creates another huge insult to the immune system.

First we gather a whole bunch of viruses and other 'stuff', then we inject them into the body at one time! I have to ask myself if this could be the start of massive confusion and havoc causing the body to attack itself? In other words, could this be why we are seeing so much autoimmune disease? Fourth, when these viruses are injected into the body, they find their way into the small capillaries, then into the larger vessels and are filtered by the lymph nodes. This sounds fine except that usually these viruses are first introduced into the mouth and nose, where the humoral immune system is stimulated. It produces the powerful immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG, IgM) which provide the first line of defense. When this primary defense mechanism of the humoral immune system is bypassed, you are dependent on the cellular immune system only; this is the branch that produces antibodies.

Producing antibodies is a fine thing, but when the natural pathways are bypassed it creates an extra load on the system. Having the natural stimulation of both wings of the immune system is a more balanced approach and isn't what happens with injected vaccines. Last, but certainly not least, are the other substances that are in the vaccine vials that are potentially problematic. This discussion follows.

What Is In A Vaccine?

The two forms of vaccines available are the modified‚?'live (MLV) and the killed vaccine. For obvious reasons, the Rabies vaccine is a killed product ... the MLVs are the viruses that were once alive and now have been chemically attenuated (altered) so that they are still recognized by the body but are, theoretically, not able to cause the full blown clinical disease. Typically, the chemical agent used to alter the virus is formalin or formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Attenuating the virus so that it cannot attach to a cell wall and infect that cell is a good idea, but not all the virus particles may be altered. Some may escape attenuation and are free to cause disease. This may be part of the reason that we see 'breaks' in vaccinated animals.

There has also been much speculation that these MLVs have shed into the environment, exposing other animals, including wild animals, to these diseases. Additional components of the vaccines are the preservatives that do what preservatives do. These ingredients are also known in current medicine to be carcinogenic agents, including a compound called thymersol, a mercury derivative and aluminum, used to attenuate the viruses. We all know the possible effects of aluminum. Even the cells these viruses are grown on can produce allergic reactions in the body. Some of the tissue lines used are from ducks, monkeys, pigs, and the like. These could be creating much of the constant itching, inflamed bowel, and eczematous ears that are so prevalent. There are additional ingredients called adjuvants. These are foreign proteins that are added to give a generic, non‚?'specific immune response. These proteins are proprietary (secret) info and are not given out to anyone. It's much like the ingredients on a bottle of BBQ sauce where they list 'herbs and spices' generically. No one really knows what 'herbs and spices' really means. These preservatives and adjuvants are what are believed to be the major cause of the surging incidence of fibrosarcomas in cats.

Studies at Colorado State U. by one of my professors, Dr. Dennis Macy, are showing this strong correlation. It is felt by the biologics companies that if the body doesn't respond to the numerous viruses that are in each vial of vaccine, than surely the body will respond to other foreign proteins. One rep from a major biologics company, at a meeting on vaccines in 1997 I attended, said quite embarrassed, 'We know how to turn the immune system on, but we don't know how to turn it off". This is the fundamental problem with vaccines: they are generically stimulating to the body, usually creating illness where there once was none.

How Do You Tell If a Vaccine Is Working?

The easiest way to determine if a vaccine is working is to take a blood sample and send it to a lab to determine if there are still circulating antibodies against that virus. This is called an antibody titer. This is a simple test, but there has been some controversy as to what titer level will provide protection from the clinical disease, and what level tells you there has been exposure to the disease. The next way is to believe the biologics companies. This is not my ideal choice since I believed them many years ago when I would vaccinate animals and they would break out with the disease.

Perfectly healthy animals coming down with the diseases they were being vaccinated against! It was embarrassing and horrifying that I caused these illnesses. The biologics companies told me their vaccines could never have caused the illness. They justified this by saying that the animals must have been incubating the illness and it coincidentally came out at the time of the vaccine. This never made sense to me but as a young, brain washed vet, I passed this info on to the clients.

I still to this day find it interesting that we are a self‚?'serving profession creating the illnesses that return later through our doors to be treated again. What could be more self serving? I believe this is one of the reasons the vet profession turns its back on the issue of vaccinations. It would mean we would have to take a good hard look at what we are doing. It would mean we would have to take responsibility. Enough of my soap box, for now. One way to determine how long a vaccine is capable of lasting in the body is by duration of immunity studies. These are studies that the biologics companies conduct to determine whether vaccinated animals can withstand a challenge from a live virus contact. The problem here is that there are inadequate duration of immunity studies at this time. These are difficult and expensive test and there has not been enough pressure on these companies to do these tests. One of the reasons is because the profession has assumed that vaccines are harmless and giving repeated doses or annual vaccinations is 'good medicine'.

Because of inadequate studies, the biologics companies are not willing at this point in time to change the recommended protocols. Much info available from numerous sources verifies that the MLVs, if given after 14 wks of age (after maternal antibodies have decreased), are effective for a lifetime. Most rabies titers at this time are showing effective protection at 5 to 6 years after vaccination. I believe the rabies duration of immunity studies would help us change the ludicrous yearly vaccination requirements in many states. Many animals I test are showing protection to parvo and distemper after 10 years or more. The real question here is: how did these recommendations for yearly vaccinations start?

Why Are We Vaccinating Yearly?

This is a really good question, isn't it? The first massive vaccination program began in the 1940s and the 50s for distemper and adenovirus. These early vaccines showed that one third of the puppies did not maintain protective titers to distemper for one year after the initial vaccination. By the way, we have yet to talk about susceptibility, which these researchers did not take into account. This led to the recommendation in 1959 that dogs should be vaccinated annually, as a safety measure. Distemper was a horrible, life threatening disease and was capable of going through a population of puppies very quickly.

Usually it caused gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloody diarrhea (much like Parvo), or respiratory symptoms, and in the most severe state would cause neurological symptoms which were rarely successfully treated. In 1961, recommendations that a serum analysis of the blood was the best way to determine immunological protection. Since clients would need to pay for that, plus an exam, and possibly the re‚?'vaccination fee, it would be easier and cheaper, based on the local incidence of distemper, the history of the animal, and the potential risk, that annual vaccinations be given. Thus start the annual standard of practice. There was no science here! Unfortunately, there were few people willing to push for the serum analysis, or to really look at the exposure of each animal, or to look at any other factors influencing susceptibility. Dr. Ron Schultz and the U. of Wisconsin Madison, a veterinary immunologist, questions the lack of scientific evidence to support our current practices. In his article in the 1992 edition of Current Veterinary Therapy, Dr Schultz and his co-author, Dr. Phillips, discuss the issue. Their words follow: "A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual vaccinations.

Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7-10 years) and no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats.

Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic response as a result of interference by existing antibodies (similar to maternal antibody interference). The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical exam or is required by law (i.e. certain states require annual revaccination for rabies)." Whew! The summary of his statement is this: yearly boosters are unnecessary and the current antibody protection in the body will actually interfere with other new vaccines. Therefore, they are not useful and certainly don't provide more protection if given annually.

This report also emphasizes that yearly reminders get people into the clinic to give yearly vaccines and put little to no emphasis on a wellness exam. This is a backward approach, isn't it? Shouldn't we remind our clients to come in for a yearly wellness check and if necessary then suggest the vaccinations? Have we become so complacent and dependent on these little vaccine vials and their financial power? Are there not other methods of preventative medicine? If you choose these yearly vaccines will your animals be protected against all the harmful diseases known to animals?

Who Is Susceptible? And To What? There is a questions as to who is susceptible and to what diseases, which really distills down to: at what age are the animals most and least susceptible, and what diseases are species specific or regionally specific? It is odd to me that the topic of age susceptibility is rarely if ever spoken about and yet it seems to be such an important consideration in the decision about the need for vaccinations. We are not talking about breed susceptibility, we are talking about the ages at which certain illnesses are more likely to manifest. For example, measles and chicken pox are a childhood disease that if allowed to be expressed while young are relatively benign. As the child grows older, the susceptibility to these illnesses decreases.

This is the same with many of the animal vaccines. As a clinician it is very, very uncommon to see distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, adenovirus, panleukopenia, calicivirus, herpesvirus, and others in adult animals. These seem to be most dangerous when the animal is young and their immune system is not fully developed. When I see an adult with parvo or distemper, it is frequently a purebred or has other immune dysfunction or is likely poorly cared for. I do see a predominance of parvo and distemper in young animals less than 6-8 months old, and less frequently as they get closer to 1 year old.

My question is this: why are we vaccinating animals that have passed the point of great susceptibility? Would it not be similar to humans being vaccinated every year of our lives with chicken pox, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis, tetanus, etc.? The other question concerns the vaccination of diseases that are not seen at all in a particular region, or that vaccines are not effective against because the viruses have many different serovariants. For example, leptospirosis. This is a vaccine that does not provide long lasting protection and will not provide cross protection for all the different strains of lepto. Then why are we using this?

Coronavirus is another vaccine enigma. Corona in dogs produces a mild, transient diarrhea and it is known that the vaccine does not provide protection against an infection with corona. Hardly worth the vaccine, isn't it?

Lepto is not seen in my area, so why are we vaccinating? I have seen this practice with Lyme, Corona, Feline Leukemia, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and many equine vaccines. This seems to be an issue of convenience since the manufacturers supply all over the country/world. It also seems to fall into the category that the practice of injecting viruses into a healthy body, or an unhealthy one for that matter, is a benign process. What are the adverse reactions, if any? Unfortunately, adverse reactions to vaccines have been considered to be the immediate hypersensitivity reactions of anaphylaxis. This severely limits the types of reactions that are ever even considered to be related to vaccines. Other problems surface which make accurate tallying of adverse reactions difficult. At present time there are no easy or effective reporting systems; many vets are reluctant to report even those where an animal dies, and the cause effect relationship is not always clear. Even to those who believe that many of the illnesses we see, both acute and chronic, are directly related to over vaccination, it is still at times difficult to show how this works.

There are many situations where the perfectly healthy puppy is taken at 6 weeks for his first vaccines. Maybe he has a slight fever or lack of appetite and energy for a day or so. Then he is returned 2 to 3 weeks later for more vaccines. Maybe he will show another fever or maybe a day of diarrhea. Then he is returned in 2 or 3 weeks for more vaccines. Maybe he starts to itch a bit. Often by the time the pup is 6 months old he has several problems going on. He often has loose stools and he itches, but there are no fleas. Thus begins the first stages of chronic illness brought on by the vaccines.

When a perfectly healthy individual is given viruses that cause illness, the animal is going to manifest illness‚?'related symptoms. This healthy individual is asked to maintain a low level stimulation of a state of distemper, a low level state of parvo, a low level state of rabies, and so on. As long as you are in a low level state of illness you are not in a high level state of health. Therefore, the vaccines provide protection by keeping the body in a diseased state of health. Often the animal will not manifest the illness it is vaccinated for, at least not in its acute form, but it will manifest in other conditions. Usually these conditions are inherited weaknesses. Chronic symptoms look very much like the acute illnesses but they are often not life threatening unless allowed to continue for years and years.

For distemper we often see: Watery fluid dripping from the nose, conjunctivitis, eye discharge, entropion, chronic gastritis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, appetite disorders, recurrent diarrhea, sensitivity to food with resultant diarrhea, epilepsy, rear leg paralysis, spondylitis, lip fold dermatitis, excessive licking of feet, eruptions between the toes, allergies, kennel cough, chronic bronchitis, chronic skin eruptions, especially lower half of body, failure to thrive, abnormally thin.

For rabies we often see:

Restless nature, suspicion of others, aggression to animals and people, changes in behavior, aloofness, unaffectionate, desire to roam, OR clingy, separation anxiety, 'velcro dog', restraining can lead to violent behavior and self injury, self mutilation, tail chewing, voice changes, hoarseness, excessive barking, chronic poor appetite, very finicky, paralysis of throat or tongue, sloppy eaters, drooling, dry eye, loss of sight, cataract, eating wood, stones, earth, stool, destructive behavior, shredding bedding, seizures, epilepsy, twitching, increased sexual desire, sexual aggression, irregular pulse, heart failure, reverse sneezing.

For panleukopenia in cats we see: Lazy cats, lie around most of the time, finicky appetites, chronic fever for weeks, with few symptoms, possible enlarged cervical lymph nodes, poor groomers, chronic dehydration leading to cystitis and calculus formation, emaciation, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic respiratory problems, sinusitis, some of the illnesses you are familiar with include any auto‚?' immune, disease such as lupus, red cell aplasia, auto immune hemolytic anemia, cardiomyopathies; neoplasias such as fibrosarcomas, mast cell, tumors, thyroid tumors, etc.; inflammatory bowel disease, eczematous, ears, any dermatological condition, warts, lipomas, poor hair coats, stomatitis, periodontal disease, thyroid disease, and the list goes on and on. Now you could be wondering why I am so bold to 'blame' all these and more on vaccines.

The reason is simple: I have an empirical, call it experimental lab where I visit daily and watch the animals, year after year. In the short years of my career I have seen the incredible increase in all these illnesses, some we never even learned in vet school. In fact, my vet school is now primarily an oncology treatment center! This was not the case a short 20 years ago. I have also spoken with many vets who have practiced longer than I and their response is the same. They did not see the level of chronic illness, nor the resistant and concretized type of illnesses that we see today. Because I am able to use homeopathic remedies to help resolve these effects of the vaccines I am able to see first hand the cause effect relationship. I have also looked at the info of those who have come before me to help in this process.

One such person was J. Compton Burnett, a British physician of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Burnett was a proponent of the smallpox vaccine until he started noticing that the vaccines given to young people in the prime of their lives were causing many 'other' health problems. He coined the term 'vaccinosis' to describe the illnesses caused by vaccines, separate from the illnesses they were protecting against. Much of what Burnett saw closely resembles what we see today in our animals. This is interesting how this human model is actually teaching us about what happens with animals. Burnett further verified his hypothesis by giving the homeopathic remedy, Thuja, to many of these vaccinated individuals, as was described by Hahnneman. He was able to reverse many of these harmful effects. This is still a widely used remedy for the effects of vaccines.

Alternatives remember, the body has incredible capacity to provide protection against all sorts of invaders. So, if our approach to protection is from the standpoint of supporting the body in doing its job, which it already knows how to do, we are working at a more fundamental level. If we support the energy and physical systems of the body we will support the immune system, not overload it. Clean hygiene, good nutrition, clean water, plenty of exercise, constitutional treatments (preferably homeopathic), good breeding practices, and homeopathic nosodes, where needed. This all sounds very simplistic and, in fact, it is! Should you decide to use nosodes they must be used under the guidance of a qualified vet, just as with any medication. Nosodes are homeopathic remedies made from the diseased products of whatever disease you are wanting to protect against.

For distemper, nasal discharge is used. For parvo, fecal material is used. These are subsequently filtered, and sterilized, diluted and succussed as any homeopathic remedy and are administered orally. I use them starting at 7‚?'9 weeks and continue for the first year of life only. They cannot be used for rabies licensing.

Nosodes provide protection by stimulating a non‚?'specific immunological response. They fill the susceptibility the animal has to the disease without actually producing antibodies. If that susceptibility is filled, much like a cup of coffee to the brim, then nothing else can come in and fill it up. You can't be over‚?'susceptible. In my practice nosodes are very effective with the exception of animals with chronic illness and poor breeding practices. The primary nosodes I use are for the life threatening diseases such as parvo, distemper, and panleukopenia. I will also use bordatella for animals in kennel situations.

If You Do Vaccinate

If you choose to vaccinate, please be careful. My recommendations are as follows: wait until 14 weeks for puppies and kittens, until the maternal antibodies are no longer present. If you must use something before 14 weeks, use nosodes; after 14 weeks, give one MLV parvo/distemper combination for dogs; for cats, give one panleukopenia, and one rabies vaccine at least two weeks after the above. OR: One distemper at 12 weeks, followed by one parvo at 14 weeks (these are the single vaccines and are the best, but often difficult to find). All other vaccines, except rabies, I cannot recommend, period. Other Issues

We have yet to discuss the topic of rights, animal rights, and guardian rights. This is one you can play with on your own. Additionally, we have yet to talk about the laws that mandate rabies requirements that don't reflect the current science. I hope to see these laws changed as there is more info from the duration of immunity studies. It will be up to the grassroots movement to initiate this as most vet associations will not support a law that will hurt the pocketbooks of the vets. So, you can see there is quite a bit of info to assimilate, and there is more! With this, I believe there is enough to shed some light on a topic that even confuses most vets.

Catherine O'Driscoll

Canine Health Concern


Ronald D. Schultz, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVM (honorary)

Unfortunately neither the maximum nor minimum duration of protective immunity of most vaccines is known. Many vaccinated animals are never challenged because the pathogens are not present in the animal's environment. Every vaccine appears to be 100% efficacious when there is no challenge! In a random survey of serum samples collected in the early 1990s from about 100 dogs presented to several clinics for their first revaccinations, I found more than one‚?'third of the dogs did not have detectable antibody to CPV‚?'2. The reasons the dogs didn't have antibody were 1) Some pups were vaccinated before maternal antibody had disappeared [at that time many vaccines were ineffective in immunizing pups younger than 18 to 20 weeks of age with high titers of maternally derived antibody],

2) some pups were vaccinated with a commercial product that was later shown not to effectively induce an antibody response to CPV‚?'2, and 3) a small percentage had not been vaccinated previously with CPV‚?'2. The dogs without antibody did not develop canine parvoviral infection or disease during the year. Thus, the animals appeared totally protected, even though they had not been effectively immunized. We must assume that they didn't develop disease or become infected because they were not exposed to the virus. The negative serologic findings show that the dogs hadn't been infected with the virus during a period of being completely susceptible to CPV‚?'2. These results demonstrate that many pet dogs are never exposed to CPV‚?'2, a highly infectious, often deadly, and extremely environmentally stable virus of dogs, similar in stability to feline parvo virus. As an example of its stability we recently tested some MLV CPV‚?'2 vaccines that sat in a refrigerator for 10 years, and it was demonstrated that the virus was still infectious and able to immunize puppies (L.J. Larson et al: Unpublished data, 1997).

Another reason we don't know the real efficacy and duration of immunity of current vaccines is that animals are rarely, if ever, experimentally challenged one year or more after vaccination.

Furthermore, no studies are reported in the literature that compare dogs vaccinated as pups and then vaccinated annually for three years with dogs vaccinated only as pups to determine resistance to challenge infection or disease. Studies to determine whether annual vaccination is needed for protection are rare for any canine or feline vaccine. The exception is rabies, for which minimum duration of immunity studies have demonstrated (because they are required for licensing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA]) that protective immunity is present in a similar percentage of dogs whether three years after rabies vaccination or one year after vaccination. Certain one‚?'year rabies products have become three‚?'year products by extending the interval of time before challenge studies were done. Until 1995, the USDA did not require minimum duration of immunity studies for any vaccine other than rabies, so the recommendation for annual vaccination is not based on one year's being the duration of immunity.

The one year recommendation was not determined by any scientifically validated studies nor will one find in the literature publications that demonstrate a need for annual vaccination with many of the products in use. Furthermore, we do not know if there would be any difference in immunity between animals that are vaccinated annually or animals vaccinated only once every three years when challenged. We do know that many animals, when revaccinated with viral vaccines, do not show a four‚?'fold or greater increase (the minimum change required for significance) in their antibody titers (unpublished observations from my studies with viruses such as CDV, CPV‚?'2, CAV‚?'2, FPLV, and FCV). For example, in a study we performed with 106 dogs that had been vaccinated for CPV 2 within the last one to four years, only one dog had a significant increase (four‚?'fold) in its CPV 2 antibody titer, and that dog had a very low titer (1:40) before vaccination. Therefore, revaccination frequently doesn't lead to an enhanced antibody response, because the vaccine virus is neutralized before it can reach the memory B or T cells.

An important question to ask yourself is: "What do we do to ensure that children who are vaccinated at an early age, usually less than 6 years of age, still have immunity at 20, 40, 60, or 90 years of age?" Nothing! We don't measure titers in people, and we don't routinely vaccinate adults. We rely on the memory cells of the immune system. Since vaccines for people are similar in many ways to canine or feline vaccines, since the immune system of a person is similar to that of an animal, and since immunity persists for the life of a person (average 70+/ years), then why wouldn't immunity from canine or feline vaccines persist for 10 to 15 years? The answer is that many canine and feline vaccines do provide the same lifelong immunity. However, just as there are certain human vaccines that provide short‚?'term immunity (e.g. Vibrio cholera vaccine) there are certain canine vaccines (e.g. leptospira) and feline vaccines (e.g. chlamydia) with only short‚?'term immunity.

Very recently it was reported that dogs vaccinated with CDV at an early age then moved to a country free of distemper had CDV antibody titers as long as 10 years later. Similar observations had been made previously, but the dogs were not in a distemper‚?'free environment. My own observations and those of Dr. Leland Carmichael show that dogs not only have CDV antibody but are completely protected from infection when challenged five to seven years after vaccination. CDV antibody titer correlates directly with protection in these studies, and dogs with virus neutralization titers of > 1:20 had sterile immunity (were protected from infection).

Therefore, when dogs with immunity to CDV are challenged with virulent virus one year after vaccination, more than 90% of the dogs have protective levels of antibody, and if the dogs were challenged seven years after vaccination, greater than 90% would still be immune based on protective titers (R.D. Schultz: Unpublished data, 1984).

If cats were challenged with feline herpes virus one year after vaccination we might expect protection from disease in about 65 to 70% of the cats. And if challenged three years after vaccination, 50 to 60% of the cats likely would be protected. This level of protection in cats is based on limited observations in a cattery and is not based on scientifically controlled studies. However, challenge information will soon be available on cats vaccinated more than seven years earlier from a study by Dr. Fred Scott. Dr. Scott recently documented the duration of immunity to several feline viruses, as determined by the presence of antibody. In his study kittens were given two doses of killed vaccines containing FPLV, feline herpes virus, and FCV. These cats, raised in an isolated environment, have had antibody titers to the three vaccines that have persisted for at least six years. These results demonstrate that even when killed vaccines are used, the immune system continues to be stimulated in the absence of infection and that memory cells as well as certain effector B and T cells are present for at least six years. Furthermore, these cats, because they have memory cells as well as effector T helper and B cells, would be expected to resist challenge to virus as effectively as cats that had been vaccinated annually. What is remarkable about these studies is that a killed vaccine generally produces a shorter duration of immunity than does an MLV vaccine.

The duration of immunity study in cats should demonstrate that even killed vaccines provide immunity far beyond the one year currently recommended for revaccination. How do I know this is the case before the challenge studies are performed? Because we know there is a direct correlation between antibody titer and protection from infection with FPLV and FCV. Protective antibody titers for FPLV are > 1:100, and the cats in this study have maintained titers higher than 1:1,000 for seven years. And protection from FCV can be demonstrated in cats with titers less than those in the cats in this study.

Local (mucosal) antibody and T and B memory cells will be more important than systemic antibody to protect against herpes virus infection and disease, so systemic titers do not correlate with protection. However, since this disease most often occurs in young cats with poorly developed immune systems and there is an age‚?'related increased resistance in older animals, it may be that the 7‚?'year‚?'old non vaccinated control cats will not even develop significant disease and that the vaccinates will have memory cells, so they should have even greater protection.

Similarly, I have found that adult dogs vaccinated twice with an MLV CPV 2 vaccine one to four years earlier as pups were completely immune when naturally challenged with CPV 2 virus. The exposure occurred during a severe outbreak of CPV 2 disease that lasted six months and killed a high percentage of pups less than 12 weeks of age (R.D. Schultz: Unpublished data, 1989). The adult dogs did not become sick and did not have evidence of infection, so the dogs had maintained sterile immunity for up to four years after vaccination. This is not to suggest that adult vaccinated dogs do not become infected or diseased when exposed to pathogens such as CPV‚?'2 or CDV at a later age but that those few adult animals that do may become infected and diseased whether or not they have been revaccinated annually. The adult animals that become diseased may have a compromised immune system or for various reasons may have failed to develop immunity even after multiple vaccinations. Annual vaccination for diseases caused by CDV, CPV‚?'2, FPLV, and FeLV has not been shown to provide a level of immunity any different from the immunity in an animal vaccinated and immunized at an early age and challenged years later.

Vet Med 93[3]:233-254 Mar'98 45 Refs

Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, Dipl. ACVM (honorary)

Department of Pathobiological Sciences

School of Veterinary Medicine

University of Wisconsin‚?'Madison

Madison, WI 53706

Here's a post from Dr. Blake a holistic/homeopathic vet that explains it...

All of the dogs I have treated for Kennel cough have all been vaccinated since the availability of vaccines for kennel cough. Once I stopped recommending them, the percentage of dogs who got kennel cough dropped dramatically 90+%. When intranasal vaccines came out it got worse. My experience has been that the intranasal can cause chronic URD and sinusitis conditions. The disease is self limiting and easily treated with homeopathy and nutritional support. My advise has been not to vaccinate for this disease and let them develop their own natural immunity. Normally the disease lasts from a few days to 2 weeks depending on the vital force of the dog.

Stephen Blake, DVM, CVA, CVH


By: Dr. John Fudens, D.V.M.

I would like to give you, the reader, the truth about the so called required vaccinations, particularly rabies. There are two basic forms of law. One is the legal Constitutional and Common law that this country was founded on, and the other is "colorable" law passed by Administrative agencies/bureaucrats who have been given so called authority to pass laws. Black's Law Dictionary 5th Edition defines colorable law as "That which is in appearance only, and not in reality, what purports to be, hence counterfeit, feigned, having the appearance of truth." Yes, I study the law, am a paralegal, and have an extensive law library.

So any and all mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law, in that they have been passed and mandated upon the pet owning public by certain vested interest groups. Who are these groups? First and foremost are veterinarians, in general, and veterinarian medical organizations. Second are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats and politicians. What are their reasons? GREED, POWER AND CONTROL. Both these large powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly by having rabies mandated by colorable law.

Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross income and profit from vaccines given in the office. On average vaccines cost 60 to 95 cents per dose and are charged to the client at $15 to $25 per injection and substantially more in the large cities. Therefore, if veterinarians lobby to have a colorable law passed to give rabies vaccine every year that enhances their financial picture.

The veterinary medical societies, by working with other groups and area politicians, are rewarded by increased prestige and professional standing in the community. After all we are protecting you from the dreaded disease rabies, whether it exists or not. Some areas of the country are more enlightened and fortunate to have the rabies vaccine mandated every three years. You can be assured the rise of rabies is never taken into account as to whether the vaccine should be required or not. More on this later. The local government personnel benefit by extending more control over our lives, enriching the public treasury with fees, tags and fines, and giving the appearance that local government is doing something about animal populations, disease and risks to the public. Since rabies vaccines have been mandated, what county or area has seen less dog and cat bites, better animal control, more public awareness and educating of pet owning responsibility, better birth control of unwanted animals, less euthanasia of animals and decreased growth of animal control facilities?

These special groups and lobbies will use any argument, realistic or not, to justify their position. They are excellent at using the media to spread the lies and distortions. Examples: We have increased numbers of dogs biting people, pitbulls attacking and killing children are on the increase, more dogs and cats are running loose terrorizing neighborhoods, killing wildlife and other domestic stock, nausaem. The only thing rabies vaccination is for is the protection from rabies virus, all other justifiers for the vaccine fall under human control and exist because there are a certain number of humans, connected to animals, who are irresponsible. Rabies is spread by the bite of an infected animal. The number of dog/cat bite cases in the U.S. that expose humans to rabies is as rare as shark attacks. This low incident rate has nothing to do with mandatory vaccination as the number of cases was low before the mandatory requirement.

Let me give you an example of Pinellas County, FL where my Affinity Clinic is located. I secured information from Pinellas Animal Control through the Freedom of Information Act. The record of animal control starts in 1964. From 1964 to 1978 there were zero cases of dog rabies in the county. Magically in 1978 rabies vaccine was mandated to be given every year and all dogs tagged and licensed. WHY? Well it seems four veterinarians, with animal control bureaucrats, pushed the county board of supervisors to pass a law mandating rabies vaccination every year. There were three local vets and one professor from the State Veterinary College who were behind this. It was interesting reading their letters pushing this law and the minutes of the county meeting. There was talk of dogs biting people (no actual figures given), dogs running loose, animal overpopulation, rabies on the increase in the U.S. (the increase was in wildlife, not dogs), etc.,etc. Not once was the issue discussed that there was no rabies in the county in dogs. To this date there still has not been one case of dog rabies, including the population of dogs whose owners, GOD BLESS THEM, do not vaccinate for rabies. Let's go further.

From 1964 to 1989 there were no cases of rabies in cats in Pinellas County. Magically in 1989 a law was passed mandating rabies vaccination, tags and licenses for all cats. Same tired worn out excuses were used. Since the 1989 law there was one cat with rabies contracted from the bite of a bat. DO YOU READERS REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I HAVE JUST STATED? This is standard throughout the Country. No allowance is made for dogs/cats who never leave the house or yard, could never be exposed to rabies under any circumstances, or who are so ill, old or at the end of their life cycle that the rabies vaccine would throw them over the edge. No, all dogs and cats are treated the same because we have the bogeyman, rabies, stalking the streets waiting to strike unprotected dogs and cats.

Is there rabies in this Country? You bet. Are there areas of this Country that have rabies in their wildlife population and do some dogs/cats become infected? You bet. But let's be realistic. Rabies has been on this earth long before man walked here and will be here long after we are gone. The only way to get rid of rabies is to remove mankind and the upper animals susceptible to the virus. Then maybe the virus will die off. It is a self limiting disease in the wild as it is fatal. So the virus has an extremely hard time spreading far and wide.

What is wrong with targeting those areas of the Country that have a problem with rabies using a realistic and specially formulated program that will protect the population at risk? Too logical and the special groups don't make any money. Why not educate the pet owner to the risks and dangers and let them decide whether the immune system damage from rabies vaccination is greater or lesser than contracting the disease. We do have a God given Constitutionally secured right to LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Public health officials always have the right to mandate emergency health care procedures in case the public, in general does not respond properly. But why should every day, month and year be as if an emergency or crisis exists? And why should we have more and more control of our lives taken from us?

The vaccines, particularly rabies, are a political and economic scam being forced upon pet owners because they do not know the truth. Rabies, nationwide, is nowhere near the problem the veterinarians, media, politicians and bureaucrats would like you to believe. If you wish more of the truth go to your local city or county government building and look up the codes and statutes concerning vaccines and rabies. Get figures from local animal control for rabies in dogs, cats and wildlife in your area. Then you can start to fight back, take control of your life, and protect your pet from the only dreaded disease that is important‚?'‚?'special interest groups pushing their program leading to vaccine induced damaged immune systems. Only you can set yourself free.

Current Veterinary Therapy by Kirk, the textbook bible for veterinarians in general, has an article on canine and feline vaccines by two researchers. Near the end of the article is a paragraph called Annual Vaccinations. It states "The practice of annual vaccinations lacks scientific validity or verification. There is no immunological requirement for annual vaccinations. The practice of annual vaccinations should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law." Sure, if we can't manipulate you with annual vaccinations let's pass a law to get you into the office. Nice trick!

Well reader, it is your choice. I can only hope to stimulate you to look and go further. You don't have to take this suppression. Fight back. The only thing you have to lose is your freedom and you have already lost a great deal of it. I can fight with you but I can't do it alone. Dr. Fudens can be contacted at the Affinity Holistic Clinic, 1171 Lakeview Road, Clearwater, Florida. Phone: (813) 446-3603. Our Pets: Vaccine Alternative

by Donna M. Raditic, D.V.M.

"Titering" is a blood test that is drawn from your pet and sent to a lab to measure the current protective immunity your pet has maintained from prior vaccinations or exposure. Currently, we can routinely titer for canine distemper, lyme and parvo and feline panleukopenia and herpes. Adequate titers demonstrating protective levels may replace the need for annual vaccinations against some diseases.


Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for years that vaccinations are doing harm. Aside from the immediate risk if vaccination side effects such as allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock, there are more compelling reasons to avoid vaccinations whenever possible.

Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system. Attenuated organisms or chemically killed viruses or bacteria are injected directly into the blood stream via subcutaneous or intramuscular injection, an unnatural route of infection. This profound insult, avoids the body's first line of defenses, flooding the system with millions of organisms or viral particles, causing irregularities and abnormalities in the immune system which then manifest as chronic diseases in animals. The overall effect, while potentially protecting the individual from a specific, acute disease, is to weaken or create imbalance in the immune system so that underlying tendencies to disease are brought to the surface. In other words, vaccinations represent a major stress. Following vaccinations we often see chronic problems begin such as epilepsy, skin allergies, persistent upper respiratory infections, irritable bowel syndromes, auto-immune diseases and cancer, just to name a few. What we are now seeing are generations of over‚?'vaccinated animals and these current offspring are suffering the penalty of this medical abuse. Where vaccinations have helped in eradicating or reducing the incidence of severe, acute disease processes, the result has been to plague humanity with more insidious, chronic diseases that are difficult to treat or even cure and that lower the quality of life for many individual and animals.

After twenty years or practicing veterinary medicine, I am observing chronic diseases that begin much earlier than before. Cancer before five years of age in dogs and cats was a rarity and now it's not unusual to see fatal cancers in two and three year old animals. And the incidence of number of cases is definitely increasing. While poor breeding practices, poor commercial diets and other environmental factors play their part, I believe it is the practice of vaccinating an animal repeatedly with multiple vaccinations throughout their lifespan that factors the most. We have genetically weakened our companions with this practice. A normal dog or cat living to twelve years of age will receive at least twenty and possible thirty vaccinations during their lifetime. Fifteen or so of these shots will have four to seven disease fractions present in each vaccination. In all of this, balance in nature has been lost to the pharmaceutical‚?'medical complex's philosophy, propelled in great part by monetary factors, that all vaccinations are beneficial and that vaccinating is always better than not vaccinating. Risk of Exposure should be the main guideline for consideration of whether to vaccinate and what to vaccinate against.

If your cats are indoor only or if your dogs' outside activities are on a leash or within a fenced area under supervision, there is little risk. The other considerations for a vaccine's use are its proven safety, its effectiveness, and is the disease serious or life threatening that the vaccine is used for.

Remember, VACCINES ARE NOT HARMLESS. Only vaccinate if the threat is real. The following are some of my recommendations concerning your companions' health in choosing whether to vaccinate.

1. If you can, don't vaccinate puppies under three months of age. Vaccinations are much more stressful on the underdeveloped immune system. Also, these vaccinations are much less effective at providing immunity before three months of age.

If you feel you must vaccinate, do so with one vaccination of Distemper at three months, followed by a vaccination for Parvovirus at four months of age, and stop with that. If you can't find a single Distemper vaccine use the Distemper measles combination. Use killed vaccines only.

2. Kittens should only be vaccinated for Panleukopenia and not before three months of age. All other vaccinations should be avoided. One vaccine is sufficient.

3. Puppies and kittens can be given homeopathic nosodes beginning at three weeks of age, if there is a potential for exposure to Distemper, Parvovirus, or Panleukopenia. These nosodes can be used until vaccinations are given or continued periodically for the first year of life, if vaccinations are not given. Common sense should be used in avoiding exposure of very young animals to other, possible unhealthy, animals of the same species.

4. Booster vaccinations are completely unnecessary. Studies are now showing that these vaccinations are effective for many years and most probably for life. Vaccinated animals do not need any boosters. Homeopathic nosodes can be given periodically if you are concerned or if you think your animals live a high risk, life style.

5. Rabies Vaccinations should be given as dictated by state laws. Lyssin, the homeopathic nosode, should be given within a few hours after the vaccination. Clearly, the rabies vaccination is effective for many years more than state laws require booster vaccination.

6. Booster vaccinations can cause SEVERE set‚?'backs when an animal is being treated homeopathically for chronic problems. They can completely erase any progress that has been made towards improving an animal's health.

7. My personal recommendation is NOT to vaccinate at all. The best road to good health is feeding a diet rich in fresh foods, raw meats for the carnivores, and avoiding vaccinations and allopathic medications. Antibiotics and other allopathic drugs should only be used in situations where their use is clearly indicated, and this should be only in potentially, life‚?'threatening situations. Every time you suppress a symptom the body produces, you are potentially lowering the health status of the body system. Treating with the correctly prescribed, homeopathic remedy, herbs, or other non-invasive therapies, not of a chemical nature, will enhance your health and your companions health.

8. Commercial diets should be carefully chosen. Your companion is at the mercy of your good or poor judgement in selecting foods. Cats and dogs which have free access to the outside can to some degree supplement their diet. Otherwise, they are totally dependent on you. Science diets and Hill's dog and cat food products are not good diets. They use chemical preservatives that have been shown to cause problems in some animals, and they use by‚?'products, which are words on the ingredient label that need to be avoided at all costs. This generally means food not utilized for human consumption. If you feed a carefully selected commercial food, some supplementation with fresh food is necessary to maximize your companions' health. Raw poultry, beef, lamb, or rabbit and occasionally liver should be added to the diet at least three times per week, and fresh vegetables in small amounts should also be offered. 9. The best diet is a RAW FOOD DIET and we have recipes. There are also many good books with recipes for raw diets.

Definition of Homeopathic Nosodes (Pronounced no'‚?'sodes), are remedies or medicines made from the disease itself and are diluted or potentized so only the energy exists. They are administered orally. So far, experience has shown no problem with side effects if the animal has been healthy. The following is Dr Loops recommended schedule for Nosodes



[Begin or give nosodes on same day of each week] A dose of nosode is 4-6 drops of the nosode on the tongue.

WEEK ONE Give 30C Parvo Nosode once [twice] daily for 2 days

WEEK TWO Give 30C Parvo Nosode once daily for 5 days

WEEK THREE Give 200C Parvo Nosode once

WEEK FOUR Give 30C Distemper Nosode [twice] daily for 2 days

WEEK FIVE Give 30C Distemper Nosode once

WEEK SIX Give 200C Distemper Nosode once


WEEK EIGHT Give 200C Parvo Nosode once


WEEK TEN Give 200C Distemper Nosode once

WEEK FOURTEEN Give 1M Parvo Nosode

WEEK EIGHTEEN Give 1M Distemper Nosode

Repeat the 1m doses every 4 months with one month in between the parvo and distemper nosodes. After several repetitions the schedule can be stopped at one to two years of age depending on the potential exposure.

For nosode kennel cough protection, give the 200C nosode once daily for two days, follow with one dose two weeks later. Wait until 6 months of age to begin. Repeat every 3‚?'6 months depending on potential for exposure.

For nosode Heartworm protection, give the 200C nosode once daily for two days, follow with one dose two weeks later. Repeat once dose every 6 weeks.

More reading:

Research, reports etc are at CHC's web site: www.asr‚?' If you do not wish to vaccinate your pet with vaccines required by law you can get a waiver from your veterinarian. If your dog has had problems with vaccinations in the past, you can BY LAW be waived from the vaccination requirement. Here's the quote: (1) The owner or person having the care and custody of an animal that is in or has a physical condition that precludes the safe immunization or reimmunization of the animal against rabies is exempt from the requirement of this Regulation where,

(a) a statement of exemption is issued by a veterinarian with respect to the animal that sets out the reason why the animal cannot be immunized or reimmunized; and

(b) the animal is controlled in such a manner as to preclude its being exposed to rabies. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 567, s. 8 (1).

You will find this here:

These waivers are supposed to be accepted at obedience/agility classes and at the border. If you are traveling call ahead to confirm this. This particular copy applies to Ontario but it is my understanding that all provinces/states have made similar allowances to protect themselves from being sued should a dog have a fatal reaction to a vaccine due to being forced by law to have that vaccine. By having made these allowances they protect themselves by putting the responsibility on the owner to know this law and to use correct judgement in the administration of vaccines and the animals overall state of health. Many people don‚?Tt even know that these exemption allowances exist.

You can also ask a holistic/homeopathic vet to sign a note like this for your dog:

To Whom It May Concern:

This Doberman (any breed) named _____________ has had all the vaccinations that I deem appropriate for the species.

(signed - vet) Canine Health Concern - committed to reaching out to dog lovers everywhere, so that their friends live long & healthy lives.