How to Survive Your Dog’s Vet Visit without Having your Dog “Over-serviced”

This article will help you to save money at your dog’s next vet visit while keeping your dog healthy. Many of our adopters and volunteers have told us that this is invaluable information so we are making this available to the public as well, that’t we want you to know how do i stop my dog from barking at night.  This article contains a good deal of information and it is not our intention to overwhelm but to give you good resources when you need it. It is a good idea to review this this prior to your pet’s wellness visit with veterinary services. If you are adopting a dog from Save A Dog, it will help the adoption process to go faster as it will give you a good foundation as to our holistic protocol. At the humane society we talk to people every day who have lost a dog to cancer or some other disease that might have been prevented if only they had some truthful education as to some harmful ingredients that are contained in vaccines and commercial pet food. If you’re looking to purchase a home protection dog, check here at Spectrum Canine.

Dr. Jean Dodds, Veterinarian and Vaccine Researcher, developed a protocol that has been adopted by all 27 Vet teaching universities. Sadly, not all veterinarians have caught on because a large portion of their income is generated by vaccinations. We can’t stress this enough, you have to be your pet’s advocate when taking your dog to get a dog treatment in seattle wa. It’s hard to believe, but most Veterinarians these days will pressure you into extra vaccines that are actually harmful to your pet. Fear tactics are the norm, yet this fear-based medicine has no scientific validity whatsoever! It is strongly recommended that you do your homework first as many vaccines can actually be detrimental to your pet’s health. A good Web site that is written in layman’s terms is: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/petvacc.htm (developed by a different Shirley, but who has the same philosophy) as well as http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/ .
If your dog or pup needs the puppy boosters (DA2PP) never allow the Lepto vaccine to be added as it has the most adverse side effects and has caused deaths in dogs. If you’re worried about leptospirosis, Save A Dog will provide upon request, a lepto nosode, which is safe and gentle.

The only vaccine required by the state of MA is the Rabies vaccine.
If you adopt a puppy, wait at least a month after the final puppy booster before giving the Rabies vaccine, we at the vet clinic have Industrial Weighing Scales to weight dogs. This means not before your pup is at least five months old. You legally can wait until the pup is six months old. Once your pup gets his first rabies vaccine, it’s important to note the expiration date. In MA you have to renew it within a year in order to be put on the 3 year vaccine schedule for Rabies. If you allow the 1 year Rabies expire by even 1 day, your dog be required to receive another 1 year vaccine, so it’s important to note the date. Renewal on time means your dog receives a 3 year break between vaccinations. The Rabies vaccine contains aluminum hydroxide, which is a documented by the WHO as being a 3 out of 4 carcinogen! With such a dangerous ingredient – and a cancer epidemic — you don’t want to subject your pet to this vaccine too often. The vaccine can cause a fibrosarcoma on the site of the injection, especially in cats. All you have to do is “google” and you will find many stories about injection site fibrosarcomas. The following guidelines may save your pet’s life:
• Never allow anyone to vaccinate your dog if s/he is not in optimal health. This includes skin infections, ear infections, or bowel disturbances.
• Never allow vaccination just prior to or while your dog is undergoing surgery.
• Never allow two vaccines to be given at the same time, especially the rabies.

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Don’t Keep Subjecting Your Adult Dog to the Puppy Boosters!

If your dog is under the care of a veterinarian, you probably receive post card reminders listing “needed” vaccines. It is important to note that once your dog has finished his puppy boosters, the only vaccine required by law is the rabies vaccine. The distemper/parvo (DAPP) booster should NOT be repeated every year or every 3 years, as some vets recommend. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support a 3 year schedule for this vaccine. Parvo/Distemper vaccines should only be given to puppies (using Dr. Dodd’s protocol) and then you can have a titer test done if you feel it’s necessary. Dr Ronald Schultz, vaccine researcher and expert witness on vaccines, gives his puppies one vaccine at 15 weeks and then he titers the pup every 3 weeks afterwards. He has never had to give a second vaccine – not ever. Do not be pressured into the 3 year vaccine as an over-stimulated immune system can lead to auto-immune and other chronic diseases.

Dr. Ron Schultz and Dr. Scott reported back in l978 that vaccines were not needed yearly and if that was done, it was for the generation of revenue and the hook to grab clients, but never scientifically researched nor does it today fit evidence-based medicine.

Shocking revelation: although every vaccine manufacturer has completed studies as to length of immunity for their products and although every product has at least of 3 years protection…not one of these results has been published or publicly acknowledged until the 3 year recommendations came out from the AVMA, AAHA and AAFP. In other words manufacturers have always known these vaccines would generate immune titers for a lengthy amount of time and all at least 3 years and yet never informed the public, they also never completed any safety studies against carcinogenicity none for the multiple use of vaccines and year after year after year after year use of the ‘mumbo jumbo’ vaccine cocktail.
Isn’t it time to demand full disclosure on vaccines? It is your right! Do not be bullied into having your dog over-serviced by anyone who is profiting from that service and the ensuing repeat business. You are your dog’s ONLY advocate!

Annual Vaccines? NEVER! Here’s a quote, from Dr. Ronald Schultz and Tom Phillips, DVM, that appeared in Current Veterinary Therapy XI in 1992 (Dr’s. Schultz and Phillips are respected veterinary immunologists in the academic community): A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law (i.e., certain states require annual revaccination for rabies).

What the Experts Say about Vaccines

Leptospirosis vaccine: This vaccine does not protect your dog against contracting Leptospirosis because there are over 253 strains of lepto — vaccines protect against only three or four. As well, that vaccination does not prevent infection, but rather lessens the severity. Lepto vaccination also does not stop shedding of bacteria in the urine, meaning it doesn’t protect humans.
Most importantly, of all the bacterin vaccines, Leptospirosis causes the most adverse reactions.
The American Animal Hospital Association Guidelines for vets places Leptospirosis in their ‘non-core’ (optional) category, with special mention of its high incidence of post- vaccination reactions and advises that, “Annual boosters are not routinely recommended for all dogs. Vaccination should be restricted to use in areas where a reasonable risk of exposure has been established.”
Here’s something to think about. Rats carry the Lepto virus and you don’t see humans being vaccinated against Lepto and yet the human population is not beset with a Lepto outbreak. So why are vets pushing this vaccine on dogs? Should you give in, just to have a good relationship with your vet? A few years back the “annual distemper/parvo” vaccine was debunked by vaccine researchers and veterinary immunologists as being harmful to pets, so you might wonder if this is a business strategy to generate more business for vet hospitals.

Corona vaccine: The Fort Dodge first corona virus vaccine was not killed and the use of that product lead to many cases of vaccine induced encephalitis in the canine. Corona virus vaccine is a vaccine in search of a disease, we didn’t even need it, Europe never fell for that and the vaccine isn’t even available there. In the killed form as it is sold by Fort Dodge in the mumbo jumbo, this would not ever even protect a dog from corona virus if the corona virus even ever learned how to cause disease in a dog!

Canine Distemper vaccine: In the canine distemper vaccine using a canary pox vectored (recombinant DNA) not only allows you to immunize the puppies earlier without running into maternal immune derived interference but as in certain breeds like the Weimaraner, the puppy can survive the vaccination process! Dr. Schultz vaccinates his puppies once at 15 weeks and runs titers after that. What he advises the general public: As a general rule when a Modified Live Vaccine is given to a dog at 15 weeks of age, the vaccine acts as an innate, introduction and booster vaccine all at the same time. When using a Killed vaccine you always MUST use 2 doses and if an interval is longer than 6 weeks from 1 to 2 (booster) then the series must be redone. However, in Modified Live Vaccines it doesn’t matter how far you get apart you can still use the spaced interval (essentially because you don’t even need it if the pup is at least 15 weeks old).

Bordetella (kennel cough) Vaccine: Bordetella is not a disease you can prevent by vaccination.

What Dr. Schultz says about Veterinary Practices that Push Vaccines

For many veterinary practitioners canine vaccination programs have been “practice management tools” rather than medical procedures. Thus, it is not surprising that attempts to change the vaccines and vaccination programs based on scientific information have created great controversy and unique methods of resistance to the proposed changes have been and are being developed. For some practitioners the issues are not duration of immunity for the vaccines, nor which vaccines are needed for the pet, instead it is felt that every licensed vaccine should be given to every pet on an annual or more often basis. A “more is better” philosophy prevails with regard to pet vaccines. On many occasions practitioners say that “I know that many of the vaccines I administer probably aren’t needed, but it won’t hurt to give them and who know the animal may need them some time during their life because of unknown risk.” I have also been told by many practitioners that

“I believe the duration of immunity for some vaccines like distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis many years, but until I find another way to get the client into my office on a regular basis I’m going to keep recommending vaccines annually.”

Annual vaccination has been and remains the single most important reason why most pet owners bring their pets for an annual or “wellness visit.” The important of these visits for the health of the pet is exceptional. Therefore, dog owners must understand the vaccines are not the reason why their dog needs an annual wellness visit. Another reason for the reluctance to change current vaccination program is many practitioners really don’t understand the principles of vaccine immunity. Lot of pet owners are adopting CBD based products from companies like Holistapet that can increase immunity of the dogs and also help fight some diseases. o, you’re probably wondering if treats or oils are more effective for your dog, we offer the best cbd dog treats, many customers who use CBD dog treats and swear by the benefits they’ve seen in their dogs.
It will be necessary to correct many of these and additional misunderstanding by providing education to veterinary practitioners, kennel owners, and pet owners before significant changes in vaccination programs can or will occur to reduce the over-vaccination of both cats and dogs.

Dr. Schultz’s Vaccine Recommendation for Puppies
1. Canine Parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2);
2. Canine Distemper virus (CDV);
3. Canine Adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2);
4. Rabies Virus (RV).

When Do These Core Vaccines Need to be Given?
Vaccine expert Dr. Ronald Schultz recommends that puppies should be given at least one DAPP booster at 16 weeks of age or older. For shelter pups and pups from breeders, we follow Dr. Jean Dodd’s protocol, which has been adapted by vet teaching hospitals. It is important that if you follow this protocol, that the last dose be given at 14 to 18 weeks of age. Vaccines should never be given to pups under six weeks old. If vaccines are given to pups at six weeks, it is safer that they just get the simple DAPP or DA2PP and not the lepto combination vaccine. After the puppy series is completed, the standard recommendation is revaccination at 1 year, but we recommend doing a titer test instead. For rabies, vaccinate a year later (before the expiration date) so as to be put on the 3 year schedule for required Rabies vaccines.

Bordetella is not a vaccinatable disease, according to Dr. Ronald Schultz, leading vaccine expert! To prevent and cure kennel cough, it is best to build up your dog’s immune system with with a good diet and probiotics. Save A Dog carries an assortment of supplements, which is the best way to boost your dog’s immune system. For more information on the bordetella vaccine, see http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/bordatella-vaccination-dogs/ as well as http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2012/03/21/bordetella-does-your-dog-really-need-the-kennel-cough-vaccine/. We’ve experienced first-hand that this vaccine causes kennel cough and spreads it to other dogs.

Lyme disease vaccine causes heart disease and heart attacks in humans and was taken off the market in 2004. If it was determined to be unsafe for the human market, why is it okay to give to dogs? It offers only minimal protection and the side effects are worse than the actual disease. It is not worth the risk of heart disease and painful arthritis. Your dog will have better protection with a strong immune system. Dr. Patricia Jordan strongly warns against this vaccine due to the connection with heart disease and crippling arthritis.

Leptospirosis (Lepto), as added to the DAPP (distemper/parvo) vaccine, is very dangerous as it has the most adverse side effects of any other vaccine, including kidney failure. See http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/read-this-before-you-vaccinate-for-lepto/ for details on this dangerous vaccine.

Canine Influenza is not recommended as it damages your dog’s natural immunity. Homeopathic remedies are more effective if your dog comes down with the flu. There are only a handful of states affected by canine influenza and MA is not one of them.

Harmful Ingredients and their Side Effects

Vaccination and Brain Inflammation
A great number of studies have shown that when you vaccinate an animal, the body‘s inflammatory cytokines not only increase dramatically, but so do the brain‘s inflammatory chemicals. The brain has its own immune system that is intimately connected to the body‘s immune system. The main immune cell in the brain is called a microglia. Normally, these brain cells are lying throughout the brain in a resting state (called ramified). Once activated, they can move around, traveling between brain cells like amoeba (called amoeboid microglia).
In the resting state, they release chemicals that support the growth and protection of brain cells and their connections (dendrites and synapses). But when activated, they secrete a number of very harmful chemicals, including inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, complement, free radicals, lipid peroxidation products, and two excitotoxins — glutamate and quinolinic acid.
In essence, these brain immune cells are out to kill invaders, since the body‘s immune system sent an emergency message that an invasion had occurred. With most infections, this phase of activation last no more than a few days to two weeks, during which time the immune system successfully kills off the invaders. Once that is accomplished, the immune system shuts down to allow things to cool off and the brain to repair what damage was done by its own immune system.
Mercury and Aluminum
Most vaccines contain aluminum compounds. A multitude of studies have shown that aluminum, especially if combined with fluoride, is a powerful brain toxin and that it accumulates in the brain. With each vaccine injection, a dose of aluminum is given. These yearly aluminum inoculations accumulate not only at the site of the injection, but travel to the brain, where it enters neurons and glial cells (astrocytes and microglia). A number of studies have shown that aluminum can activate microglia and do so for long periods. This means that the aluminum in your vaccination is priming your microglia to overreact. The next vaccine acts to trigger the enhanced inflammatory reaction and release of the excitotoxins, glutamate and quinolinic acid.
You must also appreciate that any infection, stroke, head injury or other toxin exposure will also magnify this inflammatory brain reaction initially triggered by your vaccines. Studies have now indicated that the more one‘s immune system is activated the more like he or she will suffer from one of the neurodegenerative diseases.
Mercury is also a powerful activator of brain microglia and can do so in extremely low concentrations — in nanomolar amounts. Because of its numerous reactions with sulfhydral compounds in the body (which are ubiquitous), mercury can poison a number of enzymes, both systemically and in the brain. Of special concern is the ability of mercury, especially ethyl mercury (the kind found in vaccines called thimerosal) to inhibit the regulation of brain glutamate levels. (It does this by inhibiting the glutamate transfer proteins that control the removal of glutamate from outside the neuron, where it does its harm.) In essence, mercury, in the concentrations being injected with vaccines, triggers excitotoxicity, increases brain free radicals and lipid peroxidation products, inhibits critical brain enzymes, inhibits antioxidant enzymes and impairs DNA repair ability. The flu vaccine contains enough mercury to do all of these things. You must keep in mind that each flu vaccine adds to the mercury supplied by your last vaccine — that is, it is progressively accumulating in your brain.
In addition, the aluminum in the vaccines also primes microglia, and when combined with mercury is infinitively more toxic to the brain. Now, if this is not enough, we also have to consider the contamination of vaccines with foreign viruses and viral components. Studies have shown that this is not a rare occurrence, with up to 60% of vaccines being contaminated in one study of several major manufactured vaccines. When confronted with this fact, vaccine proponents just shrug their shoulders and say — “We don‘t think these things are harmful.”
Dr. Alice Wolf, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, stated in an address (Vaccines of the Present and Future http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00141.htm) at the 2001 World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress: “The recommendation for annual revaccination is a practice that was ‘officially’ started in 1978. This recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently.” She also stated that “some veterinarians use the recommendation for vaccinations as a way to ensure client visits for yearly examinations and, least appropriate, as a ‘profit center.’”
According to Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital (http://www.geocities.com/kremersark/CSAP.html http://www.calmanimalcare.com/vaccine.htm), “Yearly booster vaccine recommendations for vaccines other than rabies virus have been determined arbitrarily by manufacturers.” The AAHA’s guidelines state “There is no scientific basis for the recommendation to revaccinate dogs annually with many of the current vaccines that provide years of immunity.”


The statement stresses AVMA’s stance on education, a reduction in the profession’s dependence on vaccine sales, which account for a significant portion of practice income.
Practitioners and scientists like Glickman theorize the repeated use of vaccines breed antibodies that can attack a host’s own organs, causing autoimmune disease. Schultz argues that many annual vaccines remain effective throughout a lifetime; at least one of his reports successfully challenges a distemper vaccine after seven years. But despite all the research, it wasn’t until veterinarians started noting soft-tissue sarcoma developing at vaccine injection sites in cats that the issue sparked widespread debate.
AVMA admits that the practice of annual vaccinations is based on historic precedent and not research.
‘In the 1970s, there were four vaccines for dogs and we weren’t using them often. Now there are 16 vaccines for dogs, and if they’re not getting them annually, they’re getting them more often than that.’ (quote from Dr. Ronald Schultz)
AVMA refuses to reveal much concerning its position prior to publication, but according to Galvin, the statement offers advice for veterinarians and proposes the following:
* Veterinarians must promote the value of the exam and move away from their dependence on vaccine income.

Vaccines Cause Cancer and Auto-immune Diseases
Fears of vaccine-induced diseases date back more than 40 years. But a sharp increase during the past decade in cancerous tumors among cats, between the shoulder blades where vaccines typically are injected, has spurred studies. Some have found a higher-than-expected incidence of side effects. “We see health problems in dogs for which we have no explanation. The classic one is autoimmune disease,” says Larry Glickman, professor of epidemiology at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Ind., who is studying possible links with vaccinations. “We see an epidemic of hyperthyroidism in cats today, and we suspect that these are happening because we’re over-vaccinating our pets.”
Dr. Glickman and his colleagues theorize that repeated vaccination causes dogs to produce antibodies against their own tissue. The antibodies are caused by contaminants in the vaccine introduced in the manufacturing process. While the amounts are minuscule, they gradually accumulate with repeated vaccinations over the years. But Dr. Glickman cautions that more research is needed before a clear link can be established between antibody levels and autoimmune disease.
In 1999 the WHO named the veterinary vaccine adjuvant a grade 3 out of 4 carcinogen, with four being the most carcinogenic. The adjuvant identified is aluminum hydroxide, a component of most of the currently used veterinary vaccines. Immuno-supression and genetic mutations of the patient’s p53 onco gene are both routes to cancer via vaccine administration.


W. Jean Dodds, DVM
11561 Salinez Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
E-mail: hemopet@hotmail.com

Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

Age of Pups Vaccine Type

9 – 10 weeks

14 weeks

16 -18 weeks (optional)

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law

1 year (You can opt for a titer test instead)

1 year

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet
Progard Puppy DPV)
Same as above

Single Parvovirus, MLV. Note: new research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks.

Rabies; mercury-free (TF). Note: give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccinations.

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV) or titer. This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.

Rabies; 3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF). Note: give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccinations.

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit: www.rabieschallengefund.org

Warning Regarding “Annual” and “3-Year” Distemper
More than a few years ago all 27 Veterinary teaching hospitals changed their protocol for the distemper vaccine. Studies show that it not only does NOT provide additional protection after a year, but that it can cause damage to your dog’s health. We follow Dr. Jean Dodd’s protocol.

Don’t be pressured into giving this potentially dangerous vaccine if your dog has already had it as an adult. You can always request a titer test if you have concerns about his/her protection against distemper. We have seen too many dogs die from the subsequent diseases that this vaccine causes.

Dr. Jean Dodd’s Vaccine Protocol
“Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces immunity, which is good for the life of the pet (ie: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper).

If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not “boosted” nor are more memory cells induced.”

Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.”

There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines. Puppies receive antibodies through their mother’s milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced.”

Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system.

A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year, 4 months) will provide lifetime immunity.”

A Homeopathic Perspective on Immunity: Many homeopathic vets, especially in Europe, will opt for nosodes instead of vaccines. Here’s an excerpt from George MacLeod, DVM a well-known homeopathic vet from Great Britain, from his book Dog Homeopathic Remedies: There is a fundamental difference between conventional vaccination by injection and that using the oral route. The former involves the subcutaneous or intramuscular injection of an antigen (vaccine material) which after an interval produces antibodies in the bloodstream against the particular antigen. While in most cases by this method a degree of protection against the particular disease is established, the procedure can be criticized on two grounds: 1, The defense system of the body is not fully incorporated by this means and 2, there is a risk of side effects due to the foreign nature of the protein involved in the vaccine material. This aspect of conventional vaccination has been well-documented in many species. Oral vaccination on the other hand gives a more solid immunity inasmuch as it incorporates the entire defense system, which is mobilized as soon as the vaccine is taken into the mouth and builds up protection with each further dose. This build-up leads on from the tonsillar tissue through the lymphatics incorporating the entire reticulo-endothelial system. This procedure is equivalent to what is known as “street infection” viz. ingestion of virus etc. during daily contact with other animals, when immunity would be built up in the same way. Another advantage in protection by homeopathic means is that vaccination can be started very early in the puppy’s life, e.g. within the first week if necessary. This does not interfere with the presence of any maternal antibodies. Our vet recommends starting pups on nosodes and then giving the injectable vaccine at 12 weeks.

Other Ways to Save $$$ in Vet Costs
Buy ½ the Recommended Heartworm Preventative Medicine. Vets sell this medicine in a monthly dose, but studies show that Interceptor has a reach-back effect of 60 days or more. Heartworm pills can only be purchased with a vet’s prescription. We recommend starting with the Heartgard once a month for the first six months if your dog originated from a heartworm endemic area, then retest and put on Interceptor Plus. Interceptor is also bundled into Sentinel.
Note that Collies and mixed breed Collies and Australian Shepherds are very sensitive to Ivermectin, so do not use Heart Guard on these breeds. See http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/ for more information.

Do Not Buy Vet-supplied Flea and tick preventatives. We do NOT recommend ANY “spot on” flea or tick products on a regular basis. We do not recommend using Frontline or Advantix or any flea/tick drops as they put pesticides in your dog’s blood stream and these companies are being investigated by the EPA. http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/pets.htm. The FDA finally issued a warning that these products (Bravecto, Nexgard, Simparica) will cause neurological damage and seizures. https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm620934.htm

There is also a connection between these products and cancer. To see an article on the link between lymphoma and flea and tick products, see http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/pestcontrol.htm .Also note the lethal effect these products have on humans: http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/pets/execsum.asp. Spot-on flea/tick products do not prevent a tick from biting. Chewable pesticides such as Nexgard and Bravecto contain warnings by the FDA.

Safer products: It’s better to use a safe product such as Evictors, a product that we’ve used effectively against ticks. We sell the cedar spray at Save A Dog for as low as $10. You can buy it online. A good article to read on ticks and Lyme disease is http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/ticks-natural-prevention/ . Also, brewer’s yeast and garlic supplement will naturally repel insects. We sell the Bug Off Garlic made by springtimeinc.com or you can order it online. See our hand outs for more information on treating Lyme homeopathically.
Do Not Buy Dog Food from the Grocery store or the Vet! Most vet-supplied dog food is not good for your dog’s health. For example, did you know that Hills Prescription Diet contains a cancer-causing preservative called ethoxoquin. Just because you don’t see it listed as an ingredient doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Look for foods that use Vitamin E as a preservative. Most vets are simply not taught nutrition at vet school because the big pet food companies, such as Purina Ralston, have their own reps that come in and “teach” the vets about what is recommended by the AAFCO, The Association of American Feed Control Officials. The AAFCO advisors and committee members include representatives from major feed manufacturers and ingredient suppliers such as Nestle Purina, Hills Pet Nutrition, Nutro Products and Cargill Animal Nutrition. Despite this, AAFCO claims that its function is to protect the consumer. Despite its regulations, AAFCO has no means of enforcement, nor do they perform any analytical testing of foods. Regardless, AAFCO’s regulations are adopted by most states and are the standard to which pet and livestock feed manufacturers must adhere.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is responsible for regulating pet foods, but this is like the fox guarding the chicken coop. When Purina got caught putting euthanized pets in the pet food, the FDA said it was okay to have a set number of parts-per-billion of the euthanasia drug, sodium pentobarbital, in the food.

Food: Do’s and Don’ts: Firstly you must need to know how much raw food my dog needs and then dog should be on a high quality food so that s/he grows and develops a strong immune system. When selecting a high quality food, avoid “by-products” and corn-wheat-gluten diets as they are just fillers and won’t give your dog what he needs to develop normally. The better quality food (human grade is preferred), the less you will have to spend on his vet care later in life. We recommend a diet of fresh food, or home cooked meals supplemented. We do NOT recommend Iams or Purina or Pedigree or Science Diet or many kibble diets because of the heavy corn base, foreign ingredient, chemicals, and even euthanized pets which lead to chronic health disease. See http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com and join their email list for updates on pet food. Avoid Hill’s brand food as it contains ethoxoquin, a preservative which is a known carcinogen. See http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/misinformation-about-ethoxyquin-from-pet-food.html . Also http://www.critterchat.net . We feed Eagle Pack Chicken Holistic Select if a dog is just coming off Purina, but strongly urge our adopters to transition to Fromm soon after.

A raw diet, after the dog has a good foundation on probiotics, is best. Dogs have powerful digestive juices which can break down bones, so they need to have a source for fresh meat to keep their organs healthy.

If your dog has an upset stomach, canned pumpkin or slippery elm in the food works great. It is best to feed a bland diet if your dog has an upset stomach. See http://www.holvet.net/slippery_soup.html for more information and helpful hints.
Try to Avoid NSAIDs: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are used to control pain and inflammation. Most have potential life-threatening side effects. http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/nsaid/nsaidspage.html . You can use the Tumeric Formula sold by Save A Dog and Whole Foods. It is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. The protein, duck, is anti-inflammatory. Homeopathic Arnica is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Homeopathy is safe and inexpensive.
Try to Avoid Antibiotics: It is common knowledge that the excessive use of antibiotics will lead to antibiotic-resistant diseases. Antibiotics are suppressive and can drive a disease deeper into the body. Healing should be from the inside out, and true inner healing will often manifest itself on the skin, which is the last organ that may show any sign of the disease. Too many pet owners panic when they see a skin issue and resort to antibiotics, and this sends the disease in the reverse direction, back inside the body where it reaches the vital organs. Hering’s Law of Cure states that the body heals from the inside to the outside. Dr. Constantine Hering brought homeopathy to America. We could learn so much from this simple principle. http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_info/constantine_hering.html
Hering’s motto was: “The force of gentleness is great.”

How to Keep Your Dog Healthy
Feed a Healthy Diet of as much fresh food as you can afford.
Give Vitamins.
Use Natural Herbs and Remedies. Most are inexpensive and will save you a visit to the vet. Homeopathic Apis, for example, will treat allergic reactions to bee stings and other causes. Ledum is wonderful for insect bites as it cleanses and purifies the blood. It’s great for dog bites as well.

Give Probiotics. Probiotics are gut-friendly living bacteria that are found naturally in a healthy digestive tract. They can be found in food such a yogurt, although they are not numerous enough in yogurt to colonize the guts of animals effectively. High-quality powdered supplements in powdered form are more effective for therapy as they are far more concentrated. Each teaspoon contains literally millions of good bacteria.

Probiotics improve the health of the digestive tract by changing gut acidity, aiding digestion, and helping to detoxify harmful substances. They boost the dog’s immunity and actively produce antibiotic substances. They are particularly crucial for dogs that have been on a poor diet and for stressed dogs. They are also helpful after the use of antibiotics, steroids, or anti-inflammatory agents.
• Probiotics may be useful in chronic skin disease, allergies, arthritis, cystitis, candidiasis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and some forms of cancer (Chaitow and Trenev, 1990). RxVitamins sells RxBiotics in powdered form.
• Diarrhea: supplementation can help rebalance the population of bacteria that are affected by acute and chronic diarrhea.
• Before switching a dog to the raw diet, it is recommended that you build the dog up on probiotics first especially if the dog has had recent vaccines.

Avoid chemicals. Try to avoid putting anything of a chemical or synthetic nature into your dog. Also avoid lawn chemicals. Even fertilizer can be harmful. Stay organic and your dog will live long and love you for it.
What Service Do You Need at Your Pet’s Wellness Exam?
1. A complete physical exam to detect any obvious health issues and to provide the vet a baseline for future exams.
2. A heartworm/lyme test. Most vets perform a 4DX snap test to determine is your dog has a tick- or mosquito-borne disease. The 4DX test is to test for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. If your dog is over 6 months old and is recently adopted, s/he might already have had this test.
3. A CBC (chemical blood profile) is your dog is approaching middle or senior age or if you suspect any underlying health issues.
4. C6 test (if your dog tests positive for Lyme disease, you will want to know specifics on what the dog’s antibody levels are and this serves as a baseline for you to determine if treatment was effective or not. More below:
This test is called a Quantitative C6 and takes about 1 week for results. It actually quantifies the antibody level, or gives a specific number of antibodies. Based on this, we can determine if treatment is recommended. The Quantitative C6 also gives us a baseline for future monitoring, allowing us to determine if treatment was effective, or if it needs to be performed or redone in the future.
The key point about this C6 quantitative test is that the level correlates with the level of circulating antigen-antibody complexes, which are the components thought to cause the dog significant pathology, such as life-threatening kidney disease.
5. We also recommend a urine test to check for protein in the urine. This includes a full urinalysis and quantitative protein check if necessary. This is recommended as a screen for Lyme nephritis (kidney disease), especially in high risk breeds such as Labs, Golden Retrievers and Shelties. This test costs approximately $55. This test also provides other valuable information on general health.
6. Heartworm preventive pills (only available from your vet or by prescription). Generally Interceptor is recommended over Heartgard as it’s safer for Collie and Australian Shepherd breeds and it has a further reach-back effect. If your dog is from a heartworm endemic region, check with your vet as you may have to go with a preventive that is effective against heartworms in that region.

If you’re worried about lyme disease, you can request additional articles on the most effective prevention and treatment of lyme disease. Send your dog to an emergency pet care center immediately when signs of disease begin to manifest. Send an email to adoptions@saveadog.org for more information.

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  1. April 3 2021 I just read through this valuable information again looking for Lepto information. I made a remark on my FB that I would not authorize my vet to vaccinate my Lab mix (10 years old) for the recommended Lepto vax yesterday. One of my dog friends strongly disagreed with me saying that she has all her dogs vaccinated for it because she felt getting Lepto would be much more severe than possible side effects of getting the shot. So we disagreed. I’ll forward this long article to my Face Book site so everyone can understand better. Thank you for being there for us all these years. I started a Dane rescue back in 1998 and have been telling your name for many years. :-) Midge Kelly in Haslet, Texas

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