shoot horses but vaccinate dogs.
Have you ever wondered why some dogs or cats continually experience skin problems? Have you ever wondered why your dog has to constantly have its anal glands evacuated? Have you ever wondered why your friend's dog experiences allergies to grass pollens, fleas, house dust mites etc?
Have you ever thought your own diligence in conforming to a Veterinary
Surgeon's request, and the annual vaccine programme could, in fact, be killing
your beloved pets, rather than improving their quality of life? Perhaps you are
inadvertently exposing them to the ravages of the 20th century illnesses, of
immune deficiency diseases.
Those readers old enough to remember their own childhood animals may
recall, a puppy being vaccinated at 7 to 8 weeks followed by a second dose at
twelve weeks. If a particularly virulent epidemic was apparent in the
neighbourhood a booster injection as recommended, other than that this it was
the only time your domestic dog received vaccinations. A further observation of
thirty years ago was that domestic cats in general, were never vaccinated.
Do we need annual vaccinations for our animals?
I run a very busy practice in animal healthcare, utilizing Homoeopathy,
Biochemistry, Mineral and Enzyme therapy. I am becoming seriously concerned at
the increase in the cases of Auto-immune disease, and the Canine/Feline
vaccination programme which I consider to be inextricably linked.
Certainly, I do not stand alone in holding these views, as a number of
Orthodox Veterinary Practitioners have expressed their concern over the
incidence of certain types of illness suddenly appearing after a vaccination has
been administered. Often these are severe skin disorders, gastrointestinal
disturbances, sickness and colitis symptoms, all of which have been observed and
It would appear the subject is as controversial within animal husbandry
as it is in the welfare programme of vaccinating children.
Certainly opinion is very divided, and I feel we owe it to the animals
and their long term future, to request an open, unbiased research programme.
This should be conducted to ascertain if there is evidence to support the theory
of vaccination being related to the increase of auto-immune diseases.
What is being done at present?
The Royal Veterinary College is currently conducting an investigation
into Auto-immune disease, and this is at considerable cost within the research
programme. Yet I am unaware of any involvement, within this research, of any
Alternative Medical viewpoint, other than Orthodox Veterinary Surgeons who
themselves use Homoeopathy as an adjunct to their practice.
Many Orthodox Vets. refuse to acknowledge the efficacy of using
Homoeopathy or other Complementary therapies within their practice, dismissing
them as being unscientific and at worst, complete hocus pocus. Very often by
using Homoeopathy as the primary medication one can achieve reversal or complete
remission of symptoms, and in particular when "Vaccinosis" is used as
the diagnostic investigation and assessment, pertaining to symptoms displayed.
Responsible owners are positively encouraged to have their animals
vaccinated on an annual basis, and to this end appointment reminder cards are
sent out to clients. This encourages them to book up for the annual "top
Often the general rules pertaining to the vaccination procedures are
ignored when the cat or dog is submitted to the Veterinary Surgery. As an
example the temperature should be taken to check for any evidence of infection,
and no animal should receive a further vaccine whilst displaying ill health or
immune deficiency disorders.
Yet owners are told that in the past, without the vaccine programme,
thousands of animals were dying on an annual basis of illnesses such as hardpad,
distemper and parvo-virus. However, one could begin to question
we are entering a phase whereby we are purely exchanging one cause of death for
another, namely Aids in the animal kingdom. Furthermore concern is mounting for
the quality of the cat/dog's life that is constantly exposed to the ill effects
of the vaccine program.
What is this 'Vaccinosis' we speak of?
Vaccinosis, or vaccinia is the term used to describe the set of symptoms
recognized by Homoeopaths and other Naturopathic Healthcare Professionals, as
being the morbid constitutional state engendered by the vaccine virus.
The effects of chronic Vaccinosis are various but frequently include
severe skin disorders, e.g. urticaria, excema, lupus vulgaris, warts, spongy
tumours etc. In the canine world skin disorders are a serious problem currently
affecting thousands of animals, ranging from minor skin symptoms through to
complete and total alopecia.
state has been reached the cell metabolism is impaired and the nervous system is
severely affected. This leaves the animal vulnerable, and exposed to various
allergic reactions and allergens that would normally be tolerated, such as fleas
and house dust mites.
I suspect if one took a random number of supposedly healthy animals, and
then exposed them all, to the same irritants and allergens, the chances are that
a small percentage would display symptoms pertaining to an allergic reaction.
However, when one begins to look at the reverse situation, i.e. more
animals showing signs of allergic reaction than not, one must consider why this
is happening. If the immune system is strong and at optimum potential, it should
be able to safeguard the body, from attack. But this is not the current
situation, more and more canines and felines are displaying symptoms of immune
To date the various pieces of research that have been conducted by
independent sources, indicate the problem arises from two factors, namely the
use of Multiple live vaccine material, as opposed to killed or treated viruses,
and very importantly, the frequency of administration of vaccines.
How do vaccines affect animals?
The Multiple Live Vaccine offers a much stronger challenge to an animal's
defence mechanism. As an example: a puppy of 7 weeks of age, and weighing only 2
lbs. will still be vaccinated with Canine Distemper, Parvo-virus, Leptospirosis,
Parain Influenza and Hepatitis, all on the same day. The amount of vaccine given
is often identical in proportion as that given to a Great Dane puppy, that would
obviously weigh considerably more.
In countries such as the United States of America and parts of Europe,
this tremendous bombardment will often be followed just one week later by the
rabies injection. How an animal can be expected to cope with such
accumulation of components, and all at one time, is quite extreme but in
particular the young animal whose immune system has not yet been fully
The immunological tolerance of this situation is often extremely poor,
and in certain instances an animal will display ill health within a few hours of
the vaccine being administered. As the weeks go by many animals will display
unfavorable response to the vaccine often bringing to the fore front inherited
predisposition to other illnesses.
Further evidence would suggest that vaccinating an animal during
pregnancy or during the estrus cycle can inhibit hormonal function. This not
only creates physical symptoms to the dam, but can be passed on through the
gestation period to the unborn puppies. In severe cases of Vaccinosis puppies
may be delivered still born or already displaying skin disorders.
It is a clinical fact that following parvo-virus vaccine as an example,
the number of white cells in the circulation, decreases for a period of time,
thereby rendering the animal exposed to illness as a result of the lowering of
Animals suffer stress just as do we humans.
A further relevant factor involving the vaccine programme is related to
stress, either emotional or environmental. There is a general acceptance in
today's society that exposure to stress in the human quarter affects the
functioning of the immune system; the same must be acknowledged within the
For example, the young puppy having recently left its mother, and fellow
offspring, finds itself in a new and often frightening environment, is going to
display stress related disorders. This will undoubtedly affect its response to
the receptiveness of the vaccine programme, which is usually administered around
the same time as the move into the new environment.
There is a strange irony attached to the vaccine programme in so far as
the pharmaceutical industry states: "The administration of a vaccine should
only be given to healthy animals". However, if an animal was completely
healthy it would not require the vaccination in the first place.
Surely the correct way forward is to be looking at ways and means to
enhance the immune system and bring it up to its optimum performance,
principally by addressing the nutrition of the animal and using things such
essential biochemistry and homoeopathic nosodes incorporated into its welfare
Is continual Vaccination really necessary?
In America the Veterinary Immunologists claim that vaccinations should
only be given once or twice during an animal's life time. There is no need or
evidence to prove that annual vaccination programmes are either essential or
effective. On the contrary research suggests that no dog over the age of 7 years
of age derives benefit from the annual vaccine programme.
those animals submitted to the annual boosters, go on to display exacerbation of
joint related ills in later life.
Sadly even within the animal welfare programme professionals are
influenced by the 'biomedical' model as outlined by the pharmaceutical industry.
Injections have become the 'norm' as being the ultimate panacea to attain
health for the domestic animal. Yet we are seeing an increasing number of cases
involving immune dysfunction, tumours, cancerous growths, severe skin disorders
and behavioral disturbances.
What, I wonder, is the comparison of auto-immune diseases in the domestic
animal, compared to that of his counter part in the wild animal kingdom? Is this
a worthy comparison to make when conducting research into auto-immune disease
conditions? I am convinced it should be investigated.
What can be done about the Vaccinosis problem?
When I suspect a case of Vaccinosis in a domestic animal, I invariably
treat it with Homoeopathic remedies for the specific condition coupled with
immune enhancing formulas. I further stress to the owner that until the animal
has showed signs of significant recovery no further booster vaccinations should
However, problems soon arise when the owner returns to the Orthodox
Veterinary system. They usually find pressure to bear to have the cat/dog
re-vaccinated as soon as possible. The results of which can vary considerably.
If the animal's immune system has recovered sufficiently it may well
withstand the vaccine without too many problems, however, if the immune function
is still below par, exacerbation of original symptomology is generally displayed
within a few days of the vaccine taking place.
A further occurrence observed by some Veterinarians is that of a tumour
or growth appearing directly on or around the sight of the annual injection,
this is particularly noticeable in the feline world, and can take the form of
fibrosarcoma. Indeed, the list of symptoms that can be linked with the over
exuberant vaccination programme appears endless: warty growths, tumours of both
malignant and benign type, seizures, skin problems, bone and joint disorders.
During the current investigations being carried out by the Royal
Veterinary College, it has been observed that many of these auto-immune diseases
commence as skin disorders.
Aside from the inherited factor as displayed in certain breeds such as
West Highland Whites, the disease occurs as a result of the immune system
attacking the skin.
Furthermore, they have also observed auto-immune blood disease leading to
haemolytic anaemia - cast your mind back to the earlier fact pertaining to the
parvo-virus vaccine. Following vaccination the white blood cells are severely
diminished and their function temporarily impaired!
A further and most alarming disease currently being observed by the R.V.C.
is that of systemic Lupus Erythematosus. This disease eventually affects many
body systems including red and white blood cells, and the joints, skin and
kidneys. Reflect back to the inclusion of symptoms of Vaccinia as defined by
Homoeopaths, does it not include all of the aforementioned as being contributory
to this disease syndrome?
Why then the insistence on annual Vaccinations?
There are over 6 million families in England that own a dog, and this is
increasing annually. The number of animals that will fall foul of one or more of
the afore-mentioned symptoms will increase, as the vaccine programme is
vehemently maintained by the Orthodox Veterinary Surgeons.
The vaccine programme is a highly lucrative part of a Veterinary practice
and a vaccine can vary in cost. Some sources purport as much as 30% profit in a
Veterinary practice is obtained from the vaccine programme.
Smith Kline Beecham Animal Health division specialized in vaccines and
earlier this year sold its animal division for 3920 million pounds.
It is hard not to become cynical, as to why the Veterinary profession and
the drug companies do not want the problem of Vaccine related illness properly
and accurately investigated. Yet morally what are we doing to our domestic
animals, where is their future and moreover the quality of their lives? We must
address the situation now. Certainly the weaker among their species will become
even more vulnerable and are we not witnessing the genetic engineering' of their
long term destiny, maybe to extinction as we know them today?
Having shared most of my life with domestic animals I can only view the
world as an empty shell should it succumb to being devoid of cats, dogs and the
like. Can we just turn our heads and ignore their plight or do we, should we,
acknowledge their cry for help? Are we really vaccinating animals on an annual
basis with large doses of multiple live vaccine substances because we are
committed to the programme, and because we feel it is right? Or are we exposing
our beloved friends to a lifetime of hell and deprivation due to vested
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