Through this website we hope to reach the responsible dog owning community of Australia.
We want to encourage those who visit this site to consider all the available evidence on the risk/benefit ratio of vaccinating their dogs - with particular regard to 'booster' vaccinations.
Re-vaccination (or 'Boosters') is a topic of great controversy within the veterinary profession.
We believe that as consumers of veterinary services, you have the right to know of this controversy and why it exists - yet the chances are that your veterinarian is not telling you about it.
We believe that without this information, dog owners cannot make a fully informed decision on the preventative health care needs of their companion animals.
We define over-vaccinating as any vaccination in excess of what is necessary to prevent disease when this also has the proven potential to cause serious adverse reactions and/or chronic health problems in our dogs.
There is compelling anecdotal evidence that over-vaccination is causing health problems in many of our dogs. This anecdotal evidence is supported by the findings of Veterinary Researchers.
Health problems attributed to vaccination include but are not limited to - seizures, encephalitis, allergies, skin problems, nasal and eye discharge, cancers, gastro-intestinal problems, various auto-immune diseases, thyroid and adrenal gland problems, etc. These health problems are increased when vaccines are given too frequently.
There is also evidence that re-vaccination is not even necessary for ongoing protection against those diseases being vaccinated against.
It has been shown that the minimum duration of immunity following vaccination against the core canine viral diseases is 9 years, and it is believed this immunity actually lasts for the lifetime of the dog. This evidence comes from the Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). Their reports was published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice : Vol 51 : June 2010, and should soon be available to download from the WSAVA website at http://www.wsava.org/
Please refer to the Links section on this site for sources of the above claims. If you are unable to trace sources of any claims made in this website from the links provided on the Links page, then please contact us and we will respond by providing the reference/s. (Some references cannot be reached by 'links' as they are contained in published scientific research papers but not reproduced on websites).
We are concerned that too few dog owners know about the federally run Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP), and we are concerned that too many dogs are being vaccinated when they are not technically 'healthy'. According to vaccine manufacturers' labels, unless a dog is healthy it should not be vaccinated.
We are concerned that adverse reactions to vaccinations are under reported, and we are concerned that veterinarians typically deny any relationship between the development of an unexpected health problem following recent vaccination and attribute classic adverse reactions, e.g. facial swelling, to some unrelated cause.
If an owner suspects a possible adverse reaction to vaccination, or any other veterinary product, they do not need a veterinarian to concur with their suspicion,owners can themselves file a report with the AERP.
Reports can be submitted, online, through this link https://services.apvma.gov.au/AerpWebApp/
Veterinarians who are aware of the risks from over-vaccination urge that a dog which is stressed, which is under a general anesthetic or immediately following surgery, which has a chronic illness, allergies, is on treatment for an infection or has a history of immune system disorder, etc. is not technically ‘healthy’. In these states a dog's immune system is either not functioning at its peak, or is 'busy' dealing with another challenge.
All vaccine manufacturers state that their product should only be given to dogs which are ‘Healthy’.
A multi-component live virus vaccine, i.e. a C3 or C5, is itself a robust challenge to the immune system, and when given on top of other existing factors, it can prove too much for the dog to cope with.
We are concerned because many of us remember that before the days of mass vaccination, typical rural and urban dogs acquired natural immunity and lived healthy lives for 15, 16 or 17 years. They were not fed from a can or a packet, and unless they were injured, they almost never saw a veterinarian because they didn't get sick.
Our own species is not considered in need of multi-component live virus vaccines every twelve months throughout our lives - why are they given to our dogs?
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