The value of vaccinations has been a major controversy for some time. Many people and animals that receive vaccinations often time become ill. An increasing number of people are questioning the wisdom of traditional medicine’s vaccination protocol. Many dogs become listless, don’t maintain their appetite, and are basically out of kilter. This observation happens more with puppies and senior dogs. A vaccination is made up of bacteria or a virus of a specific disease. It has been weakened or killed so it is no longer active. It is expected then that the body’s immune system will develop antibodies against that specific disease. Repeated vaccinations may well be causing an increase in the development of autoimmune diseases in dogs and people. These diseases include asthma, allergies, warts, tumors, and irritable bowel disease. Many holistic veterinarians recommend that dog owners vaccinate their pets for diseases prevalent where they live and only use the killed or modified live vaccines. In addition, it seems wise to repeat the vaccinations less frequently than recommended by the manufacturer. More common sense suggests that giving only one vaccination at a time may prevent overwhelming a dog’s immune system.
If vaccinations are required by law in your state, then your options are more limited. Any decision to discontinue your dog’s vaccinations is a serious matter and should be discussed with your holistic vet. Vaccinations do carry with them some risk, but so too do the diseases they are designed to prevent. Distemper and parvovirus are two diseases that require protection and need the help from the vaccines. Do not leave your dog unprotected but be smart with your decisions to not over vaccinate. it is also wise to prepare your dog for the visit to the vet. Never vaccinate a sick or injured dog or even one that is just a little under the weather. An extra dose of vitamin C before and after the vaccination will help to prepare them for the treatment.
posted by Rob Mueller