The Truth About Pet Vaccines You Won’t Hear from Your Vet

by Linda Zurich Holistic Pet Care, VaccinationComments: 196

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Domestic dogs and cats today are suffering from an unprecedented and very disturbing epidemic of chronic degenerative disease much of it caused by the very pet vaccines that are supposed to preserve their health.

These animals are routinely presenting with a variety of symptoms and diagnoses that are eerily similar to those being experienced by their owners.

One of the major factors adversely affecting the health of our pets has to do with the quality (or rather lack thereof) of the pet food we feed them.

Besides poor quality food that is not in keeping with the natural diet our furry friends require, chronic and very serious health issues are also emerging due to the shocking overuse of pet vaccines.


The umbrella term for health damage caused by vaccines is vaccinosis.

Many people today, along with a precious few forward thinking veterinarians, are realizing that the excessive numbers of vaccines routinely given to domestic pets are wreaking havoc on these animals’ health. This is because vaccines have the ability to disrupt, dis-regulate, and in some cases even virtually destroy an animal’s natural, innate immune function.

Without a properly functioning immune system, an animal is much more vulnerable than it would be otherwise to a wide variety of health problems.

Adverse Reactions to Pet Vaccines

From rashes and behavioral issues, to seizures and even vaccine injection site tumors, the list of adverse vaccine related health complications is long and varied. However, because many people don’t make the connection between the administration of a shot and subsequent symptoms, and because the veterinary industry at large often does not acknowledge such a connection, adverse vaccine reactions often go unreported.

For these reasons and because many people have been erroneously conditioned to believe that vaccines are completely safe and effective, there’s a serious lack of understanding about the issue of vaccine damage among the general population.

There needs to be more awareness about this problem and people need to know that besides acute conditions, the damage caused by vaccines can also be implicated in longer term, chronic ailments.

Some of the more progressive vets who are at the forefront of researching vaccine damage, including Dr. Patricia Jordan, author of the book Vaccinosis: Hidden in Plain Sight, are discovering evidence that vaccines actually cause damage at a genetic level.

If true, this means that vaccine damage not only occurs to those pets that are vaccinated, but that such damage occurs to their DNA, which is then passed onto their offspring and so on down the line, potentially conveying inherited vaccinosis to many more individuals in future generations.

Pet Vaccines a Toxic Chemical Cocktail

One of the reasons why vaccines can cause damage to our pets is because of the toxic ingredients they often contain. Among these are:

  • Thimerosal — Thimerisol is an organic compound often found in pet vaccines and used as a preservative that contains mercury, which is an extremely toxic heavy metal.Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and is one of the most potent poisons known to man. Mercury has been shown to impair the function of many internal systems including the brain, central nervous system, endocrine system, kidneys, and other organs.
  • Aluminum — Aluminum is another metal used in vaccines that has been implicated in neurological ailments in humans. Aluminum is added to vaccines as an adjuvant, which means its purpose is to enhance or boost the effectiveness of those shots containing killed viruses.
  • Formaldehyde — Formaldehyde is classified by the EPA as a probable carcinogen, and is used as a tissue fixative in some vaccines.
  • Phenol — Phenols are highly poisonous, caustic substances derived from coal tar which are used as preservatives in vaccines.
  • Viruses — Viruses are microscopic infectious agents containing genetic material which can only replicate within the tissues of living organisms.
  • Animal organ tissue — Cell tissue derived from all manner of animals, including monkeys, rabbits, cows, sheep and pigs, are used to culture viruses contained in vaccines.

Huge or Tiny Pet — Same Dosage

Many pet owners would be surprised to learn that the dosage contained in one vaccine is the same regardless of the size or weight of the pet. This means that a 5 lb Chihuahua is given the exact same dosage as a 100 lb German Shepherd.

Insanity of Yearly “Boosters” for Pet Vaccines

Despite the fact that most all specific vaccines designed for people are generally only administered
once rather than repeatedly year after year, it has become common practice in the veterinary industry to vaccinate pets with the same vaccine over and over again – often on a yearly basis – in the form of what are called booster shots.

Because each individual vaccine triggers a firestorm of activity within the immune system, vaccinating pets repeatedly like this over time can end up eroding the animal’s immune function.

It’s important to understand that routine vaccinations are a source of considerable financial revenue for both veterinarians and pharmaceutical companies. However vaccinating our pets repeatedly year after year is, in my opinion, most definitely not in the best interest of the animals.

Bypassing the Body’s Natural Immunity

Our pets’ bodies are equipped with a very sophisticated array of innate immunological mechanisms that are specifically designed to defend against pathogenic exposure.rgans such as the skin, nose, respiratory system, mouth, and digestive tract are all common pathways through which potentially harmful microbes must pass before they have the opportunity to become infectious. These organ systems work in concert to identify incoming pathogenic threats and either neutralize and/or create effective defenses against them.

However, most all pet vaccines administered by vets are done so via subcutaneous injection. This means that such shots deliver viruses, which are pathogenic materials, along with other toxins directly through the skin into the body’s underlying tissues, unnaturally forcing these substances to bypass some of the body’s most important and effective natural defense systems.

This circumvention and short circuiting of the immune system can trigger chronic autoimmune disorders, including the kind of ongoing inflammatory response present in conditions such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), arthritis, skin rashes and others.

Make an Informed Decision on Your Pet’s Behalf

More and more evidence is coming to light these days showing that pet vaccines are a scientific fraud and that they’re little more than a huge money making scam because they are neither safe nor effective.

Due to such evidence, I can’t urge people strongly enough to do their own research in order make an educated decision before choosing to have their pets automatically jabbed simply as a matter of course.

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About the Author

linda zurich_miniAn avid independent researcher, writer, speaker, foodie, herbalist, lifelong lover of nature, and perpetual student, Linda Zurich is the author of Detoxification: 70 Ways to Cleanse, Clear and Purify Your Body, Space and Life, and the Raw Fed Cats eBook.

Dedicated to empowering people with the understanding that our bodies are imbued with a profound healing intelligence, Linda is devoted to broadening as well as sharing her ever evolving knowledge of the most natural and efficacious methods through which we may activate that innate healing wisdom.

Her writings on a wide variety of subjects as well as details of her upcoming speaking engagements can be found on her website ‘Holistic Paths to Healing and Wellness’ at In addition, Linda shares information on raw feeding and holistic health care for domestic pets on her site  You can also connect with her on Facebook.

She has also written an entire series on holistic pet care for this blog which you can read by clicking here.

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Comments (196)

  • Queenbee9

    I worked in Veterinary as well as human biologics and pharmaceuticals for years and TOTALLY agree that vaccines are overused and IMO, it is a financial scam.

    As scientists or biologists, we know that vaccines are delivered in various ways: live, dead, or weakened (attenuated) and after the vaccination, animals/humans show an antibody response.

    A high antibody response means the body is “alerted” to certain markers of a certain disease and the alarm should be raised if ever that virus in the wild tries to attack that organism.

    That is all a vaccine does. The idea is to try to introduce a strain of a virus that is strong enough to give a good antibody response but weak enough to cause little damage to the organism.

    All we need is a marker. After that, when your body is exposed to a disease, it will know to mount an immediate defense instead of ignoring the virus and giving it time to wreak havoc.

    This is basically ALL a vaccine does, it helps the body to create an early warning system for a disease.

    A vaccine does not and cannot guarantee if the wild strain comes calling that the organism (animal or human or plant) it attacks will live. It just gave it a leg up in fighting hard and early and usually, the person survives and beats back the disease.

    After some time, the body may get lax or retire the early warning for a disease. to determine if the antigen markers are still at a level of alert, a TITER is done, this determines how much of an antibody is still left in a body.

    Titers are serological tests, you take a blood sample, expose it to a virus and see how big of a defense is mounted.

    Over time, despite different manufacturers, we can learn that certain diseases NEVER need to be regiven (like diptheria and mumps) or only need a BOOSTER about ever 5 to 10 years or so.

    A BOOSTER is a shot which BOOSTS the antibody response. I won’t go into what antigen markers are or what an antibody response is other than what is already here.

    COMMON SENSE says that over time, we should already know about how often a person or animal should have a vaccine boosted.

    Because of the ABUSE in vaccines by Vets which are encouraged no doubt by profits, we cannot know the TITER or need for booster in animals because they are vaccinated far too much.

    To determine how long an animal can go without a vaccine, that animal would have to get vaccinated, then not be exposed to the disease for years and kept quaraqntined, then tested each year and see if the antibody titer went down, it would have to be done over and over and each time an ingredient in the formulation changed, that animal was challenged again and again.

    That is the official story, but we did not do this with people. Instead, they were vaccinated, boosted in the early years, then we assumed protection based on epidemiological data which showed that not a lot of grown up vaccinated people got sick with a particular disease.

    IMO, Pet vaccinations are a scam. Not the initial vaccinations, but the continual yearly boosters are bogus. Humans routinely go YEARS or even decades without a booster and so could any organism vaccinated, it is overkill and must wreak havoc on an animals immune system and drain the pockets of owners, but this is the danger of making health a money making proposition, at some point for profit’s sake; a company may manufacture a disorder or disease just to operate or sell drugs or perform tests, all for money and not because a person or animal is really ill.

    It’s time people open their eyes and realize how deep the rabbit hole of scamming on health goes, for pets but also for humans.

    May 30th, 2016 8:29 am Reply
  • Coco

    THANK YOU for this article! I agree with everything you said. I worked for a big pharma for over a decade. I cannot reveal any details, but it really is just an evil, money-making machine. Their #1 goal is profits. And to keep the money rolling, they must make sure patients (human and furry kind) get sick, remain sick and become dependent on their products. They manufacture and create illusions around diseases so that they can push products that they claim is the “cure” or “solution” to managing illnesses. It’s an evil cycle, and humans are too gullible.

    February 20th, 2016 4:59 pm Reply
    • Queenbee9

      Totally agree. I worked in both Veterinary biologicals and pharmaceuticals AND human biologicals and pharmaceuticals and most is a scam. The numbers speak for themselves. They kill animals and people while pursuing profit because the end game is money not lives. The AMA has gone on record saying that every year in the US, about 600,000 hysterectomies will be performed.

      Of the 600,000 about 500,000 will be unnecessary and of those 500K, at least 8,000 women who get the operation will die due to the operation or after care.

      These kinds of numbers are also true for prostate cancer and many other diseases.

      In animals, the overvaccination is real and true, because what the public does not understand is that the profit margin for animals is different and much lower since most users of vaccines are farmers who plan to slaughter the animals anyway. When your end goal is already to kill the animal, the concern shifts from animal welfare to the pragmatism of finding the cheapest way of keeping that product well enough to pass inspection and sell the meat.

      This sounds ugly but this is a fact and is business. A lot of people do not take their animals to the Vet, this means a lot are unvaccinated, but also means to make a living; more money have to be made with less people.

      Most shots you pay between 40 to 120.00 for costs less than 2.00 per vial to make,. Vets make a lot but make only a fraction of what they could make if everyone took their animals in. to increase profits, they just make those who do take their animals to vets, take them over and over and over again for the same shots.

      It is basically the American car story. Before the Japanese actually made quality cars, American car makers deliberately made shoddy cars with low mileage to guarantee their customers would trade in the junk car after a few years for a new model. WHO KNEW? That a car could actually run for years and years and several hundred thousand miles. Chrysler began to lose money when consumers found a product that lasted longer, so they raised the prices of cars and with each raise, they find their customer base getting smaller and smaller.

      The SCAM is always to either create dysfunction to encourage repair/surgery/meds, or to misdiagnose to encourage repair/surgery or meds and some doctors are not about creating bogus diseases in patients or misdiagnosing them with chronic conditions to encourage a perpetual customer and patient.

      ALL of it is a scam, from human to pet doctors, though not all drs are scammers, many leave the profession after they are pressured by hospital groups to get more patients or CREATE more patients by hook or by crook.

      May 30th, 2016 8:42 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Thank you for this article. On a similar note, I am currently researching local sources of raw dairy, pastured eggs, meat, and poultry for my family and I am shocked to learn that within certified organic practices it is perfectly acceptable and even expected to vaccinate these animals. I am concerned with the health effects of ingesting these products, (as well as possible animal consumption of fluoriated water, which would accumulate in animal bones and leach out when making bone broth!) It would be very helpful to locate an article on this issue that could help me conduct research on the safest options available. Thank you again.

    May 22nd, 2015 5:16 pm Reply
    • Queenbee9

      The best answer is to “grow your own food ” this is the only way to ensure that what is done meets your standards. Even if a grower claims organic or no fluorinated water (which is out of their hands) you can never know for sure.

      There are nasty secrets in the burgeoning org food industry such as people allowing noncertified food to be sold to distributers as org based on an org shipment. I have had someone tell me of a farmer whose yield for an org veggie was a certain amount but who bragged about increasing the amount he could sell to a distributor of a large supermarket chain by combining his produce with that of a noncertified grower. Who is to know? it is not like the USDA genetically tests vegetables.

      So grow your own. Vertical planters can be used by people with no land and can grow a surprising amount of veggies.

      Or join a coop, where you buy into shipments of meat , dairy and produce–the best allow you to exchange work on the farm with some of the costs. this is great because you get to see for yourself what is being produced and how.

      Start a community garden in your area. Many places that are upscale burbs are doing this and zoning laws are being challenged to let areas keep chickens and goats.

      Don’t just trust a sticker, the love of money is called the root of all evil, not because money is evil but because of the dishonest and often nefarious ways and things humans will engage in to get money.

      May 30th, 2016 8:52 am Reply
  • Aly

    I just lost my dog three weeks ago and recently been learning about the dangers of vaccines. I am feeling so guilty and now want to learn what alternatives are there for vaccines. Do I need to get them for my pets, which ones, at what age etc? Also, how do I get around a breeder who sends the pups home with at least their first shots? I’d like to learn more on how to avoid pet vaccines and wholesome diet for pets. I also hear microchips cause auto immune disorder. Does anyone know of studies done on that? Thank you.

    April 23rd, 2015 12:23 am Reply
    • Queenbee9

      Hello Aly. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. This article is about the overuse of vaccines, not the nonuse of vaccines. Unlike humans, who are often subjected to vaccines even if certain diseases have been eradicated, the dangers to your pets from various diseases are real and continually present.

      IMO, you WANT the first sets of shots from a Vet because it is not only easy for your pet to contract many deadly disease but to spread them to other animals. You would not want to harm other animals, would you?

      Many vaccinations and proof of where you got them and when are required for doggie day care, pet sitters, and hotel stays. You can’t get into any of those places with a nonvaccinated animal.

      also animals like cats have several very dangerous or deadly diseases that can easily be contracted by them and passed on to people.

      Rabies. Your dog or cat can get rabies simply by eating an infected animal or sniffing at the carcass. Rabies if fully contracted is almost 100% fatal and this disease can be passed to humans even before the animal is acting weird.

      Distemper: this will kill your pet. It is highly contagious so you put all other pets of the same species at risk. Some disease cross species.* I had dog die of distemper as a kid. My dad did not vaccinate or allow the dog to roam the neighborhood. At the age of around 7, he caught distemper and died.

      Heartworm: another deadly killer, had a dog get this too and we watched him die, it was horrible, another preventable disease and NO there are no natural cures for these diseases. These are viruses/pathogens not conditions. Herbs, salves, etc which I am a huge fan and practioner of, cannot treat most viruses because viruses are essentially living mechanisms and can change their protein coat, etc to hide from “cures”

      The rule with a virus is the best we can do for most is get our body to recognize them and hunt them down FAST, but this does not always work–This is what a vaccine does.

      Please get your pets vaccinated. If you wish to only go so far in that process that is up to you as I agree that the over use problem is real, but so are the diseases and many of them can infect and cause problems for humans including death.

      SARS is a result of an avian flu virus in non vaccinated (wild) flocks jumping species to pigs who probably ate a few infected birds or their feces and then that virus jumped species again and began infecting humans who handled the pigs or their feces or their meat.

      This can happen with any disease in unvaccinated animals or unvaccinated people. Vaccinations ARE NOT treatments for disease or cures of disease, they are early warnings for disease that your body then cures. They are just identity markers put in humans or animals in a weak state so your body can take up the fight if they ever show up in their real , wild state which is much more dangerous. The danger with vaccines comes from thinking they are using a weak virus who then changes back to a really strong virus or the excipients in a product which means the other ingredients like a preservative or carrier ingredient that a person may have a reaction to.

      Vaccines are a gamble but often for certain diseases, SHOULD be done but the question is not should we vaccine the pets we love but when is a good thing, gone overboard and abused and I agree with this article, it is done waaaay too often and too much and that is for profit in my opinion.

      May 30th, 2016 9:09 am Reply
      • Sarah

        My two cats have only had the rabies vaccine (this was required to get them fixed) and I have to say, they are the healthiest cats I’ve ever owned (and I’ve had the pleasure of owning dozens in my lifetime). Don’t knock it until you try it .. unvaxed pets don’t have the health issues that vaxed pets have. And, with the skyrocketing cost of getting even simple vet care for a sick pet, skipping the vaccines especially if the pet is always indoors is best. NO biggie if you go out of town, just get a pet sitter and skip the kennel, then you don’t need the shots.

        May 30th, 2016 10:03 pm Reply
        • Shannon

          I couldn’t agree more on the indoor pets only non-vaccine practice. We have 3 cats ranging from 7 -9 years old. Each had their initial vaccines and tests for all cat related diseases (after showing up on the doorstep) but haven’t been vaccinated since. All are so healthy! They also aren’t traumatized each year being placed in a kennel and carried to the vet and consequently aren’t exposed to sick animals or to bacteria/viruses in the vet clinic.

          June 6th, 2016 2:39 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    I have a 11 month old 3.2 full grown Chihuahua. The event vet is wanting to give her the rabies shot, Distemper and Bordetela shots all at 1 time. I feel like that is way to much for her tiny system. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

    February 25th, 2015 1:19 am Reply
    • Christina

      If you feel you must get the vaccines, I would do it over a period of several months, partly to see the dog’s reactions, but also to make sure her immune system is bolstered prior to each vaccine. However, personally, I would say don’t do it.

      February 25th, 2015 7:50 am Reply
      • Nettie

        Do I have to get my Chihuahua rabies shots every year? Because I was under the impression that it’s the Law

        April 8th, 2015 12:31 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          No, you don’t have to. You only will be required if you try to board your pet. Just get a pet sitter instead to avoid it.

          April 8th, 2015 1:32 pm Reply
        • Judy

          It depends on your area/ town regulations, Nettie. Most dogs get their first Rabies vac at 3-4 mos. Then a booster at 1 year from the original inoculation; thereafter, every 3 years.

          So check with your town clerk or whoever you must see for a dog license in your town. Hopes this helps.

          August 6th, 2015 5:54 pm Reply
  • A Brock

    My 6 year old male cat delveloped ‘Policythemia Vera’ after vaccination. He had 2 fits in a day 6 weeks after the administration. My vet said he never came across this but said that everything was possible.
    My questions, is it possible that he will get well again after the vaccination wears off?

    Thank you in advance for any answers,

    January 26th, 2015 2:34 am Reply
    • Katy

      Last Friday, I took two of my cats to the vet for their annual booster. Around two hours later my oldest cat, aged 18, began fitting. I had never seen anything like that before… It was a horrible sight… I phoned the vet & was told that it was not due to the injection but if it happened again, to phone back. Well, about 2 1/2 hours later it happened again… This time the fit lasted twice as long and after she stopped fitting, she lay breathing but unconscious for about 3 minutes. I phoned the vet again and was asked to take Jude to an emergency vet in the next town.
      The emergency vet examined Jude and told me that the booster was not the problem, that the only reason why a cat of her age would be fitting was a tumour on the brain… She said that the fact that the 2nd fit was worse than the 1st meant that the next would probably be fatal..
      I questioned her about tests but was told they would cost £1000 + and because I am disabled & unable to work, with the PDSA… I just couldn’t get that kind of money together…..
      I was persuaded that putting her to sleep would be in her best interests……… I gave up on her didn’t I?? I should have fought for her…..

      October 26th, 2015 6:10 pm Reply
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  • Renee

    Very simply, Rabies is fatal and preventable. If you do not want to vaccinate your pet each year or 3 years, depending on the vaccine, then do titers. Many places will take titers instead of vaccination as long as they are current, meaning done within the last year, and high enough to show coverage. If you think veterinarians make money giving vaccines or do it because it’s fun, you are dead wrong. Vaccines are cheap, you can buy them online and you can go to you local budget clinic to have them done. Veterinarians want to prevent illness in pets and create a trusting relationship with a client. If yours does not, them you need to find a new one. Veterinarians do not make much money and are in debt up to their eyelids, they did not go into the profession to make your pet ill or make money. If you don’t like their recommendations, go to school for 8 years and get licensed to do it yourself.

    July 25th, 2014 2:51 pm Reply
    • Merne

      If they’re in debt up to their eyelids, why aren’t they trying to find a way to charge more? Doesn’t make sense. I agree most vets arent making a ton of money on the basic immunizations, but instead of one to three boosters, they sell you 15 throughout your pets lifespan (500%+ more). Also, my vet is pushing for half a dozen non-core vaccines (that arent anywhere close to relevant for my area). They know they’re over-immunizing most of the time. Protocols have been updated, yet the majority of vets refuse to change their ways. Half of the problem is the drug companies that say the animal needs a booster every year. Despite refuting scientific evidence to the yearly booster thought, the drug companies have not performed their own tests disproving the minimum coverage of these vaccines. Why? Because it costs money, and the only thing that could come out of it is selling less vaccines. Take the science from the guy who has no vested interest.

      January 30th, 2015 10:39 am Reply

      VETS DON’T MAKE MUCH MONEY?? Mine makes enough just off me to live on. What used to cost me $10 a few short years back now costs me over $200. Besides they won’t even do a damn thing without a “wellness” exam the cash cow that adds $30-50 to each visit. With all the animals that need a good home many people can no longer provide this due to the absurd cost of healthcare.

      April 11th, 2015 6:13 pm Reply
    • Hector

      Kudos to Vets….it takes a special heart and mind to want to dedicate your life to helping animals. However, just like in the “human” world, BIG PHARMA has convinced us all that everyone from Fluffy the Cat to Yolanda the Mom, needs to be “vaccinated.” This is pure rubbish. The truth is SOME people can safely be vaccinated, while others can’t be vaccinated. This is also true for animals. There are some animals, just like some people, who have BAD reactions to vaccines and should never ever ever get another one in their entire life. To implicitly state that vaccines are good and we should all just jump on the Groupthink Pro- Vaccine Wagon is ludicrous. Furthermore it’s illogical to insert that vets don’t make much money off vaccines into the are vaccines safe discussion, since this is a tactic often used by people who are trying to “shame” others into believing their side. It’s irrelevant whether a Vet isn’t making money off vaccines. We’re talking about the question as to DO VACCINES CAUSE HARM…keep it focused.

      April 27th, 2015 1:11 pm Reply
    • Pete

      Renee’ for 8 years they brainwashed you and other vets with highly truthful facts but also with a bunch of bs mixed in to make money with. That has been proven!
      Once they make all the false claims & studies up and it goes in the textbooks & laws it becomes religion so you students become great vet’s but are really also their biggest pushers they have. Some just wait till a customer asks for these shots as we are brainwashed too.. The truth is out and has been out over 5yrs now. It’s the same as our human doctors are today all because of big daddy pharma commercials every 10 minutes on the tube. Look at all the problems they caused with our shots that affect us all for life. Some kids are really messed up over them..
      If you look around at the vet’s offices you see they are very nice buildings and I assure you the nicer the building the more that vet makes from us.
      My vet charges a $30 office visit “sometimes”, charges a lot for surgeries “most times” but very little for shots. If he knows a shot is useless like Bordetella which as we know now is due to dirty unventilated kennels and the vaccine is worthless he will tell you it’s not good for the dog or your wallet. His office is a pole barn and it stays packed with customers.
      I suggest everyone to look at your vet’s building, then ask who’s dog/owner is paying the price for it?

      March 17th, 2016 12:18 pm Reply
  • Emily

    What about breeders? Most of them vaccinate their puppies. Also, if the rabies shot is mandatory for my county, is okay just to get it once?what if you have to get it more than once?

    June 16th, 2014 9:36 pm Reply
    • jawn-ne

      if my cat is due to get another rabie vacine infeb 2015 and i dont get it till april is that ok

      March 9th, 2015 7:56 pm Reply
  • Sue

    There is so much important information that has never reached the public, and it has been orchestrated that way. After I found out about it and began researching, I was flabbergasted at how much people don’t know about the fraud and damage of vaccination. And those who have built an empire on selling us on this garbage have also been aware for a long time that brainwashing the children and young adults in school is the way to keep the lie going. That’s why the Rockefellers started giving big monetary “gifts” to schools many decades ago. These “gifts” came with strings attached – that their pharmaceutical products be taught as the savior of mankind.

    June 16th, 2014 10:08 am Reply
  • Nichole

    I found this article while browsing as to whether or not vaccines are necessary. I do feel that a yearly booster is a bit much. I just recently got two kittens and I’ve already paid approx $600 for kitten boosters/check ups/deworming. I question whether the rest of the vaccinations are actually healthy for them, or if it really is a money making scam. The health of my pets is important to me, but how much is too much? Doctors do the same thing with humans; Does anyone remember the Gardasil vaccine that was SO important for a young woman’s health, yet it killed people or made them extremely ill. Veterinarians are trained to believe that these things are essential for a cat’s health. However, I think we forget that they are, in fact, animals. Wild animals don’t get vaccinated once a year and they live just fine. I also must point out that I had a cat that passed away just last year (due to old age) but she lived for 18 years! I brought her to the vet maybe twice. They say the ”average lifespan” of an outdoor cat is approx 8 years, if that. I think I did pretty well with her, and would have brought her in if she showed symptoms of illness etc. This is a very debateable topic, and I am researching to see what is best. However, based on my experience, I’m leaning more towards an annual check up and rabies shots (after the first year) vs. giving them a dose of poison ever year for the rest of their lives.

    May 15th, 2014 11:42 am Reply
    • Dash Riprock

      If you spent $600.00 on two healthy kittens you got ripped off! Vaccines are cheap and easy to administer, worming is no big deal either. Educate yourself a little, 3 days ago my cat had severely swollen glands in her neck, I did some research and gave her Keflex, the next day there was a marked improvement and today she’s back to her old self, cost = 0, I had a Keflex capsule in my medicine cabinet. I did research and found that cats can handle it ok in case you’re wondering. I just don’t have the money for a vet right now.

      November 10th, 2014 3:56 pm Reply
    • Merne

      Once the initial boosters are performed, they do not need more boosters as they become adults. Furthermore, indoor cats would most likely be fine without any other than initial deworming if its a farm cat. Yes, I agree she is wrong saying wild animals live without vaccines (because a lot of them die painfully from disease that is preventable), but wild animals EAT other wild animals, and are exposed to the elements. If your cat doesnt eat animals, its going to be just fine with natural immunity in a very high percentage of cases (esp if mother was vaccinated). And sadly, yes disease happens, but so does cancer from mercury. When the vaccine companies PROVE that boosters actually do ANYTHING AT ALL…then I am interested in debating the value of booster shots with my vet. Until then, we agree to disagree because my vet is too stubborn to educate herself on modern scientific studies. The studies she keeps quoting are from the 80s and are biased.

      January 30th, 2015 10:46 am Reply
      • Lisa

        While I agree that yearly boosters are not needed in many cases – I think AAFP guidelines is the best way to go, though FVRCP may be done even less often (AAFP says “no more often than every 3 years, they do say that the immunity likely lasts longer – I go longer with my indoor-only cats), one thing where you are wrong is about mercury and sarcoma. The vaccine-associated sarcoma (it’s now called Feline Injection Site Sarcoma) in cats is tied to local inflammation and any injection can cause it, not just vaccines, but also steroid injections or antibiotic injection, and in rare cases – sutures and microchip. But adjuvanted vaccines do seem to cause more of it, so one year Purevax Rabies is actually safer (based on a 2012 study) than 3-year adjuvanted Rabies vaccine, but it’s not 100% safe, no injection in cats is. Actually right now there is a 3-year Purevax available, but very few vets offer it already, some want to wait to see if there are no reactions as Merial doesn’t say if it’s the same and there is a difference in formula, and many others feel Merial priced it too high and that the owners wouldn’t want to pay for it.

        March 26th, 2015 2:08 pm Reply
    • Hector

      There are times you can save money instead of going to Vet. For instance, if your dog or cat is stung by a bee, give a tiny bit of Benadryl. However, if this fails to resolve the swelling and your animal is having difficulty breathing, take to a VET ASAP. Mostly, the Benadryl will work and you will save a boatload of bucks. As for fleas: Feed your dog garlic. Don’t know about the effect of garlic on cats, so can’t state an opinion on that….but do know from years of experience that a few garlic pills a week, mixed with some liverwurst, is a great antidote to fleas in dogs. Another idea: Give your dog raw carrots to chew on…1 x week…it’s cheap and helps with macular degeneration. Lastly: Simple eye infections in dogs can be treated w/ over the counter Bacitracian…just apply all around eye…if doesn’t resolve…see Vet… All of this is my opinion, not medical advice, so do what you want with it or see a Vet if you don’t agree. Or just ignore it.

      April 27th, 2015 1:18 pm Reply
    • Ned Kelly

      Ive never vac’d my cats in 60 yrs, never had cat flu, worm them 1-2x a yr. they live to 18-22 yrs.

      May 8th, 2016 12:07 am Reply
  • Jessica

    The anti vax group reviewing cracks me up. WELL, BOO HOO to all your ”sick” passed away animals you DIDN’T vaccinate…….mine are alive and well…..(both of my cats that went to Germany and back were required to have their vaccinations thank you) and so far so wonderful for my 2 york terriers and a once sheltered lab……..YES WERE ALL VACCINATED and no tumors ,seisures, nothing so those who are hissing and booing it as a money industry, DUH ! I HAVE HEALTHY ANIMALS IN EXCHANGE…..and as our brains are what keeps us going……..I’m no health nut……and all my animals received what I felt was great for them……nothing expensive or special…….they are living proof , we their masters do what’s best for them. You all cry yourselves a river! Maybe you’ll thank me and THEM that you or your new animals who sadly aren’t vaccinated are well for now because of we’re so healthy !! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, GET YOUR ANIMALS VACCINATED ! AS LONG AS THEY’RE IN CLEAN ENVIROMENTS, EATING FRESH FOOD ONCE (don’t you?!), getting exercise and plenty of water. Quit being selfish! You’d vaccinate against the flu for yourselves or an elderly, treat your pet the same way! VACCINATE OR GET RID OF YOUR PETS!

    March 23rd, 2014 8:36 pm Reply
    • Jen

      What an obnoxious comment. You can state what you believe without being so annoyingly obnoxious with your tone and comments. AND for many of those with concerns about this, the issue is more about OVERVACCINATION, not not vaccinating ever. There’s PLENTY of research showing that pet vaccines have very long durations of immunity (i.e. they last much longer than the yearly or every three year recommendations). Do you get your child vaccinated yearly? Or every three years? NO, it’s a one time thing. There’s a lot more to this issue, if you open your mind and look into it a bit. I believe in minimal vaccines, along the lines of Dr. Ronald Schultz, who is probably the top researcher in companion animal vaccines and immunology. Glad your pets are doing well, but work on your communications skills and maturity.

      March 23rd, 2014 9:28 pm Reply
      • Mary DiDia

        I agree Jen. She was very loud and obnoxious. I’m with you on the vaccines. It’s a big money maker for the vet toget you Iinto his or her office. The shots are inexpensive but then they can talk you into a wellness program for your pet (x-rays, bloodwork, etc, etc) That’s where the moneys at. Forgog to mention February is dental month. Bring your pet in for dental work approx. ($175.00) and you get a free anal extraction. Only thing is, you’re the one getting it in the azz. We don’t need polio or measles boosters every year, and your pets don’t need booster. Where the vets really stick it to you is you can’t board your animal unless they’re current on their shots. I just take my dog with me. There are plenty of pet friendly hotels & motels and restaurants across the nation. I have a cavalier king charles, almost 8 years old and I used to get shots regulary for him, but since I found out his heart murmer is now a 5/6 I will not get him vaccinated ever again. My vet still sees me because he charges a hefty price for blood & x-rays and vetmedin $75.00 for 50 pills. I love my pet dearly and will never do anything to harm him. Cost is no factor, I have pet insurance (50.00) month but gives me piece of mind. You can do what you want. To each his own. Good luck pet owners!

        January 20th, 2015 6:40 pm Reply
      • Judy Dunn

        I also agree with you, Jen. One thing she did not mention is the age of her animals. :)

        August 6th, 2015 6:07 pm Reply
    • Merne

      Congrats, you went to Germany with your animals…why? How awful of a trip that must’ve been for them in the cargo space.

      I don’t think the majority dont vaccinate at all. I think its the yearly boosters (which do nothing–proven) that gets people angry because of the nasty side-effects. I’m happy for you and your animals that you were so lucky will all those vaccines, probably all administered at the same time in a crazy mixed cocktail.

      January 30th, 2015 10:50 am Reply
    • Hector

      Jessica, your arrogance is astounding. Your ignorance is frightful. Your self-righteous attitude needs to be vaccinated. Who are you to say that people who CHOOSE not to vaccinate are being selfish? What’s more ironic is your’e probably the same type of woman who DEMANDS all women have a CHOICE what to do with THEIR bodies, right? Oh, the irony…rock on Jessica…thanks for enlightening all of us with your supreme intelligence.

      April 27th, 2015 1:21 pm Reply
      • Judy Dunn

        Now Hector, I believe you went too far. Should we woman try to pass legislation for men’s vasectomies after age 30 or would you prefer that you, your wife and doctor made that decision? I sincerely hope Jessica is for free choice – McCain, Trump, Perry, Walker and a host of others legislating what I can do with my body is a bit much – the bedroom is getting a too crowded!!

        August 6th, 2015 8:01 pm Reply
    • Dave

      the spokesperson for the vaccine industry has stated in 2015 that 67 billion dollers was the expected profit for that year, now in the year 2020 their projected profit is estimated to be 100 billion, (these projections are no secret) so your claim there is no money in vaccines is quite frankly the most absurd thing i have had the displeasure to read, ,,,, all the toxins in vaccines have got to be a good thing, right, you have obviously had your quota to be so stupid,,,you need to seriously inform yourself before making such crass remarks,, or could it be by some chance you are a vaccine rep, if so take as many as you can, you know you need it.

      March 3rd, 2016 1:27 pm Reply
  • Lauren S.

    Well you’re waving around all facts and only providing us with the smallest of citations, one of them being an informal book written by dr. goodness knows whom. If you don’t vaccine your pet, you risk not only the welfare of them but your family as well, especially in the case of rabies. Outside of this other people’s pets will be at risk too, and especially children who interact with your animal.
    I could address all the points in your argument but I don’t think that would be productive so I’ll address the one that I think is glaringly mistaken.
    It doesn’t “bypass” your pets natural immune system, it works to give the immune system an extra tool when it tries to fight this disease. Instead of getting all muddled up and confused about what this virus looks like for acts like (precious time for it when it needs to be fighting it) it will already recognize the encroaching disease and destroy it since it has encountered it before.
    Why do humans get vaccines? To prevent “preventable” diseases, same with animals.
    So anyone, if you want to ignore what most professionals say, and this include microbiologists, biochemists, epidemiologists, ect, then go ahead. But when your animal gets a disease and passes it on to a loved one, you will know who to blame (yourself).

    March 17th, 2014 3:20 pm Reply
    • Mary DiDia

      Lauren S it’s been over 50 years since anyone got rabies from a dog or cat bite. Read up on the vaccinations, you might learn something.

      January 20th, 2015 6:44 pm Reply
    • Merne

      Google Dr. Ronald Shultz. He’s only one who has no vested interest, and the only one doing any sort of relevant studies on longevity of vaccines and immunity (in the past 40 years).

      January 30th, 2015 10:53 am Reply
  • KJ

    I agree with this article and my vet has taught me this stuff for years. Jonathan is incorrect folks so don’t let him scare you. The fact that he works in veterinary medicine (a vet tech?) means that he is being told by his employer and taught that vaccines are great and fine. Jonathan, you need to really educate yourself on this issue! It is dangerous for the vet and drug companies to scare people into vaccinating. The three year protocol is old news, the newest protocol is that vaccines are good for “5 years to life” and that is a conservative number. It has been proven that vaccines like Rabies are indeed good for life. And, rabies vaccine may only be needed in places where rabies is very common and you let your dogs live in the woods with rabid animals. It’s incredibly irresponsible of vets and drug companies to ignore science, and continue to make money off of toxic vaccines. Period. My question for Linda is, how long should I wait before I let my dog play (i.e. mouth, and play bite) with his buddy after that dog has had vaccines? This poor dog had 4 or 5 needless vaccines at once ( a very very bad idea and against protocol, which says all vaccines if you are giving them at all must be given separately weeks apart) and the owners were told it was her “yearly booster” which is WAY off protocol known to be true even by vets who insist on vaccines! They were talked into it also by the rescue they got her from, made to sign a contract. It’s wrong. But nonetheless I want to know your opinion. My vet had told me long ago to not let my dog be physical with dogs who were just vaccinated or who had flea poisons put on or in them. I just can’t remember how long a time I should wait.

    March 5th, 2014 7:37 pm Reply
    • Judy Dunn

      WTG KJ! Totally agree. I wish this site had an “up or down” rating system. I would give you A++ recs!

      I do the puppy series and Rabies….that’s it! I do not do Lyme, Heartworm, kennel cough, spot on flea/tick products as several of my dogs have had severe reactions to those products plus it’s my opinion between the over vacs and food, we are killing our pets – which is a whole ‘nother discussion.

      I asked my vet how many Heartworm cases do you get a year — mind you he has a large practice. He said, “Maybe one.” Certainly your location makes a difference…if you live at the beach, near lakes/ponds etc you have more risk. If you leave your dog outside during the mosquito feeding times, your dog is at risk. Access your risk and how you manage your dog. Also be aware that the treatment is the same if your dog gets heartworm – a higher dose of Ivermectin – the arsenic treatments are brutal and I would not do that – again – MY opinion.

      And Re: Wellness exam – I hate them. They are costly and rarely do the owner or dog benefit in my opinion and experience. I had 3 people that called me for pups because their healthy senior dogs had gone in for a wellness exam and had been boosted with every vaccination known to man – all were dead ranging from 2 -3 weeks.

      So much we need to learn and unfortunately, much of our heartaches are learned from the loss of our pets and WE the people noting the problems.

      I am sorry if I have bored or bent your ears too long.

      August 6th, 2015 8:23 pm Reply
  • Johnathan

    This information is dangerous. You’re blanket-stating that vaccines are unnecessary. You’re also overlooking the fact that animals are vaccinated the way they are in order to prevent as much risk as possible for human health. I’ve worked in veterinary medicine for years and I think it’s incredibly irresponsible to post misleading information like this. It also overlooks the many veterinarians that have transitioned to 3 year rabies vaccines, as well as other vaccines. Diseases like parvovirus could be ELIMINATED from the pet population through vaccination, much like polio or, until recently, b. pertussis in humans, but not vaccinating is not the answer. You’re handing a loaded gun to mis- and uninformed people.

    December 24th, 2013 2:51 pm Reply
    • Merne

      Since you’re an expert, could you tell everyone which dog diseases have an actual real possibility of infecting a human being (hint its basically just rabies). No doubt you learned this at your tech school, but its not your fault.

      Its been proven Parvo/Distemper vaccines last much longer than 1 year. As a matter of fact in each group of 10 dogs tested by Shultz, 100% retained immunity for a minimum of 4 years. Nobody has done a study for longer, but its possible (probable if you ask me) these are lifetime immunities. Now given this information, and the fact that vaccines cause a slew of life-threatening side-effects, smart people stop vaccinating after their dogs are immune.

      January 30th, 2015 10:58 am Reply
  • KR

    I work at an animal hospital and I completely agree with this article. I wish more people would be aware that there are vaccine titer tests that can be done to see if their pets really need to be re-vaccinated or not. I truly believe that vaccines can help and are sometimes necessary but I don’t believe that they need to be re-boostered every year! At one point our clinic was re-boostering bordetella every 6 months! We have had a few clients who have done the titer and have not had their pets re-vaccinated. I wish I could tell more people about it but can’t say anything to go against our company policy.

    November 21st, 2013 1:21 pm Reply
    • Mary DiDia

      KR, I agree. Some vets give bordatello once a a year, some twice a year. They can’t seem to get together on that. Now they’re coming up with flu shots for dogs. What’s next.

      January 20th, 2015 6:52 pm Reply
  • Tracy Lee

    thanks for posting it was good to see that we could vaccine our pet in a appropriate time, and we give them a healthy diet .

    September 21st, 2013 2:25 pm Reply
    • jsherry

      i ask a ? an never recieved a answer ,my cat had rabies shot last year 2014 march, but i cant get his rabies shot again until the end of may 2015 will he still be ok

      May 5th, 2015 9:32 pm Reply
  • Debbie

    Hello Everyone,

    Does anyone out there have a source of information on natural, non-toxic flea remedies for a cat and also for the home? My 14 yr. old Maine Coon is infested. Given his age, I surely don’t want to use any toxic chemicals. Neither do I want them in my home. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    September 4th, 2013 10:19 pm Reply
    • clea

      Against fleas, tick, lice use neem desloved in a alcohol spray on the place your cat or dog lies or walks , worms aged kyoliq liquid garlic

      October 1st, 2014 9:12 pm Reply
  • deepak

    It is absolutely correct taht it has huge impact on our pet. i personally feel that things. i have maltese and she was overdosed results in pupil dialation, and may other symptoms. after long analysis i came to know that it was caused by overdosing of vaccine.
    Nice and informative article. thanks.

    August 16th, 2013 4:43 am Reply
  • Alicia Marie

    This is pretty ridiculous. Have you ever seen a formerly healthy cat contract Feline Leukemia because it was not properly vaccinated? It’s disgusting. Have you ever seen a family dog contract rabies because it was no properly vaccinated? Again, it’s sad, especially because the dog exposed several families to the virus. I’m a pretty “natural” person, but not getting vaccines because you don’t want to hurt your pet is idiotic. Yes, vaccines can (although rarely) cause reactions. Sorry, but I’d rather run the risk of a reaction than the risk of exposing my family to rabies.

    August 11th, 2013 12:47 pm Reply
    • clea

      Have you seen a panleucopenia vaccination and see 2 kittens die of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See them wither away in a pain position?? Vets not caring!!!
      I did, im done vaccinating, because ofcourse it was not from the vaccination, retest, yes it was!!!!!!!

      October 1st, 2014 9:15 pm Reply
    • Merne

      “Properly vaccinated.” Exactly. Protocols have updated, yet vets ignore this information. Why would they want to see their patients less?

      January 30th, 2015 11:02 am Reply
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  • Scott Christopher

    As a veterinarian, there is certainly alot of truth to what you say however I also think there is a point in the middle. Rabies vaccine is the one exception. It is required by law and it is a disease that is almost uniformly fatal and can be passed to humans. Vaccination is the only reason it is as uncommon as it is today In my personal opinion, bordetella is a relatively useless vaccine except in those dogs who have prior respiratory issues and who also exposed it. Kennel cough is usually a self limiting disease although it is annoying and rarely can develop into full blown pneumonia. As for the distemper and parvo combination, it is something that puppies should get. Parvo is still common and usually requires hospitalization and can be expensive to treat and fatal as well.
    I certainly agree over-vaccination is a problem in general. The majority of animals are covered for a very long time. The problem becomes in knowing who is going to maintain antibodies for a long period of time and the reason why vaccines were so frequent is to try to cover >95% of animals. Titers are certainly a valid argument and they are something I would certainly recommend you ask your veterinarian about them however be careful what you ask are because the price usually is significantly more expensive than vaccination and therefore would actually be a bigger money maker.
    The other primary reason veterinarians fight against stretching vaccines out longer and longer is because of the lack of veterinary attention your animal will receive. I would guess that most people wouldn’t bring their pet to a vet for a health check up if they didn’t need vaccines. The vaccine appt (aka the wellness exam) is a great appt to try to get a grip on problems before they become problems. It is much easier to treat and manage an early diabetic animal than a patient who is completely unregulated and has diabetic ketoacidosis.
    As for nutrition, I think the reality of the situation is no one knows what the appropriate diet for all of these animals are. Sure cats are obligate carnivores but does that mean they eat only meat… a sense yes but in the wild they eat the entirety of small rodents which includes bone, spleen, liver, kidney, skin, some bone, etc. Most veterinarians are behind the times on nutrition because it is constantly evolving. The other thing to take into account when looking at commercial diets is the owner’s feeding habits for the pet as well as the company’s recommendations. Usually any pet food company recommends too much food because they sell more that way. Raw food diets or holistic diets force owner’s to pay attention to how much and what they are feeding. The down side to those diets is most people don’t know how to formulate them correctly and not every site on the internet can be trusted. The other major concern is salmonella in raw food which while rare is certainly a valid concern…and something I have seen recently. Long story short…it leads to profuse diarrhea and can be passed to the human members of the family. If done correctly, there is certainly no harm in it and can actually be beneficial.
    While I don’t agree with some of the scientific assumptions made in the article and through the comments, there are some very vaild points in the article. Everything we do in life and medicine is ultimately a balance of risk versus reward…but it has to be an informed decision and the hardest part is making this an appropriately informed decision because the internet has become our best friend and worst enemy. It gives us easy access to information however it does not validate any of the information we get. It is certainly your own decision but you must be prepared to encounter the risks if you choose not to vaccinate entirely.
    I would caution people to pay close attention to human medicine regarding vaccines. Yes..excessive vaccination can predispose people and animals to immune mediated disease and yes vaccine associated sarcoma is a very real condition. At the same time all of these conditions are related to chronic or exuberant inflammation. Researchers , not funded by pharmaceuticals, have shown that even repeated saline injections can generate a “vaccine associated sarcoma”. I would also encourage people to pay attention to what has been shown in human medicine or has not been shown. There are currently dozens of studies from independent researchers disproving the link between vaccination and autism and there is actually a growing body of research..once again from non-biased researchers…supporting the fact there are hormonal changes in autism spectrum children long before they receive vaccines and even in utero. Aside from that, you have to be careful of diseases that have been otherwise considered gone. The most prevalent example in human medicine these days is whooping cough which many young doctors don’t even recognize it. The unfortunate side of things is it is a very preventable disease that even today still carries a very high mortality rate (up to 50%). I urge everyone to realize there is a happy medium that we just need to find.

    July 9th, 2013 12:37 am Reply
  • Josh Brancek

    Linda, these are some disturbing facts you present!!!

    June 27th, 2013 2:10 am Reply
  • Nikki

    I have been saying this for a long time now. Also people think because their dog or cat had their shots they can’t get the disease what they don’t understand is those shots only expose the immune system to the particular diseases. So for instance just because you gave your dog parvo shots does not mean your dogstill can’t get parvo they just may pull through it better because their body has done been exposed to it before.

    June 26th, 2013 2:01 am Reply
  • Stacy

    Regarding Parvo – My vet is originally from Poland and she only recommended the Parvo vax for my dog b/c my husband and I travel overseas to Europe for his job. She said she knows how much poop is on the sidewalks and streets b/c nobody picks it up over there, and that it would be much easier to contract there. Here in the states however, dog poop is almost always picked up, so now that we are home for good, I don’t plan on ever vaccinating again. My family also goes to a holistic doctor and she said she only puts enough rabies vax. in her dog so that it will show up in case he ever gets tested for whatever reason. It’s never the full amount.

    June 25th, 2013 5:30 pm Reply
  • Kelvin

    Expensive scientific studies are not needed to prove the effects of over-vaccinating, real life stories, which there are too many of, are enough to proove the effects of vaccines on anyone, pet or human. I have been in the pet food industry for 27 years and constantly hear of the ill effects of over vaccinating, chemical flea control, and heartworm treatments. Fear is the best salesman, and that is what is used by big pharma to sell the use of their products. However, the core issue is a medical society which discounts the benefits of nutrient dense diets, exercise, and providing a caring, loving environment. This ignites the innate intelligence which every body has. All the viruses which vaccines are supposed to protect your pet from can be dealt with by your bodies natural defenses if it is being nourishes properly, at all levels. Sustained nourishment cannot come from a mainstream commercial pet food. Raw or a customized homemade diet is often best. There’s just too much evidence regarding the ill effects of vaccines. I think, like the human medical world, use vets and hospitals for emergencies where their skills can truly be shown. Let natural medicine take care of the rest. That’s why God put it there. Big pharma put in the rest.

    June 24th, 2013 5:04 pm Reply
  • Rochelle

    Remember when we were kids and dogs rarely went to the vet? My how things have changed. As a pet owner, I did everything my vet suggested. I don’t know what to do about Parvo. Is this a shot that should be avoided? I remember everyone freaking out telling me I had to vaccinate my puppy or face death of my baby. Any tips? I am sad reading this article because my little guy has issues with eating and seizures. Makes me think it may be related. Although, I later found out that my pup and others weren’t getting fed enough due to too many puppies and overtired mommies. So he could have already had issues. But his first seizure wasn’t till later. hmmmm

    June 22nd, 2013 10:23 am Reply
  • diamondgirl

    i was just wondering how often a dog should be yearly vaccinated? i know that every year is too much. are you saying not to have them vaccinated at all or maybe every 3 years or so?
    i have an australian shepherd that will be due for his vaccinations when he is a year old. he is now 11 mon. should i not get this done? i have also, in the past, had some of my dogs have a bad reaction to the leptospirosis vaccine. so, i request that my vet do not give that one anymore.

    June 21st, 2013 2:56 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I have not seen any rules of thumb on this. Given that human vaccines typically last 5-10 years according to vaccine manufacturers, I would expect pet vaccines to be similar. If you choose to vaccinate your pet, shots as an older puppy and then never again should be sufficient given their shorter lifespan. I personally have decided not to vaccinate any of my pets again based on my horrible experiences with them destroying their health.

      June 21st, 2013 3:19 pm Reply
  • Bunny

    Just wanted to add this:

    June 21st, 2013 11:57 am Reply
  • Noemi Bostrom

    Hi Linda,

    Your article is very interesting. I’ve never heard that vaccines can also be harmful since it’s made to prevent serious diseases. If too much vaccines are dangerous to our pets, what about human vaccines? Is this also dangerous to our health? I’m just curious.

    June 21st, 2013 11:32 am Reply
  • Sarah

    I’m all for not vaccinating pets (and humans) but, what about when the breeder won’t agree to skip vaccines for your puppy? It’s totally out of your control until that pup is in your arms, and sometimes they even make you sign contracts to finish them. Annoying.

    June 21st, 2013 10:11 am Reply
  • Christina

    A few years ago, my dog, Ginger – whom I adored – was in remission from lymphoma sarcoma, & had been so for almost 2 years. Then it came time for her Rabies vaccination. Not knowing any better, I took her in. It was the worst mistake I ever made. Within 2 weeks, her lymph nodes were swollen again, & the cancer was back. In 6 months, she was gone. I still grieve losing her almost 3 years later & kick myself for not knowing better. Because I firmly believe that my baby girl would still be here if I hadn’t allowed her to get that vaccine.

    June 21st, 2013 8:52 am Reply
    • JenG

      I’m so sorry. I teared up a little to reading this. I lost my beloved, precious ‘soulcat’ last September. He was an extraordinary cat and being. He was 18, but I will always be angry at the vets for not discussing the vaccine issue with me and giving him boosters several years before when I didn’t know any better either. He developed kidney disease, and there is research now looking at the link to kidney disease and the main feline FVRCP vaccine. It’s so hard to lose these precious beings. I’ll always be grieving my loss. I’m so sorry that happened to you and Ginger…

      I spent tons of money at the vets, but I feel like I got mediocre care. And more than mediocre especially when they are pumping older pets who have chronic illnesses (diabetes) with vaccine ‘boosters’. And never discussing anything about it. I’ll never be over it…and always wonder what harm this may have done.

      June 25th, 2013 2:19 pm Reply
  • Julia Shanon

    Hi Linda, thank you for giving such a useful informations, i think i will be more careful about this vaccinating things for my pets.

    June 20th, 2013 11:43 pm Reply
  • Keith Gillie via Facebook

    We were talked out of giving our dog Macy a Lyme Disease vaccine by our Vet. She did get Lyme Disease and that infection triggered Lupus. She died one month later. She was a beautiful White Lab. She was 13 months old. I wish she had been vaccinated.

    June 20th, 2013 11:28 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Linda, what do you think of the recommendations in these articles on Dr Mercola’s site (which I just read recently, coincidentally)?:

    June 20th, 2013 11:11 pm Reply
  • Carolyn Joyce Hollinger via Facebook

    My poor cat got terribly sick when I took him to a clinic and he received 3 shots! Afterward, my vet told me that was too much. He is okay now but I swore off most vaccines for now.

    June 20th, 2013 9:50 pm Reply
  • Fiona Shearer-Hann via Facebook

    It’s a tough issue… On one hand I agree. My pets all had shots when I first got them but I never get boosters (indoor cats anyway). However years ago I lost a dog to parvovirus. He was still a pup and hasn’t had all his shots (and boy did the vet I took him to give me a hard time). However my regular vet did say that Rottweilers don’t always get immunity to parvovirus from vaccinations either… I also hate flea meds and managed to go without them for years until we brought in a new kitten. We didn’t have a huge flea issue after this until we learned one of the other cats has a flea allergy and all it takes to set it off is one bite from one flea! She gets awful scabby skin from it and needs a cortisone shot to fix it… So the vet said I’d have to do all the cats monthly for a year to break the flea cycle!

    June 20th, 2013 7:22 pm Reply
  • Liliana

    Hi Sarah, I have done some research and have come to the conclusion that all vaccines are harmful for my dog, but I do admit that I am a little scared to take that step. In your opinion, would it be best to avoid all vaccines, or are there any core vaccines that you still think are necessary? Thanks

    June 20th, 2013 6:46 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      You know, Liliana, if the German Shepherd that I had to put down after a round of booster shots destroyed her health and gave her debilitating seizures was a puppy again — I would do no vaccines at all. It really is a personal choice by the pet owner. This is just what I would do.

      You can do this if you get at home pet sitting services when you go out of town. If you board at a kennel, you will be forced to have all the up to date vax and boosters, so you would have to plan to stay out of the pet boarding system and get private pet sitting to go this route.

      June 20th, 2013 7:16 pm Reply
  • Alicia Cousineau-Ingram via Facebook

    Joyce Lenardson…I see you have westies in your pics. How do you get them groomed without distemper and bordatella? My groomer won’t touch my westie without them. I’m thinking we are going to start grooming ourselves.

    June 20th, 2013 5:48 pm Reply
  • beachmama

    I’ve gotten so much flack about choosing to not vaccinate my son in his adolescence. I allowed him to be vaccinated until I did more research and then put my foot down. Somehow I’ve not carried this over to my precious felines . . . just yesterday I allowed my adult cat to receive a second distemper booster without question. No more. I’ve also gotten a lot of stern looks from my vets about feeding a raw diet to my cats which I’ve done for 10 years with amazing health results. I appreciate my vets vast knowledge. I go to him because I trust that he will do what he feels is the best for my cats. That said, we differ on issues like nutrition, meds and vaccinations. I appreciate information like you’ve given us here to make more informed choices. Thank you so much.

    June 20th, 2013 5:06 pm Reply
  • Joyce Lenardson via Facebook

    I also had a friend whose cat died on the table at the vets from a vaccination. The cat was a valuable Siamese.

    June 20th, 2013 5:04 pm Reply
  • Christine Lock via Facebook

    For the cost of $60 our holistic vet tests our animals blood for immunity levels and will not over vaccinate if adequate. If only this testing were don’t on people!

    June 20th, 2013 5:03 pm Reply
  • Joyce Lenardson via Facebook

    Thank you so much for posting about this scam! I suspected it, but wasn’t sure. We and our pets are being ripped off!

    June 20th, 2013 5:01 pm Reply
  • Joyce Lenardson via Facebook

    I also have lost two dogs to cancer, one 8 years old. I now make their food and don’t follow up on the vaccinations. One dog had a cyst where the vaccination site was.

    June 20th, 2013 4:40 pm Reply
  • Joyce Lenardson via Facebook

    Thank you for posting this. I hope many others will take a look at it!

    June 20th, 2013 4:36 pm Reply
  • Debbie Dejibo Fazio via Facebook

    after my cat had a huge reaction to a new distemper shot (swollen face, wheezing, and lethargic with a fever for days) I chose to not give anymore than a rabies shot (required by law) and the next year my vet came in with the same poison, and a benedryl shot in case he reacts. Um NO! I cried, give me the release form to excuse my animals from this shot. Upset and lecturing me, I signed the form and now we only go every 3 years for rabies. ENOUGH. My cat was half dead and they think benedrul was gonna fix it?

    June 20th, 2013 4:19 pm Reply
  • Tracy Scarpulla

    Glad to see an article like this! We feed our dog a natural, raw diet – chicken, turkey, beef, eggs, and some veggies. It makes sense to feed animals what nature intended them to eat. His only vaccine was for rabies – only because it is required by law. He is the healthiest and happiest dog I know. His coat is shiny and his teeth are perfect and pearly white. When we get him groomed they are always amazed by his coat and teeth. He is 2 1/2 years old and we plan to only get the rabies booster as required. Everything else is unnecessary as long as his immune system remains strong….and it should with his diet. He had parvo as a pup but he survived with immune boosting supplements. The dog food and vaccine industry is huge and causing our pets to suffer unnecessary ailments. Much like the food industry and vaccines for us humans. The processed foods we eat are wreaking havoc on our bodies and the over abundance of vaccines are killing our immune systems. Hoping more people wake up to this for the better of humanity and our pets!

    June 20th, 2013 4:00 pm Reply
  • beth

    We had to give our cat the rabies vaccine in order to get licensed for foster care. Inside cat, has never been outside, no other pets in the house. We tried to get an exemption but could not find a vet that would give us one in time. They evaluated her and found her to be in perfect health and gave her the vaccine. Two weeks later she had a huge tumor on her chest. Coincidence? We didn’t think so.

    June 20th, 2013 3:50 pm Reply
    • Deb

      It takes much longer than two weeks to grow a large tumor.

      July 6th, 2013 8:44 am Reply
  • Lola Bee via Facebook

    Michael Oakes. ??

    June 20th, 2013 2:56 pm Reply
  • Janine Flanigan via Facebook

    Fortunately our vet is against all booster vaccines except rabies (she recommends that for dogs up until about age 10). In my opinion the boosters are profit-motivated scare-mongering. The same vet recommended bovine pancreas to treat pancreatitis, whereas other vets wanted to sell expensive Prescription Diet food. Number one ingredient? Corn. After 5 months on the prescription food the dog had gained 4 lbs and was going to the bathroom 4+ times per day. After a month of having a tablespoon of raw pancreas mixed in with her food (home cooked) each meal she had gained an additional 9lb and was going to the bathroom 2-3 times per day. No more vet visits for prescription food, a happier healthier dog and $1/lb for beef pancreas. I’m so happy we have someone who we can trust with the health of our animals who puts the animals real needs above profits.

    June 20th, 2013 2:46 pm Reply
  • Kathy Meier via Facebook

    I had a 6 month old Sheltie puppy who died of parvo… after receiving all of his vaccinations… and he died within one week of a friend’s 6 month old rottweiler puppy who got his last parvo vaccine the same day as ours did, same place… coincidence?? :(

    June 20th, 2013 2:39 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Vets require the yearly vaccines in order to get your prescription for heart worm preventative. Can you just go for the annual and refuse the vaccines? Also, is it law for them to have the rabies vaccine? Finally, my vet gave my dog the kennel cough vaccine (without my permission) when they cleaned their teeth. I don’t think they will treat her if she’s not vaccinated. Finally, does anyone know of a natural, safe heart worm preventative for dogs? Thanks!

    June 20th, 2013 2:37 pm Reply
  • Victoria Schultz via Facebook

    We only do one Rabies shot per year on our big dog and the cat and chihuahua are left without vaccinations. The cat is indoor only and the Chi poses no threat to anyone else and does not leave my side, so the odds of him biting someone else or tangling with a rabid coon or something are pretty non existent. We ARE responsible, very responsible, but vaccinating them doesn’t sound any better than vaccinating kids. People don’t think about their pets as in risk, but they are because we treat our pets AS kids and the corporate giants sees the pet market as a cash cow. Remember about GMOs when you feed your pets too. If a diet rich in GMOs can kill a rat in weeks… how long would it take to kill a cat?

    June 20th, 2013 2:36 pm Reply
  • Kerri Kildare Brown via Facebook

    I think that is why my black lab died was from pet vaccinations..I will never vaccinate a pet ever again!!

    June 20th, 2013 1:40 pm Reply
  • Cassandra Ragsdale via Facebook

    poor babies. My god.

    June 20th, 2013 1:29 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Mauro via Facebook

    Way to many people do not understand this issue. Pass it on and hope others will learn by your loss. We love our animals too. Do not be lead by fear. Always have knowledge.

    June 20th, 2013 1:29 pm Reply
  • Alicia Cousineau-Ingram via Facebook

    And how do we know what these vacs contain? My husband just got a tetanus shot after a serious injury and now pertussis is included. No option. Who decided that? Not about money huh? I guarantee the same is going on with vets.

    June 20th, 2013 1:16 pm Reply
  • Alicia Cousineau-Ingram via Facebook

    Christine…I’m not really concerned if you agree with me. I’m allowed to state my opinion. I had a dog die at 6 of cancer. I have another with terrible allergies that vacs make worse each and every time. And no I don’t live in Az. I understand you are a vet but a majority of people on this post disagree with you. Sorry, but people are educating themselves and are beginning to trust their judgment over a dr on some things. We have a right to question and not be crucified.

    June 20th, 2013 1:12 pm Reply
  • Kendall Kye via Facebook

    I knew this… I got vaccinations as a small child and that was basically it. Except for every ten years or so, and after a scrape up getting another tetanus shot. I don’t understand how that was good enough for me, but animals, who are tougher by far than humans, need annual boosters. It’s a cash cow for the Veterinary industy, and that’s about it.

    June 20th, 2013 1:05 pm Reply
  • Jen Willett via Facebook

    I’ve always wondered about this. Thanks for sharing!

    June 20th, 2013 1:02 pm Reply
  • Bindi Sue Walton via Facebook

    Great info. My pets get vaccinations about once every 7 years. Never had a cat or dog with a terrible illness. Good quality food is important too, and of course love. :)

    June 20th, 2013 1:02 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    I too am extremely fortunate for our holistic vetrinary doctor. I have two dogs. They are both fed raw. The older one is only 3 1/2 and was fed kibble for about a year and a half (prior to finding a holistic vet.) and had her shots up until then also. She has recently been plagued by ear infections that we can’t seem to get rid of. Dr. thinks it is from the vacs. The younger one has been fed raw since she came to us at 9 weeks old, and has not received any vac except what she got at the breeders. She is almost 2. Last year we went duck hunting and a short time after getting home she got sick. (Our holistic vet was out of town and out of phone range.) That poor little girl was so sick we thought she was going to die. We took her into the emergency vet and they told us to just keep trying to get her to eat ect. She was not getting any better, so we took her to another ‘traditional’ vet down the road from us. After finding out that she has not been vaccinated, they tested her for Parvo. Sure enough.. the vet told us that being as sick as she was she would more than likely die. Otherwise we could take her to the Univeristy Hospital but that would mean she would have to stay there for about a week, they would hook her up to IV’s, and it would cost nearly 10K!!!! And still, there was a good chance she would die. While leaving, the vet told us to calll her every day and give her an update on the dog’s condition. A frantic ‘mom’ at this point, I tried our holistic vet again and reached her! It was 9:00 at night… and when I told her of the past week she met me at her office and gave me a couple of remedies and wanted updates frequently. I updated her sometimes twice a day, and when the ‘traditional’ vet called me 5 days later she was shocked when I told her that the dog was outside running and playing with her ‘sister’. Funny thing though, when I told her that, she asked what we had done, and as soon as I told her I got in contact with our holistic vet she practically hung up on me! Didn’t ask HOW the dog got better in 5 days, just didn’t want to know. .. SAD! I will tell you, I felt horrible and responsible that my dog contracted Parvo, but knowing what I know about vaccines, I just couldn’t bring myself to have the dogs go through that. Truth be told, my little girl’s immune system is stronger because of fighting off the Parvo!

    June 20th, 2013 12:58 pm Reply
    • Kathleen

      Oh, and I forgot to mention. Where did my little girl get the Parvo? We think it was from a puppy at duck camp that had just gotten her Parvo vax a few days earlier.

      June 21st, 2013 11:34 am Reply
  • Dorie Gamble via Facebook

    I had a dog get cancer on her leg where she got her rabies shots. The vet said it was not related. Of course research proved different. I only vaccinate now when I have to board them. I go way out of my way not to board them ever.

    June 20th, 2013 12:53 pm Reply
  • Cyndi Martinek Phillips via Facebook

    Roxie a rabies shot does not wear off and it’s been found that repeated shots can actually lessen their resistance to getting rabies so you aren’t helping your dogs by continuing to have them vacinated. Also, that particular shot has a lot of side effects that really screw up our pets in a lot of ways including giving them cancer and having them get autoimmune diseases. There are studies out there that show a single rabies vaccination lasts at least 7 years and probably a lifetime.

    June 20th, 2013 12:51 pm Reply
  • Lauren

    My german shepherd is unvaccinated, does NOT take worming meds and eats a raw diet. You would never know he was 10 years old. He acts like a puppy and has NO plaque on his teeth. Pharma can just Leave my well enough alone.

    June 20th, 2013 12:44 pm Reply
  • Lisa Benko via Facebook

    I cringe when I hear people use the ol polio line. I’ve got something to suggest you lookup —-> sv40. Research & educate your selves

    June 20th, 2013 12:40 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Brown via Facebook

    After my dog got the 3 yr rabies shot, she had seizure episodes for the rest of her life and kidney problems.

    June 20th, 2013 12:32 pm Reply
  • Susanna Carradine via Facebook

    Lyn should read this.

    June 20th, 2013 12:24 pm Reply
  • SawlFamily Matt Bogusia SawlSzymaniak via Facebook

    Don`t worry. So far, so good. Healthy diet, strong immune system, no nasty vaccs side effects. Same as with humans. And you are safe too 😉 Especially if your pets are vaccinated ;-)( if vaccines are effective, that is ;-P )

    June 20th, 2013 12:21 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    the delivery method of the antigen is important, too

    June 20th, 2013 12:14 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    hopefully, you don’t live in the Phx metro area; if you do, I also hope you can afford to deal with parvo treatment

    June 20th, 2013 12:13 pm Reply
  • Michelle Nihiser via Facebook

    so glad that the vet I worked for told clients vaccinations are way over rated and for most part not needed,,,, just money maker for the pharmaceutical companies and vets!!!!

    June 20th, 2013 12:12 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    You are paying for an annual physical exam for each dog, FYI. That does cost money. Do you think veterinary care should be $20?

    June 20th, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    There is no way to determine what caused your pet’s seizures, unless it has an infectious disease or a brain tumor.

    June 20th, 2013 12:04 pm Reply
  • Sherry McAnelly via Facebook

    I have had 3 pets die due to vaccines and a 4th had an anaphylactic reaction and I rushed to the vet to stop it. One died days after, one died in the car on the way home (he was a perfectly healthy cat when we brought him to the vet), and one had a vaccine site sarcoma. There is no way I am going to repeat this with my future pets or my children. Educate, don’t vaccinate.

    June 20th, 2013 12:03 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    Titers indicate antibodies but don’t guarantee immunity. It’s silly to deny titers, but be aware of what the titer means. In the Phx metro area it is extremely unwise, to put it mildly, to not be current on a distemper-parvo vx. If you google AAHA or AABP or AAFP & look up the core vaccine recommendations for cats & dogs. Likewise, if your cat is outside, it’s an extremely bad idea to not have an FeLV vaccine.

    June 20th, 2013 12:02 pm Reply
  • Gia Norini via Facebook

    I’m not sure how you run your practice, but I have changed vets recently because my vet did try to push a “regular’ yearly schedule with me and my boxer. When I requested titers instead, I was denied, so I took my pet elsewhere. Do offer titers in your practice to see if a booster is necessary? The only thing I do as scheduled is rabies because I have to legally (the police have actually stopped me when walking my dog to ask to see her rabies tags and make sure they were up to date).

    June 20th, 2013 11:59 am Reply
  • Anna Virnig via Facebook

    YES! Our Esso was suffering from some kind of skin issues. Vet recommended this and that medicines and shots, and I finally just stopped feeding him Blue Buffalo and went for AvoDerm (new natural dog food) and wow, there is a change! His skin issues went away, is back to normal, and he is feeling so much better.

    June 20th, 2013 11:53 am Reply
  • Cynthia

    Great article, Sarah!
    We share our home with six lovely felines. One of them was acquired from a home as a kitten. He had never been to a vet. He is the only one of the lot that has not been vaccinated. Bar none, he is the healthiest of the bunch. He displays his catness like I have never seen in all the cats I have loved.

    As much as I want to support shelters and rescue operations, I do not plan on using them in the future. I will use craigslist or the newspaper to find an unvaccinated kitten from a home litter. I know it will increase the chances of me having a cat that is healthy throughout its years.

    June 20th, 2013 11:51 am Reply
    • Cynthia

      After reading all these terribly sad stories I remembered that 20 years ago my dear ginger cat Raoul died of Feline Leuk after he was vaccinated for it. Breaks my heart to this day.

      I will choose not to ever vaccinate again. I have pet sitters come to the home and we have carriers for all 6 of them and a hurricane evacuation plan that includes the 6 cats in their carriers.

      June 21st, 2013 9:49 am Reply
  • Leah McCullough via Facebook

    I also think the dry animal food given to dogs and cats are also contributing to the epidemic of illnesses in these animals AND behavior issues. The dog training business is booming with all these dogs that are out-of-control.

    June 20th, 2013 11:49 am Reply
  • Sylvia Sylann Head via Facebook

    I would like to ad, there is certainly no harm in being pro-active and vigilant about it in the care of those that need our oversight. Children and animals.

    June 20th, 2013 11:42 am Reply
  • Alexis Kellington via Facebook

    Thanks for posting this. I have wondered if a rabies booster is necessary?? Especially if the dog has a history of seizures. I guess there is no way to know if they are still immune without doing a blood test.

    June 20th, 2013 11:42 am Reply
  • Sylvia Sylann Head via Facebook

    I simply cannot buy into the vaccine hysteria. Bad things happen, it’s true. But I am too old — almost 60 — and my memory reaches back to those _other_ bad things. German Measles, Polio, Rabies… The list is long. Those are truly BAD. We don’t see it now because of vaccines. Let me repeat: we don’t see these diseases and the death they bring because of vaccines. It is otherwise in other countries still. Pakistan. India. The reality of these diseases and what they do is heartbreaking. And these diseases are still alive and doing well.

    June 20th, 2013 11:39 am Reply
    • suzymoreland

      Not true. You can easily find the data that those diseases started declining long before the vaccinations became mainstream. Mainly due to sanitary advancements. What’s happening in Pakistan with the paralyzing form of polio is actually being caused by the oral polio vaccine they are using. It’s happening to people who have been vaccinated! Don’t buy the lies! Look it up for yourself. Plus, polio and measles are diseases that don’t normally do harm to healthy individuals. Sorry, but the news does not deliver “reality” to you. The stories are always much deeper.

      June 21st, 2013 5:15 pm Reply
      • qpro4inc

        Who fed you that heap of misinformation? Rabies is almost 100% fatal–fact! Louis Pasteur is credited with the first vaccine in the 19th Century. True history.

        Polio was a world wide scourge until the first vaccines. I can remember quarantines durint the summer and children in “iron lungs.” It was not curable and either killed or permanently crippled.

        You are sadly lacking facts and knowledge of history

        September 24th, 2013 9:21 am Reply
        • Bouncedancer

          Maybe you don’t know that the ONLY way polio was spread before vaccinations was via fecal contamination? Hence radical drop in the rate of polio when sanitation got pushed. After vaccinations the only way it was spread was via the live vaccines, which is why they were stopped in the US.

          In India The Gates Foundation has been pushing the polio vaccine big-time, with the result that well over 100,000 people there have gotten it from the vaccine, except they changed the name, to something like flaccid paralysis something, with identical symptoms to polio except deadlier or more injurious.

          Most people who were infected with polio did NOT end up in an iron lung. Most had only mild symptoms and recovered with few to no aftereffects.

          Vaccine injury is rampant. Besides a continuously increasing epidemic of autism (and, yes, it is listed on some of the vaccine inserts as a side effect!), we have an epidemic of allergies and autoimmune diseases. Peanut allergies never used to be deadly — hmmm, could it possibly be that peanut oil is one of the adjuvants in some of the childhood vaccines? That is, of course, in addition to mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, fetal cells, animal cells and other nasty stuff that the vaccines contain. Most of what we’ve been told about vaccines is hooey.

          May 23rd, 2016 11:54 am Reply
  • Lori

    We only have our dog’s vaccines updated when we travel and have leave him in a doggy daycare for a few hours which we rarely do. Thank god the last place we left him for a few hours didn’t care about the vaccines because he was going to be isolated (he’s not socialized). There’s also one that the groomers always want updated–borditella (sp?). I wonder, however, if the vaccines have caused some of his behavioral problems (he’ a little ADD) and have made some of his health problems worse (he has a heart condition which is common for his breed, but I still can’t help but wonder). He’s 18 and now his liver values are high, so I’m just going to flat out refuse them. The groomers at our vet won’t groom him because of his heart condition. Interestingly, my husband started making him homemade dog food and he has definitely gotten more chipper than he was. He is sleeping better too. We think the old dog food gave him tummy aches and affected his kidney and liver and just made him feel flat out crappy. Still at 18 he has his good and bad days.

    June 20th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Jen

    I have 4 cats, and they each received a few vaccines as kittens. Thankfully there were no issues. They’re completely indoor cats, and I quickly decided they didn’t need further vaccination. My older 2 are 15 years old, and doing pretty well for their age. My cats have had very few medical issues over the years, and are even healthier since I took them off dry food, and give them a combo raw / high quality canned food diet.

    June 20th, 2013 11:38 am Reply
  • Sharyn

    I am now wondering if this could have caused the tumors that my Lab/Springer mix has. He is 11 yrs and I have not seen improvement with holistic food and filtered water. I had hoped the tumor(s) would shrink, but now I wonder if it is from vaccinations. :(

    June 20th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
  • Jennifer L. Kehoe via Facebook

    Oh and if your breeder did not go to medical (vet) school… Don’t take their word for it. Call your vet

    June 20th, 2013 11:29 am Reply
  • Jennifer L. Kehoe via Facebook

    Vaccines in pets like with humans have their purpose. Parvo, distemper and Lepto are very real and dangerous to your pet and others. Be educated about what vaccines your pet needs. I stopped vaccinating my dog when he was 9 and my indoor cats at three.

    June 20th, 2013 11:26 am Reply
  • Beth

    I feel so fortunate to have a holistic vet that does not push vaccines like regular vets. My 18yo cat hasn’t had a vaccine in many years and he’s doing just fine (I give him a little bit of raw pastured liver every few days–an excellent vitamin pill).

    It’s disappointing that the Humane Society, for all its good work and good intentions, requires people to carry out the full vaccine schedule for adopted kittens and puppies, as far as I know.

    June 20th, 2013 11:26 am Reply
    • Beth

      Linda, I just found your articles on organic soil amendments on your website — terrific info!

      June 20th, 2013 11:51 am Reply
      • Linda Zurich

        Thanks, Beth!

        Our soils are utterly vital!

        They are the very ground of our being – both literally and figuratively – because ultimately the quality, health and fertility of our soils are absolutely integral to the health of all of us.

        However unfortunately much of our planet’s soils have been being systematically eroded, depleted and deadened through conventional agribusiness practices that include monocropping and the use of toxic petrochemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

        Foods grown in such lifeless soils are nutritionally bereft, and people and animals that eat such nutrient sparse foods for any length of time eventually suffer the detrimental health consequences that result from a lack of quality nourishment.

        This is why soil remineralization and replenishment is so important for those who are growing their own food, and why we should vote with our dollars and cultivate greater awareness around purchasing our food from others.

        One of the best ways to do this is by seeking out locally, organically and seasonally grown produce, and animal products derived from livestock raised on pasture. Connect with farmers and ranchers in your area who are committed to stewarding our lands, plants and animals consciously, rather than mindlessly exploiting them the way Big Agra does.

        If you need help locating resources for nutrient dense, locally produced food in your area, and great place to start is by contacting the local chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation nearest you.

        June 21st, 2013 1:10 pm Reply
  • Terry

    Children, adults and pets are bombarded with vaccines via the use of FEAR and GUILT. FEAR, that our child or pet WILL get whatever is ‘out there’ and GUILT that if we don’t vaccinate we are not PROTECTING our child or pet.
    As stated above, the LAW is that you are MANDATED to have RABIES vax. The chance of a rabid animal getting near my Maltese that stays indoors or my daughter’s Golden Retriever, is slim, yet it is the LAW! More and more exemptions are being taken away and people are FORCED to have their children vaccinated. WHY? PROFIT. To me, there is this brainwashing of “You CAN’T get sick.” I had measles, mumps, chicken pox. Never had a cold or flu due to a strong immune system. So what DO we do when we HAVE to board our pet? I make pet food from US Wellness pet burgers and do not even consider the crap vets sell. We moved to a state with HIGH tick infestation. I do not use any flea/tick or heartworm toxic chemicals. FIPRONIL was recommended by a Vet b/c it is “topical” He told me his staff had to have RABIES shots due to a “bat.” OK, so why don’t they have VACCINES for people against rabies? Why don’t people drink a toxic liquid every month to avoid mosquito bites? Most of know why. So, it begs the question, “What do we do?” It’s fine if we can keep our pet at home or travel via car, but what about overseas or interstate or if we need to go away? Until the LAWS are changed, people and pets are going to be subjected to harmful ingredients via FOOD and vaccines. We MUST step out of this ‘herd’ mentality and do everything to protect our family and pets. I’m frustrated that I don’t have the freedom to make decisions for my pets. Same for OUR food and vaccines.I will make homemade food, do EVERYTHING I can to circumvent the “system.” I refuse to use ANY flea/tick treatment other than diatomaceous earth, lavender/tea tree oil, cedar oil, garlic in food and blood tests every 6 months for heartworm. I will continue to search the net for ‘SAFE alternatives’ to poisoning myself or my dogs. WE have to support holistic vets and sites that give us info to. Did I miss anything?

    June 20th, 2013 11:25 am Reply
    • Queenbee9

      People DO get vaccinated against rabies. I have had the shot twice. Once in 1993 and again in 2000. If you work in an industry with live animals or a mfg facility that makes rabies vaccine, you have to get the shots. I had a titer in 1998 and was considered still covered under my first set of shots but when heading to another country and going in the jungles, I was told that my titer was borderline, and so got a booster for that trip, still, I have been titered since and I would say human rabies shots last about 5 to 10 years, it should be no different for dogs and cats.

      May 30th, 2016 10:08 am Reply
  • Patricia

    Hi Linda

    Every pet owners want to protect their pets, hence vaccination is “automatic”. About 20 years ago, I lost my senior dog (Shaggy) who was 11 years. After the vaccination, he was paralysed from the neck down and finally he was put to sleep. Older dogs do not need vaccination – give them proper diet, love, quality play time and excercise – in the end pet owners are stress free and happier people.

    June 20th, 2013 11:24 am Reply
    • Christina

      I am so sorry about Shaggy. Diet is the key in my opinion, as well as proper hygiene. With these, you shouldn’t need much else other than period supplements.

      Seriously people, some sources to back up the claims please?

      June 20th, 2013 12:24 pm Reply
  • Anita Bugges via Facebook

    I have been showing and breeding dogs for almost 40 years and have not given any adult dog or cat any vaccines for more than the last 30. (no rabies in this country) When I owned and ran boarding kennels I encouraged customers to refuse annual boosters and to look at homeopathy instead, or at the very least to not vaccinate more than every 3 years, to never vaccinate any animal 10 or over and to discontinue kennel cough shots, only do parvo/distemper because more antigens = more reactions.

    June 20th, 2013 11:22 am Reply
  • Marge Cunningham via Facebook

    Contact a holistic vet they belong to an organization- AHVMA. American holistic veterinarian medical assoc. for a local vet in your area. It’s on the web

    June 20th, 2013 11:21 am Reply
  • France

    I have heard this before and believe our pets are over vaccinated. But when you board your pets it is mandatory to have all their vaccines up to date. We are forced to over vaccinate.

    June 20th, 2013 11:21 am Reply
  • SawlFamily Matt Bogusia SawlSzymaniak via Facebook

    we are not vaccinating our pets and no health issues either.

    June 20th, 2013 11:19 am Reply
  • Alicia Cousineau-Ingram via Facebook

    If vaccinations ate not a way to make money why can I not go the the vet for less than $150. I have two dogs who are incredibly irritated after getting vacs. I love my vet but its ridiculous how many they need. We love in suburbia, the have a fenced in yard and sleep in crates. Their risk of getting anything is incredibly low. I’m sorry but I completely disagree that vacs are not about making money…thats a fact!

    June 20th, 2013 11:17 am Reply
  • Christina Chivers

    Could someone give me the original sources that show vaccines to be scientific fraud?

    June 20th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
    • Deb

      There are no credible ones.

      July 6th, 2013 8:40 am Reply
  • Kathy

    What about rabies vaccines? By law my dog has to be vaccinated for rabies; if she is not, I can’t license her in my state. If I don’t license her, well, I’m not sure what would happen, but I’m sure there would be legal ramifications if she ever bit anyone or there was ever a problem involving her.

    Cats are “required” to have rabies vaccines, but there is no licensing for them here.

    I can see not giving vaccines (and boosters) on most things, but rabies? We live way out in the country, surrounded by all sorts of wild animals that could be rabid.

    June 20th, 2013 11:13 am Reply
    • Libby

      Will your state/ county accept a titer test? mine does. Its MUCH better than overdosing your pets on toxic chemicals

      June 22nd, 2013 6:47 pm Reply
  • Tara Ledford via Facebook

    yeah kasey only has a few immunizations… :(

    June 20th, 2013 11:10 am Reply
  • Julie Johnson via Facebook

    We live in East Texas and by law for our County we must vaccinate our cats and dogs EVERY year in which they are using a three year vaccine. If we can not show proof of vaccination for rabies yearly they can put our pets in quarantine for 10 days if there is a question about rabies exposure.

    June 20th, 2013 11:10 am Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    As an actual veterinarian, I completely disagree with much of what is presented here. Stating opinions and calling them facts is not actually correct. People often foolishly believe undocumented or opinionated comments disguised as articles. If the author would actually do her own research, she would see that the vaccination schedules have changed. And unless the author wishes to pay to treat parvo or distemper (which may not be treatable at all in many cases) due to misguided people buying into hyperbole and not vaccinating their pets, the author should rethink her comments. All pets’ individual risk factors need to be evaluated to determine the best vaccination protocol for it, vs a cookie cutter approach made by certain corporate practices. Vaccinations are not a giant scam perpetrated by the evil, greedy vet just to get your money. Vaccinations are extremely critical to prevent rabies, parvo, and distemper & discouraging or damaging the veterinarian-client bond w/ pseudoscientific writings is a bad idea.

    June 20th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
    • Christina

      Could you provide evidence? Sources to back your statements?

      June 20th, 2013 12:20 pm Reply
    • Max R

      I’m also a vet and I agree completely with what Dr Nimitz is saying here. You only have to see one animal die a horrible death from a completely preventable disease before you understand just how important vaccination is.

      This article is filled with more half truths and misinformation than can be easily dealt with in a single comment. You should know however that any good vet will only recommend something because they have the best interests of your pet’s health at heart; we’re not in it to make money. We know the potential risks better than anyone but we still recommend vaccination because, for every vaccine reaction we see, we know that hundreds of lives are saved.

      June 20th, 2013 9:41 pm Reply
      • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

        As Linda stated in this article, the majority of vets totally don’t get it about overvaxing pets. It would hit their income HARD to do so, wouldn’t it? I wonder how much of your business in any given day is annual “booster” shots that are unnecessary? The rest of the animals coming in .. many have illnesses CAUSED by the excessive and unnecessary annual boosters. Max R, with all due respect, you are letting your paycheck affect your observation and thinking on the matter.

        June 21st, 2013 9:39 am Reply
      • Christina

        Max, you say it is horrible to see an animal die from a preventable disease, but isn’t it worse to see it die from the so-called ‘cure’? These diseases are less prevalent today mainly because of hygiene and good nutrition, not from vaccines. If you believe otherwise, then please provide the evidence. Please prove that the people who believe their animals have died from vaccine poisoning are wrong and that scientists have made comparable studies and that the scientists and backers are not subsidised by pharmaceuticals or have shares in pharmaceuticals. If this can not be done, surely this puts into question the validity of vaccine effectiveness?

        June 21st, 2013 9:52 am Reply
      • Christina

        BTW, do you know how vaccines are made and what they contain? The medical staff I have spoken to don’t and yet they are promoting the products. I find this negligent and criminal.

        June 21st, 2013 10:05 am Reply
      • Linda Zurich

        Even if, as you suggest Max, half of what I’ve written about the potential dangers of vaccines in this article is true, it’s still incredibly shocking, disturbing and worthy of further consideration and investigation!

        Vaccines, and the antibody production they trigger, do not create true immunity, nor do they necessarily prevent disease. Rather a healthy, well functioning immune system – fueled by things like high quality, nutrient dense nourishment, clean pure water, regular physical activity, fresh air and sunshine – is what truly does foster real immunity and prevent disease.

        Ask yourself this: if vaccines are so effective, why do those who advocate them insist that unvaccinated populations are a threat to those that have already been vaccinated?

        The simple fact that vaccine associated sarcoma is undoubtedly a very real side effect of vaccines is proof enough for me that issues involving the safety and efficacy of routine vaccinations begs further questioning and exploration.

        Ultimately effective immunity and resistance to ill health and disease arise, and always have, from the quality of the body’s internal terrain – not from the administration of pharmaceutical drugs.

        June 21st, 2013 12:43 pm Reply
        • Suzymoreland

          Vaccination is not the only preventative for disease. As was mentioned in the article, commercial dog food is not a healthy or natural diet. Veterinarians have no more expertise in the area of nutrition than any of the rest of us doing a well-rounded research over the Internet. We should not be discouraged from educating ourselves and making informed decisions about our pets, of which we see daily and can make thorough observation.

          June 21st, 2013 1:51 pm Reply
      • Hillari

        I believe that your dog/ cat should get there common vaccines like rabies and fvcrp and aids/leukemia when young. After that they are good to go. The immune system has built up the necessary titer needed to substain them through life. The issue is annual boosters and revaccinations. This is totally unnecessary and potentially harmful to the animal. The strain on the animals kidneys and inflammation in the body due to the immune response from the introduction of foreign toxic chemicals and antigens is dangerous. This is common sense. Do you get revaccinated for polio once vaccinated as a child? No I believe not it is unnecessary and animals have a stronger immune system than humans. This is the issue.. Over vaccination! These vaccines are also fairly cheap and can be purchased through you local SPCA. Vet practices do push vaccines on you that is a fact. Around 30% of you income comes from these vaccines. If it was not for the vaccines what would be the reason for pet owners to keep coming consistently and paying you. It is revenue that keeps your practise open. Not saying you have bad intentions and you want to rip people off but a profit needs to be made. Also it is sad to see animals die from negilance but it is also sad to see so many animals get chronically ill and immuno compromised due to the pressures and fears forced on pet owners to do something completely unnecessary to there pet. It is common sense. People do you research and think things through when making a decision. Do not let a person whether a doctor or not make decisions for you. Common sense and research is very wise.

        January 7th, 2014 3:48 am Reply
    • Linda Zurich

      You’re right, Christine, vaccinations are not so much a giant scam perpetrated by evil, greedy vets. Rather vaccines are designed and produced by soulless pharmaceutical corporations whose prime directive is making profits from repeat sales to multiple customers – not the health and well being of the domestic pet population.

      Many of these pharmaceutical companies have extremely deep pockets, and along with many wealthy commercial junk pet food companies, routinely make hefty contributions to veterinary schools. These companies’ financial support of vet schools invariably ends up heavily influencing curriculum. In addition, vet students are often wooed and given perks and other incentives by both pet food and pharma companies alike in order to create a strong customer base among those students who eventually graduate and open their own professional practices.

      This means that most all conventional vets have to at least some degree been educated and influenced by the very corporate entities that manufacture junk pet food and vaccines. Therefore the majority of vets sell junk pet food and administer vaccines to their clientele for profit.

      As is evidenced by a number of responses to this article written by people with first hand experience, (and many, many others whose pets have suffered as a result of being jabbed) vaccines 1) do not necessarily prevent the diseases they are designed to prevent, and 2) in some cases cause serious health damage. This is not my opinion. This is simply the truth.

      June 21st, 2013 12:18 pm Reply
    • JenG

      I understand what the two vets are getting at here to some extent. I do think this statement by the author of the article is over-the-top and a bit irresponsible:

      “More and more evidence is coming to light these days showing that vaccines are a scientific fraud and that they’re little more than a huge money making scam because they are neither safe nor effective.”

      Pet vaccines are effective, but the issue has to do with over-vaccination and this IS a very valid concern. I want my cats to be immunized, but I don’t want them to get “boosters” if they aren’t needed. Titers are one way you can show your cat or dog has immunity to these infectious diseases, and I hope they will be used more and more in the future, and become affordable. There may be issues with getting vet care for your pets if they aren’t ‘current’ on vaccines, and there are other issues – such as kenneling and the need for vaccines, etc. This is where titers will hopefully become more accepted. So it’s not just as simple as “don’t vaccinate your pets because it’s a scam”.

      I have seen kittens die from panleukopenia (often erroneously called “distemper”) and, yes, the vaccine IS effective and saves lives. BUT, why do vets keep sending out those little postcards in the mail for yearly boosters? Even when the AAFP guideline since 1998 has been “no more frequently than every three years” for the FVRCP vac/booster”. No, vaccines are not just a fraud or a scam, but there are real and serious issues with overvaccination in companion animals. Also, yes, I do believe some vets may use booster shots as a way to bring in animals for check-ups. I mean, would we really bring in young healthy pets every year if they didn’t need a “shot”. So there are issues here. And not enough vets comprehensively discuss the vaccine issue with clients (they never did with me). And yes, I think there are enough diseases to deal with (too many to name here) that vets don’t have to use booster shots as a way to bring in clients.

      I think vets would retain more clients if they had better discussions around the whole issue. My previous “feline-only” vet gave boosters to my older cat (14 or so) when he had a chronic disease and never discussed the issue with me — and I didn’t know any better then. I now know that was completely inappropriate and may have caused harm to my cat (there is research at CSU related to the FVRCP vaccine and kidney disease, which he did develop, so this will linger in my mind).

      Dr. Ronald Schultz is the preeminent researcher in veterinary immunology in the US and probably the world. He is a proponent of minimal vaccines. He says he only gives his pets the kitten or puppy round of vaccines, he then titers them to make sure they have immunity and doesn’t give any boosters for the rest of their lives. He gives the rabies boosters according to the law not because it’s “immunologically necessary”. That doesn’t mean everyone should do the same thing as Dr. Schultz does, but it says a lot. He does feel vaccines are necessary and effective, but he knows one or two properly timed vaccines will probably provide lifelong immunity to most pets. Dr. Schultz is also involved in the Rabies Challenge Fund research which has goals of extending the legal requirements of the rabies vaccines/boosters:

      Here is a great interview with Dr. Schultz:

      This is not always an easy, clear cut topic. And it’s hard for caregivers to know what to do when they get those little post cards about vaccine boosters. But we need to be balanced about the whole topic and not just have knee-jerk, absolutist ideas. Vaccines have done good, but we absolutely need to look at where they are being used inappropriately as well.

      June 25th, 2013 1:25 pm Reply
      • Janel

        Thanks for sharing the Dr. Schultz links!

        July 6th, 2013 10:30 pm Reply
  • Alexandra Davis via Facebook

    Yep! I brought my dog to a vet once and she overdosed her. I was livid. Same goes for human vaccines. It’s giving kids autism and seizures.

    June 20th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
  • Kathy Meier via Facebook

    Thank you for sharing this! We have had rabid skunks in our area as well, and our dog will chase anything that comes into the yard… we live in the foothills of CA. I have been so worried about giving her vaccines but wondering what to do about the rabies possibility. I was so glad to find this subject on facebook this morning! :)

    June 20th, 2013 11:09 am Reply
  • Dre Horton

    Thanks for the article. The only vaccine I ever do is rabies because I have to. My vet always gives me a hard time about it and guilt trips me as if I am a bad pet parent.

    June 20th, 2013 11:08 am Reply
  • BobbiSue Zimmer via Facebook

    Exactly why I only get the rabies vaccine and only because it’s mandated by law.

    June 20th, 2013 11:06 am Reply
  • Valerie Leuba via Facebook

    :( sorry about your baby.

    June 20th, 2013 11:03 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I don’t think there’s a problem with a rabies shot if you choose to go that route but booster shots every single year is unnecessary and a danger to our pet’s health. It’s the overvaccination that seems to be the worst threat to our pet’s health.

    June 20th, 2013 11:00 am Reply
    • JenG

      Sarah, it’s not just “overvaccination that seems to be the worst threat to our pet’s health.” Just like with humans, low quality and biologically inappropriate food, along with fillers and toxins are doing a huge amount of harm to companion animals as well. C’mon, you should realize this.

      Most dry food is full of grains – always GMO, since there aren’t really organic options for pets – and “meat” is usually leftover, non-human grade and by-products from our lovely industrial food system. We think the conventional food system is bad for us, but the pets get even worse. Cats are obligate carnivores, but many are getting lots of grain at every meal along with low quality protein and fat and other garbage.

      People are becoming educated about all of this though, both the food issue and also the vaccine issue. And just like with people, vets often are not giving good nutritional guidance, and heavily influenced by some”veterinary food manufacturers” who use some of the worst ingredients. I learned the hard way by having a beloved cat develop diabetes – yes, it happens to them too (insulin injections and all). The vaccine issue is important, but so is the fuel/food they are being fed day in and day out (can you imagine eating GMO corn at every meal!?).

      The rabies vaccine is usually required by law with boosters usually every one to three years (depending on your local laws) but there is research going on right now by the Rabies Challenge Fund, with hopes of showing the duration of immunity is at least 5 – 7 years and then extending the legal requirements for the rabies vaccine.

      June 25th, 2013 12:22 pm Reply
  • PC Knapp via Facebook

    Timely article! Thank you!

    June 20th, 2013 10:59 am Reply
  • Kristen

    This article is pretty close to my heart right now. My sweet miniature poodle, who is about 15 years old now, has mammary cancer–likely caused from being spayed late in life (about age 6) when she was taken to a shelter. I adopted her about 3 weeks later and have had her for 9 years. I was initially told by 2 different vets to just watch the bump and as long as it didn’t start growing rapidly, she wasn’t in any danger and we should just wait and see. We’ve since moved and I had to get a new vet, whom I took Claire to when the tumor started to grow in size. She almost had me in tears in our appointment a few months ago, basically telling me what a horrible pet parent I was because I hadn’t immediately gone with chemotherapy/surgery for my dog and instead took a conservative approach (again, recommended by not one, but two veterinarians) and that I do not get my dogs annual vaccinations, nor do I have them on flea/tick treatment. She gave me a huge story about how I was endangering my infant at home because of possible worms. (Look, I lived on the Texas gulf coast in one of the worst mosquito-laden environments ever for five years. If they didn’t pick up heartworms then, they’re not going to now that I’ve moved to a place that has few mosquitoes.) It was just this hour long lecture (that she wrapped in a gentle voice, like she was trying to be nice) on how neglectful I’ve been to my dogs–when that is absolutely not the case. To the contrary, I believe most of those chemicals are crap and not needed. And I’ve followed the advice of other veterinarians.

    So I started doing more research after she told me that I’d been so neglectful that I was going to have to put my dog down in probably 2-3 months. I’ve been treating her with homeopathics and I’ve got her on a dehydrated raw dog food diet. Within days, she was back to the happy dog she’d been and she has more energy than she has in years. I also think some of the swelling in her tumor area has gone down. I’m not sure the homeopathic route will completely cure her of cancer. But if it makes her enjoy the time she has left with us (after all, she is a 15-year-old dog, with or without cancer, she is at the high end of her lifespan) then that’s good enough for me. And I know I’ve done the right thing by feeding her the best food out there (not that Science Diet crap they tried to get me to buy at the vet’s office) and treating her with gentle homeopathic medicines that work with her body vs a bunch of toxic shots for conditions she doesn’t have and diseases she’ll never come in contact with because she’s an indoor poodle who doesn’t go to kennels and even gets groomed in the comfort of her own home.

    June 20th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
    • watchmom3

      Kristen, I am so sorry that that vet behaved so outrageously! My Mom was treated the same way by an M.D., when she declined to take statins for her cholesterol! This is just shameful by these supposedly educated professionals. They need to THINK for themselves and let others do the same. Sorry..just a little rant! Anyway, what are you feeding? My dog has some sort of mite which I know only attacks a weakened immune system. I need to change her diet. She is still a puppy, 8 months, and very large one! Anyway, I am all about holistic, organic, just stuff the way God made it, but I haven’t been able to beat this, just hold it at bay. Thanks for any info you might have!

      June 20th, 2013 12:44 pm Reply
      • Kathy

        watchmom3, try a combination of diatomaceous earth, grape seed oil and coconut oil in an empty clean ketchup bottle. Rub it all over your pet everyday for 8 weeks and you will kill whatever it is. The diatomaceous earth is a natural organic mechanical pesticide. If you want you can also put in a couple drops of neem, tea tree, karanja oils which kill mites as well. Essential oils of lavender,eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary act as deterrents, but do not kill. fyi diatomaceous earth also works to kill fleas…..How do I know this sadly my 6 y.o. brought home the scabies mite to our family from kindergarten last year. I know dogs can’t get the human form of scabies, but they can get something similar. Best of luck! It takes diligence.

        June 20th, 2013 2:50 pm Reply
        • Erin

          It is my understanding that diatomaceous earth wont work if it gets wet because it is to be eaten. Neem worked GREAT on my daughter’s scabies and should work on any kind of mite. It killed them overnight, but I kept treating for about a week to make sure they didn’t migrate! Also, diatomaceous earth can be used by itself on pets for fleas. Just sprinkle it on! Easy and safe!!

          June 23rd, 2013 6:34 pm Reply
    • Queenbee9

      Kristen: bed side manners are everything! Get a different vet. chemo is the best way to kill anything. I worked in antineoplastic (chemo meds) for years. NO.

      Many tumors on pets even though growing are fatty lymphomas. They are benign even though they grow. If the only symptom your pet has is the growth but no coughing or blood or anything else, you may wish to get more than one opinion. Surgery is a last resort because like in humans, there is no cure, just a longer time to die (we say we cure breast cancer because anyone surviving any cancer longer than a certain time period is called a survivor even if they ultimately dies.

      My mom was a survivor of lung cancer and is listed as such. She contracted it in one year and lived longer than 6 months so when she died in the 2nd year they congratulated the family on having a lung cancer survivor. Her cancer was 98% fatal with most dying within the first 3 to 6 months after diagnosis.

      It is all a scam.

      That said, what you said about heartworm and mosquitoes is not true. It also makes no sense. If you lived in deep Texas and never had an accident with your car does it mean where you live now you cannot have an accident because there are less drivers?

      You have been negligent, but instead of being upset with the past (which no one can change) redirect your mindset for the future.

      All it takes is ONE infected mosquito, and they don’t have to fly in from Texas. We had a dog die of heartworms and we lived in the Midwest and back then had very few mosquitoes. It is a terrible death. As is distemper, all preventable but my dad (like you) assumed WHERE he lived and past experience determined the spread of a disease.

      Of course it does not, vectors or disease carriers MOVE around and if they come in contact with an infected animal ..just ONE they can spread that disease around and what was never in a place can end up in a place.

      Of course that one animal, would have to have not been vaccinated and brought into that area by a pet owner who assumed his/her pet needed no vaccination, but anyone within a 50 mile area would then be susceptible. That is how disease is spread, from neglect of one, then a vector then the spread to all nonvaccinated or many within a population. This goes for humans and animals.

      Have a vet check out your pet for a fatty lymphoma, if she has no other symptoms let her live out her life until there are adverse symptoms, it is not uncommon for dogs to get benign tumors and live for many years. We had a chow mix who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2008 and they wanted to operate but my husband who is also a vet said it was a fatty lymphoma so we did not get the operation. In the fall of 2015, Charlie left our home and never came back. He just went into the woods. He was almost 18 and practically blind but he left to die on his own terms and it was NOT due to that large lump which by then, grew to the size of a soft ball.

      May 30th, 2016 10:02 am Reply
  • Diane Ritenbaugh McIver via Facebook

    I stopped having my cat vaccinated 6-7 years ago after I read how harmful they were to animals. Before doing that however my cat was having recurring bladder infections and suffering quite a lot because of them. But since stopping the vaccines he has only had one, to the best of my recollection. He doesn’t need their stupid vaccines and/or rabies shots because he is a totally indoor cat and never goes outside.

    June 20th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
    • JenG

      What do you feed your cat? As you may know, dry food food is really not good for them and contributes to urinary issues (shown in research) – due to the lack of moisture and the grain content increases urine PH. Plus, cats are obligate carnivores and should be getting species appropriate food – meat, organs, bones in balanced amount. Canned food is much better than dry, though raw food and homeprepared can be a great option if prepared properly and balanced so cats get all the essential nutrients. See Dr. Lisa Pierson’s site.

      June 25th, 2013 12:39 pm Reply
  • Kat

    Thank you for this interesting article. Our 2 dogs are up for their boosters. The Rabies vaccine I can understand giving to them. It’s only given every 3 years and you can’t license your dog without it where we live. As for humans, the list of pet vaccines is getting longer.

    June 20th, 2013 10:56 am Reply
  • Alissabeth Taylor via Facebook

    Honestly haven’t taken my pets to the vet in years. They are indoors all the time. Interesting to read, thanks!

    June 20th, 2013 10:53 am Reply
  • Garney Barnes via Facebook

    Heres another story about human vaccines..

    June 20th, 2013 10:51 am Reply
  • Tara Ledford via Facebook

    Alexandra Davis reminded me of you…..

    June 20th, 2013 10:50 am Reply
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  • Crystal Powers via Facebook

    My dog has had severe reactions the past two years, no more!

    June 20th, 2013 10:44 am Reply
  • Alexis Eisenhart via Facebook

    As a registered veterinary technician, I completely agree with this. I remember when I was in school talking about how we overvaccinate our animals as so many of the vaccines administered are designed to last 3, 5, 7 + years but we still require yearly revaccination. Thanks for sharing!

    June 20th, 2013 10:44 am Reply
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  • Peeling Back the Onion Layers via Facebook

    I also lost a pet to over-vaccination. Never again.

    June 20th, 2013 10:41 am Reply
  • Angela Knapp Skelly via Facebook

    Wow, I didn’t know they vaccinate pets, but I am not surprised!

    June 20th, 2013 10:41 am Reply
  • Tina

    Any recommendations for people that have to board their dogs at kennels. Our grandchildren live out of state and we’d never get to see them if we didn’t travel and board our two doggies. I hate vaccinating them but the kennels won’t take them unless they are. All of our nieces and nephews have outgrown the “house and dog sitting” job. Anyone think of a solution for this one? I don’t put that flea and tick chemical crap on them (e.g. Frontline) – I just lie to the kennel and say I did. I hate lying to people but I can’t even imagine pouring those chemicals on my doggies – let alone letting family members pet them after that is on them!

    June 20th, 2013 10:36 am Reply
    • Kristen

      Tina, there is a section on for petsitters. You can browse their caregivers (although you do have to sign up for a one-month membership at minimum to contact them, but that’s still cheaper than shots and a kennel) or post an ad of your own for what you specifically need.

      June 20th, 2013 10:58 am Reply
      • Crystal jean

        Any one know any alternatives to the boardatella vaccine. Commonly known as kennel cough? We don’t board. But my concern is for dog parks or pet friendly stores.

        June 23rd, 2013 11:06 am Reply
    • Lori

      I’ve noticed dog sitter cards at my vet. Maybe check around at some of the vets and see if they recommend anyone.

      June 20th, 2013 11:29 am Reply
    • Stacey

      Tina, find a kennel that will accept titres in place of vaccines.

      June 23rd, 2013 12:17 am Reply
    • Steph

      You could try typing “pet sitter” and your city or zip code and seeing what comes up. You will likely find pet sitters in your area with websites that can help you. I am a pet sitter, and I do not require proof of anything to visit pets.

      Make sure the company you go with is insured and bonded. Several states may have a state-wide organization similar to the one here in Georgia (the Georgia Network of Petsitting Professionals), where the members have to show proof of their insurance and bonding to be part of the organization. It may be a little more costly to have a pet sitter come over than boarding them, but ask yourself how much is your pet’s health and comfort worth?

      June 23rd, 2013 9:15 pm Reply
    • Queenbee9

      It would be a great idea.. for YOU to find out just what diseases are spread in animals (dogs) by fleas and ticks. Some of them are deadly. I find several things alarming about your post and sad too because this article is not about not vaccinating which most of us realize is necessary. It is about overvaccinating which is probably not necessary and is just a scam.

      There are many deadly diseases that animals can get and spread to other animals easily and some also spread to humans.

      Unlike people, animals get infected much more easily due to their nature.. they like to sniff, roll in, lick , pee on, and eat other animals. Some of those animals can be infected with anything from rabies which is almost 100% fatal if untreated not just to the dog but to anyone else who contracts the virus including humans*

      Other diseases such as Bordatella or kennel cough are annoying and can be dangerous. to board you must get a Bordatella shot, you have to get one each time, you should not titer bordatella. Why? Because the virus changes or can change and so only the latest cocktail will do–same reasons humans get new flu shots each season.

      Sarcoptic mange, the plague (bubonic and pneumonic) rabies, toxoplasmosis and many other diseases can be EASILY caught by your pet and passed on to yo or other people including your grandkids and terrible things can result.

      The problem here is most people do not know what a vaccine is and is not. If you knew what they were, then you might understand why you don’t LIE or not give them to your pets or your kids.

      If you know what they are , then you would also understand why it is ridiculous to give pets the same vaccines year after year and why it is a scam.

      *Most pets and people who contract rabies do not go crazy and foam at the mouth and do not bite other things. They die before that. The virus is contagious very soon after contracted even in the incubation period and if not treated within a certain time span is almost 100% fatal.

      Humans who get rabies shots and have to work in facilities dealing with rabies must get vaccinated then titered after 5 years. I worked in a rabies vaccine facility and so had to get the rabirs shot and titered. I had a titer at 5 years (and was fine) and had to get new shots at 15 years because the titer was too low.

      15 years. If the same is true for pets, then they should not need more shots after the initial series for many years, no one has bothered to establish this in order to save owners the worry and money and pets the discomfort.

      It is important to realize when vaccinating yearly that the cocktail or virus is NOT the same year after year even if it is the same disease. Viruses are made from a wild strain of a disease usually “captured” at a university.

      It is then “passaged” or grown out and regrown out over and over each time weakening it so that it can be made into a vaccine. The virus sometimes is so virulent (powerful) it has to be killed to be used as weakening a virus is a gamble as it can turn back with a very strong MOI (multiplicity of infection)

      This reversion is not unusual. After passaging a certain amount of the protein coat or bits of the virus are ensured to be in each culture and this is what ends up in the vaccine. It is then injected into someone or something and the body MARKS that virus so that if it ever shows up in the future, it can fight it off.

      The marking is called the antigen response and it is specific to every virus.

      The body produces FIGHTERS to a virus.

      Fighters are called the “antibody response”

      So the body makes an “antibody response” after being exposed AGAIN to an antigen marker .

      NOTE–the first time your body is exposed to a disease it often does NOTHING for a while because it does not know that the substance is harmful, if it waits too long, the person gets really sick or dies but that is not all, many viruses know how to hide or mimic looking like the body’s own cells so the body cannot find the disease.

      HIV is like that as is Hep C. They learn to hide so well that it is difficult to make a vaccine for these two diseases because the dead form may not show up ever in a real infection (it has various forms it can take) and it mimics our own body cells unique to each person, so it did no good to show various forms if it was not from your body.

      All that, to say this: Vaccines are NOT the problem. Not in pets or humans. What are the problems are what is used or put in the vaccine to “carry it” many of the products are named here, but products harmful to humans can also be in the stoppers, glass or plastics the products are in.

      There is a reason some products come in dark glass bottles and others in clear bottles. When stuff in the bottle can break down and react badly to the active ingredient, it has to be put in darker glass so light can not as easily break it down. Keep all dark colored bottles in a dark, place.

      Your pet needs vaccinations. Humans need vaccinations, but neither need them over and over again and you have to make sure certain chemicals are not in the vaccines, but if you forgo vaccines entirely, you will be in trouble.

      NOTE: If ever it is found out you are lying to a boarding facility about the vaccinations of your animal and they are failing to have you produce adequate documentation; they can be shut down and you can have your animals removed and be fined or even charged, so be careful who you share that kind of info with.

      May 30th, 2016 9:44 am Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Vaccines are a huge profit source for the Veterinarian industry, which is why you have so many pet vaccinations, and the yearly booster shots.

    Greed for money drives the medical industry, both for people and animals. This is so wrong.

    June 20th, 2013 9:45 am Reply

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