June 17, 2009

Dog, Cat Under the Weather? Don't Vaccinate!

Never vaccinate when an animal is sick or stressed.

According to manufacturer's label directions, it is unwise to administer rabies or other vaccines when a dog or cat is ill, pregnant or stressed. Safety and efficacy are deciding factors. Adverse reactions are more likely and the potential for vaccine failure increases. Even a slight elevation in temperature can thwart a vaccine.

Most vets agree that certain animals should NOT be vaccinated (absent proven, urgent need such as inevitable exposure to a life-threatening disease). These include, but aren’t limited to, pets with autoimmune disease … pets undergoing chemo, radiation or surgery (even dental cleaning or neutering) … pets with autoimmune disease, cancer, severe allergies and skin diseases … pets fighting an illness or parasites … pets stressed from shipment or a move to a new home … malnourished pets … and dying housebound pets. Assaulting the immune systems of these animals with vaccination has been likened to throwing gas on a raging fire.

Author Jan Rasmusen, national award-winning author of Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care and a host of veterinarians offer more insight.

Vaccinating Unhealthy Pets: Beware Reactions & Vaccine Failure

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