The majority of people reading this will probably have taken their dog or cat for his or her annual vaccinations recently. Every responsible pet owner wants to protect their pet from deadly diseases of course, but vaccinating annually could actually be doing more harm than good by compromising your dogs immune system, and leaving them open to further diseases.
Research from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) recommends no more often than every three years and points to vaccines lasting at least seven years and sometimes life.
Yet we often vaccinate yearly or vaccinate for diseases that are rare. Health problems such as Arthritis, Allergies (both food and skin), Cancers, Thyroid Dysfunction, Behavioural Problems and Immune System Breakdowns, have all been laid at the doorstep of the vaccines that are supposed to protect our pets.
Because annual boosters of the core vaccines are not necessarily needed, over-vaccination can occur which can compromise your pet’s immune system. Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated at the appropriate time to protect them and boosters repeated at one year old. But after that you have the choice of vaccinating every three or four years (BVA), or having Titer tests done instead to check your dog or cat’s immunity.
Titier testing is a blood test that can assess whether a given animals humoral immune response has fallen below adequate immune memory. In the event of this occurring, an appropriate vaccine booster can be administered.
Possible Medical Problems Caused By Vaccines
Research papers published by eminent scientists and leading immunologists show that diseases can be caused by vaccines. However it is unlikely that your Vet will associate vaccine reaction, to illnesses that may appear later on, such as:
Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia
Cancers (often initiated at the site of the injection)
In fact the WSAVA give this advice also endorsed in the UK by BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) which specifically says that:
“Vaccines should not be given needlessly. Core vaccines should not be given any more frequently than every three years after the 12 month booster injection following the puppy/kitten series, because the duration of immunity (DOI) is many years and may be up to the lifetime of the pet”.
The VGG has defined non-core vaccines as those that are required by only those animals whose geographical location, local environment or lifestyle places them at risk of contracting specific infections. The VGG has also classified some vaccines as not recommended (where there is insufficient scientific evidence to justify their use) and has not considered a number of minority products which have restricted geographical availability or application”.
This information is publicly available and easily found, why not talk it over with your Vet when you next take your dog or cat for a health check-up!
Don’t forget this advice from the BSAVA is for your Dogs and Cats too.
By Zoe Vanderbilt B.Sc