Updated: Jun 9
Are you worried about the dangers of over-vaccinating your dog?
Here at Dog Trouble, we believe in the importance of avoiding unnecessary toxins wherever possible, which is why we support natural raw feeding and the use of various plants and herbs such as Aloe Vera, Garlic Juice and Turmeric as supplements and/or for treating minor injuries and skin complaints.
Naturally, we are also concerned about the increasing evidence of the health risks associated with over-vaccinating our pets, recently highlighted for us when a client’s dog became seriously ill with Polyradiculoneuritis, an acute neurological disorder associated with the ‘over stimulation’ of the immune system, within a day of receiving his annual booster vaccinations.
So, how much is too much? Well, according to the The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) the core vaccinations given to our pups can, in most cases, be expected to create lifelong immunity, which means that annual booster vaccinations are an unnecessary risk.
But how do you know if your dog is immune? Well, luckily, it’s possible to test for the antibodies which will be present in your dog’s blood if his vaccinations have created immunity by what’s known as titre testing with VacciCheck. To read more about VacciCheck Click Here
More and more vets are becoming aware of the potential health concerns of over-vaccinating and are offering clients the opportunity to test for immunity prior to vaccination. One such vet is Gill Tose of Windlesham Vets who has kindly offered to hold a Titre Testing day at Dog Trouble for clients’ dogs here at Dog Trouble on Saturday November 28th, starting 2.00pm
The test will cost £35 per dog and provides evidence of whether or not the dog has antibodies for the core illnesses Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus and Canine Distemper, but not for Leptospirosis, for which there is no titre available.
Most vet’s will now only be giving distemper, hepatitis and parvo once every 3 years which, according to Windlesham Vets means that there is no need to titre test if the dog has had a Nobivac DHP vaccine within the last 2 years, unless the owner is concerned regarding potential lack of efficacy of the previous vaccine.
If you would be interested in having your dog tested, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. If you would like to find out more about the dangers of over-vaccinating, the benefits of titre testing and/or other options to vaccination, such as homeopathic nosodes, we recommend you also check out the great information on the Canine Health Concern website.
*Canine Health Concern was set up in 1994 by Catherine O’Driscoll after she lost two of her dogs to vaccine related illness. Catherine is also the author of best-selling books; “What Vets Don’t Tell You about Vaccines” and “Shock to the System”.
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