January 12, 2012

Bordetella - A Good Vaccine?

I am the first person to say "don't throw the baby out with the bath water," when it comes to animal vaccines.

One rabies vaccine shot protects your dog or cat from the virus in case of exposure for a very long time. While the ongoing private study on duration of immunity funded by the Rabies Challenge Fund is incomplete at this time, studies by serology have proved this single administration to last as long as seven years.

Other animal vaccines are simply useless. They do not prevent disease and they may cause unintended consequences. I count Bordatella among these.

Patricia Monahan Jordan, a graduate of the North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine, concurs and in no uncertain terms. 

There are at least forty agents capable of initiating Bordetella so vaccination might appear to be prudent if it weren’t for the fact that only two of these agents are contained in the intranasal vaccine. This poor percentage truly makes the Bordetella vaccine a shot in the dark. The lack of efficacy is well summarized by noted immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz: “Kennel Cough is not a vaccinatable disease”.

Have a look at why she considers Bordatella a worthless expense and possibly worse  in the most recent issue of Dogs Naturally.

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