My Dog is Due for His Shots! NOT.

Really? Says who?

This is a common thing I hear, less and less from my clients who gain a deeper understanding the longer they work with me and explore and think about health in a new way, but quite common in conventional veterinary medicine.

You’ve seen them: the postcards that come, saying Spot or Puff is due for all those checked off diseases to be vaccinated against, with the date “due” prominently there.

“Make an Appointment Today!” “Don’t let your protection lapse!” “Be responsible!”

It’s worth taking a critical look at this before you leap into the car, pets in tow, for more vaccines.

Have you gotten postcards like this every year for you?

No? Why not?

Largely, it’s because you’ve been recognized to be immune from the vaccinations you had way back when you were young, and rolled up your sleeve and grimaced as the needle slid in.

Immunology has recognized this phenomenon for a great many years.
A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual re-vaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccinations. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal.

The above quote is from Current Veterinary Therapy, volume IX, in 1992. The authors were not alternative or holistic folks, they were veterinary immunologists, widely known in that field. Here’s a link to part of the chapter, and some more efficacy information from my website.

So, why so much emphasis still on repeating vaccinations? Even in the face of major voices in vet medicine speaking out against it, including the AAHA and most veterinary schools?

Follow the money, honey. 

Who labels vaccines for yearly repetition? The manufacturers.

Based on studies showing the immunity disappears at around, say, day 364?

No, nothing of the sort.

Based on one thing, and one thing only.


Sell more doses, make more money. Science is not involved in this part of the label at all.

So, let’s put it this way. If your doctor said it was really in your best interests to get vaccinated every year, would you do it? What would you want to read that would convince you this was necessary? I suspect it’d be more than a label on the vial of vaccine, right?

Tell me what you think in the comments.


14 thoughts on “My Dog is Due for His Shots! NOT.

  1. Nice piece, Will. Sadly, I know a lot of people who trust the medical profession so much, they are ruining their health taking drugs with questionable benefit and potentially damaging side effects (statins.) They’d for sure get vaccinated annually if their doctor said so.

    1. spiritoftexas

      The only thing about not vacinating is I am a renter and my dog is supposed to have rabies up to date. Other than that she has no other vaccines just the one rabies 3 years ago. My dog was up to date as of signing lease. Not now though. Any comments as how to handle this situation?

      1. A landlord, like a groomer or a boarding facility, should have no say over your dog’s health. What do they know about the risks in vaccination? Or the duration of immunity? Not much, if anything. I’d lie. Your animal’s health is your ultimate responsibility.

      2. TM

        I would print out some articles from Shirleys Wellness Cafe and even this article, and them and tell them your dog once had a bad reaction to vaccines. That happened to my dog once and my landlord who just completed a landlord class, tried this on us. I told her that and she backed off. Best of Luck.

      3. The tricky part is that the reaction to a vaccine might not show up for a month. This is quite common, as I point out here. And, another strategy would be, if your dog or cat has any sign of illness, any at all (like I describe in my Symptom Survey), you can simply say, “My animal has a waiver from getting more shots. He’s not well enough yet. I’m working on his health now, but he’s not cured yet.”

  2. Sadly, this same idea is being said for our small children. I refuse to give in to the fear tactics that toxins from a needle is necessary for my child’s and family’s health. Breastfeeding and natural basics do.

    Great post!

    1. Bravo! I agree, it’s not like these little bodies come into life “broken” and only a vaccine can “fix” them, right? A true ILLogical assumption. And we don’t have to look far to see how many youngsters are now battling allergies and how many families are devastated by autism since the rate of childhood vaccines has steadily risen over the past 10-20 years.
      Nursed kids have such an advantage!

  3. Cassi

    I’m ashamed to admit that even though I have paid a lot of attention to giving my dog a healthy diet (raw with no-grain kibble) I’ve been giving her Angels Eyes for a long time to keep the tear stains away. The last time i tried to wean her off, she not only got tear stains, but also staining around her mouth and vulva (white coat in these areas). I was surprised because I thought I had her on a great diet…so I started her on the Angels Eyes again (currently at 1/2 tsp once/week). After reading your website and ebook, I realize I need to end this once and for all. I am stopping her flea meds (comfortis) and starting your natural methods and products as well as switching to the flint river kibble & treats. Is there anything I’m missing, and should I expect some staining temporarily?

    1. Hi Cassi,
      The other piece of the puzzle, and the deepest, most beneficial one, is constitutional treatment with homeopathy. My Resources page lists vet homeopaths by geographical location, though many of us also work by telephone. And, yes, staining will return, and may last a good while, even doing everything correctly. Still, not as bad as regular doses of antibiotics, right?

      1. Cassi

        Thank you very much for your response. So, it sounds like I can look forward to the staining going away eventually as long as I continue the recommended food and treatments? And do you have any recommendations on what to use (or not use) for topically removing the stains?

  4. Cassi

    Incidentally, I looked up your list and all are long distance – I can set up a phone consultation if you recommend for this issue. thanks!

  5. With proper prescribing it will eventually go away, but remember, it’s a chronic symptom, so it won’t disappear quickly — long time there, often half that amount of time to cure something chronic. And yes, don’t be shy about working by telephone with a certified vet homeopath. We do this long distance quite often. The key is you know your animal, so you can describe symptoms with a bit of coaching. Good luck, Cassi.

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