There is currently a lot of discussion about vaccination in general and in particular for dogs but also in children. What is the truth of the matter? Do you follow the advice given by veterinarians (possibly with a commercial interest) or are you overwhelmed by all the information and plan never to vaccinate again? There is a middle way.
Vaccination is an important and effective way of offering protection from highly infectious and in some cases deadly diseases. A small amount of ‘disease’ is injected so that the body develops antibodies and is ready to fight the disease in case of infection.
Research has been carried out for years on just how useful vaccinations really are.
Many (often deadly) diseases in our pets and also contagious liver disease are prevented by vaccination. If we stop with inoculation, it is only a matter of time before these diseases return. These diseases are still present in other countries and in our wildlife.
In addition, it is not only about the health of your pet animal, but also for your own health (Weil’s disease can be transmitted to humans) and the occurrence of an epidemic. If a large number of owners stop vaccinating, the risk of disease spreading becomes significant. Because certain diseases are now under control and not visible this does not mean that there is no further risk of an outbreak.
Vaccines exist for the following diseases:
- Infectious liver disease (hepatitis)
- Infectious kennel cough
Vaccinations can lead to side effects, such as an inflammatory reaction at the injection site or a few days of drowsiness. The dog may also be hypersensitivite to a particular substance in the vaccine. Studies show that the number of animals with side effects is low and that the use of vaccines is generally safe. Undesirable side effects should therefore not be a reason to refuse to give important protection against serious illnesses. What we can look at is the regularity of vaccination.
Why not vaccinate?
Many vaccines contain chemicals such as Thiomersal. This is a mercury compound, which is still present in bulk packaging as a preservative. In addition, formaldehyde, paraffin, aluminium, etc. can be present in a vaccine. These substances can be carcinogenic and seriously affect the immune system and brain of your animal.
Recent studies indicate that a number of conditions such as (food) allergies, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases and gastrointestinal problems could be linked to vaccinations. The cocktail type vaccinations can be especially stressful because the body must fight against different viruses.
Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy, 1992: ‘The immunity to viruses lasts for most of an animal’s life. An inoculation against most bacterial pathogens causes immunological memory, which is intact for many years, so that the animal can respond when it is confronted with a pathogen. ‘
Prof. R. D. Schultz (University of Wisconsin): “The annual vaccination recommendation is not supported by well-founded scientific studies. For most vaccines, there is no publication in the scientific literature that proves the need for annual vaccination. ”
Is there a middle way?
The possibility exists to vaccinate. Which diseases you can best vaccinate your animal against and how often the vaccination should be repeated depends on the efficacy of the vaccines and how much your dog is at risk from infection. The risk factors include; age, contact with peers, living conditions, previous vaccinations, travel, being put into kennels etc.
Young animals must be vaccinated several times to properly build up the immune system. For a number of diseases (e.g. distemper and parvo), vaccinations every 3 years are usually sufficient after the first year of life. Some vaccines are valid for up to 7 years! Other vaccines against other infectious diseases, such as leptospirosis (including Weil’s disease), must be repeated annually to ensure proper protection.
However, by means of a blood test your veterinarian can determine the level of antibodies your animal still has against certain diseases. On this basis, it is possible to determine when and against which diseases the dog needs to be vaccinated.
This allows you to limit the harmful effects of vaccination.
Support with homeopathic remedies to reduce or prevent side effects is recommended. A cleansing cure with green lime causes foreign substances such as residues of vaccines or antibiotic cures etc. to be removed from the body. Green lime also contains many minerals. A cleansing cure with green lime in combination with essential oil of the juniper berry (removes residues from the digestive system) will help to remove toxic substances from the body tissues. A cleansing cure in the spring and autumn will be very beneficial to your pet, keeping it healthy and limiting the chance of disease. For customized advice you can always contact us or your vet!
Comparing the pros and cons I choose to be in the middle. Prevention is better than cure, but I do not want to inject my animals with chemicals without proven utility. We do not take measures to cure a wart on the skin when there is no wart to be seen?
In order to ensure the health of your animal, your environment and yourself, it is advisable to vaccinate. How often you have to do this can be determined by asking your vet to carry out a blood test. To help your pet to remain healthy you can use homeopathy and detoxification, so that your animal processes the by-products faster.
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