Dog Vaccinations
A Controversial Conundrum

The topic of dog vaccinations is a real can of worms. There are some good arguments for, but there are also good arguments against this practice. Common consensus opinion holds that vaccines are harmless. That wisdom is rarely questioned. In fact it is seen as a greater guarantee of good health, but is it really? People argue about it, doctors and vets argue about it and everyone has an opinion about it. Let's not fight!

dog vaccinations, puppy shots, dog vaccinesHe doesn't look very happy about this, does he? He also doesn't have a choice, but YOU do!


Are Vaccines Harmful?

Have you ever considered the possibility that dog vaccinations do more harm than good? Some holistic veterinarians are saying that dog vaccines are the leading cause of other dog health problems.

I fully understand and agree, that we must protect our dogs from serious disease, however, what is the trade off? What does your dog have to give up, what damage does he have to sustain, in order to be protected for life? Herein lies the condundrum! Is the potential damage greater than the potential benefit gained?

All dogs, must be given the rabies vaccine. This is the law in all states and Canadian provinces. Anything else is NOT required by law. So please know this and make your decision understanding that you have the right to choose whether to give your dog the recommended ' core vaccines ' and others, or not.

Puppy shots are given at varying intervals when the animal is young, and then yearly or every three years, after that. Over the course of your dog’s lifetime, that is a lot of vaccinations.

What Exactly is In Dog Vaccinations?

A little bit of the disease of course, which gives your dog a little bit of the disease to build up antibodies. So what's the big deal? Here's the problem. Most dogs are given ' vaccine cocktails ' which include the ' core vaccines '.

  • parvovirus vaccine
  • distemper vaccine
  • adenovirus vaccine 

What Else is Included
In That Nasty Looking Needle?

There are also other chemicals and compounds used in vaccines to preserve and stabalize increasing the vaccine effectiveness and strength. ' Adjuvants ' includes things like...


  • formaldehyde - a chemical gas used as a preservative
  • mercury - ethylmercury contained in Thimersol is used as a preservative against pathogens such as bacteria an fungus.
  • aluminum - various aluminum compounds are used in vaccines to boost the immune system response
  • antibiotics - are often used to prevent bacterial contamination

One Size Does Not Fit All
When It Comes to Doses of Dog Vaccinations

This is where it gets realy dicey! My concern is for small dogs because the risk of side effects and potential danger increases exponentially. All dogs regardless of size receive the same amount of vaccine.

So it doesn't matter if your dog weighs 6 lbs or 160 lbs, the dose is the same. All dogs are required to get 1 ml of vaccine regardless of the size of the dog.

This is especially dangerous when it comes to the adjuvant additives. Small dogs will get the same amount of toxic chemical compounds, preservatives and heavy metals as bigger dogs. This is not good. Side effects can start to be noticed within 72 hours. If you choose to vaccinate, keep your eyes open for noticeable changes that can include...

  • lack of appetite, no interest in eating
  • lethargy, low energy
  • fever, he feels hot or swollen somehere on the body
  • organ inflammation, pancreatitis
  • stiff sore joints
  • allergy flare up
  • skin breakouts
  • bleeding gums
  • seizures
  • red inflammed bump at the injection site
  • digestive upset, vomiting, diarrhea
  • hind end muscle weakness
  • behavioral problems, aggression, destructve behavior, separation anxiety

Of course all of these things can be the result of other things, but if they occur within 72 hours to a week or two of dog vaccinations, I would be suspicious. Vaccine side effects are notoriously under reported, so the incidence of vaccine related illness is much higher than you might be aware of. It pays to do your homework on this topic.


What is the Best Dog Vaccination Schedule?

Originally, dog vaccinations were intended to do good. Over the last few decades animal vaccines have become a multi- billion dollar industry. This is now big business like any other.

Veterinarians, although they have the best of intentions, have shared in the profits. What about annual re-vaccinations? What a great source of residual income. Nothing wrong with that but, to what detriment? More sick dogs?

So now what? Although I cannot tell you to stop vaccinating your dog, it would seem wise to keep the use of dog vaccines to a bare minimum. The most up to date information available assures us that vaccine protection will last a minimum of 5 years and very likely longer. Here's a great page to help you decide upon an effective dog vaccination schedule.

What Else Can You Do?

Strive for the best health you can give your dog naturally. You can boost immunity by providing the best dog food you can afford and supplementing daily. Finally, search for a good holistic veterinarian in your area. You need a vet who will work with you to understand both the benefits and detriments of vaccinating your dog. You might have to do a little work to find one. The results will be worth it.

I'll leave you with this short video I did with my friend and associate Andrea Partee at Three Little Pitties.com. We're talking about our experiences with clients as it regards the dog vaccination controversy. We speak to many hundreds of people every month, and so may have a different perspective on this vaccine conundrum. I hope it helps you make the best decision for your dog.



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