Pet Vaccination - Common Questions


Q: Should I vaccinate my dog or cat every year?

Q: I thought vaccines were safe - what are the adverse effects?

Q: Is CHC saying that we should leave our dogs unprotected against horrible diseases like distemper and parvovirus?

Q: My vet tells me that you are scaremongering and that I should continue to vaccinate every year. I don’t know what to do.

Q: Should I vaccinate my dog or cat every year?

A: No. There is absolutely no scientific justification for annual vaccination. According to Dr Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University, and the world’s most eminent expert on canine and feline immunology, “once immunity to a virus exists, it persists for years or for the life of an animal”. This fact, supported by further duration of immunity studies, has been accepted by veterinary bodies in America and Australia. The consensus is that, if you wish to vaccinate your dog, then he should have puppy shots followed by one shot after six months of age, and then no further shots are required.

Q: I thought vaccines were safe - what are the adverse effects?

A: Inflammatory (‘itis’) diseases in dogs and cats are becoming increasingly common, due largely to vaccines. Vaccines contain modified live viruses; formaldehyde (a cancer-causing preservative used to embalm corpses); mercury and aluminium salts (both toxins); serum (blood products); and other worrying substances. The medical and veterinary professions readily acknowledge that both humans and animals can have allergic reactions to serum. But add all the other components, and it’s no wonder some individuals have allergic reactions.

In addition, vaccines are often cultivated on dog and cat brains and kidneys, on hamsters, on monkeys, and on chick embryos. If any of these animals’ tissues are inadequately removed from the vaccine, the patient can have a hypersensitivity reaction to them. The words ‘hypersensitivity’, ‘allergy’, and ‘inflammation’ are interchangeable. Sometimes the hypersensitivity reaction is so severe that the patient must be immediately injected with adrenaline or they will die.

Because vaccines are generally injected straight into the bloodstream, components can be carried around the body. Depending upon the animal’s genetic predisposition, the allergic reaction could manifest as inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the digestive system, inflammation of the bones and joints - in fact, any of the many inflammatory conditions. This is why scientists have written and produced scientific papers that link vaccines in with brain damage, epilepsy, behavioural problems, colitis, arthritis, thyroid disease, heart failure, kidney failure, cancer and more.

The practice of cultivating vaccines on animal tissue has also been called into question. The Salk Polio vaccine illustrated the dangers of this when it was discovered that it was contaminated with a range of monkey retroviruses. SV40, a monkey retrovirus found in the Salk vaccine, has been found at the cancer sites of people who received this vaccine. Worryingly, it has also been found at the cancer sites of their children. SV40 switches off the part of the DNA that protects from cancer.

SIV, another monkey retrovirus, was also a contaminant in the Salk vaccine. SIV and HIV are closely related viruses, and independent scientists have traced the emergence of AIDS to mass polio vaccination in the Belgian Congo and amongst male homosexuals in New York who were given the vaccine in an attempt to protect against genital herpes (however strange this might sound!).

Similarly, an avian (bird) retrovirus has been found in leukaemia patients, and it is thought that the retrovirus came from the MMR vaccine. Distemper and measles are virtually identical viruses, and both vaccines are cultivated on chick embryos.

Where did parvovirus come from in the 1970s, killing thousands of dogs? Scientists have been quoted as saying that it was a cross-species disease, created by a vaccine manufacturer who cultivated the distemper vaccine on cats infected with feline enteritis. The first vaccine for this new disease was a stopgap: the feline enteritis vaccine. The disease occurred simultaneously around the world. Naturally occurring diseases spread slowly, but vaccine manufacturers send their products out in batches around the world, easily creating a worldwide epidemic.

By looking at scientific data from both human and animal-based research, we are able to say that vaccines are proven to cause inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. The UK vet Christopher Day observed that, where the start date of an illness in his patients is known, around 80% of patients started to be ill within three months of vaccination. CHC put this theory to the test by inviting pet owners to complete a short questionnaire.

There were over 4,000 dogs in the survey. We asked, if your dog is ill, when did he become ill in relation to the vaccine? We have been astounded by the results so far.

91% of Ataxia cases occurred within three months of a vaccine event

81% of dogs who had tumours at their vaccine sites, first developed the tumours within three months of being vaccinated

78.6% of dogs with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) first developed the condition within three months of being vaccinated

73.1% of epileptic dogs first became epileptic within three months of being vaccinated

65.9% of dogs with colitis developed the condition within that first three months

64.9% of dogs with behavioural problems started to be a problem within three months of vaccination

61.5% of dogs developed liver failure within three months of being vaccinated

The above figures were chosen at random from our findings to illustrate the principle to you: vaccines may be protecting our dogs against viral disease, but they are doing this at a very high price. If vaccination had no bearing on subsequent illness, only 25% of dogs should become ill in each three-month period.

Q: Is CHC saying that we should leave our dogs unprotected against horrible diseases like distemper and parvovirus?

A: No, certainly not. In fact, we would say you should not leave your dogs unprotected. But you can minimise the risks.

Firstly, if you choose to continue vaccinating, you could have puppy shots and possibly the first year’s booster, and leave it at that. This is the advice being given now by veterinary colleges in America.

Secondly, you could use the homoeopathic alternative instead. This has been used by many breeders and show people for years. Reports indicate that homoeopathically protected dogs are far healthier than vaccinated dogs. There are several scientific studies showing that the homoeopathic alternative works.

Vaccine manufacturers are currently trying to tell us that dogs need annual boosters against leptospirosis, which is a bacterin rather than a virus. However, many eminent scientists say that this vaccine should actually be withdrawn as it is not very protective, and it is the vaccine most associated with adverse reactions.

The kennel cough virus mutates (like the flu) so you can’t guarantee permanent immunity from the vaccine. However, scientific research has shown that the homoeopathic nosode is more protective against kennel cough than the vaccine - and it’s safer.

Q: My vet tells me that you are scaremongering and that I should continue to vaccinate every year. I don’t know what to do.

A: Vets, however well-meaning, are educated in colleges that rely upon vaccine and pharmaceutical companies for funding in the form of sponsorship, research grants, scholarships and bursaries. Colleges are reliant upon big business for funding, and few people are willing to bite the hand that feeds them. Vets’ education with regard to vaccines tends to stop beyond “do it”.

Our knowledge about immunity has improved greatly over the past five years. Some of the information coming to light about vaccines will present an ethical and economic challenge to veterinarians. But your pet deserves to come first, over and above any such challenges.

If your vet says annual vaccination is necessary, ask him if he has heard of the research coming out of America, and the advice that annual vaccination is unnecessary. If he has heard of this research, he cannot dismiss your questions. If he has not heard of it, then he lacks the knowledge to advise.

Finally, your dog looks at you with love and trust in his eyes, not at a stranger in a white coat. It is vitally important that you do as much as you can to understand the facts. Please don’t do as I did and allow your dogs to die before you discover the truth. I wish you and your animal friends many happy and healthy years together.


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