Dr. Dodd's vaccination protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North
American veterinary schools.
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
NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY
"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 an 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 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 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 mo)
WILL PROVIDE LIFETIME IMMUNITY.
CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOGS
Distemper & Parvo
"According to Dr. Schultz, AVMA, 8-15-95, when a vaccinations series given at
2, 3 & 4 months and again at 1 year with a MLV, puppies and kitten program
memory cells that survive for life, providing lifelong immunity." Dr. Carmichael
at Cornell and Dr. Schultz have studies showing immunity against challenge at
2-10 years for canine distemper & 4 years for parvovirus. Studies for longer
duration are pending.
"There are no new strains of parvovirus as one mfg. would like to suggest.
Parvovirus vaccination provides cross immunity for all types." Hepatitis
(Adenovirus) is one of the agents known to be a cause of kennel cough. Only
vaccines with CAV-2 should be used as CAV-1 vaccines carry the risk of
"hepatitis blue-eye" reactions & kidney damage.
Bordetella Parainfluenza: Commonly called "Kennel cough" Recommended only
for those dogs boarded, groomed, taken to dog shows, or for any reason
housed where exposed to a lot of dogs. The intranasal vaccine provides more
complete and more rapid onset of immunity with less chance of reaction.
Immunity requires 72 hours and does not protect from every cause of kennel
cough. Immunity is of short duration (4 to 6 months).
VACCINATIONS NOT RECOMMENDED
Multiple components in vaccines compete with each other for the immune
system and result in lesser immunity for each individual disease as well as
increasing the risk of a reaction. Canine Corona Virus is only a disease of
puppies. It is rare, self limiting (dogs get well in 3 days without treatment).
Cornell & Texas A&M have only diagnosed one case each in the last 7 years.
Corona virus does not cause disease in adult dogs.
Leptospirosis vaccine is a common cause of adverse reactions in dogs. Most of
the clinical cases of lepto reported in dogs in the US are caused by serovaars
(or types) grippotyphosa and bratsilvia. The vaccines contain different
serovaars eanicola and ictohemorrhagica. Cross protection is not provided and
protection is short lived. Lepto vaccine is immuno-supressive to puppies less
than 16 weeks.