Overview of the Dangers of Annual Dog Vaccinations

Puppy Getting Second VaccinationFor years we have been told to vaccinate our pets annually. We are told we must never miss a vaccine appointment or our pets could fall ill and die of the diseases covered by these vaccinations.

If I were to ask you how many times you have had a TB, Polio, Smallpox or MMR jabs. In most cases you would reply that you had only had them once, or in the case of MMR normally twice.

This is from the UK Government's vaccine protocols for humans:

“Live vaccines Live attenuated virus vaccines, such as MMR, usually promote a full, long-lasting antibody response after one or two doses.

Now full and long lasting sounds to me longer than a year?

The core vaccines dogs and cats get are live vaccines. Core vaccines show an excellent correlation between the presence of antibody and protective immunity to a disease, and have a long DOI (Duration of Immunity). Core annual vaccinations have been a cash cow to both the vaccine companies and the Vets that dispense them.

As long ago as 2004 a group of vets issued a Health Warning 30 leading UK based vets got together to issue a warning that said. 

"The present practice of marketing vaccinations for companion animals may constitute fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by silence and theft by deception" 

They should have added "and a threat to the life and wellbeing of your pet". That was 11 years ago and still I see my clients vaccination certificates stamped with annual core vaccines being dispensed. Where is the science that says dogs and cats need vaccinations regularly? There is none. 

That is against the BVAs guidelines (British Veterinary Association)  The biggest Vaccine supplier in the UK is Intervet.  It would normally be their vaccines used when you visit your Vet. Intervet clearly state, and have done for some time. The main core vaccines should not be more than once every three years.

That is a fairly bald statement. It does not suggest that the Vets should decide for themselves when they should vaccinate. I will repeat. Should not be more than once every three years. The BVA (British Veterinary Association, whom I contacted, stated to me

"The duration of immunity (DOI) for each medicine or product is different and veterinary surgeons must keep up to date with this information."  In 2010 the Veterinary Medicines Directorate  (VMD) wrote a letter to the two major veterinary publications Veterinary Record and Veterinary Times, explaining that recent trends in data mean that the DOIs for a number of common vaccinations (canine distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus) are now three to four years. This is information that veterinary surgeons will be aware of and will be following."

Therefore the Vets that are administering annual core vaccinations are clearly not following their professional body or the vaccine company’s guidelines. What would happen if a GP did that?

Vaccines can cause major health problems in our PetsSo Why Should it Concern Us
Vaccinations are believed to over stimulate the immune system, causing it to malfunction.

They are contraindicated for dogs with already suppressed immune systems.  Modified live Vaccine (MLVs) have the potential to revert to the virulent form of the disease. Also indicated are the following:

Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia
A dreadful disease that usually kills a dog within days. Progress of the disease closely resembles the last stages of AIDS. 
Scientists in America published a paper during 1997, saying that there is strong evidence to link this disease with ANY vaccine.

Dr Denis W Macey was reported in an American veterinary paper as saying that up to 22,000 cats develop cancer at the site of vaccination every year in the USA.

American cats are now being vaccinated in the tail or leg so that they can cut it off when it becomes cancerous.

Genetic defects 
Dr Larry Glickman at Purdue University has found that routinely vaccinated dogs develop auto-antibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals, including DNA. The significance of this study is immense. It means that vaccines cause genetic defects.

Thyroid disease
Can be caused by vaccines, and it then becomes an inheritable condition. Once a dog has underlying thyroid disease, he or she only needs a trigger - from a vaccine, an environmental pollutant, from stress, or from dietary inadequacies - to develop full-blown life-threatening autoimmune diseases.

Dr Jean Dodds, one of the world's foremost experts in canine vaccine reactions, writes: "Recent vaccinations with single or combination modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are increasingly recognised contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure, and organ dysfunction." ( Dr Dodds lists leukaemia, thyroid disease, Addison's disease, diabetes, and lymphoma as diseases that can be triggered by vaccines.

Yes, parvovirus was created by vaccines. This disease didn't exist prior to the 1970s. In fact, scientists tell us it was created by vaccine manufacturers who cultured the distemper vaccine on cat kidneys that were infected with feline enteritis. 

This cat-enteritis-diseased distemper vaccine was then injected into dogs, and parvovirus suddenly reared its ugly head around the world at the same time. A naturally occurring epidemic would spread slowly across continents. Parvovirus appeared with a big bang, in line with multi-national vaccine companies distribution policies.

There are numerous scientific studies linking arthritis with vaccination. Vaccine components have even been isolated in the bones of arthritis sufferers post vaccination.

There are many, many research papers showing a link between allergies and vaccines. Animals with a genetic predisposition to allergies ('people' from families with a history of irritable bowel syndrome/Crohns disease/enteritis, asthma, hay fever, eczema, attention deficit disorder, and so on), can become more allergic, or become highly sensitised, when you inject foreign proteins (serums and organ tissue contained in vaccines) into them. Flea bite allergy? Apparently that's caused totally by vaccine damage.

There is something called a Titer test is pronounced TIGHT er. Also called serology and antibody testing, is a simple blood test to ensure that a dog or cat has responded to vaccination with a specific “core” virus vaccine.  If those antibodies are there then then there is no reason to re-vaccinate your pets.

My protocol is this: vaccination at 8 and 10.5 weeks of age then a booster at one year old.  No more vaccinations until my dog reaches 5 years old.  Then I have a Titer test , if that shows the necessary antibodies, then I do not have any more tests or vaccinations. I have never had a dog die of any of the diseases covered in the core or none core vaccinations. New vets are required to swear a solemn oath when they finish their degree “primum non nocere” "first do no harm”

I am not certain all of them are following that creed. I have written an in depth article for those that which to research much deeper into this problem and it can be found here. That also covers non-core vaccines such as Leptospirosis and dog flu. This is a disgrace on an International level yet it appears no newspapers and news agencies are interested in the systematic over vaccinating pof our pets, purely for the god of profit not the pets best interest

In Depth the Dangers of Over Vaccination of Cats and Dogs

Stan Rawlinson  March 2015



I understand what you are saying and, believe me, I would much rather vaccinate every 3 - 4 years BUT my insurance company insist on a yearly booster to validate cover for my dogs. What can I do??

If your insurance company insists on annual vaccinations then they are recommending against the vaccine companies that state it is dangerous to vaccinate annually the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Worlds Small Animals Veterinary Association (WSAVA). You can sue them if they insist and a medical condition arises because of their demands on recommending against professional advice and manufacturers advice..

Thank you so much for writing the truth about dog vaccinations. We had a puppy at eight weeks who had received his first set of vaccinations at six weeks old. In my opinion this is too early. He was ill the day after we got him home.
Eventually we found out he had autoimmune haemolytic anaemia. We managed to keep him going for another four weeks as he would improve a little after steroids but quickly deteriorate again. It was heart breaking! I really believe it was caused by vaccinating him too early.
That was a year ago and six months later we had another pup. This time we waited until he was twelve weeks old to give him his first vaccinations. We made sure he was well socialised with other vaccinated dogs and took him out to friends houses. We even carried him around the neighbourhood whilst walking our other dog!
Thanks again for such a great article. I researched a lot when our puppy was sick and it seems many vets are too scared , or greedy, to speak out about over vaccination.

The information in this article is correct to a certain degree but misses to highlight that a yearly vaccination of leptospirosis must be given as this does not last for 3 years. The veterinary profession know the guide lines and follow them. Titre testing is done for those that request it and out of the 15 I have helped do only 1 patient has come back as fully vaccinated against all core parts of the 3 yearly vaccinations. It is very miss leading to simply write and article telling people that all vets are over vaccinating and out for money when they are simply doing our jobs and following the guide lines set my manufacturers who have spent millions in research. As for the insurance aspect if your pet became ill and it was preventable with a simple vaccination then unfortunately they will not cover this. The reason there has been a decline in outbreaks of distemper or parvovirus is because we vaccinate and those who don't are getting by because the majority of pet owners do.

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