OF ANIMAL DISEASES USING
This is a method of
protecting your animals from common diseases using homeopathic medicines given
by mouth. The use of homeopathic
prevention is intended to replace the
usual vaccination method of injection with living viruses or viral particles. The advantage of this alternative is the very high level of safety (e.g., lack of sides effects) and the ease of home administration. In some breeds we are seeing serious disease conditions associated with the aftermath of frequent vaccinations especially when used in combina- tion injections containing several or more disease agents. These conditions range from paralysis and polyarthritis to chronic skin allergies and ear infections.
Though this method is
relatively new to the United States, the use of homeopathic Nosodes (pronounced no'-sodes),
which are remedies or medicines made from the disease itself, has a long history
of effectiveness in England and Europe. For
example, research done recently in England with the nosode used to prevent Kennel
Cough showed it to be more effective than the vaccination.
The details of the study are as follows: an outbreak of Kennel Cough in
a kennel of
40 dogs showed that the use of vaccinations was not effective. Eighteen of the 40
dogs had been previously vaccinated with Parainfluenza 3 (injectable) and Bordetalla
(intranasal) before the outbreak. Every one of the vaccinated dogs became ill with a
cough (100%) while only 19 of the remaining 22 unvaccinated dogs developed symp-
toms (86%). The symptoms were severe. Faced with the possibility of closing the
kennel, the owners decided to try use of a Kennel Cough Nosode (homeopathic remedy).
Over the next several months a total of 214 dogs were treated and
observed. All dogs
both previously vaccinated or not were given the nosode. The results show that, after the
use of the nosode, the incidence of Kennel Cough decreased to 4.7% in the previously
vaccinated animals that came into the kennel and (to) about .7% in the previously un-
vaccinated dogs. The higher incidence for the vaccinated dogs is thought by the research-
ers to be due to an interference by the vaccine with the effectiveness of the homeopathic
This alternative is
available to pet owners who wish to avoid the usual vaccination procedure.
So far, experience has shown no problem with side effects if the animal
has been healthy. Nosodes should
not be used in animals with any ongoing disease process, severe parasite
problems, or with symptoms of illness present.
No other medications should be used while using nosodes except heartworm
medication (if necessary).
The diseases I recommend
nosode protection for are Canine parvovirus and Canine Distemper.
The other diseases in the combination vaccine are of extremely low
incidence and I would not worry about protection from them unless there was some
high risk exposure potential with an individual situation, (e.g., Dogs in
frequent contact with Cattle with potential exposure to Leptospirosis).
Kennel Cough is another nosode that may be needed if there are
high risks of exposure. There is
also a Heartworm nosode that has been used for several years in a number
of animals. Although I would still
call this experimental, it seems to be effective and is an alternative to the
Nosodes for Feline
Panleukopenia, Respiratory Disease Complex, Feline Leukemia, and Feline
Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) are also available.
Rabies vaccinations are a
LEGAL REQUIREMENT in most states.
The Rabies nosode can be given at the time of a vaccination to reduce the
chance of a subsequent reaction to the vaccine.
It is not, however, an acceptable replacement for the vaccination
and will not meet any legal requirements.
These selected nosodes
are given in several doses days or weeks apart and then repeated on three to six
month intervals following the initial series.
They are all given by mouth and administration is easy as with all
Nosodes are one important
aspect of having a healthy pet. Avoiding
excessive vaccina- tions, feeding a proper diet of fresh food, and using
homeopathic remedies when required vs. antibiotics and chemicals will give your
animal the best opportunity for leading a long and healthy life.
You can contact our
office to order Nosodes and instructions:
ANIMAL CARE ASSOCIATES
E. LOOPS DVM
2, BOX 568, PITTSBORO, N.C. 27312