By Kalee Brown | Collective Evolution
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding human vaccinations, especially in relation to certain ingredients like mercury and aluminum. Vaccines have been linked to autism, autoimmune disease, neurological disorders, seizures, and other health problems, as well as, in some cases, death. Vaccines are forced upon the general population in North America, despite the clear need for further testing.
We’re witnessing a similar trend regarding vaccinations amongst our pets. Veterinarians heavily push pet owners to vaccinate and immunize their pets, and most of us agree to do so without further investigation, despite there being many health risks that aren’t regularly discussed. We trust that vets have our pets’ best interests at heart, similar to how we assume our doctors are only concerned with our health.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In order for Big Pharma and doctors to profit, they need sick people, and so it sadly makes sense that so many pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines create adverse reactions. It’s not a “conspiracy theory”; it’s simply the way these businesses work. They couldn’t make money if everyone was healthy or if everyone wasn’t so scared of getting sick. This begs the questions: Do veterinarians operate in a similar fashion, and do pets really need all of those immunizations and vaccines?
The Risks of Pet Vaccines and Immunizations
Pet immunizations typically occur at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 weeks of age, with an additional booster shot at 12 months, and then every year afterward. Though comforting for some, this is concerning to others given the potential adverse reactions pets can have to immunizations as well as the expensive costs associated with them.
This timeline isn’t actually backed by scientific research suggesting the need for frequent immunizations; it’s simply a suggestion by vets. This ideology was introduced by the USDA and vaccine manufacturers approximately 20 years ago, which is unsurprising given that they profit heavily off of over-vaccinating.
It’s relatively ironic that the terms vaccinations and immunizations are used interchangeably because they’re very different. Immunization implies that you’re immune to a disease; it’s the ideal outcome of a vaccination. However, many vaccinations don’t work that way, which is why vets claim pets need booster shots so often.
The irony is that vets don’t really study and test how long each pet’s vaccinations are effective. If they were concerned with actually immunizing pets, then they would research and study this further. However, it benefits vets to justify administering vaccines and booster shots more frequently, and so this type of testing is barely conducted.
Vaccines are incredibly profitable for Big Pharma and vets. Approximately half of all dog visits and almost 75% of cat visits to the vet are for vaccinations alone. Simply removing only the one-year rabies vaccination/office visit for just dogs could decrease a vet’s income by an astonishing 25-30%. Keep in mind that that’s only one type of pet and one type of vaccine, although the rabies vaccine is extremely profitable thanks to markups, which are anywhere from 2,400-6,200%. Plus, most rabies vaccines contain mercury, which is extremely toxic to the human body, so it likely would have adverse effects on pets as well.
Catherine O’Driscoll, from the charity Canine Health Concern, which is backed by many vets and other pet experts who have expressed concerns regarding vaccine safety in pets and whether or not they need to be vaccinated so often, explained: “We are not anti-vaccination. What we are saying is that currently our pets are receiving far too many. The latest scientific research shows that after the first course of injections as a puppy most dogs are immune against these diseases for at least seven years, if not for life.”
The reality of the situation is that once a dog or cat has been fully immunized, they are immune for years, if not life. So, if your pet has further vaccinations despite already being immune to the very disease/virus you’re trying to protect it from developing, then what does that do to your pet’s health?
Veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker explains:
After your pet has received all his puppy shots, the antibodies he develops to the viruses he’s been immunized against will actually protect him from the same viruses introduced in future vaccinations.
In other words, if his puppy vaccinations are successful, his immune system response to subsequent vaccinations will fight off their effect, rendering them useless. But vaccines, like any pharmaceutical drug, are not without side effects. So re-vaccinating for the same pathogens year after year is more than just a waste of your money – it also poses ever increasing risks to your pet’s health
How Do Pet Owners Make Safe Decisions?
To be clear, I’m not telling you to never take your pet to a vet. Vets clearly serve an incredible purpose in this world, and can seriously help your pets when they’re sick, similar to how doctors can help us when we’re sick! I’m merely suggesting that you conduct your own research and remain skeptical when visiting vets.
Many people, including myself, are skeptical of elements of modern medicine and Big Pharma. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t seek help from modern medicine, but rather that we need to do our own research in addition to whatever our doctors tell us, and be proactive by taking preventative measures as well.
If you’re looking to give your pets certain vaccines, Dr. Becker recommends that you ensure your pets meet the following criteria prior to giving the go ahead:
- Your pet is healthy enough to get a vaccine. If your pet has allergies, endocrine issues, organ dysfunction, cancer (or is a cancer survivor), or any other medical issues, your pet may not be a viable candidate for vaccines.
- It’s for a life threatening disease, which Dr. Becker states most pet vaccines aren’t.
- Your pet will actually have the opportunity to get this specific disease; for example, Dr. Becker states that indoor cats are at very low risk or zero risk.
- The vaccine is 100% safe and effective (which unfortunately, according to Dr. Becker, many are not).
- If your pet has had adverse reactions to any vaccinations before, you shouldn’t give him/her any other vaccines.
- Research “vaccine detox” if you do decide to give your pet a vaccine.
You could also take a look at who produces specific vaccines recommended to your pets. For example, pharmaceutical giant Merck produces pet vaccines like Nobivac, commonly used to prevent rabies. However, Merck has also produced vaccinations for humans such as the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which has been under public scrutiny for false claims and adverse effects caused by the vaccine, including paralysis.
Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, a former physician who worked directly with Merck, stated:
The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless. Diane Harper, a major opinion leader in the United States, was one of the first to blow the whistle, pointing out the fraud and scam of it all. I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all time because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers. Gardasil is useless and costs a fortune! In addition, decision-makers at all levels are aware of it! Cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, paralysis of the lower limbs, vaccine-induced MS and vaccine-induced encephalitis can be found, whatever the vaccine.
To be clear, this article isn’t meant to vilify vets! Many vets may have absolutely no idea that pets can have adverse reactions to vaccines, similar to how many MDs are unaware of the harmful risks of vaccines given to human beings. That’s why it’s crucial that we educate ourselves on these topics and don’t just trust that the establishment will do so for us. It’s up to us to take our health as well as the health of our pets into our own hands!