Vaccination of Dogs and Cats - Very Important Information


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
If you want to travel within EU its acceptable to vaccinate against Rabies every 3 years , although some vets still maintain it at 1 year.
Rabies vaccine should be safe if administered at 4 months of age, its also done at 3 months in exceptional cases but I try to avaoid this whenever possible. The first vaccine should not cause any issues, for subsequent vaccines you can use homeopathic remedies should something happen. Thuja is a great remedy but over the years I learned that homeopathy shouldn't be used in "one size fits all manner". therefore I use homeopathy only if vaccinosis develops.
We have a group of remedies known as “vaccinosis remedies,” including silica, sulphur, mezereum, apis, sarsaparilla, etc.
Curing the vaccinosis state, like curing any chronic disease state, takes careful recognition of the patient’s symptoms, indicating how he is not well, and matching that ill state to a remedy capable of causing such a state, if it were taken in crude doses repeatedly.

When it comes to other vaccines- I recommend doing proper core immunization, Parvo, Distemper, CHV and Lepto. My protocol is to vaccinate at 8 weeks of age, booster after a month and then last booster after 6.5 months of age. This should give solid immunity that should last for years. We have a scientific proof now that immunity with these core vaccines ( except Leptospira whcih is the only bacterial diseases among those mentioned ) lasts for 3 years and possibly even much more. I recommend doing titer test after 3 years and then act accordingly. However reliability of leptospira vaccine has been subject of heated deate for years. I know for sure that none of the dogs I tested so far has satisfactory levels of antibodies 1 year after the vaccination. But I dont have large enough sample statistically speaking.
On the other hand i recently checked Rabies antibody titer in dog that hasn't been vaccinated for 7 years. Mandatory level for EU travel is minimum 0.5 umol/L - loo and behold this dog had 1.5umol/L!


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
It seems the winds are changing
The Canine Vaccination Guidelines within the WSAVA Guidelines for the Vaccination of Dogs and Cats state that, while antibody testing still can be relatively expensive, “The principles of ‘evidence-based veterinary medicine’ suggest that testing for antibody status (for either puppies or adult dogs) should be better practice than simply administering a vaccine booster on the basis that this would be ‘safe and cost less.’”

Some dogs maintain antibodies for their entire lives to canine distemper, canine parvovirus, and canine adenovirus, said Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, professor of immunology and founding chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and an author of the WSAVA and AAHA guidelines.

In his controlled studies, he has found that dogs maintain immunity to CDV, CPV-2, and CAV seven to nine years after vaccination, as proved by protection against virulent challenge. He said, “The presence of active antibody response to these viruses is a clear indication of protection. There is no confusion on this point.”


Padawan Learner
FOTCM Member
Thank you so much for the detailed information. I buy my dog vaccine at a veterinary supply store. I got his distemper/ parvo shot for $15 and administered it myself whereas it would have cost well over $250 at the vet. His last shot was around 3 years ago. I am in Canada and a lot of people are going to the veterinary supply pharmacy because the vets are just out of control with their fees . The only thing they won't dispense is the rabies vaccine because by law it has to be administered by a licensed vet. But it sounds like that's no loss because it is not needed anyway.


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
I disagree rabies vaccine is not needed. There is a solid body of evidence suggesting it provides good protection against this disease. In some countries its been almost completely eradicated thanks to oral bait vaccine given to wildlife. Rabies is terrible disease and the vaccine if properly used is pretty safe. In any case, I would rather have my dogs suffering side effects form the vaccine than risk them contracting this disease or even worse transmitting it to any human.

I know prices in America for vet services are high but 250 for vaccination visit sounds exaggerated. Information I have is that you can get it for 60$ on average. I dont think self administering vaccines is a good idea, for many reasons.


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Autism Symptoms in Pets Rise as Pet Vaccination Rates Rise

Just as the incidence of Autism-Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) has risen alarmingly in children over the last half century, there is evidence that similar behavioral disorders have been observed in pets, most widely reported among pet dogs. It is too early for mainstream veterinary authorities to confidently confirm that dogs can develop autism, but there are numerous reports of behavior patterns in pets that mirror autism behavior in children. Studies are underway to evaluate the possibility that animals can become autistic.1

Autistic Behaviors Recognized in Dogs
Though the appearance of autism-like behaviors has been observed in dogs since the mid 1960s, the first researcher to specifically relate some of those behaviors to autism was Nicholas Dodman, DVM, who initially set out in 2011 to look for a genetic cause of obsessive tail chasing in bull terriers. This behavioral characteristic has been observed in as many as 85 per cent of a bull terrier litter and often results in self-maiming.

Presenting the evidence from his study at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Dr. Dodman reported an autism-like condition, noting that “the vast majority of affected dogs were males, and many had other strange behaviors or physical conditions that accompanied the tail chasing, such as explosive aggression, partial seizures, phobias, skin conditions, gastrointestinal issues, object fixation and a tendency to shy away from people and other dogs.”2 He and his associates were further able to establish that two biomarkers common to children with autism were also present in the affected dogs.3

Referencing diagnostic criteria from the American Academy of Pediatrics, some of the most commonly recognized features of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children include challenges associated with social interactions and communication, and “restrictive and repetitive interests and activities;”4 boys are five times more likely than girls to have ASDs; and autism in humans also is frequently associated with aggression, gastrointestinal and skin disorders, and object fixation.5 6

Solid research is lacking in the field of canine autism, but a collaborative study called Canines, Kids and Autism: Decoding Obsessive Behaviors in Canines and Autism in Children” is currently underway in hopes of shedding light on the condition as it occurs in children and pets.7 Funded by The American Humane Association, researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are hoping to develop a genetic test for autism that will benefit both humans and animals.8

“Canine Dysfunctional Behavior” May Be Autism
Though most animal behaviorists still prefer to categorize animals with these traits as having “canine dysfunctional behavior” rather than “autism,”9 those who concede the condition may in fact be autism describe the condition as both “idiopathic,” meaning the cause is unknown, and congenital,” meaning the puppies are born with autism behaviors rather than developing autism sometime after birth. Theorizing that the syndrome may be caused by a “lack of mirroring neurons in the brain,” studies also suggest that autism may appear in puppies as a result of parental exposure to toxins or unnecessary vaccines.10

Adverse Reactions to Vaccines in Dogs
From paralysis to seizures, and from immune-mediated hemolytic anemia to injection-site fibrosarcomas, adverse reactions to vaccination are not uncommon in pets. Often attributable to annual vaccinations that some veterinarians consider totally unnecessary, vaccine reactions also may lead to allergies, skin problems, behavioral changes, and autoimmune diseases.11

Behavioral Changes Following Vaccination
Some of the most common behavioral changes are associated with the rabies vaccine, which is the only vaccine federally mandated for pets and must be re-administered at least every three years if not annually, depending on how the vaccine is labeled. Usually the two vaccines are identical, but a vaccine labeled for one year must be given annually, even if it is exactly the same dosage and formulation as one labeled as a three-year vaccine.12

Many veterinarians now agree that, as a general rule, dogs who have been vaccinated once tend to retain immunity for the rest of their lives, as can be confirmed through titer testing,13. However, no such testing is considered acceptable proof for opting out of the required rabies vaccine,14 so the immune systems of pets are artificially manipulated with the rabies vaccine time and again throughout their lives.

Reported changes following rabies vaccination may include those that mimic early symptoms of rabies itself such as increased aggression toward humans and other pets, loss of affectionate behaviors, excessive barking, and destructiveness.15 Such behavioral changes are often attributed to “Rabies Miasm,” a term used to describe an underlying disease process, in this case a condition akin to a mild form of “chronic rabies.”16

Could There Be Another Explanation?
Interestingly, many of those same “rabies-like symptoms” also mimic the ones described in discussions of canine autism.

Globally, the animal vaccine industry has been valued at $6.27 billion in 2015 and, at a calculated annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9 per cent, it is expected to rise to $11.40 billion by 2024.17 North America and, particularly, the United States remains the lead market for animal vaccines, accounting for 37 percent of the total. Much of that market is fueled by the human companion (pet) animal segment. There are more pets in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world and, coupled with strict regulations on vaccination of companion animals in this country, the pet vaccine market is not expected to decrease.

Given the current laws requiring annual or three-year repeat rabies vaccinations, and the routine veterinary practice of vaccinating pets annually, it may come as no surprise that we are seeing an increase of autoimmune disorders and autism-like behaviors in pets.


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
As far as the official medicine is concerned - the link between autism and vaccines in children has never been proven. Andrew Wakefield has been “discredited” and his research declared a fraud. This is what most mainstream doctors ( and vets believe) so it will be a long time before this will be accepted in mainstream veterinary science. Sad indeed.
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