How’s that for a title? If it got your attention, that’s good because this topic needs your attention. It used to be that dogs and cats visited the vet pretty rarely.
They only needed a couple of vaccines, they weren’t eating veterinary prescription diets and they weren’t continually loaded with heartworm preventives, flea and tick meds and shampoos, de-wormers, pharmaceuticals and more.
Thinking back, maybe that’s why they didn’t need to go to the vet all that often.
Today, there’s a very different veterinary clinic. It’s true that we now have better treatment options at our disposal, such as MRIs and more technologically advanced surgery. I think it’s great that vets – and our pets – have access to these modern, life saving tools.
But somewhere along the way, the veterinary practice lost perspective.
I’m not talking about individual vets. I believe that most of them want to do right by our pets. But the problem is vets have allowed themselves to be influenced by the pharmaceutical companies and the dog food manufacturers – to the great detriment of our pets.
The veterinary profession is broken and it isn’t about to change any time soon. Our pets are being over-serviced and we’re getting fleeced.
After shelling out for these services, pet owners need to keep their wallets open because, sooner or later, the chronic disease caused by these products like allergies and cancer will start to kick in and require treatment.
The sad fact is, some common veterinary practices are harming our dogs.
I believe that the most common and most harmful veterinary practice is over vaccination. Not only do the vaccines cause a lot of damage in our pets, but nearly every vaccine vets give our pets is unnecessary.
Pay attention to that sentence: Nearly every vaccine given to our pets is useless – they get no benefit but all of the risk.
How could this happen? How can vets cause so much disease and devastation in our dogs and cats without even knowing it?
Vets Don’t Understand Immunology or Vaccines
I paraphrase Dr Ronald Schultz, the leading veterinary immunologist when I say that vets are not prepared to make vaccine decisions.
Here are some of the responses we got:
The truth of the matter is vaccines can set up a latent condition that may show up within a few hours or years after immunization.” (Dr. Stephen Blake)…
“In practice I have seen what I believe to be vaccine related problems of skin disease (allergic) inflammatory bowel disease and epilepsy which appear to have been triggered or coincided with vaccination.” (Dr. Mark Carpenter)
So here we have a substance that we now know can cause many acute and chronic health issues – even death – and the vets themselves admit that they really weren’t educated in their use.
Back in the 1970’s, dogs were only vaccinated for only one or two diseases.
Today, there are vaccines for adenovirus, parainfluenza, bordetella, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, hepatitis, rabies, canine flu, coronavirus – and there are more and more coming down the pipe.
It’s been largely acknowledged for the last thirty or forty years that the core vaccines most likely last for the LIFE of the animal.
In the 1970′s, all vaccines, with the exception of rabies vaccines, were licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on challenge studies performed from only a few weeks to a few months after vaccination.
“The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given.” Says Dr. Schultz. “Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated.”
Yet vets continue to send us postcards telling us we need to bring our pets in for even more vaccinations, either every year or every three years. Whichever schedule the vet chooses is a moot point because science shows that revaccination isn’t necessary in most cases.
Immunity is like being a virgin – you either are or you aren’t and once you change, there’s no changing back again.
Dogs are either immune or they are not, and once immune, there is every indication that this lasts a lifetime.
Distemper vaccines, for example, has been shown to last for 7 to 15 years. In fact, all of the core vaccines have shown this kind of lifespan.
So why do vets continue to vaccinate unnecessarily?
“Profits are what vaccine critics believe is at the root of the profession’s resistance to update its protocols. Also….beware of over medicating your pets!
Even those vets who want to do the right thing are vaccinating our pets too often and with too much.
But what about the veterinary associations – aren’t they looking out for our pets?
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