Overview of the Dangers of Annual Dog Vaccinations
There is no scientific evidence pointing to the need for annual core vaccinations for dogs. There is empirical evidence, science and research that is suggesting that immunity lasts for a dog's life, and that to vaccinate unnecessarily can be dangerous to our pets. Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs ever to be revaccinated.” This article explains why.
For years, we have been told to vaccinate our pets annually.
We are told we must never miss a vaccine appointment our pets could fall ill and die of the diseases covered by these vaccinations.
We are also told that if we miss a vaccine by 30 days we need to have a double vaccine again.
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 probably twice.
This is from the UK Government's vaccine protocols for humans:
I accept that the protocol is for humans and not pets but there are correlations between the two.
Having said that, dogs are used in laboratory experiments to ascertain that that medicine and many other products do not cause an adverse reaction when used on humans. They use dogs in research as there metabolism and biology is very similar to 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 for dogs and cats are live attenuated 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 for many years, for both the vaccine companies and the Vets that dispense them. I believe that this revenue is created under false and misleading science and it is seriously detrimental to the animal's health. As long ago as 2004 a group of vets issued a Health 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 17 years ago and still, I see many of my client's vaccination certificates stamped with annual core vaccines. Where is the science that says dogs and cats need vaccinations regularly? There is none.
Vaccinating annually 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 to four years.
That is a fairly bold 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 to four 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?
Not only that, the three to four-year duration stated has no scientific research backing it up, it was just a figure apparently plucked out of thin air to assuage the screaming Vets and Vaccine companies. All empirical evidence points to a lifetime immunity for dogs and cats.
So 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. The 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.
Cancers: Dr Denis W Macey reported in an American Veterinary paper 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.
Leukaemia: 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.
Parvovirus: It appears and is believed that parvovirus was originally 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.
Arthritis: There are numerous scientific studies linking arthritis with vaccination, this is especially the case with the distemper vaccine. Vaccine components have even been isolated in the bones of arthritis sufferers post vaccination.
Allergies: 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' is the result of vaccines.
Is anyone aware that research of nearly half a million dogs by the Kennel Club in late 2016, discovered that our dogs are dying 11% earlier than 10 years ago? (5) Why Are Our Dogs Dying So Young
Titer Tests and my Protocol On Vaccinations: There is something called a Titer test is pronounced tighter. Also called serology and antibody testing, it 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 present then is no reason to re-vaccinate your pets. This is now acceptable to kennels and catteries as proof of immunity.
Kennels, Catteries, and Vaccinations: I have personally fought long and hard for local kennels and catteries to adhere to the latest scientific evidence on the dangers of over vaccinations. There is new guidance with regard to what is required by kennels and catteries in relation to up to date vaccinations. see the link to Kennels and Catteries at the bottom of this article.
Kennels and Catteries may find themselves committing an offence in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Some of the regulations may lead to placing boarding establishments in contravention of those acts. It is an offence under the Act to cause harm or suffering, which may arise due to unnecessary over-vaccination as promoted in the MLCs.
If an animal is already immune to a viral disease, or a particular vaccine is associated with severe adverse reactions and under investigation with the European Medicines Control Agency, as is the case with MSD’s Lepto 4 vaccine, then an animal may be made to suffer as a result of enforced administration of that vaccine. point this out to the kennels and catteries who try and insist on yearly vaccination certificates
My Protocol is This: I vaccinate at 8 and 10.5 weeks of age, I will not have Lepto 4 as i think it is too dangerous. Later on in the dog's life, I have a titer test done if that shows antibodies present then no more vaccinations. 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. I must point out that I am not a vet, however, i know a number of vets that do the same as me on their own dogs.
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 or news agencies are interested in the systematic over vaccinating of our pets. Purely for the god of profit, not the pets best interest If you require more information or more in-depth science then click the links below
Dr Ronald Shultz: Robert Shultz is one of the Worlds leading professors in pathobiological sciences and immunology. He has been studying the effectiveness of canine vaccines since the 1970s; he's learned that immunity can last as long as a dog's lifetime, which suggests that our "best friends" are being over-vaccinated. Below are some of his infographics by kind permission of (4) Dogs Naturally
The DOIs Duration of Immunities below. It’s important to note that this is the MINIMUM duration of immunity. These ceilings reflect not the duration of immunity, but the duration of the studies.
It is important to understand that these are minimum DOI’s and longer studies have not been done with certain of the above products. It is possible that some or all of these products will provide lifelong immunity.
My thanks go to Dr Shultz and Dogs Naturally Magazine
© Stan Rawlinson March 2015
Updated July 2018