~ Vaccinations ~
By now, most in-tune dog owners know that vaccines are damaging to their pets. But, at the same time, they fear their dog getting one of the diseases that there is a vaccine for. So, the real question is, do the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks?
The dangers of vaccinating
First off, let's see what the risks of using vaccines are. Is it just a lot of hype or is real damage being caused by vaccinating?
Vaccines have been associated with a wide range of problems, both behaviourally and health-wise. It may be an instantaneous allergic reaction to the vaccine itself or some other blatantly obvious harm such as Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia or encephalitis. Or the damage may be more hidden such as behavioural problems linked to an otherwise unexplained increase in fear/aggression. Vaccines have also been blamed for such chronic diseases as arthritis, epilepsy, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, diabetes, allergies (to food or environment), skin problems and bowel disorders including IBD/IBS. Moreover, tumours have been found at the site of vaccine injections in some animals. Additionally, the vaccine may actually cause the disease it was supposed to prevent!
This is quite a lot to take in so pause a moment and re-read the previous paragraph.
This isn't just hype. It can be backed up with various studies and heaps of anecdotal evidence. Vaccines are the cause of a lot of problems we see in our pets today.
Have you been the proud owner of a confident, out-going puppy who starts having fear issues after her puppy shots? The puppy who normally took everything in her stride is now afraid of things such as umbrellas, bicycles, prams and is handshy of strangers. She is even wary of people she knows and nervously backs off. Later on this puppy develops multiple ear i nfections, itchy skin and digestive troubles such as lack of appetite, weight loss and bouts of watery diarrhea. This happened with one of my dogs as a teenager and it began my being wary of vaccines even then.
The presumed intent of a vaccination is to help build immunity to potentially harmful organisms that cause illness and disease. However, the body’s immune system is already designed to do this in response to organisms which invade the body naturally.
Most disease-causing organisms enter your body through the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, pulmonary system or your digestive tract – not through an injection.
These mucous membranes have their own immune system, called the IgA immune system. It is a different system from the one activated when a vaccine is injected into the body. Your dog’s IgA immune system is his/her body’s first line of defense. Its job is to fight off invading organisms at their entry points, reducing or even eliminating the need for activation of your body’s immune system. When a virus is injected into the body in a vaccine, and especially when combined with an immune adjuvant or two or three, the IgA immune system is bypassed and the body’s immune system kicks into high gear in response to the vaccination. Injecting organisms into the body to provoke immunity is contrary to nature, and vaccination carries enormous potential to do serious damage to your dog’s health.
Do vaccines prevent disease?
The short answer to that is NO, the immune system does. The vaccine works on the theory that if the animal is exposed to the disease, the immune system will create antibodies and not succumb to the disease if exposed to it at a later date. That much is correct. The problem with vaccines is that firstly, as mentioned above, they by-pass the dog's primary line of defense - the mucous membranes in the nose and mouth. Dogs should build up their immunity naturally by sniffing areas other dogs have been. This way they receive microscopic amounts of the disease into their system the natural way. Their body mounts a defense and the dog develops immunity without becoming ill in any way. This is called "street immunity" and experts say that in preventing disease its at least as effective as vaccines are, possibly more so.
The second problem is the other ingredients in the vaccine. Cells from such creatures as monkeys, cows, sheep, ducks, chicken and rabbit are completely foreign to a dog's bloodstream. Other more dangerous ingredients are also contained in vaccines, such as mercury, formaldehyde and antifreeze. Combination vaccines assault an animal's body with a variety of diseases at one time. A dog would never naturally come in contact with 5 or more diseases at the exact same moment in time. This has caused some people to reconsider and give vaccines which only contain one disease. However, even this is unnatural and bypasses the bodies built-in defenses in the nose and mouth. These act as filters but are totally ignored by injecting the disease straight in to the dog.
Won't my puppy get SICK?
Many concerned people fear their puppies coming down with Parvovirus or Distemper. But where did Canine Parvo come from in the first place? It is not a "wild" disease. It was created when the wild-type Feline Parvovirus was adapted to canine cells during the production of a live FPV vaccine for cats. This disease was made because of vaccine-production. As regarding distemper, Dr. Ron Schultz Ph.D. (professor and chair of pathobiological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine) is reported as having said that distemper would have died out years ago if we hadn't vaccinated our dogs for it in the first place. The vaccine regime is keeping the virus in the ecosystem. Did you know that the Leptospirosis vaccine has more adverse effects reported than all other canine vaccines combined?
What about Kennel Cough? A lot of people fear their dog getting this at a show. The kennel cough complex (bordatella, parainfluenza, CAV-1) is a set of treatable diseases similar to a cold. Would you vaccinate your child against the common cold before letting him go to a party? Of course not. You know that even IF he catches that cold, he'll be fine in a few days and its not worth the risk of the damage the vaccine could cause. Its the same with a healthy dog. Truly healthy dogs will easily fight off any disease or parasite it may come in contact with. So its up to us, as their loving owners, to ensure they are as healthy as can be.
We need to help strengthen their immune systems, not compromise it by vaccinating them.
So what should I do to prevent disease if I don't vaccinate?
First and foremost, make your dog the healthiest dog he can be. Feed him the best Species Appropriate Raw Food (SARF) diet you can.
Keep him toxin free; no chemicals in, on or around him. That means no harsh chemical flea or tick preventatives or wormers. It means not using lawn chemicals or harmful cleaning products near him. Only use a gentle, chemical-free shampoo on him.
Build up his health by giving him supplements and treating him constitutionally as needed by a vetrinary naturopath, holistic veterinarian or professional classical homeopath.
The other thing that is absolutely essential is education.
Figure out which diseases you are most concerned about and learn everything you can about them. Find out what the early symptoms are, how long the incubation period is and so on. Have supplies on hand that can help sustain and support the pup until you get him to the vet. All of this is vital whether you vaccinate or not. For your own piece of mind, I hope you will learn about alternative and natural treatments.
I recommend The Whole Dog website and listening to Animal Talk Naturally Online Radio Show
Here are links to a three part series done with Patricia
Monahan Jordan, DVM,CVA,CTCVH & Herbology on the facts of vaccination dangers and a protocol for those still too fearful to stop vaccinating yet:
Here are just a few articles and links to websites about vaccinating
There are several great e-groups and forums such as:
Natural Health Care For Dogs
Truth About Vaccines
Au Natural K9s
The above email groups will help you learn more about a raw diet the dangers of vaccinations and connect with some long-time raw feeders and non-vaccinators as well as how to keep your house and yard chemical free. It may be a real eye-opener for you!
Another way to research and learn more about natural health for your Boston Terrier is to request a Consultation with Dr Jeannie or another veterinary naturopath or true holistic veterinarian.
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