What’s In That Vaccine?

What’s really in those vaccines that you’re giving your dog?Pixabay Image 435809

Likely your vet doesn’t know for sure himself because the vaccine companies don’t always report exactly what’s in their vaccinations – not even the US Food and Drug Administration – who’s responsible for allowing the drugs on the market, knows exactly what’s in these vaccines that are being given to your dog.  Most of these manufacturers hide behind descriptions that say they are proprietary or trade secrets.  Next time you make a visit to the vet with your dog ask your vet to review the information on the ingredients label that is on the rabies vaccine and the combination distemper, adenovirus, influenza and parvo vaccine.   When you vaccinate your dog you really have no way of knowing exactly what’s in the vaccines and what the trade secret or proprietary descriptions mean.

Your vet has to get what’s called “informed consent” from you before he is allowed to give your dog any drug or treatment and you have a legal right as a client of the veterinary clinic to know.  However, you cannot blame your vet because if your vet doesn’t know exactly what’s in the vaccines and how toxic the ingredients could be, then how is he able to comply with informed consent?

Pixabay Image 563428Adverse Reactions

I can certainly speak from experience – and I want to make it clear – I have an awesome vet who I absolutely adore!   One year ago when I took my French bulldog, Reagan, to the vet and had them administer a rabies shot (her first one ever) almost three weeks to the day after the rabies shot, her skin erupted into itchy, rash like bumps!  The entire purpose of the vaccination was to help make antibodies to fight the rabies disease should she ever become exposed to it.  The problem is that vaccination does not always equal immunization and there are certain ingredients and additives put into the vaccines that affect the immune system and cause other damage.  What worries me, is that vaccines include dangerous metals  – namely mercury – in the form of a preservative, along with aluminum, and they can also contain toxic ingredients like formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen.  The scary part is there’s no independent research into the long-term or genetic effect of these ingredients on mammals.  Generally, after vaccinations, we are told to watch for persistent vomiting or diarrhea, itchy skin that may seem bumpy like hives, swelling of the muscles around the face, neck or eyes, severe coughing or difficulty breathing and collapse.  Those are just the severe ones – the less severe ones are discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site, mild fever, decreased appetite and activity, sneezing and mild coughing.   Your dog can get one, several, or ALL of the symptoms!


We are still dealing with the fall out of that rabies vaccination Reagan had over a year later – with the end result being Reagan’s itchy bumpy skin – her itching is so intense that she scratches her armpits, groin, and throat to raw, bloody splotches.  We are now working with a homeopathic vet who has her on homeopathic remedies.  So far with have attained a certain degree of success that we were not seeing with some of the conventional approaches.   She is still scratching, and has bumps, but her skin seems to be improving and not as “raw”.  The homeopathic approach can take time – it is NOT an over-night “fix”.

Pixabay Image 781422If your dog has had a vaccine reaction in the past, you should tell your vet and make sure it’s in your dog’s records.  It would be wise to wait 30 to 60 minutes before taking your dog home just in case there is a reaction.  What I’d like to suggest is that you consider not giving the vaccination which would be pretty smart if your dog already has had a reaction in the past.  It’s very likely that he will have one again and usually successive ones are worse than the first one.  Vaccines against the more lethal viruses like rabies and distemper and Parvo may be beneficial and protective to your pet, but research has shown that repeating vaccinations annually or even every three years is completely unnecessary in order to protect your dog from disease and that over vaccination is more harmful.   You can do as I do, and titer test annually instead.

Vaccination Caused It!

I can certainly attest to vaccine reactions, because 15 years ago I had a boxer that I had my vet vaccinate for lyme disease.  Within hours, she came started exhibiting fever, lethargy, and then a full-blown case of lyme disease!    The very vaccine I had the vet administer to her so she wouldn’t get the disease, caused her to get the disease from the vaccination!  I certainly could not blame my veterinarian because in veterinary school they don’t teach vets to consider vaccination as being the reason for many of the chronic diseases that dogs are contracting.  Most of the time when you bring your dog to the vet with something like a chronic skin condition, the connection isn’t made to vaccination and worse yet, because the connection is not made, the reaction to the drug is never reported to the drug company so the myth that vaccines are safe continues.

My Final Thoughts

What we must realize is that we are the guardians of our pets and we try to make the best possible decisions for them in order to give them long and healthy lives so that they can remain with us as long as possible.  I am not advocating that you should never vaccinate your dog, but rather to do so with caution.  It’s certainly not a bad idea to be observant and to watch your dog for any common or moderate reactions.  Take the time to learn as much as you can about the vaccines that your dog is receiving.  The sign of a good vet is one that is happy to address the concerns that you may have regarding vaccination of your dog.  I am fortunate to have an amazing and outstanding veterinarian at my disposal who is totally awesome and supports my decision to titer test my dogs annually for protective immunity.

I would love to hear your comments, feedback stories and ideas.

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