Article by: Sandra Hickman
by Sandra Hickman, Author & Editor of Canine Health Newsletter
The following article was reprinted from the September 1996 issue of Canine Health Newsletter by permission of the author. All rights reserved. No part of this article shall be reprinted without the express permission of Cyberpet.
A Swedish study looked at protective antibody levels in dogs vaccinated against distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus and found that the percentage of dogs with protective antibody levels did not drop even after three years. Another interesting feature of this study is that parvovirus antibody levels did not rise with the repeated vaccinations until the maternal antibodies were depleted, usually about the fifth month of life.
If vaccinations are good for a three year period, why vaccinate on an annual basis?
In Current Veterinary Therapy X1, 1992; Tom R. Phillips and Ronald Schultz, state that "A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception, there is no immunologic requirement for annual vaccination."
Vaccinosis is already genetically extablished by the dog's forefathers and is passed on through the bloodlines.
One vaccine shot may be all that it takes to push an animal over the edge or to have problems later on in life - which makes it hard to pinpoint the vaccines as the original cause of the problem.
If vaccines are so dangerous and ineffective, what alternatives do we have to protect animals from disease? The first and most important is to keep them in good health through good nutrition and a low stress environment.
To protect against diseases, homeopathic nosodes and remedies have proven very effective.
(next issue - the alternatives)