Things you should know about vaccinations
You'll want to avoid the AKC like the plague
When you follow trends in health practices and disease for a few decades, IF you're an open-minded vet or pet owner, you can't help but notice that a critical decision is how many vaccines you give and how often throughout life.
Holistic vets have for many years looked back a month or so from an illness onset to discover a combo vaccine was given.
If I had to counsel on only one thing for every dog, cat, or new puppy/kitty owner, it would be: learn all you can about vaccines and their attendant risks.
Of course, we learned little to nothing about vaccine risks in vet school, much like the pediatricians mainly learned "just follow the schedule" for the their children patients.
So, unless you're looking carefully and you care to know more about vaccine injury, it's easy to miss. The common mindset is,
If they're fine in the first 24 hours, all's well, and the majority of vaccines are safe.
The (damned) inconvenient truth
Holistic vets, perhaps largely informed decades ago by my esteemed UK colleague Mr. Chris Day, long time homeopathic vet, know that's far too narrow a window to evaluate safety.
Mr. Day (yes, he's a veterinarian, but in Britain, it's "Mr. Day" not Dr. Day) cared enough to keep a running poll in his practice. He reported his poll results to a meeting of holistic vets after a couple of decades of answers.
People bringing him a dog with "the Itch" (the commonest reason dogs see vets) were asked, "When did your dog start being so itchy?"
"It began within 1-3 months of the puppy shots."
Cause for concern?
Indeed. And this was reported back in the 90's and it's still showing true today.
The concern is this: itchy dogs are almost all allergic dogs. They could be allergic to damn near anything, and if you believe some of the testing being done (which I take with a grain of salt), it could include foods they've never eaten and trees they've never lived near, along with the common flea and some common foods like corn or chicken.
What should most concern you about your dog becoming allergic is this: it's usually a life-long plague and conventional medicine has zero cures available. Lots of drugs with serious side effects, zero cures.
So, when the AKC (American Kennel Club) takes a waffling stand like this (after assuming that you'll vaccinate your new pup multiple times with multiple vaccines):
There is a difference of opinion about having your adult dog vaccinated every year. Some vets believe too many vaccinations in adult dogs pose health risks. But others disagree, saying that yearly vaccinations will prevent dangerous diseases such as distemper.
…I'm left with fear and loathing.
A mere difference of opinion, AKC? That's what you got??
How about ALL the conventional professional vet organizations, like the AVMA, AAHA, WSAVA, AAFP, and most vet schools recommending against annual vaccinations?
Is that just an opinion? Weighed the same as Dr. WhiteCoat's opinion who likes to vaccinate annually?
I hope you can see the conflict of interest behind annual vaccinations by those who push them -- they profit greatly from them, and vaccines are cheap to purchase and easy to give.
Think outside the box if you want a healthy adult dog
Those decisions you make in the first year of life can make or break your chances to have a wildly healthy, naturally disease-resistant adult dog.
And while the vaccine decision is the most critical (because it's the most difficult to recover from if vaccine injury results), others include what you feed, how you deal with fleas and parasites, and when if at all, you choose to neuter.
Natural rearing is a very old idea, backed by none other than Mother Nature. She's the one who's part of the inborn intelligence of every newbie born, regardless of species. And following her laws, shaped over millennia, is a sure way to have a happy healthy new puppy outcome, one that you can revel in and enjoy for years and years.
If your goal is a long, healthy life with a loving companion, plan on making the wisest choices possible while your pup is growing into her adulthood.
This crucial first year is not best left to chance or the dictates of one who profits from selling you more procedures, chemicals, or drugs.
Stick around and keep an eye on your inbox, as May is a month packed with health-giving options for you to learn from.