Are we vaccinating our dogs too much?

This article is being reposted from my previous blog which was “All About Our Pets” which I discontinued when I sold my pet care establishment.

When I ran the pet care business, my clients often sought me out to help take a holistic approach with their dogs. Whenever they asked me what vaccines are necessary for their dogs in order to be accepted in to the doggie day care I run, I’ve often felt it necessary to have a long conversation on the topic.

Because I believe that most vaccines that are considered mandatory by most doggie day cares, kennels and even grooming salons are only pushed into our undeserving pets unnecessarily. Most vaccines, that naive pet parents diligently run to the vets for every year, create more harm to the pets and enhance toxic levels in them than give them the protection we think they give. This article is not a complete authority on “less vaccines”, please do your due diligence and research.

Natural exposure to infections and illnesses help our animals in naturally producing antibodies to ward off further disease.  Over vaccination has reportedly caused hotspots and various other skin disorders, allergic reactions and autoimmune diseases. Cats develop tumours on the vaccinated spots. So, in general cats and dogs are far better off with fewer vaccines.

Several vets who really care about the general well being of their canine and feline patients have now embraced the responsibility of educating their clients about the adverse consequences of over vaccinating their pets and about the concepts of 3-year vaccines and titer testing.

More than 40 British Veterinarians have signed an open letter accusing the pharmaceutical industry of encouraging annual vaccinations, although doses last much longer.


According to Dr. Ronald Schultz, a veterinary immunologist at the forefront of vaccine research and chair of the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences, “Vaccines for diseases like distemper and canine parvovirus, once administered to adult animals, provide lifetime immunity.”  This leaves us wondering, “Are we vaccinating too much?” 

I’m currently researching vets in Ontario who provide titer testing as an alternative to vaccinating every year. Stay in touch with this post if it is of interest to you. If you are a vet or know a vet who takes a holistic approach to treating animals, please get in touch via Facebook comments below.