Tips on Pet Vaccines
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Problems with pet vaccines causing health issues is a topic discussed more than any other time in the past. There is evidence that pet vaccines can cause adverse even deadly reactions in pets.
The purpose of a pet vaccine is to stimulate the production of antibodies to specific antigens, (components or byproducts of viruses and bacteria). When exposed to the disease later will provide a strong antibody production to combat the infection.
Repetitive vaccinations will actually weaken the immune system. This makes it more susceptible to the disease when exposed. We do not receive additional vaccines against polio or smallpox, right? So you need to ask, why vaccinate my pet so frequently?
The term vaccinosis refers to adverse or deadly reactions. This is caused by an overstimulated immune system or toxic reaction to components of the vaccine itself.
The exact chemistry of vaccines is proprietary information and guarded by the manufacturer. Certain heavy metals are detected such as mercury and aluminum. Does it stand to reason why some pets are developing cancers at the injection sites?
Another concern about pet vaccines causing health issues is the impact to future generations of pets. They depend on receiving passive immunity from their mothers through nursing. Over vaccinating will cause disruption of the mother’s immune system and then there is no passive transference.
Cats and dogs have survived diseases over the millennium before vaccines. We should not overreact because we feel they are unprotected. First, we focus on improving
your pet’s health. We do this through a proper specie specific diet and exercise. Seems our human doctors say the same is necessary for us to stay healthy.
Good health promotes good immunity. A mother’s milk will passively transmit this to her infant’s. Thus giving them a good start in the beginning of their life.
The typical vaccination schedule identifies core pet vaccines and non-core pet vaccines. The veterinary practice agrees that core vaccines at the recommended time intervals established by the manufacturing companies. The non-core vaccines will depend on the age, breed and health of the cat. Also, the prevalence of these diseases in the local area. Below identifies the vaccines and recommended frequency.
Vaccination Recommendations for Cats summarized from the American Association of Feline Practitioners 2006 Feline Vaccination Guidelines
Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Rabies, and Feline Leukemia all of which according to the manufacture are good for 1 year with exception of Rabies can last up to 3 years depending on vaccine type.
Non Core Vaccines:
Chlamydia, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Bordetella, Giardia, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. There is limited data on how long the vaccines will last and some data indicates that several of the vaccines have potential to cause disease after vaccination.
The best step concerning pet vaccines:
In conclusion, over vaccinating your pet may do more harm than good. Most holistic veterinarians will recommend a titer test on the cat’s blood. Do this to check the immune system is still strong. Thereby protecting the cat from disease. This is an extra step. It will cost but is well worth checking rather than just vaccinating. All naturopaths agree that a strong immune system through diet and exercise will overcome the disease(s). They do not recommend vaccination regardless of the titer results.
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