June 26, 2009

2bullgoodPart 1.   For many years I’ve  questioned the veterinarian immunization schedule for dogs because I believe immunizations can negatively affect a dog’s immune system. I’m not a veterinarian but I’ve learned a lot about the subject in my 28 years as a dog trainer. I have read many articles on the subject. There are also many dog owners who feel the same as I.  Vaccinating a dog is similar to vaccinating a child. Antibodies are produced and protect against a virus, so why aren’t children required to get small pox or polio shots annually? If a dog has enough antibodies for a particular virus, why do they need another shot? They really don’t.

In our human world, drugs over-prescribed by professionals can have a negative effect on our systems, sometimes resulting in death. This has happened to famous people like Keith Ledger, Marilyn Monroe and sadly now (possibly) Michael Jackson whom I’ve personally had a conversation with and believe what the media did to him was barbaric. His ex-wife Debbi Rowe was a friend and client. My condolences go out to his family.

Up until the year 2001, veterinarians were prescribing that dogs get immunized once a year with DHLP-P (Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza). Sometimes a Coronavirus shot was added depending on location. U.C. Davis, a leading school of veterinary medicine recommended changing the annual requirement for shots to every 3 years. It took a few years before most veterinarians followed this new recommendation, why? Money!  Unfortunately there are still many veterinarians who recommend inoculations  once a year.

Part 2 click here: Shortning a life part 2



  1. Vicki on June 27th, 2014 9:59 pm

    I know this post is a few yeas old now, but, I’m so happy to be reading this! I’ve believed this for some time.
    Veterinarians are over-prescribing chemicals to be pumped into our animals’ bodies unnecessarily. With often adverse effects.

    Our animals are experiencing shorter life spans, now more than ever. We need to ask ourselves why. And not give their lives so easily over to those who benefit monetarily from their problems/diseases.
    Read and research. Be informed.