What to Do About Vaccines
The “Secret Society” of Veterinarians has it wrong.
This myth is everywhere.
But it is the big drug companies that really want it to stay.
“Your Pet NEEDS this vaccine, and it won’t do ANY harm…”
Most veterinarians vaccinate for too many things, too often.
And the vaccines have caused problems.
There is a growing body of evidence against vaccinating yearly.
Most veterinarians still advise annual boosters, for various reasons. Irrespective of the research, many still feel either the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks, or they continue to vaccinate according to the requirements of their particular state or province. Or, they simply have yet to adopt the changes, for other reasons.
Vaccinations work by stimulating the immune system – the positive effect is to protect against infectious disease.
The negative effect can be the host of immune related diseases.
These can include: immune mediated hemolytic anemia, immune mediated skin disease, vaccine induced skin cancer in cats, skin allergies, arthritis, leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease and neurological conditions.
It is more and more common to see cancer in dogs and cats under 5 years of age. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise as well.
Our companions are suffering from generations of over-vaccination, which combined with inadequate nutrition, poor breeding practices and environmental stresses are leaving each generation more susceptible to congenital disorders and chronic disease.
Most veterinary schools are advising alternate vaccine protocols and newer research is showing that vaccine immunity lasts much longer than previously thought.
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In some cases a vaccine given at 1 year of age may provide lifelong immunity.
The analogy can be drawn to people and Tetanus vaccine. It only needs to be boosted every 10 years, and this may be similar in dogs and cats.
Vaccinations do help prevent serious illnesses, but they should be used with caution.
Before vaccinating your pet, consider the risk.
If your cat is indoor only and will never be exposed to unvaccinated animals, the risk of infection is low.
The decision about vaccinations is very individual and should be guided by your own research on the subject before you go to the veterinarian.