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Last updated:
December 24, 2008

Interesting Quotes:

"In the last 4-5 years, parvovirus in the US has been the biggest problem for kennels, even in vaccinated dogs."
(Foster-Smith Pet
Catalog, Vol. 03-57)


"She was a seven-month-old, gorgeous, taupe-colored devil in dogs clothing. But I loved her."
(Paul Loeb)


"The diet of our companion animals is deplorable. So many dogs and cats eat out of bags full of poor ingredients, rancid fats and powerful preservatives."
(Don Hamilton, DVM
from Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs)


Command; he thee obeys most readily.
Strike him; he whines and falls down at thy feet.
Call him; he leaves his game and comes to thee
With wagging tail,
offering his service meek.

If so thou wilt, a collar he will wear;
And when thou wish to take it off again,
Unto thy feet he crouchest down most fair,
As if thy will were all his good and gain.
(J. Molle)


"The more confidence you have in your dog, the more he will believe in you."
(From: Smarter Than You Think, by Paul Loeb)


"The housebound dog leads a stressed existence. It cannot express its natural behaviors: stalking, chasing, exploring, investigating."
(From: The Dog's Mind, by Bruce Fogle)





Vaccinations: Ineffective?  Harmful?

'No, I do NOT want a vaccination!'

After our puppies contracted Parvo this summer (2002), we were compelled to come to a few additional conclusions on the vaccination issue:

Conclusion #1:  Nobody has the answers.
Even most conventional veterinarians will agree that:
  a) vaccines are not 100% effective,
  b) a vaccine can cause the very disease it is intended to prevent,
  c) vaccines weaken the immune system,
  d) vaccines carry a risk of future chronic diseases, especially if given year after year,
  e) a certain percentage (though small) of patients will even die as a result of the vaccine.

But vaccines have been given the credit for stimulating the production of antibodies that will provide the immunity against disease.  Many veterinarians and breeders swear that vaccines work. Others say they do not.  One breeder sums it up: "I have not vaccinated for over thirty years now and am currently in my 5th generation of unvaccinated dogs.  Back when I was vaccinating, I lost pups to Parvo and had nothing but trouble, so stopped vaccinating and have had no problems since."

Pretty "Luka"

Conclusion #2:  Nosodes are not 100% effective either, or at least they weren't for us last summer.  Maybe the situation would have been even worse if the pups had not had the nosodes?  Who can say?  Again, no answers.

Conclusion #3:  Adult dogs do not need to be vaccinated for Parvo! This is an important conclusion, and one that we can say for certain.  We have several dogs, as you know from meeting them all on this Web site.  Our two little Cattle Dogs, ages 14 months and 16 months, neither one of whom had even had puppy shots (nosodes, yes), did not get sick.  Our other dogs have had no vaccines (except Rabies) since we brought them home as little puppies.  Again, not one of our adult dogs got sick.

I asked my conventional vet:

Me:  What happens if your unvaccinated adult dog is exposed to Parvo?

Vet:  Probably nothing.  He might vomit a little bit, maybe a little diarrhea; you probably won't even notice anything.

I wasn't in the mood to argue, so I left it at that, but the question that begs to be answered is "Then why do veterinarians insist on vaccinating for these puppyhood diseases year after year after year with probable harm to their patients and no benefit??"

Our puppies were six weeks old when the first pup went "down."  So the recommended six-to-nine week shot wouldn't have helped them anyway.

Five out of our eight puppies were saved, and we thank the Good Lord for helping us see them through.  We administered electrolytes SubQ and homeopathic remedies.  One puppy - Lara - didn't really get sick at all.  There's usually one pup in a litter that has a sort of natural immunity.

So what to do?  Vaccinate at five weeks?  (That's so young.)

It is heartbreaking to loose a puppy, an awful and stressful experience to go through.  There is a ray of sunshine: you know that the pups that survived are the stronger ones, are 100% recovered and will carry a lifetime of immunity to the disease, as well as, in the case of females, have immunity to pass along to any puppies they may have in the future.

Our plans for the next litter we have will be to vaccinate (for Parvo only) at 5-1/2 weeks old (oh, that's sooo young!), administer homeopathic remedies to counteract possible side affects, and give nosodes starting at three weeks old.

Conclusion #4:  Parvo is not necessarily fatal.  This disease, though devastating, can be treated successfully with 100% recovery in the surviving pups.  The main thing is to catch it early.  If you notice that a puppy is "down" - not eating, playing, interacting exactly like his/her littermates - there may be something amiss; spring into immediate action; talk to your vet.

Please feel free to call us if you find yourself in this situation, if you have questions and/or need support.  We've been there and are willing to pass along encouragement, sympathy and any information that we've found helpful.

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Vaccinations:  Ineffective?  Harmful?

"I think that vaccines, justly credited as the tamers of disease epidemics, are nevertheless the leading killers of dogs and cats in America today."  Martin Goldstein, D.V.M.

Am I a "vaccine rebel"?  Perhaps you could say that.  But wait, the evidence against vaccines is compelling - and scary!  Allow me to present 'the other side of the story.'  Then make up your own mind for your puppy or dog (and yourself and your family).

Let's start with a few quotes from leading veterinarians, doctors and researchers from around the country:

Luka's fluffed-out first winter coat

"One of the saddest things in our practice is to restore a dog's health (sometimes after prolonged and careful work) only to have the animal suffer a relapse and go into a decline after we acquiesce to a required rabies vaccine."  Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M.

When asked if he thought we are harming our pets' health, Martin Goldstein, D.V.M. answered: "What we're doing is literally poisoning them.  It's astounding how many animals under three years of age I see with cancer.  Many factors contribute, but at the top of my list is vaccines.  Conventional vaccines - especially if administered year after year in combinations - are totally detrimental to the immune system.  How would you feel if you got a polio, chicken pox, measles, mumps, flu, and small pox at the same time every year?"

"Every skin problem you see is due to vaccinations without fail.  Later in life, arthritic situations and degenerative spinal dis-eases are the result of vaccines.  The rabies vaccine in dogs and cats causes so many problems it isn't funny...personality changes, skin changes, damage to the thyroid and endrocrine systems.  It lowers the immune system tremendously.  The animal becomes fair game to just about any disease."  John Fudens, D.V.M.

Perhaps we have not eliminated the acute diseases at all, but merely changed their form into a chronic state of the acute disease.  Prior to vaccination, the acute diseases were certainly life threatening, but once puberty was reached, most individuals live a long, relatively disease-free life.  Today most individuals survive or bypass the acute phase, but they (we) live relatively disease-ridden lives.  Vaccinations may prevent acute diseases, but if the exchange is for a lifetime of chronic disease, is that a viable option?  The question is, will the patient live and flourish, or simply exist?  Don Hamilton, D.V.M.

Here is "Guard" romping with his sis, "Svetlana"
(the famous Web site columnist)
and his brother, "Dariel"

Here are some assorted quotes from Dr. Goldstein:

"How often has a pet been brought into our clinic with a history of telltale symptoms:  fever, stiff or painful joints, lethargy, or lack of appetite, as if the pet had the flu, but it's not the flu.  'Did your dog, by any chance, get vaccinated several days before this started,' I'll ask.  The owner will look at me as if I'm a mind reader."

"Vaccines are intended, of course, to boost the immune system, but even if given individually, I believe they cause harm.  If we artificially stimulate one aspect of the immune system to prevent a particular disease, we weaken some other aspect.  The more you boost the immune system with vaccines, the more you weaken it - somewhere, perhaps later rather than sooner, but with the inevitable result of ill health."

"Maybe the eight vaccine components this dog got a week ago might have helped provoke this allergy.... Maybe this cat's stiff joints might be vaccine-related, too.... It just didn't occur to me that the cancers I was seeing might also be caused, in part if not completely, by overaggressive vaccine regimens....  I would have animals all over the country responding beautifully to holistic treatment for one cancer or another.  Then I'd get panicked calls.  A tumor had just appeared.  Or with those who'd had tumors removed, the tumor was back, worse than before.  I'd ask the owner, 'What in the dog's environment changed?  'Nothing.'  'Did you put him back on commercial pet food?  Stop giving him supplements?'  'Nope.  In fact,' the owner would say, 'Our local veterinarian told us just two weeks ago how great our dog was doing when we brought him in for his annual vaccines!'"

"Cancer, after all, simply doesn't occur in hosts with strong immune systems.  Vaccines, given as copiously as they are to pets, stress the immune system; the pets get cancer; vaccines cause cancer.  Any doubts about the connection have by now been crushed under the sheer accumulation of telling case histories."

Two noses are better than one

Ideally and theoretically, vaccines work this way:  injected into the body of the pup or dog (animal or person), the vaccine will cause a sort of mini-disease that hopefully stimulates the immune response which is intended to protect the body against the real disease for a variable period of time - months or years.  "But evidence is mounting that vaccines do cause harm and often do not provide the protection wanted," says Diane Stein, author.  Most vets will admit that vaccines are not 100 per cent effective.  In addition to the possibility that they may not work, it has been well documented that vaccines might also cause an acute disease or a chronic health problem.  Evidence for vaccine-induced damage in humans is vast.

"In my judgment, giving that dog another rabies vaccine would have been a criminal act: conspiracy to murder."  Dr. Goldstein

"I'll tell you one thing.  Rupert is never going to receive another vaccination again."  Nancy Kern, editor Whole Dog Journal

Harold E. Buttram, M.D. writes:  "In former times the so-called minor childhood diseases of measles, mumps, and rubella may have served a major role in the normal development and strengthening of the immune system of children.  By altering this former pattern with vaccinations, have we set the stage for the serious chronic diseases now occurring with increasing frequency?  Once again, has the overall effect been that of stunting the development of the immune system of children?  There are good reasons for believing that this is the case."

James R. Shennan of the National Institute of Health:  "The only safe vaccine is a vaccine that is never used."

Dr. Dennis Turnbull, who had studied cancer for thirty years declared:  "I have no hesitation in stating that in my judgment, the most frequent disposing condition for cancerous development is infused into the blood by vaccination and re-vaccination."

In the New York Press, January 26, 1909, W.B. Clark stated:  "Cancer was practically unknown until cowpox vaccination began to be introduced.  I have had to do with 200 cases of cancer, and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person."

"My people are destroyed by lack of knowledge."  Hosea 4:6

Go get 'em, "Soyuznik"

Do vaccines work?  Maybe, maybe not.  Do vaccines cause harm?  I believe, after reviewing the evidence -  most definitely!

Vaccines may not work.  "One thing I learned from my doctoral studies in immunology is that vaccines are far from 100 per cent effective.  It is not just the injection of the vaccine that confers immunity; the response of the individual animal is the critical and necessary factor." Dr. Hamilton

Vaccines may cause the very disease they are supposed to suppress.  "Animals, like humans, may have been rendered more vulnerable to viral diseases by the very vaccines used to combat them."  Dr. Goldstein

"I have noticed animals getting ill a few days to a few weeks after receiving vaccinations.  Often the dog or cat was in a weakened state, and the vaccine virus therefore caused a more severe reaction than the mini-disease intended.  I have seen this problem occur most often after canine distemper, canine parvovirus, feline rhinotracheitis vaccines."  Dr. Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M.

Other times vaccines do not seem to induce the illness they are supposed to prevent, but instead create conditions for another equally serious illness.  "A pet may show other symptoms:  bleeding gums, enhanced allergies, seizures, and hemorrhages.  Months or even a year later may come kidney or liver failure, degenerative arthritis, cancer.  Are vaccines to blame?  I can't prove they are.  But when I began long ago to suspect the connection and changed my practice, they began to go away!"  Dr. Goldstein

Sometimes a second virus is already in the animal, but the immune system was strong enough to withstand it until weakened by the vaccine disease; that is, the immune system was not able to cope with both diseases at the same time


Some interesting questions are raised about personality disorders.  Dr Harry Coulter proposes a theory linking vaccines to psychological and behavioral problems in humans.  "Could this explain," asks Dr. Hamilton, "many of the behavioral problems we see in animals including fear, desire for solitude, aggression, rage, inability to relate to others, restlessness and hypersexual behaviors?"  Dr. Coulter has also associated physical conditions such as paralytic states, asthma, convulsions, skin allergies, developmental problems and poor appetites with vaccines.

Conditions such as SIDs and autism in children have been seriously linked to vaccines.

Six-week-old son of Skaya & Vitaly

Other complications may arise caused by the poisons found in the "monkey-pus and snake-venom" portion of the vaccine - or the medium which carries the antigens.  Dr. Hamilton:  "Vaccines contain materials other than the organism to which immunity is desired.  These materials may be added as preservatives, adjuvants (materials to stimulate the immune response, usually added to noninfectious vaccines), antibiotics and colored dyes.  Preservatives and adjuvants include such toxins and carcinogens as aluminum, mercury and formaldehyde.  Also, many foreign proteins are included if the organism was grown on foreign tissue such as chicken or duck embryos.  Even more frightening, nonintended organisms or molecules are sometimes accidentally incorporated as contaminant 'stowaways.'"

Dr. Mark Randall observes:  "The public believes these vaccine manufacturing labs are the cleanest places in the world.  That is not true.  Contamination occurs all the time.  You get all sorts of debris introduced into vaccines....  In polio vaccine we found acanthamoeba, which is a so-called 'brain-eating' amoeba.  Simian cytomegalovirus in polio vaccine.  Simian foamy virus in the rotavirus vaccine.  Bird-cancer virus in the MMR vaccine.  Various micro-organisms in the anthrax vaccine.  I've found potentially dangerous enzyme inhibitors in several vaccines.  Duck, dog, and rabbit viruses in the rubella vaccine.  Avian leucosis virus in the flu vaccine.  Pestivirus in the MMR vaccine......"

"Rudi" & "Czara"

Have I scared you yet?  Pretty frightening, isn't it!  Are there any solutions or suggestions from these learned men and women quoted above?  Here are some alternatives:

Dr. Pitcairn recommends using homeopathic nosodes in place of puppy vaccinations.  One advantage of nosodes is that there is no risk involved.  Another advantage is that nosodes can be started as early as three weeks of age, the time a puppy is starting to be weaned from the mother and will be loosing the benefit of her immunity.  Homeopathic nosodes are completely natural.

What are they?  Nosodes are a homeopathic medicine made from products or little "bits" of the disease we are intending to remedy or prevent.  Secretions from an animal ill with the particular disease are rendered homeopathically and placed onto tiny sugar pills.  Three or four of these are placed upon the pup's tongue (this is easy to do) once or twice a week until the pup is six to eight months old.  As you can see, the equivalent of a vaccine given in only one or two injections is spread out over a considerably longer period of time.  Also, since nosodes are given by mouth, the unnatural trauma and shock to the system of having vaccines injected directly into the bloodstream is eliminated.

A Caucasian tail makes a cozy pillow!

If you decide you still must vaccinate, all the veterinarians quoted above recommend that you at least:

1. Consider stopping the annual vaccinations.  Yes, it is slowly becoming evident even among conventional veterinarians that yearly vaccinations are unnecessary and ineffective.  Dr. Goldstein writes, "What is being proven now is that a puppyhood or kittenhood vaccine, like a human vaccine, can last a lifetime."  Most often the potentially devastating puppy diseases of parvo and distemper are usually not a problem in the healthy adult dog with a mature immune system.  and rarely affects dogs over one year of age.

My own dogs years ago were exposed to, played with, a neighbor's litter of nine-week-old puppies who had contracted parvo.  None of my dogs, one as young as six months, one as old as six years, got sick.  None of my dogs had had any vaccinations (except rabies) after their puppy shot at six weeks old.

Of course, the rabies vaccination which Dr. Gloria Dodd thinks is "The most destructive and not meant to be given yearly," is required by law.  Here we have little choice other than to try to change those laws.

2. Make sure your puppy/dog is healthy - not stressed, not in her heat cycle, not malnourished.

3. Insist on killed-virus vaccines.

4. Vaccinate for one disease at a time.

5. Postpone puppy vaccinations until 22 weeks or 16 weeks at the earliest as recommended by Dr. Pitcairn.

6. Have homeopathic remedies ready in case of a reaction.

7. Vaccinate only for those diseases that your dog is at risk for.  For example, canine hepatitis virus is almost nonexistent.  Leptospirosis is extremely rare.  Coronavirus was never a serious threat.  Kennel cough is generally not serious and has been shown by studies to be unresponsive to the vaccine.

Here at Courageous Caucasians, we use the homeopathic nosodes for distemper and parvo starting at age four weeks.  We talk with the puppy buyer.  Then if they still choose to go with vaccination, we will provide the pup with a puppy shot before he is on his way to his new home.  The rest is up to the new guardian of the puppy.

Ah the pros and cons and decisions of life.  Many of you will find this information compelling.  Some of you will think it is crazy.  Your vet may very well scoff at you!  They certainly have at me.  Oh well, such is life!

Good luck to you and Good Health!

Sunny personality, "Svetlana"

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