The yearly reports are in … and Lyme disease is on the rise in dogs. And that fact can be scary for dog owners.
But before you consider the Lyme vaccine for your dog, there are some important facts you need to know.
Why Should You Rethink The Lyme Vaccine For Your Dog?
The Lyme vaccine is 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.
So, if your dog’s Lyme vaccine has the ability to harm him, the benefits of the vaccine should outweigh the risks. That’s good common sense. So I want you use common sense when it comes to the Lyme vaccine for dogs.
Once you vaccinate for Lyme disease, you can never reverse that decision or the damage it can cause. So before you rush to your vet for that Lyme vaccine, please read my top 3 reasons why the Lyme vaccine for dogs is risky business …
#1 – The Lyme Vaccine Can Cause Lyme Disease Symptoms
Holistic veterinarian Dr Patricia Jordan urges pet owners to avoid giving the Lyme vaccine to 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 Jordan isn’t alone. Dr Michael Garvey of the Animal Medical Center says dogs can develop Lyme-like symptoms days or weeks after vaccination.
According to Dr Jordan, cells in the immune system can react with the antigens in the Lyme vaccine and cause 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 formaldehyde, aluminum and mercury or thimerosal). That’s because vaccines carry tiny amounts of viruses or inactivated viruses the immune system wouldn’t normally recognize. So these chemicals create an exaggerated immune response to the virus.
And there are two problems with this …
- Creating 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.
- 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. Three 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 suicide, deaths, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, facial paralysis, hypersensitivity reactions, myalgia, heart disease, kidney disease and more. Most of the patients developed an incurable form of autoimmune arthritis, which 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, the lead researcher at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine 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.
Why Do So Many Dogs Get The Lyme Vaccine?
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 …
They 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?The Pets & Parasites website is published by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. This organization is “sponsored” by companies who make tick products they want you to buy.
Related: Spot on tick products can also harm your dog. Read this before you make a decision.
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.
They do 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 are you going to vaccinate your dog for Lyme this year?