An estimated 50 percent of families in the U.S. own a dog, and about one-third own a cat. If you fall into either of these categories, you are probably familiar with the annual notices you get from your vet, persistently reminding you to vaccinate your pet. But what they aren’t telling you, is that most vaccines provide your pet with lifetime immunity, eliminating the need to vaccinate year after year.
In fact, vaccinating your pet annually poses more risks than it does benefits, because like humans, vaccines cause chronic illness in pets, too. Itchy, allergic dogs are the number one reason pets visit the vet, says Will Falconer, DVM, a homeopathic veterinarian providing care in Central Texas.
Dr. Falconer is a conventional vet turned holistic, whose transformation occurred about seven years into his conventional practice. Though drugs and surgery appeared successful, a voice inside told him there must be something more, prompting him to move on.
Pet vaccines provide years or lifetime of immunity
Dr. Falconer began exploring chiropractic for animals, as well as proper nutrition, before becoming certified in homeopathy in 1992. On his “homeopathic honeymoon,” as he calls it, Dr. Falconer witnessed incredible results, even curing his own cat Cali, who had “a horribly infected uterus” after giving birth to kittens in the wild. It was then that he tossed the antibiotics for good, and never looked back.
Today, Dr. Falconer spends his time caring for pets in the Texas Hill Country, and penning articles with pet advice so that no one is excluded from the important information he has to share – including that over vaccination in pets may cause chronic illness and death.
The most common health problem Dr. Falconer sees in pets is allergies, which he says are caused by “immune confusion,” a man-made disease.
“When your dog’s immune system responds with a full-on inflammatory response that threatens to turn him into a bloody, itchy pulp, and that response continues into weeks and months and years, you’re seeing immune confusion,” says Dr. Falconer.
“When your loved one’s life is threatened by his immune system attacking his own red blood cells or platelets, you’re seeing immune confusion.” The immune system shouldn’t be attacking itself or overreacting to normal things, says Dr. Falconer. It should react strongly to a potentially dangerous virus however, but not fleas, foods or plants, he adds.
Dr. Falconer blames immune confusion on vaccines. “Immune systems are put into a state of confusion by vaccines whose sole purpose is to hype that very system.” Rather than be effectively immunized against real world viruses, vaccines result in chronic illness, including:
• flea allergy dermatitis
• atopic dermatitis
• food allergy dermatitis
• renal failure
• inflammatory bowel disease
• autoimmune hemolytic anemia
• autoimmune thrombocytopenia
Such illnesses can usually “be tracked back to one or two causes,” says Dr. Falconer: vaccines administered a month earlier, or “certain chemicals, most often the pesticide based heartworm ‘preventatives.'”
Trifexis, a chewable pill given to treat heartworms, fleas and other worms, is by far one of the most dangerous chemicals for pets, he says. Made by Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Co., Trifexis has been linked to death and illness in dogs, as it consists of two pesticides, one sourced in the U.S. and the other in China.
Why you should avoid pesticide-based drugs
Giving our animals pesticides is an awful idea, says Dr. Falconer, yet pharma companies are making billions off the drugs, with more than 50 million Trifexis doses sold in 2013.
Like vaccines, pesticide-based drugs pose more harm to your vets than they offer protection. True prevention is always the best treatment, says Dr. Falconer, referencing the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Prevention looks like this, he adds:
- Minimally vaccinate, if you choose to at all.
- Already dealing with The Itch? No more vaccines for this animal, ever. You’d be throwing fuel on the fire.
- Get heartworm pesticides out of the picture. Prevent heartworm without dangerous drugs.
- Feed your animals food that meets their genetic expectations. For the carnivores in your house, that means balanced raw food diets.
- Control fleas and ticks with time proven non-toxic methods.
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