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Are All Those Pet Vaccinations Really Necessary?


Would you like to save money and have a healthier pet? Let me tell you a story. One day, my German Shepherd asleep, as usual, when suddenly, he started convulsing so intensely that I thought he must be dying. It went on for a few minutes, which seemed like forever. After, I couldn't believe he was OK. It turned out to be a seizure, and it was then that I began to learn about alternative medicine for pets.

The most interesting thing I found out was that vaccinations seem to be a main cause of seizures in dogs, and annual vaccinations are not necessary, possibly causing more harm than good. After that incident, we stopped vaccinating and the seizures became less and less. I'm going to tell you how it's in both your and your pet's best interest to avoid yearly vaccinations. Annual re-vaccination is simply not necessary.

Here is an excerpt from page 205 of Current Veterinary Therapy XI, a reference considered to be the premier resource for the entire veterinary field.

"A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION THERE IS NO IMMUNOLOGIC REQUIREMENT FOR ANNUAL REVACCINATION. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal."

If you're concerned about not vaccinating yearly, you can get proof of immunity even years after the shot, by a blood test called a titer. Many veterinarians, especially holistic vets, will provide these tests. See http:// www.AlternativesForAnimals.com for a directory of holistic vets.

Overvaccination can even cause more harm than good. This is something that almost all holistic vets agree upon, and some of the top vets in the country attribute many health problems to vaccines.

Dr. Richard Pitcairn, a holistic pioneer and well respected vet who researched immunology extensively, believes that the biggest factor contributing to epilepsy in dogs is yearly vaccinations. (1) Many seizures happen within a few weeks of dogs getting their shots.

According to this theory that overvaccination causes harm, vaccines work with immunity, and overvaccination weakens the immune system. This in turn causes auto-immune problems in cats and dogs like skin problems, hair loss, tumors, and arthritis. A weakened immune system leaves your pet open to all kinds of potential health problems. (2)

Why do almost all conventional vets recommend yearly vaccinations? It's been the industry standard. According to veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Blakey, it accounts for up to 80% of a vet's business. To recommend less frequent vaccination, vet businesses would take a big financial blow.

If it concerns you to avoid vaccinations, are there any alternatives? There are a couple options. Some holistic vets follow a modified program of vaccinations, giving them at less frequent intervals.

Another option is homeopathic. Homeopathic nosodes are a remedy administered to pets that are believed to assist in disease prevention. Nosodes are made from the actual virus, just like a vaccine, but are made differently and are totally safe.

According to Donna Starita, DVM, a leading homeopathic vet, many studies show homeopathic nosodes to be just as effective or more so than conventional vaccines in preventing disease. (3)

Some breeders, such as author Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D., that are interested in more natural methods use exclusively nosodes in place of regular shots. They swear by it's effectiveness and they say their animals are much healthier than earlier generations that got shots. (4)

So, it's OK to question the necessity of yearly pet vaccinations, with their questionable necessity and potential adverse effects on your pet's health. This is the beginning of this movement, and over the coming years, it's my opinion that we'll probably see more movement away from such frequent vaccination. Some veterinary schools are already changing their curriculum to advocate changes in vaccination frequency. In the end, it will save us all money, and we'll have healthier pets.

So next time you get that little reminder card in the mail that your pet is due for their shots, think twice! And switch your pet's care to a vet that is more careful about the use of vaccines.

See http://www.AlternativesForAnimals.com for a FREE online directory of holistic vets.

Sources: (1) Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Pitcairn & Pitcairn (2) The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats by Diane Stein with excerpt by John Fudens, DVM (3) The Dangers of Vaccinations, and the Advantages of Nosodes for Diseases Prevention by Dr. Donna Starita Mehan (4) Cat Care, Naturally! by Celeste Yarnall

Angela M. Predhomme is the owner and creator of the online holistic pet directory, Alternatives for Animals, http://www.alternativesforanimals.com. Click on this link to find holistic vets and practitioners using alternative medicine for pets, as well as a directory of natural pet products.


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It is illegal to have these seven animals as pets in California  KRON4

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As court case closes, Pets In Need opens up about revamped protocols  Mountain View Voice

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For the Love of Pets: Using an app to find the best pet sitter  The Mercury News

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Assistance available for spaying or neutering pets  Natchitoches Times

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Latest sampling shows Wiser Lake water quality continues to pose risk to swimmers, pets  Whatcom News

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Ask Amy: She hijacked our pet’s funeral with her unseemly drama  The Mercury News

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More owners surrendering pets at shelter, blaming economy  WJXT News4JAX

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Orange County shelter nears capacity, waiving adoption fees for some pets  FOX 35 Orlando

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Pets benefit our mental health  The Republic

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Cats and dogs know and choose when they will die: pet psychic  New York Post

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PETS holds most successful Paw Prints fundraiser yet  Red Bluff Daily News

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Five tips to help pets and wildlife beat the UK’s extreme heat  The Guardian

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Spirit Airlines’ pet policy: Here’s how to fly with your pet on Spirit  The Points Guy

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Alive seeks home for 'actor' Brutus  mySA

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Digital tools now used to predict the health of pets  SHINE

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Protect Children and Pets from Cannabis Poisoning  Hillsborough County

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Acupuncture therapy in pets  DVM 360

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Best Pet Insurance in Iowa (2022 Guide)  MarketWatch

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Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

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Major League of Legends update makes jungling easier, adds pets  PC Gamer

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Pflugerville animal shelter has new platform to help with rehoming pets  KXAN.com

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"Pocket pets" take the stage at MontanaFair  KRTV NEWS Great Falls

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Aiken Recognize One Year Anniversary Designation as a Pet-Friendly City  City of Aiken, SC (.gov)

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12th Pet Weekend set for Lily Dale | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

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Pets with Potential: Meet Chief  WCAX

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10 Things You Didn't Know about DC's Super-Pets  CBR - Comic Book Resources

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Pet fees hit Texas renters unequally, but landlord group says they’re necessary  KXAN.com

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Protecting your pets from mosquito-borne pests | News, Sports, Jobs  SalemNews.net

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Spend The Dog Days of Summer Adopting One of These Pets  Long Island Press

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iRobot's pet poop-detecting Roomba j7+ vacuum is $200 off right now  Engadget

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Carriage Horse Collapses in NYC Renewing Bid to Ban Practice  TODAY

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Free Rabies Vaccines for Westchester Pets Saturday August 27  Westchester.gov

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Higher housing costs force more pet owners to surrender their dogs  CNBC

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Eddie and Jasper: Rescue Pets of the Week  SC Times

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Pets Vs Pets  TronWeekly

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Cape Coral man arrested for starving dogs, mistreating other pets  Wink News

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'He Gives Me Purpose': Dapper Yorkshire Terrier Wins Pet of the Week  Newsweek

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Keep your pets refreshed with the latest Cool Care Technologies  WGN TV Chicago

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San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Pets of the Week  San Marcos Daily Record

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Marijuana for dogs: Difference between THC, CBD| Pet Peeves  The Northwest Florida Daily News

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Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet  Phoenix (.gov)

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Client anxiety and the true cost of owning a pet  DVM 360

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Don't toss them in: Non-native pets don't belong in lakes  Green Valley News

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Megan Thee Stallion Dodges The Rock 'Pet' Advances As 1501 Beefs With Her Management  TMZ

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Monkeypox can spread between people and pets: Steps to take if pet owner becomes sick  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Austin Pets Alive! takes in 19 puppies after mothers die due to heat  FOX 7 Austin

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McDermott: Keep your pets safe during the dog days of summer  Boston Herald

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Habersham Animal Care and Control now offering free pet vaccines  Now Habersham

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‘It’s a heartfelt thing:’ 100+ pet adoptions in Horry County help reduce crowded shelter  WMBF

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How to keep your dog and other pets cool in the heat  CNN

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Middletown fire displaces 23 people, pets  ABC27

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Pet Vet: Microchips  WNDU

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Photographer takes free photos of terminally ill pets: "A capture of my love"  CBS News

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Ni No Kuni: Cross World Introduces Server-Wide Battles And Pets In Latest Update  GameSpot

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Pet food warning from FDA: Stop feeding this food to your pet immediately  BGR

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Paw Prints: Meet shelter pets Butterscotch, Patch, Chai, Betty Boop, Robert, Dandelion, Jan and Marsha!  TBR News Media

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Yet another pit bull attack: Do they make good household pets?  Firstpost

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Eight Home Design Features for Pets  Santa Barbara Independent

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Puppa's Pals fosters pets in crisis situations  Duluth News Tribune

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Shiba Eternity Game vs Tamadoge Pets App - Early Footage  Business 2 Community

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Remember pets during the city’s boil water advisories  WLBT

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Well Groomed Pets Expands Celebrity Dog Grooming Team With More Industry Heavyweights  EIN News

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New animal rescue in Augusta County works to get pets out of shelters and into loving homes  WHSV

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UPDATE: Family pets die in Grand Forks house fire  KVLY

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Robotic Pets, Real Comfort? What the Research Says  PsychCentral.com

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Pandora's New Pets, Woon-A-Tai Signs With IMG, Jordan's Jersey for Sale  WWD

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Award-winning robotic pets program helps dementia patients  Eagle-Tribune

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Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience :: Pets in North Carolina :: Out and About at WRAL.com  WRAL News

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Firefighter treated, pets rescued from Overland Park house fire  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

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Traveling with pets for the first time? Here's what you need to know.  USA TODAY

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Animal Rescue Shares Plans for New Building in Middletown, NY  wpdh.com

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Monkeypox Confirmed In Pet Dog For First Time  IFLScience

Nicholls State University welcomes its first furry dorm residents - Daily Comet
Nicholls State University welcomes its first furry dorm residents  Daily Comet

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dvm360® product report: Pet wellness and insurance plans, plus veterinary well-being book and more  DVM 360

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Port Orange church feeds people and pets | News | hometownnewsvolusia.com  Hometown News

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This Year's Funniest-Looking Pets Are Here  Gizmodo

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Science Says: This Is How Pets Help Your Mental Health  Greatist

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How Paw-fect Pets Improve Life With Chronic Illness | Benefits of...  Multiple Sclerosis News Today

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Thinking About Adopting a Pet? There's a Lot to Consider, Including the Yearly Costs  NBC10 Boston

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How people, pets and infrastructure can respond to extreme heat  NPR

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Submit Your Pet's Photo for the Irvine Animal Care Center Photo Fundraiser  City of Irvine

How Robotic Pets Can Help With Memory Care - University of Utah Health Care
How Robotic Pets Can Help With Memory Care  University of Utah Health Care

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Pets of the Week - Meet Neeson & Carl  City of Arlington

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LifeLine Animal Project Needs Your Help to Find Homes for 500 Pets  Fulton County Government

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DC League of Super-Pets movie review (2022)  Roger Ebert

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How to keep your pets safe in a heatwave  The Conversation Indonesia

Pets 'dumped' outside MB shelter with note, staff stresses proper way to surrender - wpde.com
Pets 'dumped' outside MB shelter with note, staff stresses proper way to surrender  wpde.com

Charlotte Fire Dogs Sound the Alarm for Pet Safety - charlottenc.gov
Charlotte Fire Dogs Sound the Alarm for Pet Safety  charlottenc.gov

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How Much Should I Spend to Keep My Elderly Dog Alive?  The New York Times

Cancer care for pets is hugely costly - The Washington Post
Cancer care for pets is hugely costly  The Washington Post

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No More Pet Store Puppies? New York May Finally Ban Sales.  The New York Times

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Monroe County Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

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PHOTOS: Here Are Pets You Can Adopt Today For NBC 7/T20's ‘Clear the Shelters'  NBC San Diego

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Keeping pets safe in the extreme heat  Eyewitness News 3

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Pets are freaking out over their owners playing Stray  Polygon

Local canine rescues see a rise in returns of pandemic pets - WGRZ.com
Local canine rescues see a rise in returns of pandemic pets  WGRZ.com

Pet surrenders increase as inflation ups the price of ownership - NPR
Pet surrenders increase as inflation ups the price of ownership  NPR

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Video: Pets showing Emory pride  Emory News Center

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2022 Best of the East Bay: Pets | People + Style | diablomag.com  Diablo Magazine

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Find Your New Furry Friend! Here Are the 11 Best Pet Adoption Websites  Parade Magazine

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