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We have recently seen this video circulating and it has been causing some concern and inquires into animal vaccination protocols and procedures. Though we do not know the context of this video or the expertise of the featured veterinarian but many of the statements that are made are misleading and false.
As for the “dangers” of vaccines, his claims are not supported by any valid scientific evidence that would suggest that our core vaccines have any long-term or deadly adverse effects. Vaccines are in no way killing thousands of dogs. The statement that the same amount of vaccine is given no matter what the size of dog is true but the information that is not expressed is that vaccines (just like in humans) are NOT dose and weight dependent like many other drugs. Vaccines are specifically designed to have an exact amount of antigen to stimulate an appropriate immune response no matter what the size of the animal. To explain further, the antigen is the small particles of the virus or bacteria that is present in the vaccine to the body and immune system will recognize the bad bug and build up antibodies / immunity to that disease. It requires a certain amount of antigen to properly stimulate the immune system. This amount is the same no matter what the size of the animal. If we were to give smaller doses of the vaccine, then we would not be given the adequate amount of antigen to stimulate an immune response and the dog would be left unprotected. Recently, manufactures have been able to concentrate the amount of antigen down into smaller doses. At Lakeview, we have used these 1/2cc vaccines for the last few years and have seen very few reactions or issues of any kind.
The video talks about vaccine reactions leading to the death of thousands of dogs. This is just not true. Even though vaccine reactions do occur they are quite rare and most them are mild and can be easily treated with simple antihistamines. Recent research estimates mild reactions occur in about 1 and 1,000 animals and more severe reactions in 1 and 10-30,000. Most reactions occur due to the carrier products in the vaccines and not the antigen itself. The carrier products are present to properly deliver the antigen to the immune system to be recognized and build an immune response. Specifically, bovine albumin is most often the culprit. Bovine albumin is a common component in both human and animal vaccines. The idea is that the foreign substance stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies but if the body’s response is to strong then side-effects (reactions) can occur in rare cases. In the majority of animal’s, the immune response is appropriate to protect the animal when exposed to the disease but not cause any harm to any body system.
The last thing I will touch on is the statement that one rabies vaccine lasts the life of the animal. Based on years of research this is simply not true and this idea could potentially have severe public health concerns. Most research would say that the rabies vaccination will stimulate immunity and protection for 3-5yrs in the typical dog but it can be variable for individual animals. Because rabies is a deadly and dangerous disease that WILL kill all animals and humans that become infected, the veterinary community is cautious to ensure that all animals are well protected in order to maintain our safety and the health of our pets. It may be true that in some dogs the protection from the vaccine can last many years. However, to determine the protection from a vaccine, blood titer levels have to be determined. These titer levels give us a sense of the number of circulating antibodies to a disease. This is something that is commonly done in human medicine but not performed as often in veterinary medicine. It is not as common in veterinary medicine for a few reasons. First, there are not available tests for all of the core vaccines (specific diseases) that are given. Secondly, there is a concerning lack of research showing exactly what the needed titer levels are so that the animal is fully protected from infection. Therefore, we often air on the side of caution and recommend the vaccine schedule that we do.
PHEW that was a long one!! I will step off my soap box for now. As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns pertaining to any of our protocols please do not hesitate to ask.
Over-vaccinating and the overdosing of pet vaccines has become a global issue. 5 lbs dogs are receiving the same dose of the rabies vaccine as 150 lbs Great Danes, and vets are now witnessing terrible side effects.