Are You Over Vaccinating Your Dog? Update

I have been a Maltese breeder for 20 years. I am a breeder who believes it is vital for a client to be fully educated about vaccine concerns in order to make healthy and safe decisions concerning their new pet. My clients are aware of the dangers of yearly vaccines and have chosen veterinarians that have updated their protocol or who are willing to listen to their clients requests.

I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats.

Some of this information will present an ethical & economic challenge to Vets, and there will be skeptics. Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income vs. those concerned about potential side effects. Politics, traditions, or the doctor’s economic well-being should not be a factor in a medical decision.

Here are some facts I would like to share with you to help you understand our pets immune systems.

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 (I.e: 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 mothers 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 SUPRESS 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

Blood antibody testing provides good evidence that the rabies vaccine persists seven years post vaccination. The French proved in the early 1990’s that the shot lasted at least five years. The three year shot is only guaranteed for three years because that’s how long the manufacturer chose to test it. TESTING IS EXPENSIVE. UNFORTUNATELY, most laws require vaccination every three years and some locales even require annual or bi annual vaccination.

Everyone also needs to be aware that our small breeds of dogs receive the same dosage of vaccine as the larger breeds. There is mercury and aluminum in the vaccine that is very harmful and cause reaction. In some of the vaccines you can also find formaldehyde, BHA-BHT in addition to the viral antigen. I only give my puppies 2 doses of MLV (Dhpp) vaccine starting 11-12 weeks of age. Waiting till that age and then another vaccine given at 16 weeks subjects the puppy to 2 vaccines and not 3. It is recommended that another MLV (Dhpp) vaccine be given 1 year after the last vaccine date and that it gives LIFE TIME OF IMMUNITY


My Maltese live in my home and have a secured fenced yard. Understand that I have a better chance of winning the lottery then I do of my dogs contracting rabies. I have a much greater chance of adverse reactions caused by the vaccine. Reactions immediately or up to 3 days after the shot are vomiting, facial swelling, fever or lethargy, circulatory shock, loss of consciousness and death. Reaction days, weeks or months after the shot can cause Fibro sarcoma (cancer) at the injection site, seizures and Epilepsy, autoimmune diseases, including organ disease, allergies and skin problems, chronic digestive problems, muscle weakness and skin diseases like Ischemic.

There is much to learn concerning the harm vaccines can cause. Just recently videos have been created to explain in more depth what every pet owner needs to know.