For those of us that share lives with our pets, preventative health care, including vaccinations, is typically at the top of our lists. Our veterinarians send us post cards recommending that our pets be vaccinated annually for rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and MLV (modified live virus).
Here’s what your vet doesn’t tell you:
- Over-vaccinating can cause diseases.
- Vaccines do NOT improve the immune system.
- Annual “booster shots” are a BAD idea.
- Many breeders choose no vaccinations.
- Over-vaccinating can trigger cancer.
- Many blame pet allergies on results cause by over-vaccinating.
Many responsible pet owners simply aren’t aware of the possible dangers inherent in immunizations. Since vaccinations stay in your pet’s body for much longer than the 1-year recommendation by vets, over-vaccinating is a common mistake made by pet owners. Giving your pet a vaccine when your pet is already immune doesn’t increase its immunity, but does increase unnecessary risk to your animal and can cause a variety of health risks and fatal diseases, including:
- Vaccine-induced sarcomas
- Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
- Thyroid disease
For those of you who now have questions about what is best for your pet, you have an alternative choice by asking your vet about antibody titer testing. Titer tests can prove that your pet does not need to be vaccinated, and that the old shot is still doing its job just fine. Titer tests measure the amount of antibodies to a certain disease that are currently in the blood. By doing this test, you will learn your pet’s current immunization levels and thus have a better understanding of what vaccinations are truly “necessary,” as recommended by your vet.
No one in town cares for your pet’s whole health like the Barkery. That is why we challenge you, on your next annual vaccination visit, to request a titer test and see the results for yourself. The alternative test is the same cost as your vaccinations, so you have nothing to lose other than the overall wellness of your pet by over-vaccinating.
For more on antibody titer testing, visit veterinarian Dr. Becker’s article here.