Dog Vaccination Schedule


Vaccination Dangers

Many vets recommend an annual dog vaccination schedule.

But, once your dog has received her puppy shots, there is really no reason to continue annual boosters. Once your dog is fully immunized against viruses, she remains immune for years, and often for a lifetime. Despite mounting evidence of adverse vaccine reactions, a lot of vets continue to advocate yearly vaccinations.

Current guidelines were developed over 20 years ago by the USDA and pet vaccine manufacturers. And this dog vaccination schedule is not based on any scientific data.

The one-year revaccination recommendation found on many vaccine labels is often based on historical precedent and was allowed by USDA regulation since it was based on the best scientific knowledge available at that time, which did not necessarily include product specific data.

Current dog vaccination schedule guidelines used by many vets include annual boosters for the following:

  • Adenovirus
  • Coronavirus
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Rabies
  • Lyme (borelia)
  • Bortadella (kennel cough)

Additional dog vaccines include a giardia vaccine (protozoan parasite affecting the intestines). And even a vaccine against plaque and tartar (porphyromonas vaccine)!

According to UK based pet charity, Canine Health Concern, drug companies and vets frighten pet owners to abide by regular dog immunizations, even though they may not be necessary.

Catherine Driscoll founded CHC after losing two of her dogs to complications caused by routine pet vaccines.

"We are not anti-vaccination. What we are saying is that currently our pets are receiving far too many. The latest scientific research shows that after the first course of injections as a puppy most dogs are immune against these diseases for at least seven years, if not for life."
~Catherine Driscoll, Canine Health Concern

Low Cost Dog Vaccinations

The markup on rabies vaccines is astounding (between 3900 and 7200 percent). Vets can purchase one rabies shot for around $.61. Including the office visit, you can be charged anywhere from $25 - $45 for administration of the shot.

Vaccination Business

Many smaller vet practices that do not specialize or provide emergency services, rely on annual vaccinations to keep their practices profitable. It has been estimated that removing the annual rabies vaccination / office visit could potentially reduce a vet's income by over $60,000. That's just one vaccine and only for dogs.

Estimated conservatively, over half of dog visits and close to three quarters of cat visits are vaccine related.

Vaccinations are not only profitable for vets. Drug company manufacturers have seen a seven percent increase in sales over the past 10 years.


Vaccines create a memory in your pet's immune system. Once fully immunized, she will develop antibodies which will then react against future vaccinations for the same virus. In other words, if she is fully protected, her immune system will fight further attempts to re-vaccinate.

Adverse events may be associated with the antigen, adjuvant, carrier, preservative, or a combination thereof. Possible adverse events include, but are not necessarily limited to, failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immuno-suppression, autoimmune disorders, transient infections, long-term infected carrier states, and local development of tumors.

Repeat vaccinations may cause serious autoimmune diseases such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), a potentially fatal canine disorder.

...revaccination of patients with sufficient immunity does not necessarily add to their disease protection and may increase the potential risk of post-vaccination adverse events.

Other, delayed vaccine reactions can include:

  • allergies
  • arthritis
  • seizures
  • thyroid disease
  • tumors

Custom Dog Vaccination Schedule

Seek out a holistic vet that will use titers to determine if a re-vaccination is necessary. A Vaccine Titer Test will help you and your vet determine whether or not your dog has adequate protection from previous vaccinations.

Antibody levels can also be measured from a blood draw. An indirect immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) test is a titer that will assess the immune system response to vaccines.

Every vaccine your dog receives should meet the following:

  • Must be for a serious disease
  • Your pet may be exposed to the disease (indoor cats)
  • The vaccine is both safe and effective

After vaccinating, ask your holistic vet to provide a homeopathic vaccine detox. Thuja works for all vaccines except Rabies.



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