To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate, that is the question

Hi Everyone from hot and dry San Antonio,

We are experiencing higher than normal temperatures for June, having hit 100 degrees every day for a week with no relief in sight. Even our hyper little girl Roxie has slowed down in the heat, as her daily fetch sessions have become shorter and shorter.

There is growing evidence from more and more credible sources that we are over-vaccinating our dogs. For years, we have faithfully taken our precious pets in to get their round of shots for rabies, parvo, distemper, etc. because that is what we are told by most veterinarians.

I made the mistake of asking our very traditional vet if he does titer (pronounced tighter) testing which is a blood test to show if a dog has immunity. He went ballistic, telling me I had too much time on my hands and spent too much time on the internet! We have since switched to a more open-minded holistic vet.

Here are some sources I’ve found for information regarding vaccinations:

  1. Jan Rasmussen, who is the award-winning author of Scared Poopless, and a tireless advocate for dogs has written several articles about vaccines and titer testing.
  2. Dr. Andrew Jones has stated “Our companions are suffering from generations of over-vaccination, which combined with inadequate nutrition, poor breeding practices and environmental stresses are leaving each generation more susceptible to congenital disorders and chronic disease.”
  3. Dr. Karen Becker has recorded a video about vaccines and titer testing.

For me, all I know is we lost two sweet dogs, Cubby and Skittles, both at the age of 10. Cubby fell victim to liver failure, and Skittles had throat cancer. We had dutifully done everything our vet told us to do: feeding them nothing but dry kibble, giving them annual vaccinations, administering commercial flea products, and putting them on monthly heartworm preventative. Did those things contribute to their early deaths? I can’t help but think they did.

That is why, with Roxie and Gypsy we are doing things differently. I make their dog food, we use natural flea prevention methods, we do not have them on monthly heartworm prevention, and we have found a vet, Dr. Maria Williams, who will titer them for immunity before doing knee-jerk vaccinations.

Here is the link to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association to find a vet in your area.

I would love to hear what you have experienced regarding vaccinations.

All the best to you and your dogs,


Jun 17, 2009 | 1 | Holistic, Home Health Care for Dogs, Homemade Dog Food

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