NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY
"Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is
given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity which is good for the life of the pet (ie:
canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the
antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is
little or no effect. The titer is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells induced.
"Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to
potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
"There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of
"Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last 8-14
weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal
immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination
at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations
given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system : Doglogic
A Parvo/ Distemper vaccine is given ONCE at approximatly 10 or 12 weeks.Thereafter titer
tests recommended to check the blood for immunity against parvo and distemper. it should
show immunity so no need to re-vaccinate and cause harm to the dogs immune system .
I prefer to give my puppies parvo and distemper only.I do not give any other ( see Dr Jean
Dodds research on the lack of efficacy of other vaccinations) and Titer test should be done at
6 months to test the bloods immunity level toward parvo and distemper. If the blood show's
immunity , there is no need to re-vaccinate. Tess
Vaccinations: Veterinary Homeopathy
"Veterinary homeopaths have a healthy respect for the potential impact of vaccines. As holistic
practitioners, veterinary homeopaths tend to focus their therapeutic efforts on maximizing the health of
the individual by proper nutrition, lessening toxic load, and homeopathic treatment when appropriate.
These efforts are intended improve your pet’s resistance to disease and decrease susceptibility, by
strengthening the system from the inside out. Our concern is that overly zealous preventive measures
may be detrimental to health, and increase susceptibility to disease or in some cases even cause it
"Another important consideration is that vaccination is not the same as immunization. Vaccination is the
process of giving the vaccine. Immunization describes the response by the body to the vaccine. An
unhealthy animal, or one that is too young, might be vaccinated, but will not be able to become properly
immunized. If an animal is unable to respond appropriately to a vaccine, repeating the procedure may be
harmful rather than helpful. If you are considering not re-vaccinating your pet, blood tests may provide
some helpful information about vaccine titers. A titer, in some cases, can assess the presence or
absence of immune response to previous vaccine or disease exposure."
"All vaccines are not alike. Some vaccines tend to cause more problems than others. It is important to
consider the potential risks as well as the potential benefits conferred by each immunization, and
realized that commonly many immunizations may be combined into one injection. So your pet’s immune
system may typically have to respond to much more than “one shot.” It is also considerate, when
possible, not to combine immunization with other stressful procedures like neutering, spaying,
dentistry, or other surgery"
"Vaccination is a hugely controversial topic, both in the veterinary and human medical communities.
Conventional recommendations change all the time. From the time of the earliest vaccinations,
homeopaths have recognized and treated problems arising from vaccination, which can range from mild
reactions to severe, even life-threatening ones. Recently, more and more veterinary teaching hospitals
have adopted a more conservative vaccine protocol, meaning vaccinating less often. This is because of
the lack of medical data supporting the annual vaccination of adult animals.
The decision whether or not to immunize your animal companion is not black and white. Your
homeopathic veterinarian will discuss your individual situation with you. Some things to think about are:
Do you live in a city or in the country? What diseases are common in your area? How old is your pet?
How many vaccines have already been given? Does your pet come in contact with many other animals?
Is your pet in good health? Do you feed your pet processed or unprocessed food? Has your pet ever
had physical or behavioral problems that started within a few weeks after past vaccinations? Is your pet
purebred, and if so, were the parents heavily vaccinated?"
"You can educate yourself by beginning to read the labels on pet foods in the supermarket, the health
food store, and holistic pet food stores. You will be amazed at the differences. Keep in mind that meat is
meat, not byproducts, meal, digest, or other bits and pieces. Also keep in mind that grains, fiber and
pulp might be economical, but may not be what your pet is designed to eat in large amounts. Be on the
look-out, too, for artificial preservatives and coloring, some of which are highly toxic.
Your homeopathic veterinarian will make nutritional recommendations that are right for your individual
pet and your lifestyle. There are a variety of options, including food you can buy ready to feed, food you
can buy involving minimal preparation at home, and food you prepare from scratch. It is important to
work with your doctor so that a good nutritional balance is ensured. If your pet is a carnivore (dog or
cat), your veterinarian may or may not recommend a diet incorporating raw meat; in many cases, this can
be very beneficial. If this is not appropriate for any reason, there are other unprocessed or minimally
processed diets that may also be suitable.
Many pets under conventional medical care are put on specific medical diets for allergies, dental
problems, hair balls, kidney disease, weight loss, and so on. Your homeopathic veterinarian is more
likely to help your animal switch to the cleanest species-appropriate diet possible, since in our
experience many health problems improve or even resolve with this change alone. Once good nutrition
is effected, individualized homeopathic treatment can direct the body’s healing process.
Your homeopathic veterinarian, as a holistic doctor, will also consider your feeding pattern, including
frequency of feeding and amounts. Most pets do not do well with food available all the time; this tends
to blunt their appetite and make their digestion sluggish. Addressing basic lifestyle questions is an
important part of the holistic approach. Your individual situation, whether you are away most of the day
or at home a lot, will be an important part of your pet’s nutritional program.
(I recommend raw red
meat diet for the carnivore
"Even small positive changes in nutrition can make a huge difference in your
pet’s energy level, vitality, and well-being, whether your pet faces health
challenges or whether you just want your pet to be as healthy as possible. It
is interesting to consider that processed foods are really a very recent
invention in the country, in the last few decades, and are still not widely in
use in Europe, for example. So you will be doing the best for your animal
companion, and optimizing your chances for successful homeopathic
treatment, by making the effort to put the best in bowl that you can"
from: The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
Vaccinations, Immunology, Nutrition, and
LIVER DAMAGING AGENTS:
A number of diseases, chemicals, drugs and
toxins can damage the liver. Primary and
metastatic tumors are a major cause of liver
failure in dogs.
Chemicals known to produce liver toxicity
include carbon tetrachloride, insecticides,
and toxic amounts of lead, phosphorus,
selenium, arsenic and iron. DRUGS capable
of damaging the liver include anesthetic
gases, antibiotics, antifungals, dewormers,
diuretics, analggesics (aspirin and Tylenol),
anticonvulsants, testosterone preparations
(Cheque Drops) and corticosteroids.
NATURAL BIRTH VS C-SECTION
NATURAL LABOR/DELIVERY----SOME OBSERVANCES
When bitches go through a natural labor and delivery, it has been by observation over the years
that they are carried along in this most natural of happenings by a "quietness and calmness" that
overcomes them once true labor begins. It's been my observation that they almost appear to be
"tranquilized" and I do believe they are under the influence of natural "endorphins" when in labor
and giving birth and for a few days after. I've observed this with other species...large
animals....horses, cattle...and in watching my cats over the years....most cats giving birth "PURR"
throughout like they are enjoying the process.
Being a mother myself.....I KNOW those animal mothers should be hysterical during the labor and
birth process....after all....they're giving birth to multiples!!!! And if not hysterical.....at least crying
and jumping around a lot!! But animal mothers are very quiet and focused and relaxed.....a
MARVELOUS THING TO WATCH.....TRULY A MIRACLE!
Most problems with bitches and poor behavior usually don't happen until AFTER a few
days.....interestingly enough...when I've observed the "endorphins" are no longer being excreted.
My point in bring this "endorphin" subject up is that bitches that go in for scheduled C-Section
don't have the opportunity to go through the "LABOR AND DELIVERY" and so don't have the
tranquility right after the surgery like a naturally whelping bitch.
She goes in for her Section with no signs of impending labor.....and an few hours later....she's got a
litter of puppies in front of her....with NO HELP from all the hormonal influences....visual
stimulus....audio stimulus...olfactory stimulus....and all the TOUCH sensory stimulation that occurs
during the process. She has not had the benefit of the Oxytocin pushing and cleaning out the
uterus and "jump starting" the MILK LETDOWN.....so she is already way behind her naturally
IS IT NO WONDER SHE CAN HAVE SOME UNIQUE PROBLEMS?? These can manifest themselves as
BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS AS WELL AS PHYSICAL PROBLEMS. We must be EXTRA AWARE of her
condition....mentally and physically. If she were a "human", all of this could be EXPLAINED to
her....but alas, she is a dog and driven by INSTINCT....but in this case without the benefit of the
sensory and hormonal exposure that just ENHANCES INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIOR.
Behavioral problems.....growling and snapping at the puppies....need to be quickly assessed and a
plan devised. If a bitch is growling it can signal PAIN that she is experiencing.....from the incision,
from the uterus contracting...from the puppies scratching her and nursing which causes the uterus
to contract.....from having no milk.....from being uncomfortable in the whelping box....from being
"worried" because she wants you in there....worried about other dogs in the household....to
insecurity......to truly being a poor mother
NEW TITER INFORMATION
In practice, there is generally a recognized
titer that provides adequate protection,
and anything over that is gravy, so to speak.
Additionally, today the titers are tested more
mathematically, so the older two-fold
not always how titers are reported. For
protective titers for canine distemper virus
(CDV), canine parvovirus (CPV) are
1:5 or greater. This will depend upon the
performing the test, however, so any result
must be compared with that laboratory’s
For any of these viral diseases, though,
as long as a dog has a titer with the second
number equal to or higher than that of the
protective titer, you can rest assured that
she is protected.
Long Term Protection
Now, however, this brings a second
and that is, does an animal have to maintain
such a titer to remain protected? The short
is no. However, in response to client
(or due to their own knowledge), many
progressive veterinarians now offer titer
in lieu of routine vaccination. The idea is
perhaps three years after the last vaccine,
veterinarian would take a blood sample and
a dog for parvo or distemper. Should one of
these titers fall below the protective level,
the veterinarian would recommend a
While this is a great step forward from
boosters, and especially from annual
boosters, it is mostly unnecessary.
science informs us that, once an animal has
ever had a protective antibody level, as
by a protective titer, that animal is almost
certainly protected for life, at least for the
diseases (CDV, CPV, and canine hepatitis
Thus, once you run a titer test that indicates
a protective level, you need not concern
further with that virus. Canine hepatitis is
thankfully rare today so most guardians
test for this.
So now, what do you do with this
For adult animals, whether a year old or
if you’ve never run a titer, you could have
your veterinarian do so. If you see
levels, forget about booster vaccinations
viruses I’ve mentioned in the paragraph
These are the primary canine viruses for
titers have value and which are life
diseases, other than rabies. For most other
either vaccination is of questionable
value, the disease isn’t as dangerous, or
are not as useful.
For example, circulating antibody is not as
for protection against upper respiratory
pathogens like kennel cough
virus) or the uncommon canine
Immune suppressive intracellular viruses
and bacteria like the Lyme disease
(Borrelia burgdorferi), the feline leukemia
the feline immunodeficiency virus, and
peritonitis virus depend more upon cell
mediated immunity and
and vaccination doesn’t work well, nor do
From : Dogs Without Boundaries
Dogs Naturally Magazine
From webpage of Will Falconer D.V.M. .........:
They smell good, feel soft and clean, and
just exude energy. They have a bounce in
their step, are ready to play, run, climb and
swim, but can also be content in the quiet
moments of your life.
Let alone being free of disease symptoms,
these guys just shine. Their eyes are bright
and clear, their teeth gleam, light dances off
their coats, they are balanced in their every
move, and they are a joy to be around.
If your goal is to have animals like this, who
stay this way for long years of vital life with
you, you’ve come to the right place.