June 11, 2012

Why I don't vaccinate my dogs at all - Catherine O'Driscoll

Why has Catherine O'Driscoll stopped vaccinating her dogs altogether?

Research by Frick and Brookes shows us that vaccines can trigger atopy (skin allergies).  (Am J Vet Res. 1983 Mar;44(3):440-5).  Dr Jean W Dodds tells us that retroviral and parvoviral diseases, and MLV vaccines, are associated with lymphoma, leukemia, organ failure, thyroid disease, adrenal disease, pancreatic disease, and bone marrow failure.

Vaccines cause cancer in cats at their injection site and, according to the Journal of Veterinary Medicine, August 2003, vaccines cause cancer in dogs at their injection sites.  Vaccines cause autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (JVM, Vol 10, No. 5, September/ October 1996; Merck Veterinary Manual), and arthritis (BVJ, May 1995 and Am Coll Vet Intern Med, 2000; 14:381).  Epilepsy is a symptom of encephalitis, which, as we already know, can be caused by vaccines.

According to Dr Larry Glickman and his team at Purdue University, serum and foreign proteins in vaccines can cause autoimmunity (i.e. cancer, leukaemia, organ failure, etc.).  This research also indicates that genetic damage is possible, since vaccinated dogs developed autoantibodies to attack their own DNA.  Research from the University of Geneva echoes this finding.

Over the years, many vets, particularly in America, have been saying that they think vaccines cause a diverse range of problems in animals.  For example, Christine Chambreau DVM said,  ‘Routine vaccinations are probably the worst thing we do for our animals.  They cause all types of illnesses but not directly to where we would relate them definitely to be caused by the vaccine.’  She is not alone in this view.

The danger of adverse reaction presents a real dilemma for loving pet owners.

On the one hand, most veterinarians recommend at least core vaccines for young animals. On the other hand, the news is full of stories of animals of any age who have suffered illness and/or death after administration of what was considered a "routine vaccination." And of course, there's the mandatory requirement by city, county and state public health departments to vaccinate against rabies, damn the impact on your companion animals. 

Mrs. O'Driscoll has made her decision and accepts its consequences. It's a very well-informed and principled stand.

Is it right for you? Only you can decide. 




1 comment:

lee said...

I can understand how you feel. If you don't want to risk a rxn with your DAP, fine. Honestly, it's only for your dog's health, which is why the law doesn't require it.

But rabies is a public health risk. Your pets can get rabies from bats, rats, raccoons, any critters that are not under human control. If they get it, they will likely pass it to you or to that neighbor's kid wandering the street right when your dog gets out. Maybe your dog is a cute little King Charles Spaniel that wouldn't hurt anybody but some people have sweet but powerful pit bull terriers that should not be put at risk for rabies.

In California, even though you can technically get that doctor's note, on the off chance that an non-vaccinated dog gets out and nips someone even in play, the person who got bit has the power to put you in a world of pain, legally, because that dog is considered a public health risk. Not everyone loves animals and not everyone will show mercy to animal lovers. Your vet can't do anything even though your note is signed because it's your responsibility to keep that dog on a 6 foot leash at all times when outside a securely fenced area.

Your vet CAN make himself or herself available in case your dog has a reaction. In fact, your vet SHOULD be telling you, "If anything happens, whether your dog acts drowsy or starts puking (in which case, get your ass over here so we can rush it to emergency), let us know right away."