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Wonder why so many dog lovers are very concerned about over-vaccination? 

To follow is just one example.  The following "Vaccination & Deworming Program" for a breeder of German Shorthair Pointer dogs.

As you will see below, by the time the Puppy reaches 4 months (16 weeks), the immature immune system has been subjected to and is attempting to cope with:

  • 25 Doses of vaccinations in "Combo-Wombos":   5 Different Viral Antigens
  • Plus    a Rabies vaccination.
  •  7 Doses  of Powerful Drugs - Parasiticide  - anthelmintic (anti-parasite) medication.
  •  7 Doses  of  3 Different Bacterins including:

        3 shots of Leptospirosis,  and

         2 shots of  Lyme Vaccination which is NOT recommendedand

 2 shots of Bordetella "probably not a very effective vaccine"

  • Surgery and Antibiotics (no probiotics are given to replace the beneficial bacteria in the gut)

Please Note: In most instances, these chemicals were administered simultaneously.


(Edited with annotations in brackets and highlights for emphasis)

     1 Week of age

 [High stress: Birth, Surgery, Chemicals- antibiotics]

"Dock tails and remove dewclaws. Treat open wounds with antibiotics "

     2 Weeks of age

 [Stress: Chemical

 Worm Medication]


 "Deworm puppies with paste or liquid dewormer like Strongid-T or Nemecs."


     4 Weeks of age

[Stress: Foreign Diet ]

"Start weaning process. Feed moistened puppy food and fresh water often."


     5 Weeks of age

[Stress:  Mother's nurturing AND

all Natural food TOTALLY REMOVED ]



"Discontinue placing the Bitch with the litter. Monitor stools, food consumption, and individual performance on litter. Place dry puppy food as free choice but continue feeding moistened puppy food and fresh water. "


     7 Weeks of age

 [Stress: Chemicals


 5 Viral Antigens PLUS Worm Medication


"Immunize Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus,  Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus, Modified live and killed virus, subcutaneous. Deworm  with Fenbendazole dewormer. "

     9 Weeks of age

[Stress: Chemicals


5 Viral Antigens, PLUS Worm Medication]


"Immunize Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus,  Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus,  Deworm  with Fenbendazole dewormer."


     11 Weeks of age

 [Stress: Chemicals


5 Viral Antigens, AND 1 Bacterin, PLUS Worm Medication]


"Immunize Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus, Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus, and  Leptospira Bacterin Modified Live Virus subcutaneous. Deworm  with Fenbendazole dewormer."


     12 Weeks of age

 [Stress: Chemicals


5 Viral Antigens, AND  2 Bacterins, PLUS Worm Medication]


"Immunize Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus, Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus, and  Leptospira Bacterin Modified Live Virus subcutaneous and Immunize Canine Bordetella Bronchiseptica intranasal. Deworm  with Fenbendazole dewormer."


      13 Weeks of age

[Stress: Chemical,  Bacterin


"Immunize Borrelia Burgdorferi Bacterin subcutaneously." [LYME Vaccination]




14 Weeks of age

 [Stress: Chemicals


 5 Viral Antigens, AND  2 Bacterins, PLUS Worm Medication]









    15 Weeks of age

[Stress: Chemical,  Bacterin




    16 Weeks of age

'[Stress: Chemical,  Viral Antigen, AND  Parasiticide anthelmintic




Adult Dogs

[Stress: Chemical, EVERY 6 MONTHS: Vaccinations -

Viral, AND  Bacterin,


AND  MONTHLY Parasiticide anthelmintic.





"Immunize Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus, Parinfluenza, and Parvovirus, and Leptospira Bacterin Modified Live Virus subcutaneous and Immunize Canine Bordetella Bronchiseptica subcutaneous. Deworm  with Fenbendazole dewormer."



"Immunize Borrelia Burgdorferi Bacterin subcutaneously." [LYME Vaccination]



"Immunize 1-year Rabies vaccination and administer vermectin for heartworm prevention."



"Repeat Puppy Booster and Kennel Cough shots every six months (rotate intranasal and subcutaneous Canine Bordetella Bronchiseptica ).  Deworm every three months with Fenbendazole dewormer.  Monthly prevention of Heartworm, and monitor sample stools quarterly and treat accordingly."


This breeder probably has the best intentions for his dogs, certainly the photos are impressive. 

However, upon investigating what veterinary experts have to say about vaccinating, that protocol gives me great concern. 

" ... When an adequate immune memory has already been established, there is little reason to introduce unnecessary antigen, adjuvant, and preservatives by administering booster vaccines.  By titering annually, one can assess whether a given animal’s humoral immune response [blood test for vaccine titer] has fallen below adequate levels. In that event, an appropriate vaccine booster booster can be administered."

 Something else to consider is that, although the term "immunize" is used, there is no guarantee that the vaccination will confer "immunity". The fact is that NO vaccine is 100% effective -- even the rabies  vaccination.  Unfortunately, some vaccines are not very effective. To follow are excerpts and references.

"Core" Vaccines Canine vaccines which are considered essential, and should be given to every dog, are termed "core vaccines". All other vaccines are regarded as "non-core" and should be used in dogs considered at high risk on an as needed basis. Core vaccines are considered essential because they are designed to prevent important diseases that pose serious health threats to susceptible dogs, irrespective of geographic location or the life style of a dog. Some "non-core" vaccines also may be considered "core" because they are designed to prevent a disease that is a potential public health threat.

Efficacy and safety of a product are critical in deciding whether a vaccine should be considered core. Diseases that pose a serious risk to susceptible dogs, or to public health, which are readily preventable by current vaccines include rabies, a major public health disease caused by the rabies virus (RV); canine parvovirosis caused by canine parvovirus-2 (CPV-2); canine distemper caused by canine distemper virus (CDV), and infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) caused by canine adenovirus type-1 (CAV-1). ICH is effectively controlled by canine adenovirus-2 (CAV-2) vaccine which has replaced CAV-1 vaccines because it is much safer. As part of a minimum disease prevention program, every dog should receive CPV-2, CDV, CAV-2 and rabies vaccines at least one time at or after the age of 12 weeks (Table 2). If that were the only vaccination a dog ever received, and the products used were modified live CPV-2, CDV, CAV-2 and a 3-year killed rabies, the dog would have a >80% probability of developing immunity to those four viruses for 3 or more years.

Vaccination programs for highly contagious diseases are most effective when all, or the highest percentage possible, of animals in the population have been vaccinated. Therefore, every effort should be made to ensure that as many dogs as possible over the age of 12 weeks are vaccinated with at least one dose of the four core vaccines."


"... vaccines for canine coronavirus, Giardia spp., canine adenovirus-1, and rattlesnake envenomation. The reports of the AVMA and the AAHA canine vaccine task force have listed the first three vaccines as not generally recommended, because ‘the diseases are either of little clinical significance or respond readily to treatment’, evidence for efficacy of these vaccines is minimal, and they may ‘produce adverse events with limited benefit’. Currently, information regarding the efficacy of the canine rattlesnake vaccine is insufficient. The UC Davis VMTH does not stock or routinely recommend use of these four vaccines.

This study will discuss the reasons why some companion animals fail to show a sufficient antibody titre following rabies vaccination.

Immune senescence - How ageing may influence vaccine efficacy in the cat ...Our studies in the cat suggest that age is an important factor in the generation of an adequate vaccine response and alternative vaccination regimes may be required to ensure adequate protection in older animals.

" ...  5% of dogs fail to produce sufficient [rabies vaccination] antibody."

"  ...  Lyme borreliosis vaccine ...  are only partially effective and may cause serious immune-mediated consequences in some dogs that are as serious or more serious than the disease itself. Ninety percent (90%) of human cases of Lyme disease occur in only 100 counties in only eight states. The distribution of canine Borrelia infection mirrors that seen in human beings.  Lyme vaccine has absolutely no medically acceptable rationale for use in dogs in non-endemic locales. ...When it comes to vaccination, we are discovering that less... may be more... and that the same old thing... may be too much."

Efficacy of routinely used vaccines  "  ...  Importantly, not all preparations of a vaccine are the same. Although little variation occurs in measles vaccines used in the developed world, the efficacy of different pertussis vaccines varies enormously. Recent trials showed that one variety of pertussis vaccine had an efficacy of 35%-40%, whereas the two types used in the United Kingdom had over 90% efficacy. 12 13 The Jeryl Lynn mumps vaccine used in the United Kingdom has an efficacy of over 90%, whereas a recent study shows the Rubini strain to offer no protection.14 "


Senate Hearing S.3419 held on April 20, 21 and May 3, 4, 1972 ...

:Just above a heading WORTHLESS VACCINES on page 346, reads: 

SENATOR PERCY: "Doctor, right at the outset of your testimony, you make reference to the General Accounting Office report, that 32 vaccines of no known value, and some possible harm, have continued to be licensed. I have never seen a figure as to what the total dollar value of those vaccines would be. What was the cost of the vaccines which were either of little value or perhaps even harmful, and which were administered to people who felt they were being protected?"

Below the heading reads: 

Dr. ISACSON: "Well, I think it must be astronomical. I do not think I could give you an actual figure. Since some of these appear from the investigation to have been on the market for 20 years, certainly it must add up."

SENATOR PERCY: "But we are talking about a cost investment of hundreds of millions of [1972] dollars, maybe…"

Articles on Vaccine Efficacy

Other influential factors [of the animal's response to vaccinations] include nutritional and general health status, the presence of concurrent infections (e.g., parasites), concurrent drug therapy (e.g., corticosteroids), and probably some genetic factors.  ... The recommendation for annual revaccination is a practice that was “officially” started in 1978. This recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently. In fact, the presence of good humoral antibody levels blocks the anamnestic response to vaccine boosters just as maternal antibody blocks the response in some young animals.... Serious concerns have been raised recently regarding the connection between recent vaccination and the development of signs of AIHA [life-threatening disease, Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia] and other immune-mediated diseases in dogs.

It is important to realize that the above detailed 'program' does appear to recommend excessive vaccinations, and by that it goes against expert veterinary advice.  Vaccines are powerful drugs and many contain toxins such as mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum -- that we know of -- because the ingredients in the formulas are proprietary (manufacturers' secret).  How does a companion animal, especially a young puppy handle the "Combo-Wombo" (Dr. Dodds) -  multiple antigens injected, inhaled along with deworming? 

One of the experts who has been diligently working to educate folks is Dr. Jean Dodds of HEMOPET:   here is a Link to her excellent article: "CHANGING VACCINE PROTOCOLS"

A foremost authority in vaccinations is Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He states that  puppies should NOT be vaccinated before the age of 6 weeks.  One reason for that is due to the maternal antibodies in the mother's milk interfering with the vaccination. Furthermore, dogs over 6 weeks of age do not develop disease from canine corona virus. according to Dr. Schultz, (JAVMA article, “Are we vaccinating too much?” JAVMA,  No. 4, August 15, 1995, pg. 421, Veterinary Medicine article, “Current and future canine and feline vaccination programs”, Veterinary Medicine, March 1998, pg. 251.).  Also, see Wolf, Alice M., & Paul, Michael A., Vaccinations-what’s right? What’s not? Compendium on CE, Schering-Plough Animal Health, 1999, pg. 32,33.

 Colorado State University's Small Animal Vaccination Protocol

 Additional information regarding on Vaccinations


"Veterinary vaccines are given to prevent disease, yet studies show that they are often debilitating and fatal. They have been linked to autoimmune and neurological disorders, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, tumors, seizures, allergies, digestive problems, organ failure, and many other serious ailments. For example:  ..."

New Vaccination Protocols: A Review of the Literature "...  Katy developed Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (a disease where the body rejects its own blood) after her annual vaccinations. This syndrome has been shown to be associated with annual vaccinations.  ...After 6 weeks of care the total bill was over $3000. Katy was lucky to survive. Less than 50% of dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia survive...."

Let us remember that the only legally required vaccination is rabies

It is advised to lengthen the time interval between vaccinations, and that they not be given during a time of stress- or with simultaneous vaccinations/wormers/surgery, etc.

Lastly, all of this brings to mind that, in addition to those many vaccinations and other chemicals, what happens to the dog when it then attempts to deal with the stress of having to adjust to a new home, teething, the heartworm drugs, flea/tick products, chemical shampoos?  I sure would like the answer, but I believe that no one knows for certain.


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