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Vaccination...how often?

Parvovirus, Adenovirus & Distemper – the 3 core canine vaccines – they are not required by law.
Rabies is legally required in all states of the United States and in some (not all) Canadian provinces, but not in France.
In France, the rabies vaccination of domestic carnivores (dogs, cats and ferrets) is mandatory in the following cases:

1. for dogs of category 1 or 2 (attack or defence dogs)
2. in the French departments of Guyana and Mayotte (and to travel to these departments)
3. for any trip in the European Union or abroad.

Thus no one can force you to vaccinate your dog with a vaccine – other than rabies and only in the cases mentioned above – that you do not want to administer to him.Unfortunately most dogs are vaccinated too often and it is dangerous. But the problem is that many veterinarians do not know, or deliberately avoid the practice of the new researches … they are reluctant to use the “titer tests” therefore they vaccinate your dog every year, or even every 3 years – an isolated phenomenon – but in both cases, they vaccinate too much !!!
Your pet is already protected and the vaccine will give him all the risks of side effects without any benefit.

The recommendation for annual re-vaccination is a practice that was officially started in 1978. Since that time, the new researches recommend the re-evaluation of the schedules.


It is time to move forward and examine the new studies of the specialists in this domain.
Dr. Ronald D. Schultz is one, of perhaps three or four researchers, doing challenge studies on veterinary vaccines – and he did that for 40 years.In fact, it’s Dr. Schultz’s work that prompted the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) to re-evaluate vaccine schedules.

In 2003, The American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Taskforce warned vets in JAAHA (39 March/April 2003) that:

“Misunderstanding, misinformation and the conservative nature of our profession have largely slowed adoption of protocols advocating decreased frequency of vaccination.Immunological memory provides durations of immunity for core infectious diseases that far exceed the traditional recommendations for annual vaccination, immunity induced by vaccination is extremely long lasting and in most cases, lifelong. This recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently. In fact, the presence of good humoral antibody levels, blocks the anamnestic response to vaccine boosters, just as maternal antibody blocks the response in some young animals. The patient receives no benefit and may be at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is administrated. Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated.”

Dr. Ronald Schultz – Professor and Chair, Department of Pathobiological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison, states that:

“Only one dose of the modified-live canine core vaccine (against CDV, CAV-2 and CPV-2) or modified-live feline core vaccine (against FPV, FCV and FHV), when administered at 16 weeks or older, will provide long lasting (many years to a lifetime) immunity in a very high percentage of animals.”

What Are the Risks

During his research Dr. Schultz performed immunity tests on more than 1.000 dogs and on every major vaccine.
It is important to note that not only do vaccines provide protection for at least 4-5 years, but also 100% efficiency on tested dogs.

“Each vaccine can potentially kill the patient or create debilitating chronic diseases, such as cancer and allergies.”

vaccination-side-effects

The long list of potential side effects to vaccines, according to Dr. Schultz.

  • 1. IMMUNOSUPPRESSION

  • 2. CHANGES IN BEHAVIOUR

  • 3. VITILIGO

  • 4. WEIGHT LOSS (CACHEXIA)

  • 5. REDUCED MILK PRODUCTION

  • 6. LAMENESS

  • 7. GRANULOMAS / ABSCESSES

  • 8. URTICARIA

  • 9. FACIAL OEDEMA

  • 10. ATOPY

  • 11. RESPIRATORY ILLNESS

  • 12. ALLERGIC UVEITIS (BLUE EYE)

  • 13. LETHARGY

  • 14. HAIR LOSS AND COLOUR CHANGE IN THE INJECTION SITE

  • 15. FEVER

  • 16. PAIN

  • 17. RIGIDITY

  • 18. REFUSAL TO EAT

  • 19. CONJUNCTIVITIS

  • 20. SNEEZING

  • 21. ORAL ULCERS

  • 22. SARCOMAS ON THE INJECTION SITE

  • 23. ANAPHYLAXIS

  • 24. ARTHRITIS

  • 25. HYPERTROPHIC POLYARTHRITIC OSTEODYSTROPHY

  • 26. HAEMOLYTIC ANAEMIA

  • 27. IMMUNE MEDIATED THROMBOCYTOPENIA (IMTP)

  • 28. CONVULSIONS

  • 29. THYRODITIS

  • 30. GLOMERULONEPHRITIS

  • 31. MYOCARDITIS

  • 32. ENCEPHALITIS OR POLYNEURITIS

  • 33. HAEMOLYTIC DISEASE OF THE NEWBORN (NEONATAL ISOERYTHROLYSIS)

  • 34. ABORTION, CONGENITAL ABNORMALITY, EMBRYONIC / FETAL DEATH, FAILURE TO CONCEIVE

The World Small Animals Veterinary Association (WSAVA) published a recent recommendation to veterinarians and dog owners, in order to ensure the effective protection of animals from infectious diseases, while reducing the number of vaccines administered to them regularly.
Here is an excerpt from the World Veterinary Community:

“The WSAVA stipulates that the frequency of administration of core vaccines must not be greater than a triennial base.
Many practitioners interpret this point by a routine vaccination every 3 years, which is a misinterpretation.
If the dog is already immunized against the 3 universal diseases, the re-vaccination will not bring an additional immunity and it is therefore not necessary to re-vaccinate every 3 years.”

The WSAVA encourages and recommends the use of antibody titter tests.
It consists on taking a blood sample from the dog, in order to check for the presence of antibodies.
This presence of antibodies against universal diseases, indicates that the dog is protected and the administration of essential vaccines is not necessary.
You can perform the test before the 12-month vaccine reminder hence you avoid to re-vaccinate.
Two new titration kits are now available: VACCICHECK (Biogal Laboratories) and TITERCHEK (Zoetis).
They allow practitioners to quickly check the immune status of the dog, without sending the blood sample to a laboratory.

Your dog relies on your veterinarian to make the right decisions about vaccines.
So please download this printable PDF and discuss with your veterinarian before re-vaccinating your dog.
Vaccination Guidelines – World Veterinary Association (excerpt of the PDF) with emphasis on the Mechanisms and Duration of Immunity (DOI).

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Reactif canin

Passionate advocate of Positive Reinforcement, Operant Conditioning and force-free training methods. Studied at Karen Pryor Academy, Ethology Institute Cambridge, Canine Principles Academy and Centre Of Excellence. Being responsible for an animal, consists on creating scenarios that build his self-confidence, helps him to discover his strengths and competences, to trust us and not fear of us. After all, a dog is a dog, a unique individual, who needs and must act like one and by expressing his natural behaviours! We must consider the relationship with our dog as parental, rather than this of the master and subordinate. Dogs, similarly to children, see us as their "role model" for guiding them to their new life, with us. Our role is not to dominate them, but to establish a symbiotic relationship with them. Let us be worthy of this role!

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