While I’ve come across large numbers of (almost all) veterinarians that make lots and lots and lots of money selling pet foods at their clinics that will never make a sick animal healthy but will make a healthy animal sick because these foods don’t come close to resembling what a carnivore (dog) and obligate carnivore (cat) would eat in the wild, another huge, huge, huge, huge money-maker that’s out of control in the veterinarian profession (for both vets and pharmaceutical companies) is vaccinations.
I’ve actually had a call (as many of you may have) from a veterinarian’s office telling me that it’s time for my pet’s “annual shots” (this for a cat that passed away two years before!).
Many of you, as responsible pet parents have had a good feeling leaving the veterinarian’s office thinking your vet is looking out for the best interest of your animal companions, and the $200 of your hard-earned money you just plunked down on having Fluffy and Fido vaccinated will protect them from a host of diseases. You’ll be rethinking that after reading on!
Listen to the experts on the subject of pet vaccinations:
The Big Picture
“Routine vaccinations are probably the worst thing we can do for our animals. They cause all types of illnesses…” Dr. Christina Chambreau, DVM, ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“I think that vaccinations are the leading killers of dogs and cats in America today.” Dr. Mike Kohn, DVM ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“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.” Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D
“From one’s experience in the medical field you can put one and one together and realize that when we do see ill animals, those illnesses often occur right after vaccination.” Dr. Michael Goldberg, DVM, ‘Vets Say Shots May be Deadly’ Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
“The CVMA recognizes that vaccination protocols based on label recommendations are…largely unsupported by controlled scientific studies for duration of immunity or protections from disease. As such, the protocols are only guidelines for use.” Statement issued by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association on vaccine protocols.
“A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccination. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy…” Current Veterinary Therapy XI, a 1992 conventional veterinary textbook, in a section on dog and cat vaccinations written by Ron Schulz, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison and Tom Phillips, DVM, Scripps Institute.
“Veterinarians are charging customers $36 million a year for vaccinations that are not necessary. Not only are these vaccines unnecessary, they’re causing harm to pets.” Dr. Bob Rogers, DVM
“You may be a party to a potential class action lawsuit arising from the misrepresentation of the need for vaccinations for your pets.” Dr. Bob Rogers, DVM..
“Consider this… One dose of rabies vaccine costs the vet about 61 cents. The client is typically charged between $15 and $38, plus a $35 office visit. The markup on the vaccine alone is 2,400 percent to 6,200 percent—a markup equivalent to charging $217 for a loaf of bread. According to one estimate, removing the one-year rabies vaccination and consequential office visit for dogs alone would decrease the average small vet’s income from $87,000 to $25,000—and this doesn’t include cats or other vaccinations.”.
According to James Schwartz, author of Trust Me, I’m Not a Veterinarian, 63 percent of canine and 70 percent of feline vet office visits are for vaccinations. Clearly, radically changing the vaccine schedule for dogs and cats would result in a huge economic loss for any veterinary practice that is built around shots. And chances are the vaccines you are paying so much for are creating even more income for vets, because the adverse reactions and other medical issues caused by the vaccines keep Fluffy coming back often!
Vaccines Schedules…Where’s the Science?
“…that protocol has been totally arbitrary. It’s not based on the duration of immunity studies. The public and veterinarians have become oversold on the vaccine as a cure-all.” Dr. Dennis Macy, vaccine specialist at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions. The percentage of vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in the study was greater than 95%.” Dr. Ronald Schultz is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison.
“Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM a veterinary hematologist and immunologist in greater Los Angeles says annual vaccines began to be prescribed in the 1950’s…Back then, she says, drug companies got together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and decided without any scientific test to support their position that vaccines should be administered once a year. ‘When the public found out, they were horrified’ she said. ‘That this was never based on any scientific fact’.” ‘Vets Say Shots May be Deadly’ Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
“According to the landmark 1992 study by veterinarians, Dr. Tom Philips and Dr. Ronald Schultz, the practice of giving animals vaccines lacks any scientific validity whatsoever. ‘Almost without exception, there’s no immunological requirement for annual re-vaccination’ they said in their study entitled Canine and Feline Vaccines.” ‘Vets Say Shots May be Deadly’ Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
“Rob Ashburner, a former president of The BC Veterinary Medical Association is more blunt, ‘There is no hard scientific evidence to say if vaccines should be given every year or three years or five years or once in a lifetime (or at all?)… no one knows and it’s not in the interest of drug companies who make billions manufacturing pet vaccines to find out.” Vets Say Shots May be Deadly’ Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
“I believe that before we continue to inject foreign substances year after year into our pets which I believe can cause them harm, that we should first make sure they absolutely need it. If they don’t, why do it?” Dr. Michael Goldberg, DVM, ‘Vets Say Shots May be Deadly’ Nicholas Read, Vancouver Sun
“If 25% of my business were vaccinations, I would be potentially reluctant to decrease that and only vaccinate every few years.” Dr. Michael Goldberg, DVM
“In fact, the only reason they (vaccinations) continue to be recommended annually is that that is how long drug manufacturers guarantee their efficacy. They should last longer, but no one knows, and its not in the interest of drug companies, who make billions manufacturing pet vaccines to find out. Dr. Robert Ashburner, former President of the BC Veterinary Medical Association and former president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
“We should not allow politics and tradition or greed to enter the decision (on frequency of vaccination). Changing vaccination schedules doesn’t have to mean less profit, but that you have more income from some clients and less from others. Veterinarians and the industry need to have guts to be honest with ourselves and assess the risk and not be trapped in tradition.” Dr. Dennis Macy in “Are We Vaccinating Too Much?” AVMA Journal, 1995
“Routine vaccinations are probably the worst thing that we do for our animals. They cause all types of illnesses but not directly to where we would relate them definitely to be caused by the vaccine. Repeating vaccinations on a yearly basis undermines the whole energetic well-being of our animals. Animals do not seem to be decimated by one or two vaccines when they are young and veterinary immunologists tell us that viral vaccines need only be given once or twice in an animal’s life. First, there is no need for annual vaccinations and, second, they definitely cause chronic disease. As a homeopath, it is almost impossible to cure an animal without first addressing the problems that vaccines have caused to the animal, no matter what the species.” Dr. Christina Chambreau, DVM
Roger, if you want to add: “I have seen many chronic illnesses in dogs and cats following vaccine use. The chief problem is the vaccination routinely of those not really healthy to begin with. They do not respond well and become even more out of balance as a result. If the animal is healthy to start with and mature enough to respond appropriately, then one vaccination is sufficient for life immunity in most instances. It is far better to vaccinate for one thing at a time than combined, multiple diseases in one injection that are very unnatural and confuse the immune system.” Best to you, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD
Vaccine Induced Disease in Cats and Dogs
“Having been trained conventionally, I initially supported vaccinations, but my observations have gradually shown me that they create much more illness than they prevent. I recommend avoiding vaccination in almost all circumstances, as I believe it mainly creates illness rather than preventing illness.” Dr. Don Hamilton, DVM, a holistic veterinarian who has practiced for over 30 years, writes in Homeopathic Care for Dogs & Cats
“The first thing that must change with routine vaccinations is the myth that vaccines are not harmful. Veterinarians and animal guardians have to come to realize that they are not protecting animals from disease by annual vaccinations, but in fact, are destroying the health and immune systems of these same animals they love and care for. 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…. Vaccine induced chronic diseasesrange from life-threatening conditions such as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies.” Dr. Charles E Loops, DVM
“Our ongoing studies of dogs show that following routine vaccination, there is a significant level of antibodies dogs produce against their own tissues…Some of these antibodies have been shown to target the thyroid gland, the connective tissue such as that found in the valves of the heart, red blood cells, DNA etc.” Dr. Larry Glickman, VMD, PhD, ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“The vaccinated but not the non-vaccinated dogs in the Purdue studies developed auto-antibodies to many of their own bio-chemicals including fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, cytochrome C, cardiolipin and collagen.” ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“Introducing foreign material via subcutaneous or intramuscular injection is extremely upsetting. In response to the violation, there have been increased auto-immune diseases, epilepsy, neoplasia, as well as behavioral problems.” Dr. Mike Kohn DVM, ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“Many veterinarians trace the present problems with allergic and immunological diseases to the introduction of MLV vaccines.” Dr. Jean Dodds DVM, Veterinary Hematologist and Immunologist
“Immunization with an attenuated virus cannot prevent distemper. The author has treated many dogs which have developed distemper despite two or three injections of the preventative agent. He is of the opinion that fits, chorea, hysteria etc. in dogs have become more frequent since the use of distemper vaccine. Successful prevention will never be achieved by inoculation.” Dr. J. E. R. McDonagh, Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Bacteriologist, 1987
“When the dog owners who took part in the Canine Health Concerns Survey reported that their dogs developed short attention spans, 73.1% of the dogs did so within three months of a vaccine event. The same percentage of dogs were diagnosed with epilepsy not within three months of a shot but usually within days.” ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“… Canine Health Concerns 1997 study of 4,000 dogs showed a higher number of dogs developing mobility problems shortly after they were vaccinated.” ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“In August 2003, the Journal of Veterinary Medicine carried an Italian study which showed that dogs also develop vaccine induced cancers at their injection sites.” Dr. Charles E. Loop DVM
“The American Veterinary Medical Association Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated several studies to find out why 160,000 cats each year in the U.S.A. developed terminal cancer at their vaccine injection sites. The fact that cats can get vaccine induced cancer is acknowledged by veterinary bodies around the world…What do you imagine was the advice of the AVMA Task Force… ‘Carry on vaccinating’ … In America to mitigate the problem, they’re vaccinating cats in the tail or leg so that they can amputate when cancer appears… Great advice if it’s not your cat…”. ‘Science Behind Vaccine Damage’ by Catherine O’Driscoll, 2/24/09
“Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits.” Dr. Charles E. Loops DVM
“You take healthy animals and often very quickly after you vaccinate, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions and licking of the air. We see a lot of epilepsy/seizure, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently, you’ll see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you’ll start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination.” Dr. Dee Blanco, D.V.M
“In a general and frightening context, I see the overall health and longevity of animals deteriorating. The bodies of most animals have a tremendous capacity to detoxify poisons, but they do have a limit. I think we often exceed that limit and overwhelm the body’s immune system function with toxins from vaccines. The most common problems I see that are directly related to vaccines on a day to day basis are ear or skin conditions, such as chronic discharges and itching. I also see behavior problems such as fearfulness or aggression. Often guardians will report that these begin shortly after vaccination and are exacerbated with every vaccine.” Dr. Pat Bradley, DVM
Submitted by Roger Biduk
Like children, our pets rely on us as their guardians, to make safe and healthy choices for them. If your cat/dog is currently eating unhealthy treats and living on a “junk food” and potentially dangerous grocery store or veterinarian brand diet containing grains, corn, soy, wheat, by-products or other ingredients that are not part of their natural or ancestral diet, you must find a much more safe, healthy and natural choice!