Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pet Vaccinations by Dr. Karen Becker

Pet Vaccinations by Dr. Karen Becker

In general, we over vaccinate; our children, our pets and ourselves.

"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). It should be no surprise that adverse reactions of small breeds are 10 times higher than large breeds, suggesting standard vaccine doses are too high for smaller animals."

"Many vets cling to annual vaccine schedules because of economic dependence more than maintaining a “cautious” standard of care. This is particularly true for the typical small vet practice (1-3 people, non-specialty, non-emergency practices). Just take a look at the profit margin: A single rabies vaccine costs the vet about 61 cents per unit. The client (pet owner) is typically charged between $15 and $38, plus a standard $35 office visit. The markup on the vaccine alone is 2,400 percent to 6,200 percent—a markup equivalent to charging $217 for a loaf of bread. According to one estimate, eliminating the one-year rabies vaccination and the accompanying office visit for dogs alone would decrease the average small vet’s income from $87,000 to $25,000—and this doesn’t include cats or other vaccinations. 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 just for vaccinations. No question why there’s heavy opposition to eliminating the yearly vaccine schedule. Clearly, this would result in a huge economic loss for any veterinary practice that is built around boosters. Here’s something else to wrap your head around; the vaccines you are paying so much for? They are providing even more income for vets, simply because the adverse reactions and other medical issues caused by the vaccines keep Fido coming back more often than you would like to take him!"

"In 1991, a lab at the University of Pennsylvania documented a connection between an alarming increase in sarcomas (a type of cancerous tumor) and vaccinations in cats. As it turns out, the mandatory annual rabies vaccinations led to an inflammatory reaction under the skin, which later turned malignant. It isn’t difficult to imagine what happens next to the felines. That same year, researchers at University of California at Davis confirmed that feline leukemia vaccines were also leading to sarcomas, even more so than the rabies vaccine. This led to even further investigations where these grim statistics were noted: cats that were diagnosed with vaccine-induced sarcomas were estimated to be 1/1,000, or up to 22,000 new cases of sarcoma per year. It didn’t take many more findings like that before veterinary professionals began to consider vaccination as a risk factor in other serious autoimmune diseases. Vaccines were causing animals’ immune systems to turn against their own tissues, resulting in potentially fatal diseases such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia in dogs (AIHA). Additional studies showed that delayed vaccine reactions were the cause of thyroid disease, allergies, arthritis, tumors and seizures in both cats and dogs. These findings led to a 1995 article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association that concluded: “There is little scientific documentation that backs up label claims for annual administration of most vaccines.” And then there’s the issue of adjuvants. Thimerosal, mercury, and aluminum-based adjuvants are still being allowed in veterinary vaccines. So, your pet is being exposed to potential antigens that could abnormally stimulate his immune system, but last a lifetime and cause chronic disease. Its not hard to figure out that the less of this, the better."

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