What’s So Risky About Puppy Shots?
Here's the Truth...
For most dog owners, it’s not news that yearly boosters – or any boosters really – are at best unnecessary and at worst harmful.
You know that reducing the number of vaccines is critical to your dog’s health, but when it comes to puppy shots, we’re still over-vaccinating.
And we’re doing it at a critical time in your dog’s life.
Let me explain …
Why Routine Puppy Shots Shouldn’t Be Routine
As we know, puppies are given a series of several vaccinations, spaced two to four weeks apart.
This is pretty standard practice … and we’ve come to believe that a series of puppy shots is necessary for them to be protected. But this simply isn’t true.
It takes zero vaccines for a puppy to be protected. It’s called Natural Immunity!
So why are puppies vaccinated three or four times instead of just once? I believe the bottom line is $$$$!
When puppies are very young, they’re protected from disease by drinking their mother’s first milk, called colostrum. This rich milk contains antibodies against disease (called maternal antibodies), which the mother passes down to her puppies.
The puppy’s immune system isn’t fully mature, and able to fully protect him, until your puppy is around six months of age, so the maternal antibodies provide something called passive immunity.
This might seem like a good idea, but here’s the problem with those maternal antibodies …
When a puppy with a reasonable amount of maternal antibodies is vaccinated, the maternal antibodies will essentially inactivate the vaccine, just as it would a real virus.
As good as those maternal antibodies are, they can’t protect the puppy against the other toxins contained in vaccines such as the chemical adjuvants and preservatives which contain harmful chemicals including mercury, MSG, aluminum and formaldehyde.
The adjuvants are designed to stimulate an exaggerated immune response, to make sure that your puppy’s body responds to the small amount of virus contained in the vaccine.
Unfortunately, this heightened reaction can also cause autoimmune disorders which are affecting an alarming number of dogs and can include:
… as well as a rather long laundry list of other common health issues.
More Is Better?
Vets and pet owners used to believe that ‘more is better’ when it came to vaccines.
But we now know there are very real dangers with every vaccine given … and the more vaccines, the more likely something is to go wrong.
Maternal antibodies weaken over time but the rate of weakening differs between different dogs and even different breeds. Especially when it comes to parvovirus.
The maternal antibodies for parvo can last longer than other common puppyhood diseases – as long as 26 weeks in some dogs – and that presents a problem for our puppy shot schedule which is basically revaccinating every 2-4 weeks starting at 7-8 weeks.
Now, if you’re concerned about the risks of vaccination – and you should be – then this vaccine schedule really doesn’t make much sense. Although nearly every puppy is vaccinated this way. This doesn't protect puppies from infectious disease, it just puts them at unnecessary risk for allergies, cancer and other very common diseases.
Intelligent Vaccination is NO VACCINATION!
Now imagine the puppy who is vaccinated three or four times. By the time he reaches 12 or 16 weeks of age, he’ll be LESS LIKELY to be protected than the puppy who wasn’t vaccinated at all! Why? Because his own immune system will be healthier and stronger and more able to combat disease and infections.
And don’t forget, if he’s received vaccines (the more vaccines, the worse they are destroying his immune system)so not only is he less likely to be protected, he’s at more risk for adverse reactions and the common chronic diseases like allergies, cancer and more.
What You Can Do To Make Sure Your Puppy Is Protected
If you feel you must vaccinate your puppy but want to reduce the risk as much as possible, I suggest using Homeopathic Nosodes.
Have your vet run a titer test three weeks after using the Homeopathic Nosodes. If there is circulating antibody (any amount will do), it means your puppy is protected and he will be protected for life! (Don’t believe vaccines can protect for life?)
And ironically, one of the most dangerous places you can take your puppy is the vet’s office!
If you must bring your puppy under 12 weeks to the vet, it’s important to carry him in and out of the clinic, as this is one of the most likely places for him to pick up viruses. Your best bet is to get the first appointment of the day, when you know the floors and tables will be at their cleanest.
We don’t like to think about it, but vaccination has the very real risk of creating chronic, debilitating disease.
Most vets and dog owners don’t see the connection because it can take weeks, months or even years after vaccination for these diseases to develop.
Needlessly stressing your puppy’s immune system with vaccinations every two to four weeks is no longer a safe option for puppies.
Find a vet who agrees with me and who is aware of this research and you’ll reduce the risk of both infectious and chronic debilitating disease in your puppy – now and in the future.