Vaccinations are an important topic about which pet owners much educate themselves. No pet owner wants their beloved pet to become sick with a serious disease; yet, neither do they want their pet to experience side effects from protocols meant to protect their pets from said diseases.
What is the Purpose of Pet Vaccinations?
Pet vaccinations are meant to protect pets, their owners, and other people and animals that come in contact with their pets. Rabies, for example, is a very serious disease. If your pet contracts rabies, you, your neighbor, your other pets or your neighbor’s pets are at risk for contracting rabies as well.
Kennel cough is another disease for which there is a vaccine. This disease is also communicable to other pets, especially in close quarters.
If the only issue were the protection of people and animals, pet vaccines would become a non-issue. However, protecting people and animals is only one aspect of pet vaccinations.
Pet Vaccinations – More than Simple Disease Prevention
Unfortunately, pet vaccinations, meant to maintain health, can cause mild to serious side effects and even death in some pets. These side effects can be devastating to animals and the owners who love them dearly. Obviously, death from a heath protocol is absolutely devastating.
Pet vaccinations also carry financial considerations for owners. As the number of vaccinations available grow, so do office visits for pets and financial burdens to owners. If a pet experiences side effects, there may be additional office visits and medication, increasing the overall cost of vaccinations.
Pet vaccinations cannot be a completely neutral “take care of the animals” issue since pet vaccinations are quite profitable for veterinarians and pharmaceutical companies.
Do I Have to Vaccinate My Pets?
Depending upon where you live and the living situation of your pet, some vaccines may be unavoidable.
If you need to board your pet, you will need to follow the regulations required by those who board your pet. If you show your pet, again, you will need to know and follow the regulations.
Different cities, counties, states and countries all have different laws and regulations regarding pet vaccinations. You need to inform yourself about what is required and what is optional. Do consider that someone who makes money from vaccinating your pet, or who has strong opinions about vaccines may overstate what is actually necessary for your pet. You may need to dig a little deeper for information that asking the receptionist at the nearest veterinary office, as the receptionist may have more understanding of typical protocol than what is required by law.
If your pet is always indoors or in your own fenced yard, you may have more leeway to decline vaccines. If you live on a farm and your dog runs free with potential access to others and potential exposure to wild animals, you need to consider your own liability if your dog should bite another person or pet and transfer a disease to them.
Pet Vaccine Side Effects
Side effects from vaccines can be acute and mild – swelling or pain at the vaccine site, fever, or temporary lethargy.
More serious side effects would include vomiting, diarrhea, temporary lameness and lack of appetite and weight loss.
Long term side effects can include permanent lameness, behavior changes, tumors, seizures and cancer.
Worst of all, not a few animals have died as the result of vaccinations.
Treating Vaccination Side Effects in Pets
There are natural remedies that can help with short and long term health problems caused by vaccines.
Charcoal is an anecdote to many poisons. It is easy to give pets in food or water. You will find more dosing information on this page.
Turmeric is a blood purifier and anti-inflammatory. It also helps with diarrhea. To find out how to dose turmeric for your dog or cat, visit this page.
Homepathic Thuja has worked well for many pet owners who beloved animals have experienced side effects from vaccinations.
Essiac tea has benefited countless people and animals with tumors, cancers and chronic health problems. It is not an expensive remedy and it is taken well by most pets.
Ideally, you will have these remedies on hand before you vaccinate your pet to be prepared to treat side effects.
Preventing Vaccination Side Effects in Pets
- Once you have determined which vaccinations are necessary for your pet, make wise decisions about when to get them.
- Never give your pet a vaccine when he is sick. If you take him to the vet when he is sick and he happens to be due for a vaccine, take him back for it when he is well. A sick pet needs his resources to heal. He won’t have much left to deal with the vaccination.
- Avoid multiple vaccinations at once. Again, you may end up having to take your pet to the vet more often, but it will be safer for your pet.
- Opt for later than earlier. The more age and size your puppy has, the better he will be able to cope with vaccines.
- Feed your pet a nutritious diet so he will be in the best shape to cope with vaccinations.
Has your pet experienced side effects from a vaccine? Please share your experience. Be as specific as you can – What is the age, breed and weight of your pet? Which vaccine(s) or booster shots did they get? What side effects did they experience? How did you treat the side effects?
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