Heartworm/Fleas/Pests – info, treatment & natural preventatives

Spring & summer are the times of year when conventional vets & many groomers will push you to put your pets on flea, tick & heartworm “preventatives.” These aren’t truly preventatives, but are toxic chemicals & pesticides that work only by killing the parasites after they’ve bitten your pet. The toxins from these products are absorbed thru the animal’s skin, get into their blood stream & are filtered thru their liver. Since business is very slow for some vets, this is another way to make money off of unknowing owners who think they’re doing what’s best for their beloved dog.

The manufacturers of these products & conventional vets tell you the products have been tested & are safe for use on your pets. The truth is they have only been tested for 30-90 days which is never long enough to show the accumulated damage done to the liver and/or other organs. Topical products are put on the animals’ skin, absorbed into the bloodstream & processed through the liver. They are very damaging & dangerous; animals have had serious health problems from them & also died from just 1 application. You’ll find info on this by doing an online search. They’ve caused seizures, kidney/liver problems/failure, cancer & death. When a warning label tells us to use gloves and/or wash our hands thoroughly after application, it should never be applied to an animal. It’s telling us this product is very toxic.

Truth, Omissions & Profit of Heartworm: http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2009/05/13/heartworm-medication-safety/


http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/heartworminfo.htm – explains what must occur for a dog to get heartworm from a mosquito; it’s not easy


http://www.wondercide.com/content/natural-heartworm-prevention-dr-falconer-qa/ – by Dr. Will Falconer, Holistic Vet in TX

Veterinarian Speaks Out About Heartworm: http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/veterinarian-speaks-out-about-heartworm-preventatives.html

700 Pet Owners Say Trifexis Killed Their Dogs: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/owners-blame-700-dog-deaths-trifexis/nb5B4/ – In this article, the owner of 1 killed dog researched the product & learned that since Trifexis hit the market, every 36 hours, a pet owner reported that Trifexis killed their dog.

Ivermectin is very toxic, damaging to the liver & is believed to be a factor in thyroid problems for dogs. Conventional vets are using fear tactics to sell heartworm “preventatives” yet the best preventative is for dogs to have a strong, healthy immune system. This is achieved by feeding a raw diet & not over-vaccinating the pet. Ivermectin causes liver damage when used repeatedly. Once the liver is too badly damaged, it cannot heal or regenerate. The animal will die from liver failure.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 65% of adverse drug reactions and 48% of all reported deaths resulting from drug reactions are caused by heartworm preventatives. Revolution/Ivermectin may be responsible for thyroid problems. A study is to be conducted on this.

Dangerous Ivermectin: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/03/06/ivermectin.aspx?e_cid=20130306_PetsNL_art_1&utm_source=petnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130306

Natural heartworm preventatives info is below. Remember, feeding your dogs/cats a natural raw diet & not over-vaccinating means their immune system is stronger. They don’t give off an odor that attracts pests/parasites. They’re also able to handle the occasional parasite.






Natural pest preventative – Tea Tree Oil & Lavender Oil spray should be used at all times, whether your dog is on the treatment, maintenance or prevention programs. Make up a mist and spray it on your dog frequently – particularly before going outside. I recommend you keep the spray bottle at the door, and spray your dog both before s/he goes outside and as s/he comes back inside. The essential oil spray mist is made of 1 cup of distilled water, 12 drops of castile liquid soap (peppermint is excellent) with 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil and 8 drops of Lavender Oil in it. Shake it well each time before spraying. The combination of Tea Tree, Lavender & Peppermint Oils is great for repelling insects, especially fleas & mosquitoes. You can even use it on yourself! Sprouts & Whole Foods Markets carry homeopathic remedies, herbal extracts, & natural essential oils. Amazon.com & other online stores also carry them. Spray it onto your hands & rub onto your dog’s head/face to be safer – NEVER spray anything directly on their head or face. Other essential oils that can be used on dogs are cedar wood, geranium, citronella, eucalyptus, & peppermint. Store in a cool, dark location away from electricity, money, other scented items, & heat.

http://www.thewholedog.org/heartworm.html – contains another all natural spray recipe


http://www.wolfcreekranch.net/heartworm_free.html – http://www.heartwormfree.com/

This website shows the reported number of heartworm cases for LA County for 2005-2011. For 2011, there were 2-3 reported cases of dogs who were born in CA. See the chart on the right on their website. Our vet believes the hype of heartworm is just another way big pharma & many vets use to make money off something that’s not needed. http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/heartworm.htm

Warnings about Comfortis, Heartguard, Trifexis: http://www.chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=103600 – http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=18763

Here’s info on natural flea, tick & heartworm prevention from a Naturopathic Veterinarian, Dr. Jeannie Thomason:

Natural heartworm preventative: http://www.thewholedog.org/id33.html#HWP

Alternatives Dr. Karen Becker (holistic vet) recommends include:

A safe, natural pest deterrent that is chemical-free, like Natural Flea and Tick Defense. This product contains no synthetic chemicals — only all-natural, safe Brazilian oils and pure water. It has a pleasant smell, is non-sticky, and repels not only fleas and ticks, but also flies and mosquitoes.
Cedar oil (specifically manufactured for pet health) – Cedarcide.com
Natural, food-grade diatomaceous earth
Fresh garlic — work with your holistic vet to determine a safe amount for your pet’s body weight (small dogs like Yorkies – 1/2 of 1 piece/segment of the garlic clove is fine to give daily during the flea/pest season); use 5 days per week & take a break for 2…or give for 2 weeks & break for 1 week. Garlic is not to be fed to them daily without a break.
Feed a species correct diet (raw meat & bones for dogs/cats); the healthier your dog/cat is, the less appealing they are to parasites. A species appropriate diet supports a strong immune system.
Bathing and brushing your pet regularly and performing frequent full-body inspections to check for parasite activity.
Making sure your indoor and outdoor environments are unfriendly to pests.

Neem seed oil is an amazing natural insecticide/pesticide for use both on the dogs & in the yard: http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil-for-dogs.html. It kills lice, fleas, mites (also the eggs) & other parasites.

Non-poisonous flea control (grapefruit seed extract): http://www.thedogplace.org/PARASITES/Non-Poisonous-Flea-Control_Martin.asp More uses for GSE: http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/gse-for-dogs.html

Drug free heartworm prevention & treatment by Dr. Will Falconer, excellent homeopathic vet that we use & recommend: http://vitalanimal.com/drugfreeheartworm/

Dr. Pitcairn’s homeopathic treatment for heartworm: For the last three to four years, I have been using a mixture of nosodes for prophylaxis with more faith than research to rely on. However, results are satisfactory. Based on my clinical experience, I think I can safely say that protection with nosodes is as reliable as with vaccinations and with the added advantage of few unwelcome side effects. I based my method on the available literature. As already presented in Dr. Shepherd’s writings, apparently the higher potencies give longer protection. I use a method of ascending potencies — from 30 C to 1M. My protocol is like thiis:

One dose each week, of 30C potency mixture, for a total of three treatments.
Wait for two weeks.
One dose every three weeks, of 200C potency mixture, for a total of three treatments.
Wait for one month.
One dose of 1M potency mixture, to be repeated every four months for the life of the animal.

Using this same method, I have also attempted protection against Canine Heartworm using a nosode of microfilaria infested blood originally prepared by Dr. Stephen Tobin of Connecticut. Though my numbers are limited, I have found 100% protection for about 20 dogs that live in heartworm areas. Unfortunately my follow-up is only for the first 18 months or so, and I have not been able to extend this study to more animals.

You can purchase homeopathic remedies & nosodes at many locations online; these are 2 sources we’ve used: www.elixirs.com & Amazon.com. The first website has lots of great info for both animals & humans. Sprout’s, Mothers Markets, & Whole Foods also carry them. They’re much less expensive than drugs/conventional meds & are safe. To let you know how very effective homeopathy is, during the polio epidemic in Europe, there were 2 physicians who treated their patients only using homeopathy. They had 100% success. Their patients who already had polio when coming to the doctors for treatment, never had any permanent damage/disability or paralysis. Their patients who came for treatment before contracting polio, never got the disease. Nothing in conventional medicine has ever had a 100% success rate…or even near it.

Vaccine Exemption Letter

This link takes you to a vaccine exemption form that is acceptable in all 50 states: http://www.thedogplace.org/VACCINES/Rabies-exemption-form-states-2012.asp.

The following letter is one used by some California veterinarians and can be used as a sample to show to your own veterinarian when asking for any vaccine exemption (rabies and/or all others). It can also be used for any situation where your animal might be required to have a health certificate. Please remember that vaccines are ONLY to be given to perfectly healthy animals. Animals who are ill, have ANY health condition, have ever had ANY reaction to a vaccination, are on a special diet, medication, homeopathic remedies, have abnormal blood work, have internal or external parasites/pests, or are seniors that have been vaccinated in the past, are NEVER to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated. This is stated in the literature that comes with every vial of vaccine made. Please keep this letter in case you need it in the future. If your vet won’t give you a vaccine exemption letter for an animal who shouldn’t be vaccinated, find another vet who understands the seriousness of the situation & who will give you one. We use & recommend homeopathic veterinarians as they have much greater education & understanding of health issues, nutrition/food, & the damage caused by vaccination. If your animal has already been vaccinated, ask if your vet will issue a vaccine exemption; remind them there is NO scientific proof that more than 1 vaccine is needed for a lifetime. Your vet probably is not even aware of this so don’t let your animal be harmed because of ignorance. Homeopathic vets are the most educated and the most likely to give a vaccine exemption because they know & understand the facts. We recommend the following homeopathic vets:

Dr. Patricia Jordan in Asheville, NC – http://dr-jordan.com/
Dr. Will Falconer in Austin, TX – http://vitalanimal.com/
Others are listed here: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/AnimalWellness/Vet-List.aspx – Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy: http://theavh.org/referrals/ – Graduates of Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Animal Natural Health Center: http://www.drpitcairn.com/referrals/anhc-referrals/

Any vet who vaccinates an animal who is ill or has a health condition can be sued as it is against vaccine manufacturer instructions. This link tells about the veterinary vaccine class action lawsuit: http://www.thedogplace.org/VACCINES/Class-Action-Suit-0505_Rogers.asp.

Date ____________

Patient _______________

Guardian ____________________

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to verify my recommendation that this animal should not be given vaccinations due to the risk of creating or exacerbating illnesses in this animal. This animal is either a breed type or an individual who has a tendency to develop illness as the result of the immune system stress created by vaccination. (or….This animal has a health condition [allergies, kidney disease, liver disease, seizures/epilepsy, etc.] that will be exacerbated if vaccinated.)

Recent studies have shown the relationship of routine vaccinations to seizures, brain inflammation (encephalitis), and many immune system related diseases, such as allergic dermatitis, food allergies, autoimmune thyroiditis (hypothyroidism), decreased resistance to infections, blood dyscrasias and general immune system suppression have been related to vaccination.

It is my opinion that the above-mentioned animal has a risk of illness if given vaccinations.


_____________________, DVM

Vaccines & Their Damage, Part 2

For those who choose to vaccinate (more & more say NO to all vaccines), the latest recommendation from homeopathic/natural vets & veterinary immunologists, is “one and done”…they advise waiting until the dog or cat is 16-22 weeks old before any vaccination; give only 1 vaccine at a time (parvovirus only, then distemper only) – NO combination vaccines like DHPP; wait at least 4 weeks between each vaccination (longer is better if you can). The parvovirus vaccine is often given first, with the distemper vaccine given 4-8 weeks after that….all at 1/4 dose. Rabies is best given after 1 year of age, if possible. If not, 6 months of age is the youngest age recommended as this is when their immune system matures. The longer you can wait, the better. All vaccines are given 1 at a time & apart from anything else (grooming, dental, surgery, etc). You don’t want to stress the immune system at the same time it’s being inundated with any vaccine.

Dr. Ron Schultz also advises “one & done”. He’s a world-famous veterinary immunologist (immune system specialist) & is considered to be THE expert in this field & the most knowledgeable. He’s 1 of the veterinary immunologists conducting the Rabies Challenge Study. If vaccinating, give ONLY 1 vaccine of these for a lifetime; at least 1 month apart, starting at age 16 to 22 weeks of age, 1/4 dose only; each vaccine done separately – parvo, distemper, rabies. NO other vaccines; NO boosters or repeat vaccinations are needed when vaccinated at 16 weeks or older. There is NO scientific proof that refutes this. If you cannot find parvo & distemper as separate vaccines; Intervet Progard Puppy contains parvo & distemper together. Again – only 1/4 dose for dogs/cats, no matter what their size. Remember, ALL vaccines cause harm & brain inflammation; there is no safe vaccine.

DISTEMPER (MLV – means modified live virus)
Initial (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy 16-20 weeks & up is best. Another distemper vaccine is NOT needed if the pup was 16 weeks or more at the time of the first vaccine.
Re-Administration Interval: None needed.
Duration of immunity 7.5 / 15 years by studies. Probably lifetime. Longer studies pending. Comments: Can have numerous negative effects, especially when given too young 10 weeks & younger.

Initial (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy 16-20 weeks & up is best. Another parvovirus vaccine is NOT needed if the pup was 16 weeks or more at the time of the first vaccine.
Re-Administration Interval: None needed.
Duration of immunity 7.5 years by studies. Probably lifetime. Longer studies pending. Comments: At 6 weeks of age, only 30% of puppies are protected but 100% are exposed to the virus at the vet clinic. Keep pups inside at home when very young. Numerous negative effects are likely when given too young (10 weeks or under) but it also happens at any age.

RABIES (killed virus)
Never give under 6 months of age. Natural & homeopathic vets advises to wait until the dog is 1 year old or more for this first rabies vaccine if you can. Do NOT give with any other vaccine, drug, treatment, procedure, or surgery. Give at least 8 weeks after any other vaccine or treatment/surgery. Conventional veterinary protocol for the rabies vaccine is: 1 year after the dog received their initial rabies vaccine, give a killed 3 year rabies vaccine (give at least 4 weeks after Distemper/Parvo; 8 weeks is better).
Re-Administration Interval: 3 yr. vaccine by regulation in California; never give to any animal with a health condition. Get a vaccine exemption letter from vet to give to local animal control if you license your dog. Vaccine instructions from the manufacturers state they are ONLY to be given to healthy animals. There is NO difference between the 1 yr & the 3 yr varieties; yet the first rabies vaccine is only given a 1 yr effective label.


DISTEMPER & PARVO @ 9 weeks or younger
Not recommended. At this age, maternal antibodies from the mothers milk (colostrum) will neutralize the vaccine and only 30% of puppies will be protected. 100% will be exposed to the virus at the vet clinic.

Not recommended.
1.) Disease only affects dogs <6 weeks of age; 2.) Rare disease: TAMU has seen only one case in seven years. 3.) Mild self-limiting disease; 4.) Efficacy of the vaccine is questionable. 5. It's impossible for a dog over 6 wks of age to contract Corona virus (proven by a vaccine study). LEPTOSPIROSIS Not recommended 1) An average of only 12 cases are reported annually in California; 2) Negative effects very common. 3) Most commonly used vaccine contains the wrong serovars. There is no cross-protection of serovars. There is a new vaccine with 2 new serovars. Two vaccinations twice per year would be required for protection; 4) Risks far outweigh benefits. LYME Not recommended 1) Low risk in California; 2) 85% of cases are in 9 New England states & Wisconsin; 3) Possible negative effect of polyarthritis from whole cell bacterin. 4) Risks outweigh possible benefit. BORDATELLA (Intranasal) (killed) Only recommended 3 days prior to boarding when required. - Protects against only 2 of the possible 8+ causes of kennel cough. Duration of immunity 6 months. If you must give this, use the intranasal type, not the vaccination. GIARDIA Not recommended - Efficacy of vaccine unsubstantiated by independent studies. Perform a vaccine antibody titer test for distemper & parvovirus 1 month to 1 year after the dog received the vaccine for these diseases. A titer test is done using a sample of the animal's blood. If you vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law it can ONLY be given to healthy animals. When an animal has a health condition (ANY health condition, including fleas/ticks/pests, diarrhea, cough, tummy upset, etc), a written vaccine exemption waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See www.rabieschallengefund.org. PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNITY - "Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces a protection which is good for the life of the pet (i.e: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells induced." If your dog or cat was vaccinated at any time after 6 months of age, it does NOT need more vaccines; it has lifetime protection. Not only are annual boosters for parvo, distemper & the other modified live vaccines (MLV) unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions & immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. "There is NO scientific documentation to back up label claims for 1, 3 or 5 year administration of MLV vaccines." Puppies receive antibodies through their mother's milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. Parvo & distemper vaccines are best/safer given at 16-22 weeks; 1/4 dose only. Dr. Dodds has stated that vaccines are made 10 times stronger than necessary. A vaccination given any time after 16 weeks of age provides lifetime protection. Pfizer performed an interesting field study in 1996 where they split vaccinated puppies into 2 groups. Group A received a single vaccination at 12 weeks & Group B received a first vaccine between 8 to 10 weeks, & a second at 12 weeks. When titers were measured, 100% of the puppies vaccinated once at 12 weeks were protected whereas only 94% of the puppies in Group B were protected – despite receiving 2 vaccines as opposed to 1. It appears that the second vaccine can interfere with the first vaccine. So vaccinating your puppy twice not only doubles his risk for adverse vaccine reactions, it appears to make vaccination less effective overall. Rabies is given separately when the dog is about 1 year old using the mercury free vaccine - all at 1/4 dose & separate from any other procedure. We run a titer test to check on the dog's immunity for all 3 vaccines (2 months to 1 year from when they received the vaccine we're testing for). If it shows any immune response, the vaccine was properly processed & the dog has immunity - that's it for their entire lifetime. There is NO scientific proof that repeat vaccination is needed or effective. There is NO scientific proof that vaccines are safe. Most people – & many conventional vets – mistakenly believe it takes more than 1 vaccination to create immunity in a puppy. This simply isn’t true. It only takes 1 vaccine to not only protect a puppy, but to protect him for life. After more than 40 years of testing immunity in thousands of dogs, Dr. Ronald Schultz (veterinary immunologist) has come to the following conclusion: “Only 1 dose of the modified-live canine ‘core’ vaccine, when administered at 16 weeks or older, will provide long lasting (many years to a lifetime) protection in a very high percentage of animals.” That very high percentage is nearly 100% (see http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/3-puppy-vaccination-mistakes-too-early-too-often-too-much/). Dogs vaccinated at age 16 weeks & older, NEVER need another vaccination. If you're concerned that an animal doesn't have immunity, have a titer test performed. This is recommended to be done 4-8 weeks after the dog received the vaccine you're checking on (distemper & parvo for 1 test; rabies for a separate titer test). It can be done at any time during their life if you have no vaccine history on the animal. This test will show you what immunity the animal has & only needs to be performed once during their lifetime if the results show the animal has ANY level of immune response. This will prove the vaccine was properly processed & the dog has lifetime coverage, so it never needs re-vaccination. Dr. Jean Dodds does titer tests for the lowest price we've found. Blood can be drawn by your vet, then taken or mailed to her office at: Dr. Jean Dodds - 11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843. Her phone number for this office is: Hemopet at 714-891-2022. Call for info on how to submit blood for a titer test; it needs to be kept cold. The email address is hemopet@hotmail.com. You'll save more money running the titer test once than re-vaccinating repeatedly & your animal will have better health, a longer life, a stronger immune system & less brain inflammation. There is now a 20 minute test that can be performed at your vet's clinic to determine if your dog has proper vaccine immunity levels for hepatitis, distemper & parvovirus. The results will tell you if your dog does or does not need to be vaccinated for these 3 diseases. The company is working on a similar test for rabies; currently it takes 3 weeks for titer test results. Below is more info on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXEkSAEEvY0 - http://www.waycooldogs.com/vaccicheck-for-dogs-reducing-over-vaccination/ Please check out "www.therabieschallengefund.org" & send a donation if you also want to help the animals. Space for this study is being provided to them for free by one of America's universities. Dr. Schultz' video presentation "What Everyone Needs to Know About Canine Vaccines and Vaccination Programs." Dr. Schultz is a holistic veterinarian and a veterinary immunologist (same as Dr. Jean Dodds). http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/31/what-your-vet-didnt-tell-you-about-all-those-puppy-and-kitty-vaccines.aspx There's a total of 4 videos. Dr. Bob Rogers' website "New Vaccination Protocols" http://www.newvaccinationprotocols.com/ Please note that the left-hand menu links are often broken. You can access all sections of the slideshow by using the "Forward" and "Back" links at the bottom of each page though. A short FAQ on vaccines by Dr. Bob Rogers http://www.critteradvocacy.org/FAQ's.htm Jan Rasmusen - Author, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care WINNER, Ben Franklin Award for the Best Health Book of any kind - WINNER, USABookNews Award for the Best Pet Health Book Recommended by the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Wellness Magazine, the Animal Protection Institute and countless veterinarians www.Dogs4Dogs.com Watch our new videos on vaccination dangers: Rabies - http://www.dogs4dogs.com/truth4dogs.html - All vaccines - www.dogs4dogs.com/shots ** Vets issue animal vaccine warning ** Veterinary surgeons warn that pet owners are spending tens of millions of pounds on unnecessary vaccinations. < http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/3588457.stm >

This wonderful website has loads of great information on natural rearing for dogs: www.naturalrearing.com/. Brain inflammation, cells from other species in vaccines: “How Vaccines Affect Socialization and Behavior in Dogs”
Safe Vaccines?; Symptoms of Vaccine Damage;

Outrageous Vaccine Logic

What Vets Don’t Know about Vaccines
Vaccine Ingredients & Vaccine Secrets – http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/60-vaccine-secrets.html

These links tell about the class action lawsuit regarding pet vaccines; it’s against the vaccine makers & veterinarians:


Vaccines & Their Damage, Part 1

You need the FACTS on vaccines to make the best decision. Vaccines are the single most damaging thing done to animals (& people). There is NO safe vaccine & NO wellness in anyone that’s been vaccinated. All vaccines cause brain inflammation, immune system suppression & other damage. All vaccines contain toxic & carcinogenic ingredients, preservatives, disease, cells from other animal species, & more. They alter & damage the DNA. Just one vaccine can cause lifelong health and/or brain/behavior/mental problems. We’ve seen vaccine damage in every vaccinated animal we’ve owned or rescued.

Each generation of vaccinated animals/people is worse than the one before. We’re providing you with some of the facts on vaccines here. You’re the only one who can best determine what’s right for your animals. You won’t get the truth from the government, the scientific community, the CDC, FDA, pharmaceutical companies, or conventional medicine/vets. They’ll lose too much money if vaccination stops. For the pharmaceutical companies alone, it’s $27 BILLION dollars per year just for vaccine sales. There’s more for all the drugs used to treat the numerous problems the vaccines cause.

After decades of vaccination & re-vaccination, many veterinarians/medical doctors, scientists, & health experts (human & animal, conventional & natural) are opposed to ALL vaccination. Others believe the risk must be taken & only “core” vaccines should be given. After more than 37 years of pet ownership & more than 15 years of rescuing dogs, we’re also opposed to vaccination. We have NEVER seen a truly healthy vaccinated animal.

ALL 27 veterinary universities in the USA are now teaching & endorsing Dr. Jean Dodds’ vaccine protocol. These are “conventional” veterinary schools, NOT natural, homeopathic or holistic. They no longer teach or recommend yearly re-vaccination; they do still recommend re-vaccination every 3 years….despite evidence & a study showing a vaccine provides at LEAST 7-14 years protection. Dr. Jean Dodds is a veterinary immunologist. If your vet, groomer, or animal facility says your animal(s) NEED to be re-vaccinated, they don’t know the scientific facts. Please feel free to share this information with them.

Vaccines are ONLY to be given to perfectly healthy animals. This is stated in the literature that accompanies every vial of vaccine. If an animal has ANY health condition, including fleas, worms, parasites, or ANYTHING causing them to not feel well, they are NOT to be vaccinated. Animals with allergies, kidney disease/failure, liver disease/failure or any health condition are NEVER to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated as this damages their immune system & worsens the existing health condition. Every natural or holistic veterinarian we know believes the auto-immune problems we’re seeing in our animals are the result of vaccination. You may obtain a Vaccine Waiver Consent Form & a Sample Rabies Exemption Letter by contacting the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association at 410-569-0795. We’re also sending you a sample Vaccine Exemption Letter in a separate email.

California law now allows for vaccination exemption. A case was settled in court & there is now legal precedence on this. A dog owner had been notified by his local animal control that his dog had to have another rabies vaccine before they would issue a dog license. His dog had a health issue & couldn’t be re-vaccinated. The authorities wouldn’t accept his vet’s vaccine waiver letter, so the man took it to court & won. The State of CA signed rabies vaccine exemption into law on October 7, 2011. It’s known as “Molly’s Bill” AB258. CA is the 14th state to do so. Many other states also allow for this. Check with your state if you live in another area.

Presently, the same dose is given to all sizes of dogs. Tiny dogs like Yorkies receive the same dose as 180 lb. dogs & combination vaccines are routinely given (5 in 1, 7 in 1). This doesn’t make sense. It’s also dangerous & harmful. If you do opt to re-vaccinate your animal(s), ask your vet about adjusting the dose & only do 1 vaccine at a time (not the combo types), at least 3-4 weeks apart. We know vets who now give only 1/4 of the usual amount to small animals; this is the dosage recommended by the holistic vets we know & use. Dr. Peter Dobias in Canada has titer tested dogs given the 1/4 dose & all showed the amount gives the full coverage needed. For those who choose to vaccinate, hopefully the days of “same dose for a mouse as for an elephant” will soon be a thing of the past.

If you choose to vaccinate, vaccines must be given 1 at a time so the immune system can properly process them. Single vaccine means for 1 disease only in the vaccine & at the time of vaccination. Combination vaccine means it’s 2 or more diseases in the same vaccine, such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, & parainfluenza. When a combination vaccine is given, the immune system is overdosed, overwhelmed, & cannot properly process them. Your animal then doesn’t have the proper protection the vaccine is designed for & their immune system is damaged. Many vets continue to re-vaccinate dogs every year. Many also re-vaccinate for Corona virus. It’s impossible for a dog over 6 weeks of age to contract Corona virus. The Bordatella vaccine only covers 2 of the 8 varieties & it’s equivalent to a cold in a human. When your dog’s immune system is strong & they’re in good health, they don’t tend to catch things like this from other dogs. A strong immune system is able to fight off viruses, bacteria & other “bad guys.” Rabies vaccine should never be given with any other vaccine, drug, procedure or treatment. This is the most damaging of all vaccines.

Did you know that human vaccine labeling is under FDA control, but animal vaccination labeling is NOT? The FDA regulates human vaccines and does not invoke federal privilege to indemnify human vaccine manufacturers from liability in state courts. However, interestingly the government agency which oversees veterinary vaccines DOES invoke federal privilege to limit animal vaccine manufacturers from liability in state courts. Therefore, when adverse reactions occur with veterinary vaccines there is no “deep pocket” to tap for liability. Perhaps it’s because many vets and pharmaceutical companies make large profits on repeat yearly or three-year vaccinations. There is also no reporting agency that keeps track of the problems caused by animal vaccines or how many animals have bad reactions to vaccines. Sadly, we see it all too often because of the number of dogs we’re involved with in rescue. Conventional vets don’t recognize many of the signs of vaccinosis (vaccine poisoning).

Vaccines do NOT prevent disease or immunize, they sensitize.
Vaccines cause encephalitis, inflammation of the brain – (Dr. Russell Blaylock, famous Board-certified neurosurgeon & author, says all vaccines cause brain inflammation).
Vaccines are deadly poisons and contain toxins.
Vaccines can cause the disease they’re designed to prevent – we’ve seen this many times in the rescue dogs.
Vaccines shed into the environment spreading disease.
Vaccines disarm and unbalance the immune system.

Common substances found in vaccines include:

Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum which are added as adjuvants to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.
Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine. No vaccine produced in the United States contains penicillin.
Antifreeze – Also known as Ethylene Glycol. May lead to kidney, liver, blood and central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Effects include behavioral disorders, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, visual disturbances, thirst, convulsions, cyanosis, and rapid heart rate, CNS stimulation, depression, cardiopulmonary effects, kidney disorders. May also lead to liver and blood disorders. Produces reproductive and developmental effects in experimental animals.
Borax – Traditionally used as a pesticide, including ant killer. Suspected cardiovascular or blood toxicant, endocrine toxicant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant and neurological toxicant. Found to cause reproductive damage and reduced fertility in a study on rats.
Egg protein – Ordinarily, persons/animals who are able to eat eggs or egg products safely can receive these vaccines.
Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It’s also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Unsafe at any level.
Glutaraldehyde – Poisonous if ingested (worse if injected). Causes birth defects in experimental animals.
Methanol – A volatile, flammable and poisonous liquid alcohol. Used as a solvent and an antifreeze compound in fuel. In the body it is metabolized to formaldehyde.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity
MSG – An FDA web page called “FDA and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)” states “Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.” Symptoms include but are not limited to: burning and tingling sensations of the upper extremities, numbness, facial pressure, chest pain, headache, rapid heartbeat, nausea and drowsiness.
Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.
2 Phenoxyethanol Developmental toxicant, reproductive toxicant. Metabolic poison (i.e. interferes with the metabolism in all cells). Capable of disabling the immune system’s primary response.
Ammonium Sulfate, Gentamicin Sulfate, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 20/80, Sorbitol, Polyribosylribitol, Beta-Propiolactone, Amphotericin B, Animal organ tissue and blood, Aborted human fetal tissue and albumin, Large foreign proteins, Latex, Animal and Human viruses (http://www.wingedwolf.citymax.com/page/page/1303049.htm – also CDC website).

More info on vaccine ingredients; this is an excellent website for health information: http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/60-vaccine-secrets.html.

In a survey of over 4,000 dogs performed by US & UK vets, owners were asked, if your dog is ill, when did he become ill in relation to vaccination? We’ve been astounded by the results so far:

91% of Ataxia cases occurred within three months of a vaccine event
81% of dogs who had tumors at their vaccine sites, first developed the tumors within three months of being vaccinated
78.6% of dogs with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) first developed the condition within three months of being vaccinated
73.1% of epileptic dogs first became epileptic within three months of being vaccinated
65.9% of dogs with colitis developed the condition within that first three months
64.9% of dogs with behavioral problems started to be a problem within three months of vaccination
61.5% of dogs developed liver failure within three months of being vaccinated.

French scientist, Michel Aubert’s study shows that the chances of a dog or cat developing rabies in the United States that has had one rabies vaccination is less than one in eight million, (<1:8,000,000). By contrast, you have a greater than one in 600,000 chance of being struck by lightning if you stand in a thunderstorm. (Aubert Michel F, The practical significance of rabies antibodies in cats and dogs, Scientific and Technical Revue, 11(3) 735, 1992 Paris, France). An independent study on vaccine safety & efficacy has NEVER been done, yet the current multiple vaccination protocols are accepted as good, safe, sound "medicine." The only vaccine required by law is rabies. If your animal has EVER had a bad reaction to any vaccine or has any health condition, they must never be re-vaccinated. Repeat vaccinations will worsen any health condition & damage their immune system permanently, making them unable to fight the condition/disease. If you absolutely must vaccinate for rabies, tell your vet you want a Thimerosol-free vaccine. Thimerosol (mercury) in vaccines has been linked to adverse reactions. Merial makes one- and three-year thimerosol-free rabies vaccines: IMRAB® 1 TF and IMRAB® 3 TF. Make sure you see “TF” on the label. (If your vet doesn’t carry the vaccine, you may have to vet shop to find the vaccine you want.) You might also ask the vet why he/she doesn’t carry it. Holistic vets carry this "safer" rabies vaccine. If you decide you MUST vaccinate, do it at the safest time. Vaccinate in the morning, early in the week, & don't leave the area for at least 1 hour, if possible. Watch for reactions for at least 48 hours. Reactions occurring when the closest vet's office is closed can prove disastrous, even fatal. Small dogs have more adverse reactions to vaccines than larger dogs, but they're dangerous to all animals. If your dog has ever been given Benadryl after being vaccinated, this is because your dog had an adverse reaction to the vaccine - even if the vet didn't tell you this is why they gave Benadryl. Animals who've had ANY adverse reaction to a vaccine are NEVER to be re-vaccinated & should be given a vaccine exemption letter by the vet. Preserving their health & immune system is so important so let's do everything possible to keep them healthy. If your vet won't do this for you, find another vet. There are homeopathic remedies that will help lessen vaccine damage; a homeopathic vet can tell you about these. They're inexpensive (about $8 for 80 pills); Sprout's, Mothers Markets, Whole Foods, Elixirs.com & many online sources carry homeopathic remedies. Adverse Reactions to Vaccine are common & include: vomiting, lethargy, swelling (injection site, face, feet, tongue), rash, bumps, itchy/scratching, flu like symptoms (fever, coughing, muscle pain), irritability, whimpering/crying, seizure, pain (joints or elsewhere), respiratory or cardiac difficulties, constricted air passages resulting in panting & difficulties in breathing, sudden onset of diarrhea, lack of appetite, infection at injection site, neurological damage (confusion, lack of coordination), muscle damage (if the injection is not properly administered), unresponsive, shock, liver & kidney damage (vaccines contain a lot of toxic materials), & sarcoma (some dogs develop sarcomas in the injected area, which links the occurance of sarcomas to vaccinations). The most common symptoms of anaphylaxis are the sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, coma, and death. The animals' gums will be very pale, and the limbs will feel cold. The heart rate is generally very fast, but the pulse is weak. There can be facial swelling. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening, allergic reaction to something ingested or injected. If left untreated, it results in shock, respiratory and cardiac failure, and death. An anaphylactic reaction can occur as a result of vaccination. The reaction usually occurs within minutes to hours (less than 24) of the vaccination. If you dog has any of these symptoms get it to the veterinarian immediately for treatment. These symptoms typically develop within 30 minutes after the administration of the vaccines. For this reason, some vets prefer to keep the pet under surveillance immediately after the vaccine shots. If severe allergic reactions occur, the dog requires a dose of epinephrine, which is a substance that will immediately reduce the inflammation allowing the dog to breathe normally. If the dog doesn’t get help within 7 minutes after the symptoms occur, the adverse reactions may be fatal, as the dog will not get sufficient oxygen. 30 Vaccine Induced Diseases: http://www.thedogplace.org/II-InstantInfo/Vaccine-Induced-Diseases.htm ** Once you've administered the needle, you can never change your mind. Please STUDY THE FACTS, don't live to regret it. There is NO safe vaccine & NO wellness after a vaccine. ALL vaccines cause brain inflammation, immune system suppression & other damage.** http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/scienceVaccineDamage.html (very thorough article) http://www.naturalrearing.com/coda/a_rabies_the_big_scam.html http://www.critteradvocacy.org/Vaccination%20Concerns.htm http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/vaccinations/a/FALC_vacctiters.htm http://www.healthypetjournal.com/default.aspx?tabid=17929 (by another vet) Just ONE rabies vaccine can kill or permanently damage (it happened to my dogs & many others): http://vitalanimal.com/just-rabies-vaccine/. It's the worst of all animal vaccines. Christina Chambreau, DVM - "Routine vaccinations are probably the worst thing that we do for our animals. They cause all types of illnesses but not directly to where we would relate them definitely to be caused by the vaccine. Repeating vaccinations on a yearly basis undermines the whole energetic well-being of our animals. Animals do not seem to be decimated by one or two vaccines when they are young and veterinary immunologists tell us that viral vaccines need only be given once or twice in an animal's life. First, there is no need for annual vaccinations and, second, they definitely cause chronic disease. As a homeopath, it is almost impossible to cure an animal without first addressing the problems that vaccines have caused to the animal, no matter what the species." Don Hamilton, DVM: "First, remembering that booster vaccines are unnecessary, we can stop all vaccination after one year of age for virtually all diseases. (Rabies is required by law so we need to work to change the laws so that they are in accordance with the facts rather than fear.) As repetition naturally increases the likelihood of problems, we can reduce side effects tremendously with no additional risk to the patient, simply by stopping adult boosters. Of course, there will still be some risk involved with even the initial vaccinations, but no risk of contracting the acute disease once the animal is immunized by these first vaccines. See below for duration of immunity to the various diseases for which vaccines are available. Secondly, all vaccines should be administered as single antigens. (An antigen is something that is capable of eliciting an immune response, in this case a viral or bacterial organism from which a vaccine is produced.) This means not using the polyvalent (combination) vaccines which have become so common these days. Natural exposure to diseases is usually one at a time, and the body is probably more successful at responding to only one antigen and producing immunity without adverse effects, rather than responding to a complex of antigens. Therefore, rather than giving a group of antigens together at three to four week intervals, individual components should be given using an alternating schedule with a minimum of repetition." Charles E Loops, DVM - "The first thing that must change with routine vaccinations is the myth that vaccines are not harmful. Veterinarians and animal guardians have to come to realize that they are not protecting animals from disease by annual vaccinations, but in fact, are destroying the vitality and immune systems of these same animals they love and care for. Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system.... Vaccine induced chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies." John Fudens, DVM - "All mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law, in that they have been passed & mandated upon the pet owning public by certain vested interest groups. Who are these groups? First & foremost are veterinarians, in general, & veterinarian medical organizations. Second are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats & politicians. What are their reasons? GREED, POWER & CONTROL. Both these large powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly by having rabies mandated by colorable law." "Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross income & profit from vaccines given in the office. On average vaccines cost 60 to 95 cents per dose & are charged to the client at $15 to $25 per injection & substantially more in the large cities. Therefore, if veterinarians lobby to have a colorable law passed to give rabies vaccine every year that enhances their financial picture." "The vaccines, particularly rabies, are a political & economic scam being forced upon pet owners because they do not know the truth." Dr. Gerhard Buchwald, West Germany, specialist of internal diseases & participant in about 150 trials of vaccination victims - "Vaccination is not necessary, not useful, does not protect. There are twice as many casualties from vaccination as from AIDS." "Every vaccine produces harm. ALL vaccines are and have been causing ischemic (impaired blood flow) damages - to all - creating a plethora of chronic illnesses, disease, and in some instances...death. The injury from vaccination is additive, each vaccination further injures.” Dr. Andrew Moulden MD, PhD (http://healthyprotocols.com/2_Dr_Moulden.htm - loaded with info). Dr. Moulden started his research to prove vaccine safety; he found the opposite. Dr. Moulden took degrees in 3 disciplines on his quest to understand autism & the ASDs (autism syndrome disorders). Russell Blaylock, MD (neurosurgeon) - "Vaccination can kill you or ruin your life. All vaccination causes brain inflammation." http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/05/12/vaccination-dangers.aspx Guylaine Lanctot, MD - "Immunization is total nonsense! More than that is what's hidden from people about vaccines. They are dangerous. One child out of five has overwhelming disabilities from vaccines - neurological problems, seizures. The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose main objective is profits, & whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this, anything goes: lies, fraud, & kickbacks. Doctors are the principal salespeople of the drug companies." "Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it." Albert Einstein Continued on part 2...