love our pets. When we get a new puppy or kitten or a pet that has no medical
history, one of the first things we do is take them to the Vet. Our Vet checks
them over and starts them on a series of vaccinations. Then every year like
clockwork, you get that little postcard in the mail saying it's time to bring
them back for their annual immunization. Some Vets sincerely believe your pet
should be vaccinated yearly and for others it is a marketing tool and not in the
best interest of your pet. Some vaccinations are even legally enforced in some
states;. i.e., rabies vaccinations is generally administered every three years.
STOP! If this is the viscous cycle you are in, you may be causing more harm to
your pet then good. Once your pet is initially vaccinated, they should carry
the immunity in their system for a lifetime. Rabies is the only exception and
should be kept on their regular schedule.
Talk to your vet about the vaccinations and what they are for. Is your pet
getting vaccinated for something that isn't even present in your area.
Dr. Judkins, a Holistic Vet from the Hawthorn Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR
believes pets are over immunized. He would like to see pets only immunized for
what they need, like Leptospirosis, Parvo, and Distemper. If you can split the
vaccinations up over a period of time, it is easier on your pet and their immune
system. Once they get their vaccinations, you should never have to revaccinate
again; it should last them the rest of their life-with the exception of Rabies.
"Once a pet is vaccinated, I have never seen a case where they are infected with
that disease, but I have seen pets suffer from too many vaccinations." If you
are unsure if you should vaccinate or not, you can get a titer test that will
tell you what antibodies are built up in your pet's system.
What are the problems that are associated with over vaccinations. There are
many. Over immunization has led to immune suppression leading to arthritis, skin
diseases, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, epileptic seizures, loss of
motor control, cancer, and even death.
There are other things you can due to help build your dogs immune system. Diet
and supplements play a key role in keeping the immune system strong. Be careful
as to the amount of chemicals your pet is exposed to, including flea/tick
Sometimes it is a hard choice to make. We want to do the best for our pets and
trust our Vets to give us the best information. If you have concerns the next
time your pet is up for vaccinations, check with your holistic Vet and make a
more educated decision as to what is in the best interest of your pet.
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