Many holistic veterinarians believe vaccinations create a large percentage of the new chronic disease we see in domestic animals, if not most. It’s also one of the few contributors to disease that we can actually control; whether and how much to vaccinate.
Vaccines are a hot topic among humans and pets alike, and the line between pro-vaccine camp and anti-vaxxers is pretty clear. This article from Dogs Naturally Magazine touches on the fallacy of thinking unvaccinated children and animals pose a great threat to those who are unvaccinated, and a better way to build immunity in your pet.
Are Vaccines Effective?
Many make this point in the face of logic. How can unvaccinated individuals pose a threat to those vaccinated, if indeed vaccines are effective?
The bigger question should be, “are vaccines effective at all, in the first place?” Historical data shows most epidemic diseases were already declining before vaccines began, and many books document this fact.
Homeopaths believe the best way to boost health is to give the most similar homeopathic remedy, as treatment or prevention, and avoid the potentially harmful effects of vaccines altogether.
If vaccinating in the first place is not the best idea, how much worse is the practice of annual revaccination or boosters? This common practice has no scientific merit and causes untold damage to animals in the form of chronic disease of all varieties. Homeopathy refers to this as vaccinosis or the chronic disease state resulting from vaccination. Not every animal vaccinated develops vaccinosis, but a large number shows signs of this imbalance or disease.
An Autoimmune Link to Chronic Disease
The well-known Purdue Study found that dogs develop autoimmunity to most key proteins in their bodies after a single vaccine, including their own DNA. This explains why most chronic diseases of dogs are believed to have an autoimmune basis. Because of this, many chronic problems due to vaccinosis will not respond to any treatment unless we address this condition first.
Many people are conditioned to believe that we should automatically vaccinate yearly, without question (including conventional veterinarians). Dr. Ronald D Schultz, PhD, has been studying the effectiveness of canine vaccines since the 1970s, and pointed out the lack of evidence for this approach back in the early 1990s in the veterinary textbook Current Veterinary Therapy XI.
Not Useful, Necessary, or Required
The rabies vaccine is the only legally required vaccine and should only be given to healthy animals, according to the vaccine label. The others are not useful, necessary, or required.
Rampant over-vaccination occurs in the name of policy and causes untold damage to our pets. Groomers, boarding kennels, and other pet services make vaccines a mandatory requirement regardless of the animal’s condition. The Barkery is proud to offer services to pets without vaccination history, and we recommend using other pet services that will accept vet vaccine waivers or titers as an alternative to revaccination.
A Better Way
There is a better way to build immunity instead of vaccination by keeping the immune system intact and well regulated, not confused or dysregulated. Excellent nutrition is the first key. Next, we look at the homeopathic option.
Homeoprophylaxis involves using homeopathic remedies, or specific types of remedies called nosodes. Nosodes are homeopathic medicines made from the natural products of disease and can help with immunity. Recently, an example of nosodes giving protection took place in Cuba, where more than two million people were protected by a nosode for leptospirosis. To learn more about the usefulness of nosodes, here.
Homeopathy can address the issue of epidemic disease in a way vaccines cannot. This is a very useful fact for anyone dealing with animals and is responsible for their wellbeing.
For more on over-vaccination, visit The Barkery’s Vaccine Advice page.