First & foremost, I am not against vaccines. How could I be, I was raised during the height of the Polio epedemic. I witnessed Jonas Salk’s vaccine stop Polio Myelitis in its tracks.
During my stint in the military, I was on the Lake Champlain (a straight deck carrier left over from W.W.II) While on the ” Champ” as she was affectionately called, I vaccinated hundreds of Marines & Naval personnel. If I felt the practice of vaccination was harmful I would not have volunteered to do this type of work.
However, in the case of dogs vaccines after 6 months of age are questionable. In my view as well as the opinions of more qualified people i.e. Drs. Fudens & Blanco. So why do we continue to expose our dogs to unecessary risk?
The facts are the facts, Once a dog reaches adolesence the animal’s natural immunity should be potent enough to fight off the majority of environmental insults. The most disturbing part of vaccinations in dogs is the repitition, second only to the actual need, as in the case of Rabies. Unless a dog is spending time in the woods or has a specialized utility (i.e. Coon Hounds) unless a dog is in an area or state with a rabies epedemic, why vaccinate for Rabies? Some dog owners feel Veterinary office visits are excessive and vaccines are a ploy to generate more revenue. I do not have a problem with a dog getting a periodic check up after 6 months of age. In fact, this may be a good idea providings unecssary vaccines are not part of the visit
Mk9 would like to thank Dr.Fudens for granting us permission to use his article. We suggest you read his article on vaccines. Dr. Fudens told me Rabies is the most dangerous canine vaccine and may lead to a host of other maladies.