Today I’m writing about a topic that makes me want to reach for a blood pressure pill: annual vaccination of dogs.
Annual vaccination is unnecessary and dangerous for your dog. And despite what we know about the risks, it seems to be on the rise.
Experts like leading veterinary immunology researcher Ronald D Schultz PhD proved decades ago that most dogs will be protected for many years (and probably for life) by one round of core vaccines as puppies – usually when they’re about 16 weeks old.
This table is from Dr Schultz’s research on over 1,000 dogs and shows the duration of immunity of the core vaccines from both challenge (exposure to the real virus) and serology (antibody titer results):
Table 1: Minimum Duration of Immunity for Canine Vaccines
Minimum Duration of Immunity
Methods Used to Determine Immunity
|Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)|
|Rockbom Strain||7 yrs / 15 yrs||challenge / serology|
|Onderstepoort Strain||5 yrs / 9 yrs||challenge / serology|
|Canine Adenovirus-2 (CAV-2)||7 yrs / 9 yrs||challenge-CAV-1 / serology|
|Canine Parvovirus-2 (CAV-2)||7 yrs||challenge / serology|
So, after their puppy shots, most dogs don’t need to be re-vaccinated ever, let alone year after year after year.
Dr Schultz reports:
“The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given. Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated.”
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have announced publicly that annual vaccination is unnecessary and can be harmful.
But they do nothing to stop vets from vaccinating more often than necessary.
the rest of the article is linked above. well worth the time to read. if you have a pet and value his or her life. It is worth researching yourself the damage caused by over vaccinations sold by vets.
15% of the income of a clinic comes from vaccines. 65% comes from the disease and life long damage as a result of those same vaccines. it is a money making racket. just like the medical industrial complex for humans. So too is the animal medical clinics in the business for creating life long patients. The life of the pet be damned!
we have to be our own vets as well as our own doctors. Take care of ourselves and our pets because in today’s age of greed and corporations taking over even the small clinics it is all about profits not health. our lives and our pets lives depend on what we learn for ourselves.