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Ten Vaccine Myths


Myth No. 1

Vaccines protect our dogs against disease, helping to ensure they live long, healthy, happy lives.


Vaccines only sometimes protect our dogs against disease (if at all). Scientific studies into human vaccines have shown that just as many vaccinated people, and sometimes more vaccinated people, contract diseases as do unvaccinated people.

A study conducted by Canine Health Concern during 1997, involving 2,700 dogs, showed that 68.2% of dogs in the survey with parvovirus contracted it within three months of being vaccinated. Similarly, 55.6% of dogs with distemper contracted it within three months of vaccination; 63.6% contracted hepatitis within three months of vaccination; 50% contracted parainfluenza within three months of vaccination; and every single dog with leptospirosis contracted it within that three month timeframe.

So vaccines represent – at best – only a 50/50 chance of protection. But if you doubt the validity of the CHC survey, ask around. It won’t take long to find people whose dogs contracted these diseases shortly after being vaccinated.

Myth No. 2

Vaccines have eradicated epidemics.


Vaccine manufacturers like to claim this. But research shows that vaccines are generally introduced after the disease has died out: diseases die out after 67% of a population has been exposed to it. The smallpox vaccine is often quoted as having eradicated smallpox. In fact, scientists stopped using it when they finally admitted that it was causing too many side-effects.

Only then did the disease die out.

There are strong arguments to suggest that vaccines keep diseases in the eco-system. For example, the only cause of polio in the USA today is the vaccine itself. (You can get polio if you change the nappy of a baby who has recently been vaccinated against polio.) Vaccines also shed into the environment, so a vaccinated or unvaccinated dog or cat can contract a disease from the urine and faeces of a vaccinated dog or cat.

Myth No. 3

Vaccines are extremely safe.


No-one can legitimately claim that vaccines are safe – because no-one has conducted the necessary research to make that claim. There are no long-term studies to show the long-term effects of vaccines on humans, let alone dogs.

Myth No. 4

Only a tiny minority of genetically-susceptible dogs will suffer adverse reactions to vaccines.


Whilst some dogs will have genetic weaknesses that make vaccines more dangerous to them, there are many other factors which can put your dog at risk.

Vaccine manufacturers warn, in their data sheets, that the following factors can render vaccines harmful (they use the phrase, “immunocompetence may be compromised” ):

1. if the dog is genetically defective
2. if there is something wrong with the dog’s diet
3. if the dog was unhealthy when vaccinated
4. if the dog is stressed at time of injection
5. if the dog’s immune system is incompetent
6. if the dog is exposed to a virus shortly after vaccination
7. if the dog is taking immune suppressant drugs such as steroids
8. if the vet stores and handles the vaccine inappropriately
9. if the dog is incubating disease at the time of vaccination

And if no-one is recording the adverse effects of vaccines effectively, then how can anyone say only a ‘tiny minority’ have adverse reactions? In the UK, vets are asked (not compelled) to report adverse reactions if they suspect an adverse vaccine reaction. If a dog falls down having an epileptic fit within half an hour, ten days, or a month of vaccination, the vet very often fails to suspect a link – even though vaccines are known to cause epilepsy, and the human Vaccine Damage Compensation Unit has paid up to £30,000 to parents whose children were made epileptic by vaccines. Even if the vet does suspect a link, there is no law to make him report the suspected reaction. Many vets are too busy to complete the necessary paperwork. The same applies to other diseases which many scientists contend are vaccine-related – such as skin disease, arthritis, cancer, encephalitis, etc.

Myth No. 5

“I am a vet, and I have only seen one vaccine reaction in 20 years’ of practice.”


You only think you have seen one vaccine reaction in twenty years of practice! Vets have been trained to look for an immediate reaction – where the dog is allergic to the vaccine (this allergy is the basis for the genetic link claim). In the event of an allergic reaction – sometimes called anaphylaxis or a hypersensitivity reaction – the vet is advised to inject adrenalin into the animal to save his life.

Because vaccine components can remain in the system for long periods of time, and because most of these disease take time to show themselves, causal link is rarely established. Unless, that is, scientists take the time (despite fears that their funding might be withdrawn by the pharmaceutical industry) to study the facts.

Research papers published by eminent scientists show that the following diseases can be caused by vaccines:

Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia

A dreadful disease that usually kills a dog within days. Progress of the disease closely resembles the last stages of AIDS. Cancer – Dr Denis W Macey was reported in an American veterinary paper as saying that up to 22,000 cats develop cancer at the site of vaccination every year in the USA.

The Salk Polio Vaccine

Administered to thousands of people in the 1950s and ’60s was contaminated with a Simian (monkey) retrovirus (called SV40) that has been found at human cancer sites. An Avian (bird) retrovirus has also been found at human cancer sites, suspected to have come from the MMR vaccine. Monkey kidneys, chick embryos, dog brains and kidney, and cat brains and kidneys are all commonly used as vaccine culture media. If the animal used as a culture medium for vaccines carries a retrovirus and this is undetected and left in the vaccine, the vaccine can permanently alter the genes of the animal or human receiving the vaccine.

Genetic defects

The significance of vaccines’ gene altering potential is alarming. For example, SV40 has been found at cancer sites belonging to the children of people who received the SV40-contaminated Salk Polio vaccine. SV40 switches off the part of the DNA that protects from cancer, and this defect can be inherited.

Although the British government was informed that the polio vaccine was contaminated at the time, they took the decision to use it anyway. Records have now been destroyed (to protect the guilty?). Once it was decided it was too risky to continue using the contaminated vaccine on the UK population, it was sold overseas to unsuspecting ‘foreigners’.

So God help your dog. Thyroid disease is inheritable; and this can be caused by vaccines. Once a dog has underlying thyroid disease, he or she only needs a trigger – from a vaccine, an environmental pollutant, from stress, or from dietary inadequacies – to develop full-blown autoimmune diseases. Thyroid disease can often be undetected. For example, behavioural problems, hormonal imbalances, nymphomania, and coat loss can by symptoms of thyroid disease, but are often treated at face value without establishing the underlying cause.


Dr Jean Dodds, one of the world’s foremost experts in canine vaccine reactions, says: “Recent vaccinations with single or combination modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are increasingly recognised contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure, and organ dysfunction.”

Dr Dodds lists leukaemia, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, diabetes, and lymphoma as diseases that can be triggered by vaccines.


Yes, parvovirus was created by vaccines. This disease didn’t exist prior to the 1970s. In fact, scientists tell us it was created by vaccine manufacturers who cultured the distemper vaccine on cat kidneys that were infected with feline enteritis. This cat-enteritis-diseased distemper vaccine was then injected into dogs around the world, and parvovirus reared its ugly head around the world at the same time. Similarly, human AIDS is thought by some scientists to be a vaccine-induced plague. HIV (humans), FIV (cats), and SIV (monkeys) are closely related viruses. Two separate scientific papers link the emergence of HIV in humans with the use of SIV-infected polio vaccines (cultured on monkey kidneys) on male homosexuals in New York, and innocent citizens of the Belgian Congo.


If there is a history of arthritis, epilepsy or allergies in a human family, doctors will often refrain from vaccinating a child. Arthritis is an inflammatory (hypersensitivity/allergy) disease. Vaccines contain various components, including serum (often bovine serum posing a BSE type threat), formaldehyde, aluminium, and mercury. Is it any wonder that an animal might become hypersensitive or inflamed after having these poisons injected into hm? According to one vaccine manufacturer, vaccines that are cultured on animal tissue can contain ‘extraneous proteins’ that can cause autoimmune diseases. Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and it was found in the CHC survey to manifest in clusters nine months after vaccination. Animals with a genetic pre-disposition to allergies (ie ‘people’ from families with a history of irritable bowel syndrome/Crohns disease/enteritis, asthma, hay fever, eczema, and so on), can become more allergic, or become highly sensitised, when you inject foreign proteins (serums and organ tissue) into them. Veterinary manuals talk openly about serum reactions.


There are many, many research papers showing a link between allergies and vaccines.
In 1983, for example, Frick and Brooks published a paper to show that inhalant allergies (such as atopic dermatitis) have developed in dogs when vaccinated with distemper, hepatitis and leptospirosis vaccines just prior to, but not after, exposure to pollen extracts. ‘Atopic’ means an inherited pre-disposition to produce excess amounts of IgE antibodies in response to antigens (the things the animal is allergic to such as pollen, flea bites, dust mites, etc.). As a result the allergic individuals suffer chronically irritating skin inflammations. Other organs may exhibit signs of hypersensitivity causing, for example, conjunctivitis or rhinitis. Homoeopathic vets treat a large proportion of skin problems as ‘vaccinosis’ (a morbid reaction to vaccines).


As stated earlier, it is scientifically recognised that vaccines can cause epilepsy in humans. Dr Hans Selye published a famous paper in ‘Nature’ in 1936 which explained how an organism will react to a massive challenge (such as a vaccine). Every system of the body springs into action, and a hormone called DOC can be released. This hormone can cause brain lesions and destruction of large parts of the brain. Epilepsy is a neurological (brain) condition. In addition, this brain damage can lead to behavioural problems. Harris L Coulter has published a very convincing argument to suggest that unprovoked aggression in humans has its base in encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) caused by vaccines.

Myth No. 6

Vaccine manufacturers have to undergo stringent procedures and tests to ensure safety.


OK, partly true . . . vaccine manufacturers have to go through safety procedures and tests, but to claim that these tests are stringent is highly subjective. How, then, did SV40 get through; how did the avian virus get into the MMR vaccine; how did parvovirus slip through the net; and how did AIDS suddenly arrive from nowhere? In actual fact, no-one is permitted (in the UK at least) to test the viral component of a veterinary vaccine except a vaccine manufacturer. They are the only ones with a license to do it. This means that if you suspect a vaccine killed your puppy, you have to take the vaccine company’s word for it if they say it didn’t.

There’s no-one to go to if you want an independent check.

Myth No. 7

It’s better to risk a vaccine reaction than subject my dog to these deadly killer diseases.


Firstly, very few of the classic canine diseases are deadly.

Parvovirus is only generally deadly to puppies and, as maternal antibody can be present for as many as 22 weeks, and as maternal antibody cancels out the vaccine, vaccinated puppies are unlikely to be protected from parvovirus. Adult dogs rarely die from parvovirus.
Distemper kills only half of affected dogs. Indeed, dogs most susceptible to disease are those who are fed poor quality processed foods (and don’t imagine that price equals quality). A dog fed a natural diet, containing ‘real’ food, is most able to combat any viral challenges. Also, please be aware that there is an alternative to a highly risky vaccine – this is discussed later. Clinical signs of hepatitis and parainfluenza range from mild and invisible to death (the flu rarely kills; hepatitis can be caused by a range of factors, including poor diet, and the vaccine doesn’t protect against all of the other dangers). Secondly, no-one knows how common these diseases are. No-one records their existence.

Leptospirosis, for example, is extremely rare (apart from which, leptospirosis is a range of over a hundred bacterins; the chances of the strain in the needle matching the strain in the field are remote; and the vaccine only confers protection for between three and six months, leaving vaccinated dogs ‘unprotected’ for up to nine months anyway). Vaccines have also been known to cause the diseases they were designed to prevent. This happens when a vaccine is injected into an animal with a suppressed immune system (caused by genetic factors, poor diet, stress, existing illness, etc.); or when the vaccine manufacturer fails to render the viral component of the vaccine harmless in the lab. In the latter instance, the vaccine is withdrawn after it has killed ‘more dogs than normally expected’ (in the words of one vaccine manufacturer as it withdrew its vaccine).

Canine Health Concern’s vaccine survey indicated that at least one in every hundred dogs is damaged by vaccines. As no-one has any statistics to suggest otherwise, it should be up to vets and vaccine manufacturers to prove vaccines are safe – and not the other way round. We whose dogs have died or suffered chronic debilitating diseases shouldn’t have to take their word for it when the vaccine manufacturers deny responsibility. Our concerns should be taken seriously, and not strenuously denied in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Myth No. 8

The homoeopathic vaccine alternative is unproven.


Existing research and experience shows that the homoeopathic nosode is as protective – but probably more protective – than vaccines. Whereas the medical and veterinary ‘professions’ receive huge sums of money from international multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical conglomerates, please note that homoeopaths do not. Rather, vets who trust the less expensive homoeopathic alternative suffer serious financial loss by refusing to sell highly lucrative annual boosters. A growing number of dog lovers are beginning to choose the homoeopathic alternative to vaccines. Some have been using the nosode for up to twenty years, and claim that they have never had a problem.

Myth No. 9

You should vaccinate your dog every year.


If you hear nothing else, if you can accept nothing else, please know that annual vaccination is not necessary. Please do not subject your dogs to the vaccine risk year after year until they drop.

Once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for the lifetime of the host. In the case of leptospirosis (a bacterial disease), I have already explained that the vaccine is virtually useless and therefore not worth the risk.

One American veterinary vaccine manufacturer has made a public announcement, saying that it no longer recommends annual vaccination. Several American veterinary colleges have announced the same, in reaction to consumer pressure and fears over adverse reactions.

One veterinary college said that annual vaccination has no scientific basis, and we might as well have chosen ‘every full moon’ to stick the needle in. And please be aware that a vaccine administered to a puppy, when his immune system is immature, is probably the most harmful jab of all, capable of wreaking havoc – havoc that you might not be able to detect immediately.

Myth No. 10

My doctor/vet knows best.


Doctors and vets are trained in a very specific healing discipline. They know a little about pharmaceuticals, and some of them know about surgery.

But they rely upon the pharmaceutical industry to tell them which drugs to use in which circumstances. When a conventionally trained scientist tells you that homeopathy doesn’t work, you may as well ask your butcher whether electricity works – the fact is, conventional vets rarely have any knowledge of homeopathy to base their opinions on. Homeopaths do not claim to be able to reverse all vaccine damage, and conventional vets – not even recognizing vaccine damage – have little success.

Once you’ve administered the needle, you can never change your mind. Please STUDY THE FACTS, don’t live to regret it.

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87 Responses to Ten Vaccine Myths

  1. Jim

    If I do not vaccinate how do I get a license for my dog?
    Proof of vaccination is required to obtain a license.

    • Jim, most licensing requires only rabies, and then every three years, so you can still minimize the core vaccines. Some states allow medical exemptions for rabies and depending on your dog’s circumstances your vet may agree to write the necessary letter.

  2. I sent this article out to my community of 500+ Pet Lovers. I’ve already received and email asking why there is no research cited to back up the statements made in the article. I agree. I’m holistic by nature and my four rescued canines receive the benefit of that, but an otherwise thought-provoking article loses a lot of its punch due to its lack of scientific validation.

  3. Seadanes

    It’s time we all take responsibility for making decisions for our companion animals. So many here say “my vet made me”. I just had a friend tell me her doctor “made her” get a mammogram. Don’t allow others to make decisions for you. The only vaccine the law requires is rabies. If you want to board your pet, you’ll be required by the facility to get additional vaccines. We just went to the added expense of having a pet sitter come to our home rather than boarding our dogs in order to avoid those additional vaccines. When my vet insisted we needed heart worm “preventative” in our area, I simply refused. I thanked him for his advice and said that I’d take it under advisement. I’m currently trying to find a true holistic vet in the Austin area, because the one I tried is the same old vaccine pusher that they all are. If anyone knows of a vet in the Austin area who uses alternative preventatives and remedies, I’d love a referral. Thanks!

  4. Scott M

    It’s coming up on a year since my dog had a adverse reaction to her rabies booster, she was not yet 5 years old. In good health and had no previous health issues before. It didn’t hit her all at once, but started to show it’s effect over the next couple days. Despite what we tried to do she gradually got worse, developed seizures, lost consciousness and passed away.

  5. We already use nosodes as an alternative to vaccines, but I would like to know more about the research referred to in the above article which “shows that the homoeopathic nosode is as protective – but probably more protective – than vaccines” – this would be very useful information to have.

    Many thanks.

  6. Paula

    This article is extremely timely for me as I am faced with this decision now. I recently paid $200 to have my vet get a titer test for my 5 year old 13lb Pomeranian. I was SHOCKED the results came back <1:8 for parvo "lack of immunity" and 1:128 for distemper "limited protection". Now she has had her parvo/distempter vacine in the past, before I realized the true dangers. I have heard they are probably protected for life once they have had the vaccine. I've also heard the titer only tests for antibodies present (so if the dog is not exposed to parvo or distemper it will not be producing the antibodies thus showing a low immunity) I'm not really sure if I understand that correctly.

    But I feel torn apart!! If I get her the vaccine again and she has a reaction I will be kicking myself. If I don't vaccinate and she develops parvo I'll never forgive myself.

    What should I do???

    • Based on what you say, your Pomeranian can probably live a happy and healthy life without having further vaccinations. The percentage of canines coming down with parvo/distemper in dogs your age is very low. A good nutritional diet and plenty of play will help engender a long and happy life minus the consequences of profit-oriented vaccination schedules. As a dog rescuer for decades, I look back with sorrow over the much loved animals that died due to long term effects of “recommended”—and in some cases, mandated by law—”routine” vaccinations. It took awhile to figure it out. Vaccinations and the pet food industry can be harmful to your pet’s health.

    • Paula,

      Titer tests are misunderstood. If done within a particular time frame after the vaccination, (I think it’s within a few weeks, memory fails me), you will get an accurate reading. But after that, you will get a low titer count, even though the body did indeed build up the immunity. Our cells ‘remember’ what it was exposed to, and kicks out the antibodies as needed. Think of all the many things we’ve been exposed to in our lifetime. Our bodies don’t have the maximum number of antibodies to ALL those things coursing through our system evey day. BUT, when we’re exposed to something, our body does produce the antibodies. It does so on an ‘as needed’ basis. It’s the same thing for our pet vaccines.

      • Paula

        Lynn, if I am understanding this correctly, the need for a titer test is rather questionable too, because they just measure the current antibodies not really the true body’s ability to fight the disease if there is exposure.

        Which leads to another question – If I decide to skip the vaccine – is she at risk being around other dogs at the dog park who have been vaccinated and are “sloughing off” the lepto and parvo?

        I forgot to mention, I have been cooking her food myself for about a year and recently switched to Stella & Chewy’s raw frozen food so her diet is excellent. I add in all organic veggies, eggs, coconut oil, sardines and raw bones as treats.

        One more question… I recently read somewhere if the titer comes back with “low immunity” results there is ANOTHER/different test you can request. Does anyone know what this might be??

    • Louann Hansen

      Why don’t you expose your dog to a dog that has been recently vaccinated. A walk in the park, a trip to a dog show….any of that may very will expose her to shed vaccine and that in itself will boost her circulating antibodies so they are higher on her next titer test. Or….you can believe in these vets and researchers who tell you that the dog is protected for life with ONE vaccine anytime after 4 months of age. I would never vaccinate a 13 year old dog. She is no longer young, has been vaccinated multiple times already in her life….I am surprised your vet recommends it. Matter of fact, I would be looking for a new one.

      • paula

        She is only 5 years old, 13 lbs.

        She is around other dogs all the time. We are at the dog park several times a week. She plays with other dogs that have all their vaccines done regularly – so of course those pet parents are looking at me like I’m putting their dogs at risk by not vaccinating my dog :(

        • Stella's Mom

          Paula, If your dog has been vaccinated even once, why risk any further jabs. Remember, these things are all poisons; none are safe; all cause brain inflammation, DNA damage, etc. Do you really think that’s safe or good for any living thing? In addition to the toxins, they also contain cells of different species. No way is that a good thing. It’s got to have disasterous consequences.

          My sister rescues dogs and sees all the different damage vaccines and pitiful pet food cause. Just this past month, she was contacted by two people whose dogs came down with menningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) after getting a rabies vax. Of course, both vets denied it was caused by the vaccine. Regular vets and doctors are all educated by big pharma so they don’t get the truth and also get no education on natural health/living at all. There is no health for the animal or human who has been vaccinated…even once. Ignore the vaccine junkies and all who are ignorant on these toxins. They’re brainwashed by the decades of big pharma propaganda and aren’t willing to listen to facts. If you can’t find a good natural vet near you, search here in DNA and also online. You can do a consultation with them by phone or email. We’ve done this at least 4 times for different dogs and it resolved their issues every time. They don’t necessarily need to physically see the dog for every issue.

          My family is never again vaccinating any living creature. The last dog we gave a rabies vaccine to was many years ago and he had severe behavior problems after that shot. We feed them raw meaty bones and do all the rest that natural living advises. Having a strong immune system in a healthy body is the very best defense for both man and beast. There’s far greater results and way less risks with proper natural rearing. Do your homework; think for yourself. Learn from the past results and the animals themselves.

    • Anna

      Ask to see the results and ask for a copy.

  7. Anita

    Love. Love this magazine!! Wonderful article. Having a son that has vaccine induced autism, I truly appreciate this article! How does one get out of giving the Rabies vaccine? I It is mandatory by law d

    • Meagan

      I had to lie to get out of the rabies vaccine. My dog has already had it and my county requires it yearly. I just told the county I didn’t have her anymore.

  8. Cristina

    We have two pups who had life-threatening reactions when they went in for their second set of puppy boosters and also received the lepto vaccine (with our consent- although the vet did not warn us of side-effects, or mention that they really didn’t need this) and the kennel cough vaccine (without our knowledge or consent). One became very ill immediately – lethargic, shaking, diarhea, not eating or driking ) and we discovered a few days later that she had gone into liver and kdney failure and showed signs very similar to leptospirosis. The emergency care cost us approximiately $8000. Just when we she pulled through and we were starting to breathe a sigh of relief the other puppy became very ill. After numerous tests (including a spinal tap), she was confirmed to have poly-arthritis, an auto-immune disease typically found in very old dogs. Her bills came in at $7000. We believe both reactions were the direct results of the vaccines but the drug manufacturer claims that we could not prove it was the result of the vaccine (even though one became ill immediately after receiving it). The vet at the drug company claimed their illness could have been the result of anything even “a disease doctor’s haven’t discovered yet”. If that’s not a load of crap, I don’t know what is. We now have a vet who understand our needs and concerns. If you’re a pet owner who hasn’t had a similar issue but is considering your options, you are truly blessed. We didn’t start “doing our homework” until after the damage was done and our puppies were the victims of our ignorance.

  9. Louise Mclean

    Vaccines for animals is a money-making SCAM! They don’t need any vaccines. It is a complete myth. All you are doing is filling your dog with a load of dangerous toxins. The quickest way to make it ill is by giving vaccines. Of course this then generates even more money for the vets (and Pharma).

    Rather treat your dog with homeopathic medicine if it gets ill. See this and also a picture of my 16 1/2 year old cat who is perfectly healthy and never visits vets. She has homeopathic medicine exclusively.

  10. Amazing! Thank you. Once I became serious about my blogging, I learned about the dangers of vaccines. I didn’t know that about Canine Parvovirus.

    Once our dogs made it through their first series and their annual booster, I stopped vaccinating and I changed vets to someone who was willing to discuss my concerns with me. I think I’ll invest in titer tests before vaccinating again.

    By the way, both of our dogs developed arthritis before they were 3 years old. And one of our dogs used to have allergies (we thought it was the food).

    • Cathryn

      Just found this page, so sorry it’s a very late reply. I read where flaxseed oil mixed with cottage cheese is good for keeping arthritis away, as well as cancer preventing. Also coconut oil is good for arthritis too among many other things.

  11. Anita

    I have a 9 yr old schnauzer due for all shots. I am very confused. Which one should he have, if any?

    • If you run a titer test, you may have the answers to your question. Chances are, they’ll show he doesn’t need any.

    • If he’s been vaccinated before, he should have the proper immunities. And as dogs get older they’re even more at risk from the vaccines than they were before. You could do a titer test, but it might give you a ‘false negative’. It might say the dog lacks immunities, when it really does. Titer tests are only accurate within a specific tme frame after the vaccine is given. Our bodies produce antibodies on an ‘as needed’ basis. When it’s exposed to something, it then produces the needed antibodies. But it doesn’t waste energy producing them when they aren’t needed.

    • Louann Hansen

      I wouldn’t give any. He probably has had at least 3 shots for the same diseases over his lifetime….if he isn’t immune now, he will never be no matter how many shots you give him! How often do you get a measles vaccine? Yearly? Every 3 years?? Every 10 years??? No, you get them when you are young and then never again….same for dogs!

  12. Cheryl Dyck

    My mini poodle got a cancer tumor at the exact site of his last vaccination very quickly after the vaccine. I had the tumor removed. It is well known that vaccinations cause cancer tumors. ALL PET OWNERS need to educate themselves about the critical dangers of vaccinations.

    • Brigitte Tartot

      I couldn’t agree most! What you say Cheryl is very true, I still mourn over my Ziggie…. One of the proudest, most intelligent and sentimental Dobe EVER! Now I raise her offspring, Zeitzef. And I refuse, IN FULL CONCIENCE, to give him any injection whatsoever. I have switched from dry commercial food to homemade delicious recipes with tons of veggies and fatty acids boosting his immune system, lots of herbs and minerals and trust me he’s ready to run contests worldwide for the HEALTHIEST DOG! All these pharmateutical companies GAMBLE TRILLIONS OF EUROS using our pets for stocks and our love for them as bonds. No guys, not anymore. Not for me anyway. Stick to Mediterranean fish diet and you’ll ALL see the HUGE difference in your beloved petties. Greetings to all from Athens, Greece.

  13. J B

    I’m a Vet Tech, and the only dogs I have ever seen die of Parvo were the unvaccinated ones. Same goes for all the other diseases we vaccinate against. Yes, sure, there is no 100% protection, just like for humans, but it’s pretty darn close. I have seen way too many times what can happen when an animal does not get the appropriate vaccinations to not say anything when I read things like that.

    Not vaccinating at all is completely irresponsible, and the reason diseases spread. All my animals are fully vetted, and my kids are fully vaccinated too.

    Not everything is a big conspiracy geared towards financial gain.

    • Really? We get emails all the time from puppy owners whose vaccinated puppies succumbed to parvo. There is also evidence to support the fact that vaccinated puppies fare better with parvo (see Ambertech’s study). Finally, we also get many emails from puppy owners whose puppies died from parvo that was later tested to be vaccine strain, not wild strain. We would suggest that, based on the fact that you work in a conventional clinic, the unvaccinated animals brought in with parvo are unvaccinated not because the owners are giving them the best they can afford, but because they can’t be bothered. A naturally reared puppy is a far cry healthwise from a neglected puppy and it’s pointless to compare the two.

    • ruby

      Sure it is. I’ve seen enough vets to know that most of them are greedy and do not care about the interest of my animals…you work for a vet – what else are you going to say?

    • When I first started breeding Aussies 20 years ago I lost several puppies to parvo, puppies that had been vaccinated. These were puppies that hadn’t left the property, and neither had my adult dogs.

      About 7 years ago, after I had switched to a raw food diet, and quit vaccinating, I had two older pups develop parvo. Again, no one had left the property, so I dont’ kow how they were exposed to it. We gave the puppies bovine colustrom and homemade pedialyte, and within four days they were fine. NONE of my other dogs got sick!

  14. just remember rabies only has to be done by law every three years

    • Meagan

      In my county it is required every year.

  15. Ashley

    This is the article is ridiculous at best. How credible can you be if you cannot spell hemolytic or leukemia correctly.

    • Hi Ashley
      Not everybody is American. Catherine O’Driscoll is from Scotland and using UK English spelling. She is a very credible source, but you must have an open mind and be willing to look past your bias if you are truly interested in learning more about vaccine dangers.

  16. Lindsey

    OH PLEASE! Only when you have watched a sweet 12 week old Mini Dachshund die in front of you from parvo as you struggle to get an IV into her tiny dehydrated veins will you realize the importance of vaccines.

    • Funny, it was a parvo infected puppy that convinced me to not vaccinate for parvo. With a homeopathic nosode and Parvaid, he went from nearly dead to eating and thriving in just twelve hours. Most puppies are already immune compromised from their vaccine schedule and this is why vaccinated puppies (and those with worms) are more likely to die from parvo than unvaccinated puppies. This is referenced in our Parvovirus articles.

      • DogMom

        Our family has been rescuing dogs for many years. We’ve had at least 12 of them die from parvo shortly after getting the vaccine, despite getting all the standard vet care in a hospital. We agree with DNM that animals who are vaccinated and fed standard pet foods aren’t healthy and are definitely at risk of disease. Naturally raised animals who aren’t vaccinated and are fed the correct raw meat and bones diet are healthy and have strong immune systems. We’re never vaccinating again – humans and animals. The harm is much too great and not worth it. No poison is acceptable and vaccines are poisons.

    • J B

      Lindsey, I fully agree.
      I once spent several days taking care of a ten week old Westie puppy with Parvo at work. Every 15 minutes I had to put a little bit of a high calorie/highly nutritious paste in that pups mouth, plus near constant IV fluid. It was terrible to watch. She did pull through though, she was very lucky, and it was definitely one of the happiest and proudest moments of my career when she got to go home.

      No, she was not vaccinated.

      • Catherine O'Driscoll

        Hi JB. I recently helped the owner of a vaccinated five-month old puppy recover from parvo (yes, he got it despite the vaccine). It was wonderful to see Parvaid bring the little man round. The thing is, vaccines are no guarantee of protection, and they come with horrendous adverse effects. I have also nursed a dog to the other side – a dog with vaccine-induced cancer, and another with vaccine-induced leukaemia. Not a nice experience.

  17. While the controversy over the safety of vaccines goes on there is a new, simple, quick and affordable way to test whether dogs and cats have adequate immunity from the core vaccines so that they do not have to be revaccinated unnecessarily. This test is called VacciCheck and is a USDA licensed test that can be performed quickly in the vet’s office to measure the level of antibody present. The canine version is currently available and tests for protection to parvo, distemper and infectious hepatitis. The feline version will be available mid 2013 and will test for panleukopenia, herpesvirus and calicivirus.
    You can go to http://www.vaccicheck.com to learn more and be sure to ask your vet to titer test your pet with VacciCheck instead of automatically revaccinating.

    • donna

      Is this Titer test expensive.

      • SJC

        Donna, Reports from people using it, are that they are spending around $20 for the tests. So it is often less than actual vaccinations. I have not as of yet used one, so can only go on the reports of others. Maybe the vaccicheck website can give you more answers. Good luck!

  18. When I had my husky/shepherd (for 15 years), I didn’t know the arguments against vaccinating pets. I did, however start questioning the need for these yearly vaccines…it just didn’t sit well in my gut. Only then did my vet talk about titre testing, which we started doing…eliminating the need for some of the vaccines. During the last few years of my girl’s life, the vet wanted to start vaccinating her for leptospirosis. I refused as we didn’t live the higher-risk lifestyle that we used to (hiking, swimming in the dirty river, walking through dense underbrush). He wasn’t happy with my refusal but….oh, well. Fast forward a few years where I adopted a feral cat. She had her initial shots; I had her for 7 months of good health when she suddenly developed terrible digestive issues. (That’s a story in itself! and I’m not saying her health issues were due to being vaccinated). I felt her system was too compromised for vaccinations. Rabies shots for an indoor cat? “Well, she could get out and run away or a rabid animal could get into the house”. I feel the risk from the vaccines could be higher than either of those risks and I won’t have her vaccinated ever again. This article reinforces my belief that we need to look at the issue of vaccination — globally — for the health of our beloved companion animals.

  19. kathi richards

    Shared this article on my FB page as I am connected to a lot of rescues and dog lovers. Sometimes the message gets through. I cringe when I think of all the dogs and cats that are vaccinated upon entering the shelters here in the states. More is not better.
    Thank you again for sharing an article that puts the welfare of our fur kids ahead of profit.

    • We have made VacciCheck available to non profit shelters and rescues at special pricing to combat this problem. Instead of automatically vaccinating upon intake, a shelter or rescue can titer test the dog or cat with VacciCheck to see if they have adequate protection from the core vaccine diseases.
      Go to http://www.vaccicheck.com and you will learn more about this new USDA licensed product.

  20. Michelle

    The people here defending the insanity of vaccinating animals ad nauseum are probably the same one sitting at home with ‘incurable’ sicknesses of their own. No wonder our society is a fat, sick mess! You can’t inject poison in to a living being over time and expect health. That’s plain stupid. This article is the most sensible thing I have read in animal care in a long time! The stories are endless of the harmful effects my own animals suffered from vaccines before I sat down and educated myself. Thank God for responsible articles like these!

  21. Andrea

    As a responsible pet owner it is our job to weigh the risks with the benefits after all vets, at least most vets, arent going to do it for you because lets face it there is more money for them. I did a lot of research before deciding to go with minimal vaccines for my fur boy and I drive almost an hour to a vet who supports that decision.

  22. BZ

    There are so many assertions here without citations (or at least I have missed them). I find many of the statements suspect and without the citations this feels like a scare tactic type article.

    • If you are familiar with Catherine O’Driscoll and want to pursue this further, there are plenty (and we do mean plenty) of references in her fabulous books.

    • If you email me (through my web site) I can send you 10-15 articles on the subject. Many of these are articles from the JAVMA itself.

  23. Cor van der Mey, homeotherapist

    This is “in line” with experiences of other vets like Donald Hamilton, who wrote “Homeopathic care for cats and dogs”.
    His conclusion after being a regular vet for ten years in regard to vaccination: “At the best it can prevent acute infections, but in the long term it produces more chronic and serious illness.”
    As a homeotherapist for humans – and owner of a non vaccinated cat and dog – I support Catherine firmly to continue her great work for our dear small companions.

    • Darci Michaels

      I’m with you all the way Cor van der met!

      • e toogood

        Amen to that!

  24. Michelle Gibbs

    Thankfully somebody who is on the same wave length as I haveve been thinking over the years… we tend to take our vets words as gospel, like doctors they have a good way of making us think that would couldn’t possibly understand our animals treatments. What hasn’t been mentioned it the fact that Insurance companies will now refuse to pay out a claim if it has not been informed with regards to not vaccinating. In other words it gives them a “get out clause” as some how they will link one of the viruses to a non vaccination reason, which has just become the case with my Dobermann who has recently died from DCM, even though DCM is not contagious and cannot be caught as we have not had my animal vaccinated the feel that this is just cause not to honour the contract. So when insuring your animal check with your insurance company that they have the clause of un-vacinated on your animal and that you are aware also.

  25. Sunny Braley

    First I would like to say I have had 3 animals in 14 years have reactions to vaccines. One that was within a few hours, one that came about in two months, and now one that showed within a few weeks and I m still dealing with after 2 years. Two are dogs and one is a cat. Of the 3, two of them were forced by a vet to get a vaccine-both ended with issues. The dog that had the rabbies vaccine devloped a mole at injecion site that turned to cancer. This happened in a 3 month period. Thankfully I also use a holistic vet and we took care of it. One dog had a reaction that took over 4 hours to get her to breath on her own. The cat’s immune system is so stressed now he breaks open with sores and trying to get him back to normal.

    So for those that think it is very few animals that have reactions I would have to say I could not disagree more. I see it everyday in the business I am in and can tell you it is not pretty.

    • Dixie

      Wow , I want the best for my babies , know I just don’t know what to do ?????? Help ????

      • anna

        they CANNOT screen out the cancer cells. Plus the adjuvants thimerosal and aluminum cross the blood brain barriers letting in contaminants.
        Don’t listen to vaccine pushers. listen to people that have had their animals damaged

      • Louann Hansen

        You have to educate yourself. There is a lot of information out there. Start by reading Catherine O’Driscoll’s books. Visit the Rabies Challenge Study website and read the articles associated with it. Don’t just take your vet’s word for it. Your dog cannot speak for themselves, so you must be willing to do that for them….

  26. One needs only a basic knowledge of math to understand that, according to the author’s own survey results, the claim (made under Myth No. 1) that vaccines are at best 50% effective is obviously false.

    Suppose 22 dogs out of the 2,700 whose owners were surveyed suffered parvo infection, and 15 of those happened to contract it within three months of being vaccinated. Voila, you have your 68.2% of dogs in the survey with parvovirus having contracted it within three months of being vaccinated.

    Such results do not remotely demonstrate that the parvo vaccine (or any of the other vaccines cited) is less than 50% effective, because there’s zero account of how many dogs were vaccinated, exposed, and successfully protected. Not to mention that the relevant sample size, even if it’s higher than 22, is likely too small from which to draw reliable conclusions.

  27. Damjan

    The site link I posted below focuses primarily on human vaccination, but it refutes many of the claims posted here. You asked for a quote from science:

  28. Damjan

    I somehow doubt you will leave this comment here, but anyway:
    Myth no.1: Study that you cite here was conducted by an organisation headed by yourself. Was this published in peer-reviewed paper? I doubt it because you make some extraordinary claims here. If your data is correct, practically every dog that is vaccinated should contract the disease. When you think about that itis just nonsense.
    Myth no.2: Your claim that the diseases die out when 67% of population is infected is a blatant lie. Smallpox was eradicated using vaccines. Many other diseases are not present in developed world due to vaccines.

    I will not go through other myths since that would make this post too long. You should stop your pseudoscientific research, cherry picking and lying. You basically have no clue about what you are talking about. We live in a better world today because of vaccines.
    Of course you probably have your own agenda here. That is: earning money by selling totally ineffective homeopathic medicines. You do that by hiding behind “non-profit” organisations that further your cause. I sincerely hope that you don’t mislead too many people with your lies.

    • Dogs Naturally

      We will leave your comment here, we are not afraid to post your views. As far as smallpox being eradicated with vaccines, The CDC reported (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, July 30, 1999, 48:621-628) that improvements in sanitation, water quality, hygiene, had been the most important factors in control of infectious diseases in the past century. Although vaccines were mentioned, they were not included among the major factors.

      Before health agencies and schools of public health were completely taken over by allopathic medicine, the great legacy of the sanitary reformers—Max von Penttenkofer, James T. Briggs, Dr. John Snow, Edwin Chadwick, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Southwood Smith—was that they were able to eradicate cholera, yellow fever, tuberculosis, typhus, typhoid, scarlet fever, diptheria, whooping cough, measles and the bubonic plague long before vaccinations were developed or routinely used.

      Not only had poor sanitation and nutrition lay the foundation for disease, it was also compulsory smallpox vaccination campaigns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that played a major role in decimating the populations of Japan (48,000 deaths), England & Wales (44,840 deaths, after 97 per cent of the population had been vaccinated), Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, India (3 million—all vaccinated), Australia, Germany (124,000 deaths), Prussia (69,000 deaths—all revaccinated), and the Philippines. The epidemics ended in cities where smallpox vaccinations were either discontinued or never begun, and also after sanitary reforms were instituted (Most notably in Munich-1880, Leicester-1878, Barcelona-1804, Alicante-1827, India-1906, etc.).

      In many nations, mortalities from smallpox hadn’t begun to decline until the citizenry revolted against compulsory smallpox vaccination laws. For example, the town of Leicester from 1878 to 1898 stood in stark contrast to the rest of England where thousands were dying from the aggressive half century-old government mandatory immunization campaigns.

      By 1907, the Vaccination Acts of England were repealed, with the help of some of the world’s preeminent scientists who had turned staunchly against vaccination: Alfred Russel Wallace (one of the founders of modern evolutionary biology and zoogeography, and co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the Theory of Natural selection), Charles Creighton (Britain’s most learned epidemiologist and medical historian), William Farr (epidemiologist and medical statistician, first to describe how seasonal epidemics rise and fall—known today as Farr’s Law”), and the renowned Dr. Edgar M. Crookshank, Professor of Bacteriology and Comparative Pathology in King’s College, London, and author of the scathing scientific critique of vaccination, The History and Pathology of Vaccination (1889). But before the law was amended in 1898 to include a conscientious exemption clause, an average of 2,000 parents per year were jailed and prosecuted—some repeatedly—for resisting vaccination. Large numbers went to prison in default of paying fines. Hundreds had their homes and possessions seized.

      By 1919, England and Wales had become one of the least vaccinated countries, and had only 28 deaths from smallpox, out of a population of 37.8 million people. By contrast, during that same year, out of a population of 10 million—all triply vaccinated over the prior 6 years—the Philippine Islands registered 47,368 deaths from smallpox. The epidemic came after the culmination of a ruthless 15-year compulsory vaccination campaign by the U.S., in which the native population—young and old— were forcibly vaccinated (several times), literally against their will. In a speech condemning the smallpox vaccine reprinted in the Congressional Record of 12/21/37, William Howard Hay, M.D. said, “ . . . the Philippines suffered the worst attack of smallpox, the worst epidemic three times over, that had ever occurred in the history of the islands, and it was almost three times as fatal. The death rate ran as high as 60 per cent in certain areas, where formerly it had been 10 and 15 per cent.” In the province of Rizal, for example, smallpox mortalities increased from an average 3 per cent (before vaccination) to 67 per cent during 1918 and 1919. All told, after 10 years (1911-1920) of a compulsory U.S. program which administered 25 million vaccinations to the Philippine population of 10 million, there had been 170,000 cases, and more than 75,000 deaths from smallpox.

      Inducing the public to clamour for smallpox vaccines for every American will lead to a repeat of the aforementioned tragic events. In many additional examples, cases the sickness, injuries and deaths commonly attributed to the microbe were actually due, wholly or in part, to the poisoning effects of vaccination campaigns: from the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-19 that killed 20 million following the administration of anti-typhoid inoculations, to the 1976 Swine flu “epidemic” (among hogs!) that permanently crippled a “meager” few thousand Americans with Guillain-Barré syndrome following an ill-advised national vaccination program. Paralytic diseases have been recorded hundreds of years ago. But epidemic numbers hadn’t appeared until the latter part of the 19th century, right after compulsory smallpox vaccination was instituted.

      So, who exactly is practicing pseudoscience? It was during the U.S. Congressional Hearings on vaccine safety (1999-December 2004) that gross deficiencies in vaccine safety tests were revealed, when officials of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), CDC (Centers for disease Control and Prevention), and other government health agencies were unable to provide a single vaccine safety test that would meet with scientific standards, a pattern that has changed little if any today (Kirby, David. Evidence of Harm, (New York: St Martin Press, 2005).

      • Dogs Naturally

        Now here is the really scary part: the are bringing smallpox vaccination back into the environment by splicing it with the rabies vaccine to make genetically modified rabies wildlife baits. There have already been reported smallpox-like cases from people who have handled the baits.

        • anna

          i don’t know about that, but one lady vet in her book says that the Mexican bird flu for people contains the rabies virus. I guess they will be pushing rabies shots for people next. Must have a stock pile of left over toxic vaccines

    • Dear Damjan

      In the 18 years in which I have been studying and reporting the adverse effects of vaccination on our dogs, I have not once had anyone disagree with me by quoting science. Always, the pro-vaccinators use words like ‘lying’, ‘lies’, ‘agenda’, ‘pseudoscience’ and the old cherry: ‘earning money’ (I wish!).

      Cognitive disonance is a term used to describe the phenomenon whereby people have their strongly held views challenged, and react with anger rather than remaining open to new data. It’s a knee-jerk, emotional response. I am sorry that you feel like this. It’s a pity, because the dogs have been suffering for so long now. We need to stop over-vaccinating them and help them to live longer, healthier, lives. And we need to stop breaking their guardians’ hearts.

      The other thing that pro-vaccinators call for is peer-reviewed studies. Heaven knows the world is awash with peer-reviewed studies which attest to the adverse effects of vaccines. For example, the early vaccine studies showed that they were causing syphillis epidemics, and leprosy. Seriously! Take a look at Part One of the report on http://www.petvaccine.weebly.com. As we have gone through the years, peer-reviewed journals have carried papers showing that vaccines cause autoimmune diseases, cancer, leukaemia, allergies and arthritis, neurological damage – to name but a few.

      As to the quality of the vaccines we are giving to our dogs, a study published in April last year found RD-114, a feline leukaemia-like retrovirus, in a number of brands of canine vaccines in Japan and the UK. The potential sequel to this is cancer, leukaemia and autoimmune diseases for our dogs. These diseases will not develop immediately. They will arrive as a gruesome gift some five years after we lovingly pay to have our dogs jabbed. This study is also carried within Part One of the report on http://www.petvaccine.weebly.com. What have the authorities done about this contamination, you might ask? Well, they had a meeting, and decided that it was too ‘difficult’ to remove the retrovirus now, and that it should be done at some stage in the future, years hence.

      Do you understand why it is too difficult for a number of vaccine manufacturers to provide us with safe vaccines for our dogs? In actual fact, it is relatively simple, once found, to screen this retrovirus out. The problem lies in the fact that the vaccine manufacturers will have to re-apply for licenses. This is the part that takes years. So our dogs can contract cancer and leukaemia and autoimmune diseases from their vaccines, but we cannot allow the vaccine manufacturers to lose profitability while they clean up their products. Never mind, we’ll never tie our dogs dying with cancer and leukaemia in with the vaccine – it will take five or so years, remember?

      The greatest pity is that those who believe in the safety and efficacy of vaccines believe the lies put out by the vaccine industry.

      • Bjørg Langerud

        I am so happy I am a homeopath myself. I never give ordinary vaccines to my dogs not ever! But I have helped many who suffer from vaccinosis:))
        Thank you for homeopathic remedies and philosophy and people who can think outside the quadrate:)))
        Just follow the Money! The vaccine Companies and pharmacies:(( And we homeopaths do not get very Rich in Money but Rich in getting the gratitude from animals and people who has become healthy again!
        Vaccines are a black terrible stain in the history of both man and animal.

  29. Janice

    We just lost our dog to over vaccinating which until it happened we were not aware of. However our vet was, who also earned an additional $1200 to treat the anemia they caused. I feel like asking my vet to be revaccinated for all diseases humans are vaccinated for and I will gladly pay for that. Is there anyway to get this stopped. Maybe petitions to provincial veternary associations. Laws within cities need to be changed to accept titer testing instead of vaccinating. We are busy emailing all dog clubs, rescue groups and everyone we know asking them to email everyone they know. I carry slips of paper with websites for other dog owners to access, so they can be informed before vaccinating again. I have filed a complaint with the Veternary Association but expect more of the same crap I got from the vet. Tried our humane society but got the same load of crap that it is rare and the good outweights the bad, I feel like withdrawing my monthly support but I know that will only hurt animals in need. So far I have found one homopath vet who is not working on a daily basis. We have two other dogs who are young and they will not be vaccinated without cause in the future.

  30. Stacy D

    Absolutely a great read! learned allot will share this information with everyone I know. Thank you

  31. brnadypup

    PLease do. Regret is hard on the heart. Miss Bones cat is dead from rabies vaccine sarcoma.

  32. Erin

    Wonderful article! Where can we find more information on the homeopathic alternatives to vaccines?


    • Dogs Naturally did a really good article on nosodes a few issues ago. Perhaps Dana will post it on the blog?

      • Forgot to add that there’s a chapter on nosode use in What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines from http://www.dogwise.com.

      • Dogs Naturally

        We can try to get that article up this week perhaps

        • Dogs Naturally

          The Nosode Article is posted in Featured Articles.

          • Mary

            Can’t wait to get my next issue. I can’t find a holistic or homeopathic vet anywhere near us how ever in one of your magazines was an article from Whiskers in New York I called them & they were able to help me out a lot & I live in Illinois. I so wish I had talked to the owner of Whiskers before I had my German Shepherd get his Rabies shot last Wednesday, we did give him Lyssin but I’m still worried. He is 18 mos. old & losing my last Shepherd was horrible & I have no doubt all his problems were from ALL the shots that vet gave him. Now I have done titers on this dog for all other shots. Rabies is still mandatory it’s such a racket & we all suffer from want of more money due to the government to hurt our dogs or cats. Government is taking over everything why don’t people wake up. In a book Puka’s Promise the author says a Rabies shot lasts 8 years a titer should be mandatory yearly not the vaccine.
            I’m pretty sure I’m paid up on my subscription for a year or two could you let me know about that I want to make sure I keep getting your magazine.

      • Paula

        Yes – please share this info!


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