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Should You Always Vaccinate Your Pet?

Posted February 6th, 2018 by admin

If you are a pet owner, then it is likely you have been told to keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. However, in recent years, there has been much discussion about just how safe this is. This is not to say that pets should never be vaccinated, but rather poses the question, “Is it absolutely necessary to give them shots annually?”

Consider this:

  • Regardless of the size of your pet, the exact same dosage of a vaccine is given.
  • Many vaccinations are not actually needed to be re-given every year.

In recent years, studies have been done showing pet vaccinations to be linked to conditions such as epilepsy, autism and even cancer– especially when annual shots are given! So, why are shots being given with such frequency? Just a bit of research reveals pet owners can thank the USDA for setting this schedule up nearly 30 years ago and that the currently followed model was only recommendations – not mandates based on scientific fact or research.

Every year, pets are vaccinated for a long list of diseases, but what most pet owners don’t realize is that there are a number of vaccinations that last for years, and in some instances a lifetime. Even more disturbing is these vaccines are actually causing the number of cases of problems like inflammatory bowel disease, GI related problems, lower autoimmune diseases, arthritis, tumors, seizures, allergies and even rabies to increase rather than minimize.

It is time to take action against the health concerns of over-vaccination. In fact, many veterinarians have been pushing to minimize the number of shots given to one’s pet. They believe – justifiably- that vaccines are causing too many problems, many of which go unreported.

Still convinced that pet vaccinations are must? Consider these common ingredients found in many pet vaccinations – and ask yourself if you still think the annual shots are totally necessary.

  • Thimerosal – An organic compound which contains mercury that is used in pet vaccines as a preservative.
  • Aluminum – Shown to be bad for humans because it can lead to neurological problems, apparently, it is still acceptable to inject into our pets.
  • Formaldehyde – Deemed by the FDA as a probable carcinogen, it is still used in pet vaccines.
  • Animal organ tissue – Many pet vaccines are comprised of other animal (monkeys, rabbits, cows, sheep, and pigs) cells.
  • Phenol – A highly poisonous, caustic substances derived from coal tar, and added to a vaccine as a preservative.

However, if you feel vaccinations should still be a part of your pet’s life, then take time to educate yourself, and discuss each shot with your vet. As part of your discussion, you may wish to ask the following:

  • What disease(s) is the shot going to eliminate? Rabies vaccines are required by law, but many other shots are not!
  • How likely is your pet to be exposed to a particular disease? After all, an indoor pet that rarely interacts with other pets is at lower risk. You may also wish to ask for a Vaccine Titer Test to determine whether or not your pet already has enough of a vaccine still in its system to not need at particular shot.
  • Is the vaccine both safe and effective?

All of this information is not designed to scare one, or to say that vaccinations should never be given. However, it is always good to be informed and to ask questions rather than blindly accepting that something must be done – especially when it comes to the world of medicine.  After all, our goal is for your pets to be happy and healthy!

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