Ticks are a terrifying reality for most dog owners.
They are parasites that latch onto a host animal, embed themselves into the skin and suck on blood. This makes the tick the perfect carrier for a variety of pathogens.
In fact, ticks are responsible for at least ten different known diseases in the US, including:
Most of this is information that you likely already know. And why your vet often recommends the Lyme vaccine for dogs.
But did you also know that it’s one of the most dangerous vaccines you can give your dog?
Like other vaccines, the Lyme vaccine can cause allergies, cancer and organ disease.
And don’t think you’re in the clear if your dog doesn’t show any of these signs the week after he’s vaccinated …
… vaccine damage can take months or even years to develop.
That is why it’s so important for you to understand what the vaccine is before you get it for your dog.
Once you vaccinate for Lyme disease, you can never reverse that decision … or the damage it can cause.
Before you rush to your vet for that Lyme vaccine, read my top 3 reasons why the Lyme vaccine for dogs is risky business …
#1 – The Lyme Vaccine Can Cause Lyme Disease Symptoms
Holistic vet Dr Patricia Jordan urges pet owners to avoid the Lyme vaccine for their dogs. She claims the Lyme vaccine is more dangerous than Lyme disease:
“There is no justification for taking this serious vaccination risk with our dogs. The Lyme vaccine is all risk and no benefit. There is a high chance of severe adverse events … like a lifetime of non-treatable arthritis pain just for getting the jab in the first place.”
And Dr Michael Garvey of the Animal Medical Center agrees. He says dogs can develop Lyme-like symptoms. And it can happen days or even weeks after vaccination.
Dr Jordan also explains that cells in the immune system can react with the antigens in the Lyme vaccine. This causes Lyme nephritis (kidney disease) … which is ironic, because Lyme nephritis is the reason your vet wants to give your dog the vaccine!
This is why none of the US veterinary schools list the Lyme vaccine as one of their recommended vaccines.
#2 – The Lyme Vaccine Contains Dangerous Ingredients
Kidney disease isn’t the only risk that comes with the Lyme vaccine.
Vaccines carry harmful chemicals and heavy metals like:
You see, vaccines carry live or inactivated viruses. But the amount is so small that the immune system won’t recognize. These chemicals are added to create an exaggerated immune response to the virus.
And there are two problems with this …
1. This type of chaos in the immune system can carry some serious issues. It can cause hypersensitivity disorders. Hypersensitivity is chronic inflammation, which can result in allergies, cancer and organ failure.
2. Aluminum and thimerosal can travel to the brain and cause inflammation there. If you’ve ever had a reactive or fearful dog, you might not have considered his vaccines as a cause.
Still don’t believe me?
There was a human Lyme vaccine called LYMErix back in the 90s. 3 years after it went on the market, Smith Kline Beecham withdrew LYMErix amidst a class action suit. The class action suit came from a sea of allegations of adverse effects including:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- facial paralysis
- hypersensitivity reactions
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- and more
Most of the patients developed an incurable form of autoimmune arthritis. And that was worse than the arthritis caused by Lyme.
So if the Lyme vaccine isn’t safe for humans, why would you give it to your dog?
#3 – Most Dogs Don’t Get Lyme Disease Symptoms … Even When They Have Lyme Disease
In 2006, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania infected beagles with Lyme disease.
None of the adult dogs showed any signs of Lyme disease … even though they had Lyme disease.
The only dogs in the group that showed any signs of Lyme disease were the puppies … and after four days of on and off symptoms, every puppy showed no signs of Lyme disease.
This is likely because puppies have immature immune systems. So while Lyme is common, the disease isn’t.
But what about dogs who already test positive for Lyme?
Meryl Littman was the lead researcher and explains … “95% of exposed dogs don’t get sick, but they become Lyme antibody-positive on tests, which may scare people into thinking they need to be treated.”
In fact, 70% – 90% of dogs in some areas of New England test positive for Lyme. About 40% of dogs in Pennsylvania test positive.
Should You Get The Lyme Vaccine For Your Dog?
I can’t tell you what to do … although there are a lot of folks who try to …
If you visit the Pets & Parasites website, you’ll see some pretty scary things like this …
The folks at Pets & Parasites aren’t the most creative bunch, because here was their 2017 forecast …
And their 2016 forecast …
Pets & Parasites deliver the same message every year and just change the date. How can Lyme disease be that scary when most dogs will never get sick? Even when they test positive for Lyme.
Why all the fuss about Lyme if it doesn’t really affect dogs? Companion Animal Parasite Council publishes The Pets & Parasites website. And this council is “sponsored” by companies who make tick products they want you to buy.
You might think I’m biased when it comes to vaccines and that would be true … but I’m nowhere near as biased as the huge corporations that make billions of dollars off dogs and cats each year! And don’t think they’ll share my little secret that 95% of dogs with Lyme disease will NEVER develop any symptoms … there’s no money in that message.
But they will try to scare you and your vet every year, so you’ll run out and get their spot ons and vaccines.
But now I hope you know better than to get caught up in the propaganda.
So, will you vaccinate your dog for Lyme this year?