As a retired pharmacist, I have long sense been concerned that we were over
vaccinating our dogs.  Our children get many necessary vaccines, but at least we
eventually stop after puberty. But with our pets, we continue vaccine boosters until
they are well into their senior years.  As adults, we don’t assault ourselves with
annual boosters, and we certainly wouldn’t do this to our elderly family members. So
why do we inflict this upon our pets, regardless of their immune status or age, when
common sense would tell us those vaccines should last longer than a year?  
Vaccines serve a vital purpose to prevent distemper, parvo, and rabies in our pets.  
However, new scientific research shows that after the  Distemper and Parvo
vaccines are administered at 1 year, immunities are lasting as long as 7 years, and
it is thought may even last a lifetime.  A panel of veterinarians when presented with
this new 7 year immunity data voted to "compromise", and give booster vaccines
every 3 years instead of every year.  Once your pet has had his/her annual 1 year
booster shot, I suggest you ask for an antibody titer test every 3 years to make sure
he/she still has adequate immunities.  They have recently developed "in home"
antibody titer tests that are convenient and less expensive.  

Additionally, there are no adjustments in dose for size or age of your dog. Your 10
pound Miniature Schnauzer receives the same size vaccine as your 150-pound
Rottweiler. Your 10-pound house cat gets the same amount as a 400-pound lion.
All of these vaccines are overwhelming your pet’s immune system, and vaccine
reactions are at an all-time high.  A study of more than 2,000 cats and dogs in the
United Kingdom by Canine Health Concern showed a 1 in 10 risk of adverse
reactions from vaccines. This contradicts what the vaccine manufacturers report for
rates of adverse reactions, which is “less than 15 adverse reactions in 100,000
animals vaccinated” (0.015 percent). Additionally, adverse reactions of small breeds
are 10 times higher than large breeds, suggesting standard vaccine doses are too
high for smaller animals.  

A study published by Purdue in 2005 found correlations between vaccine reactions
in dogs and variables such as age, size, and number of vaccines given. The study
•   Smaller dogs are more prone to vaccine reactions than larger dogs
•   Risk of reactions increased by 27 percent for each additional vaccine given per
  office visit in dogs under 22 pounds, and by 12 percent in dogs over 22 lbs.      
•   Risk increased for dogs up to 2 years old, then declined with age
•   Risk increased for pregnant dogs and dogs in heat
•   More reactions were found in small dogs given Leptospirosis vaccine

As in humans, one of the reasons why dogs and cats need vaccine protection at all
is that they aren’t eating an ideal diet. The better your
pet’s nutrition is, the
healthier the immune system will be, and the better it will be able to fend off
pathogens.  A few bold veterinarians have paved the way for ending over
vaccination.  Dr. Jean Dodd is considered one of the foremost experts in pet health
care.  One of Dr. Dodd’s primary focus is vaccination protocols, in addition to thyroid
issues and nutrition.  She has posted a new 2018 vaccination schedule which
Veterinarian Schools in the United States are now recommending.   Unfortunately,
the word has not yet reached many vets in Texas.  

We have always had it in our contract that you do not give the Corona Virus vaccine
or the Leptospirosis vaccine because of the potential health risks to teacup and
toys which we and other breeders have seen.  The new vaccine recommendation are
to NOT give the Corona or Lepto virus vaccine to any dog, and goes a step further to
recommend that the Lyme, Giardia, and Adenovirus vaccine also not be given for the
following reasons;   

1.  Corona Virus is only seen in pups that are 8 weeks or younger.
2.  Texas is not considered a high risk area for Leptovirus, even though many vets
are seeing an increase in Lepto cases.  The leading authority on the Leptovirus
vaccine is Dr. Ron Schultz who does live in a high risk area for Leptovirus,
and he does recommend the vaccine in even high risk areas.   Both he and Dr.
Dodd  feel the health risks caused by these vaccines outweighs the benefits.  
Additionally, the Leptovirus is a bacterin vaccine that must be administered every  
year. Because is is NOT a virus, it is treatable with antibiotics like tetr
3.  85% of the Lyme cases are in New England.
4.  The efficacy of the Giardia vaccine has not even been substantiated.  
5.  They now recommend the Boretella vaccine only be given 3 days prior to boarding
your pet
only when required, as it only protects against 2 of the 8 possible strains
of kennel cough.
 It's like a shot in the dark.  Bordetella (kennel cough) is like a bad
cold/cough in dogs, and most vets don't even treat it.  It is usually gone in 2-3

The vaccine now recommended for all dogs only contains Distemper and Parvovirus.  
They recommend that it be not be given before 8 weeks. We vaccinate our pups at 8
weeks or prior to their leaving for new homes.  And, we vaccinate even later if they
are the teacup size. Prior to the new schedule, many of us were dosing our smaller
puppies by weight. Dr. Jean Dodd who is a board certified immunologist and
veterinarian has done a 2 year
1/2 dose study on dogs that were 12 pounds or
under.  Her study concluded that dogs given a 1/2 dose of vaccine will produce the
necessary antibodies needed to produce immunit
ies.  I give this study to every new
owner to give to their vet.  Many vets have been testing this after giving a 1/2 dose,
by following up with an antibody titer test. To date, every dog that received a 1/2
dose has produced the proper amount of antibodies.  

If a vet were going to give Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis & Parvo, it would be
called a 5 way or a 5&1.  If they were going to give Corona Virus, as well, it would be
called 5&1 CV.  If they were going to give Lepto Virus, then it would be called a
5&1 L.  If they were going to give all of them in the same vaccine, it would be called
a 7 way or a 7&1.  None of these are now recommended. The recommended vaccine
for all dogs is the Puppy Vaccine, which contains only Distemper and Parvo.  It is
difficult to find, but the second best would be to give t
he 5&1 vaccine.  The 5&1
vaccine is the most common in Texas.
 It does void my health guarantee if you allow
your vet to give Corona Virus or Leptovirus.  

Additionally, they are recommending that the rabies vaccine be given at least 3-4
weeks separate from any other vaccinations, and that it be given no earlier than 24
weeks of age or older.  Unfortunately, many counties require a rabies shot be given
at 16 weeks.  Even more counties require it be given annually when it is proven that
the 1 year rabies vaccine is good for 3 years.  The problem is, that at 16 weeks your
puppy is getting their third Distemper Parvo shot.  If a vet wants to give both the
Rabies and Distemper Parvo, then simply tell the vet you will make an appointment
to come back in 4 weeks for the rabies shot.  

We are now suggesting to our new owners that they remember to ask for the Puppy
Vaccine, and take our medical form with them so the vet can see the label from the
vaccine that we gave, which is proof to the vet that the vaccination was actually
administered.   If you cannot find a vet that administers the Puppy Vaccine, then
please be sure your vet only administers the 5&1 PLAIN. All pups should wait 4
weeks in between shots, to give the immune system time to recover.   You may want
to google “Holistic Veterinarian” in your area, as most of them are familiar with the
new vaccine protocol.    

Because a dog’s immune system is mature at 6 months, they now say the one year
booster shot produces immunity for the life of the pet.  
 If you think about it, once
you receive childhood immunizations, they are good for life.  Why would it be any
different for your pet?  They now suspect that many diseases such as thyroid,
epilepsy, liver failure, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, autoimmune diseases, & cancers
are linked to over vaccinating.  

 Dr. Jean Dodds Canine Vaccination Protocol

      Age of Pups                                                          Vaccine

9 - 10 weeks                                                   Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
                                         ie., Merck's Nobivac Puppy Vaccine    

14 weeks                                                                  Same as above

16 -18 weeks                                                            Same as above

20 -24 weeks                                                   Rabies 1 year Thimerasol               

1 year                                                            Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

We recommend our new owners give FortiCal/Nutrical after every vaccination to
prevent hypoglycemia.  We give all new owners a tube of Nutrical/Fortical, which you
can find in most all pet stores.  Also, never let your puppy run around on the floor at
your vet’s office or let any other patrons pet or play with your puppy.  The #1 place
to get parvo is at the vet’s office. Remember that most of the dogs are there
because they are sick. When we go to our vet, we sign in at the desk, and then wait
in the car until they call us on our cell phone.  So please do not even let your puppy
eliminate on the grass outside of the office.

Unfortunately, vaccines are very big business for the vets, but even bigger business
for the 6 pharmaceutical companies that share the $935 million dollar US market.  
According to James Schwartz, author of Trust Me, I’m Not a Veterinarian, 63 percent
of canine and 70 percent of feline vet office visits are for vaccinations.  Sadly, the
Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company (one of the larger vaccine manufacturers) is
responsible for some of the continuing vaccine education of Texas veterinarians.  
So, I don’t hold out much hope that this situation will change.  Without some driving
force for change, there is no motivation for the industry to change the most
lucrative part of its practice.  It is my hope that when vets figure out that they can
make just as much money testing with the new
Antibody Titer Tests, that they will
stop over vaccinating dogs.  

The decision by some vets to come forward with the truth about pet vaccines is a
positive step toward changing our animal health care system. Veterinary vaccines
are one more unfortunate example of the corporate greed that permeates the
pharmaceutical industry.
The Truth about
Canine Vaccines