Vaccine Information


Thanks again to Terra Sinclair at Pocket Leopards Bengals for this valuable information!



Most of this information is from Dr Charles E Loops DVM

Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system. Attenuated organisms or chemically killed viruses or bacteria are injected directly into the blood stream, an unnatural route of infection. This profound insult, avoiding the body's first line of defenses, and flooding the system with millions of organisms or viral particles, stresses the immune system in a way not of natures design. This insult causes irregularities and abnormalities in the immune system which then manifests as chronic diseases in animals. These chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as auto-immune crises to conditions destroying the quality of life of an animal as in chronic skin allergies.

What we are now seeing are generations of over-vaccinated animals and these current offspring are suffering the penalty of this medical abuse. In an attempt to control a naturally occurring process of population control and survival of the fittest, the medical establishment has convinced people that mass inoculations are for the good of all, overlooking the health of the individual. Where vaccinations have helped in eradicating or reducing the incidence of severe, acute disease processes, the result has been to plague humanity with more insidious, chronic diseases that are much more difficult to treat and that lower the quality of life for many individual animals and people.

In all of this, there needs to be BALANCE, and the following are my recommendations for vaccinating or not vaccinating and some comments about diet.

1. Kittens under three months of age should not be vaccinated.

Vaccinations are much more stressful on the underdeveloped immune system. Also, these vaccinations are much less effective at providing immunity before three months of age.

2. Kittens should only be vaccinated for Panleukopenia and not before three months of age. All other vaccinations should be avoided. One vaccine is sufficient.

3. Common sense should be used in avoiding exposure of very young animals to other, possible unhealthy, animals of the same species.

4. Booster vaccinations are completely unnecessary. Studies are now showing that these vaccinations are effective for many years and most probably for life. Vaccinated animals do not need any boosters.

5. Rabies Vaccinations should be given as dictated by state laws. Clearly, the rabies vaccination is effective for many years more than state laws require booster vaccination.

6. Booster vaccinations can cause SEVERE set-backs when an animal is being treated homeopathically for chronic problems. They can completely erase any progress that has been made towards improving an animal's health.

7. My personal recommendation is NOT to vaccinate at all. The best road to good health is feeding a diet rich in fresh foods, raw meats for the carnivores, and avoiding vaccinations and allopathic medications. Antibiotics and other allopathic drugs should only be used in situations where their use is clearly indicated, and this should be only in potentially, life-threatening situations. Every time you suppress a symptom the body produces, you are potentially lowering the health status of the body system. Treating with the correctly prescribed, homeopathic remedy, herbs, or other non-invasive therapies, not of a chemical nature, will enhance your health and your companions health.


by Catherine O’Driscoll

Submitted by Brigitte Copeland

A team at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine conducted

several studies (endnotes 1 & 2) to determine if vaccines can cause

changes in the immune system of dogs that might lead to life-threatening

immune-mediated diseases. They obviously conducted this research because

concern already existed. It was sponsored by the Haywood Foundation which

itself was looking for evidence that such changes in the human immune

system might also be vaccine induced. It found the evidence.

The vaccinated, but not the non-vaccinated, dogs in the Purdue studies

developed autoantibodies to many of their own biochemicals, including

fibronectin, laminin, DNA, albumin, cytochrome C, cardiolipin and


This means that the vaccinated dogs – ”but not the non-vaccinated dogs”–

were attacking their own fibronectin, which is involved in tissue repair,

cell multiplication and growth, and differentiation between tissues and

organs in a living organism.

The vaccinated Purdue dogs also developed autoantibodies to laminin, which

is involved in many cellular activities including the adhesion, spreading,

differentiation, proliferation and movement of cells. Vaccines thus appear

to be capable of removing the natural intelligence of cells.

Autoantibodies to cardiolipin are frequently found in patients with the

serious disease systemic lupus erythematosus and also in individuals with

other autoimmune diseases. The presence of elevated anti-cardiolipin

antibodies is significantly associated with clots within the heart or

blood vessels, in poor blood clotting, haemorrhage, bleeding into the

skin, foetal loss and neurological conditions.

The Purdue studies also found that vaccinated dogs were developing

autoantibodies to their own collagen. About one quarter of all the protein

in the body is collagen. Collagen provides structure to our bodies,

protecting and supporting the softer tissues and connecting them with the

skeleton. It is no wonder that Canine Health Concern’s (Great Britain)

1997 study of 4,000 dogs showed a high number of dogs developing mobility

problems shortly after they were vaccinated (noted in my 1997 book, What

Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines).

Perhaps most worryingly, the Purdue studies found that the vaccinated dogs

had developed autoantibodies to their own DNA. Did the alarm bells sound?

Did the scientific community call a halt to the vaccination program? No.

Instead, they stuck their fingers in the air, saying more research is

needed to ascertain whether vaccines can cause genetic damage. Meanwhile,

the study dogs were found good homes, but no long-term follow-up has been


At around the same time, the American Veterinary Medical Association

(AVMA) Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force initiated several

studies to find out why 160,000 cats each year in the USA develop terminal

cancer at their vaccine injection sites.(3) The fact that cats can get

vaccine-induced cancer has been acknowledged by veterinary bodies around

the world, and even the British Government acknowledged it through its

Working Group charged with the task of looking into canine and feline

vaccines(4) following pressure from Canine Health Concern. What do you

imagine was the advice of the AVMA Task Force, veterinary bodies and

governments? “Carry on vaccinating until we find out why vaccines are

killing cats, and which cats are most likely to die.”

In America, in an attempt to mitigate the problem, they’re vaccinating

cats in the tail or leg so they can amputate when cancer appears. Great

advice if it’s not your cat amongst the hundreds of thousands on the

“oops” list.

But other species are okay, right? Wrong. In August 2003, the Journal of

Veterinary Medicine carried an Italian study which showed that dogs also

develop vaccine-induced cancers at their injection sites.(5) We already

know that vaccine-site cancer is a possible sequel to human vaccines, too,

since the Salk polio vaccine was said to carry a monkey retrovirus (from

cultivating the vaccine on monkey organs) that produces inheritable

cancer. The monkey retrovirus SV40 keeps turning up in human cancer sites.

It is also widely acknowledged that vaccines can cause a fast-acting,

usually fatal, disease called autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA).

Without treatment, and frequently with treatment, individuals can die in

agony within a matter of days. Merck, itself a multinational vaccine

manufacturer, states in The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy that

autoimmune haemolytic anaemia may be caused by modified live-virus

vaccines, as do Tizard’s Veterinary Immunology (4th edition) and the

Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.(6) The British Government’s

Working Group, despite being staffed by vaccine-industry consultants who

say they are independent, also acknowledged this fact. However, no one

warns the pet owners before their animals are subjected to an unnecessary

booster, and very few owners are told why after their pets die of AIHA.

A Wide Range of Vaccine-induced Diseases

We also found some worrying correlations between vaccine events and the

onset of arthritis in our 1997 survey. Our concerns were compounded by

research in the human field.

The New England Journal of Medicine, for example, reported that it is

possible to isolate the rubella virus from affected joints in children

vaccinated against rubella. It also told of the isolation of viruses from

the peripheral blood of women with prolonged arthritis following


Then, in 2000, CHC’s findings were confirmed by research which showed that

polyarthritis and other diseases like amyloidosis, which affects organs in

dogs, were linked to the combined vaccine given to dogs.(8) There is a

huge body of research, despite the paucity of funding from the vaccine

industry, to confirm that vaccines can cause a wide range of brain and

central nervous system damage. Merck itself states in its Manual that

vaccines (i.e., its own products) can cause encephalitis: brain

inflammation/damage. In some cases, encephalitis involves lesions in the

brain and throughout the central nervous system. Merck states that

“examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella,

smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral


When the dog owners who took part in the CHC survey reported that their

dogs developed short attention spans, 73.1% of the dogs did so within

three months of a vaccine event. The same percentage of dogs was diagnosed

with epilepsy within three months of a shot (but usually within days). We

also found that 72.5% of dogs that were considered by their owners to be

nervous and of a worrying disposition, first exhibited these traits within

the three-month post-vaccination period.

I would like to add for the sake of Oliver, my friend who suffered from

paralysed rear legs and death shortly after a vaccine shot, that “paresis”

is listed in Merck’s Manual as a symptom of encephalitis. This is defined

as muscular weakness of a neural (brain) origin which involves partial or

incomplete paralysis, resulting from lesions at any level of the

descending pathway from the brain. Hind limb paralysis is one of the

potential consequences. Encephalitis, incidentally, is a disease that can

manifest across the scale from mild to severe and can also cause sudden


Organ failure must also be suspected when it occurs shortly after a

vaccine event. Dr. Larry Glickman, who spearheaded the Purdue research

into post-vaccination biochemical changes in dogs, wrote in a letter to

Cavalier Spaniel breeder Bet Hargreaves:

“Our ongoing studies of dogs show that following routine vaccination,

there is a significant rise in the level of antibodies dogs produce

against their own tissues. Some of these antibodies have been shown to

target the thyroid gland, connective tissue such as that found in the

valves of the heart, red blood cells, DNA, etc. I do believe that the

heart conditions in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels could be the end result

of repeated immunisations by vaccines containing tissue culture

contaminants that cause a progressive immune response directed at

connective tissue in the heart valves. The clinical manifestations would

be more pronounced in dogs that have a genetic predisposition [although]

the findings should be generally applicable to all dogs regardless of

their breed.”

I must mention here that Dr. Glickman believes that vaccines are a

necessary evil, but that safer vaccines need to be developed.

Meanwhile, please join the queue to place your dog, cat, horse and child

on the Russian roulette wheel because a scientist says you should.

Vaccines Stimulate an Inflammatory Response

The word “allergy” is synonymous with “sensitivity” and “inflammation.” It

should, by rights, also be synonymous with the word “vaccination.” This is

what vaccines do: they sensitize (render allergic) an individual in the

process of forcing them to develop antibodies to fight a disease threat.

In other words, as is acknowledged and accepted, as part of the vaccine

process the body will respond with inflammation. This may be apparently

temporary or it may be longstanding.

Holistic doctors and veterinarians have known this for at least 100 years.

They talk about a wide range of inflammatory or “-itis” diseases which

arise shortly after a vaccine event. Vaccines, in fact, plunge many

individuals into an allergic state. Again, this is a disorder that ranges

from mild all the way through to the suddenly fatal. Anaphylactic shock is

the culmination: it’s where an individual has a massive allergic reaction

to a vaccine and will die within minutes if adrenaline or its equivalent

is not administered.

There are some individuals who are genetically not well placed to

withstand the vaccine challenge. These are the people (and animals are

“people,” too) who have inherited faulty B and T cell function. B and T

cells are components within the immune system which identify foreign

invaders and destroy them, and hold the invader in memory so that they

cannot cause future harm. However, where inflammatory responses are

concerned, the immune system overreacts and causes unwanted effects such

as allergies and other inflammatory conditions.

Merck warns in its Manual that patients with, or from families with, B

and/or T cell immunodeficiencies should not receive live-virus vaccines

due to the risk of severe or fatal infection. Elsewhere, it lists features

of B and T cell immunodeficiencies as food allergies, inhalant allergies,

eczema, dermatitis, neurological deterioration and heart disease. To

translate, people with these conditions can die if they receive live-virus

vaccines. Their immune systems are simply not competent enough to

guarantee a healthy reaction to the viral assault from modified live-virus


Modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines replicate in the patient until an

immune response is provoked. If a defence isn’t stimulated, then the

vaccine continues to replicate until it gives the patient the very disease

it was intending to prevent.

Alternatively, a deranged immune response will lead to inflammatory

conditions such as arthritis, pancreatitis, colitis, encephalitis and any

number of autoimmune diseases such as cancer and leukaemia, where the body

attacks its own cells.

A new theory, stumbled upon by Open University student Gary Smith,

explains what holistic practitioners have been saying for a very long

time. Here is what a few of the holistic vets have said in relation to

their patients:

Dr. Jean Dodds: “Many veterinarians trace the present problems with

allergic and immunologic diseases to the introduction of MLV vaccines...”


Christina Chambreau, DVM: “Routine vaccinations are probably the worst

thing that we do for our animals. They cause all types of illnesses, but

not directly to where we would relate them definitely to be caused by the

vaccine.” (10)

Martin Goldstein, DVM: “I think that vaccines...are leading killers of

dogs and cats in America today.”

Dr Charles E. Loops, DVM: “Homoeopathic veterinarians and other holistic

practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm

than they provide benefits.” (12)

Mike Kohn, DVM: “In response to this [vaccine] violation, there have been

increased autoimmune diseases (allergies being one component), epilepsy,

neoplasia [tumours], as well as behavioural problems in small animals.”


A Theory on Inflammation

Gary Smith explains what observant healthcare practitioners have been

saying for a very long time, but perhaps they’ve not understood why their

observations led them to say it. His theory, incidentally, is causing a

huge stir within the inner scientific sanctum. Some believe that his

theory could lead to a cure for many diseases including cancer. For me, it

explains why the vaccine process is inherently questionable.

Gary was learning about inflammation as part of his studies when he struck

upon a theory so extraordinary that it could have implications for the

treatment of almost every inflammatory disease – including Alzheimer’s,

Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis and even HIV and AIDS.

Gary’s theory questions the received wisdom that when a person gets ill,

the inflammation that occurs around the infected area helps it to heal. He

claims that, in reality, inflammation prevents the body from recognising a

foreign substance and therefore serves as a hiding place for invaders. The

inflammation occurs when at-risk cells produce receptors called All (known

as angiotensin II type I receptors). He says that while At1 has a

balancing receptor, At2, which is supposed to switch off the inflammation,

in most diseases this does not happen.

“Cancer has been described as the wound that never heals,” he says. “All

successful cancers are surrounded by inflammation. Commonly this is

thought to be the body’s reaction to try to fight the cancer, but this is

not the case.

“The inflammation is not the body trying to fight the infection. It is

actually the virus or bacteria deliberately causing inflammation in order

to hide from the immune system.” (14)

If Gary is right, then the inflammatory process so commonly stimulated by

vaccines is not, as hitherto assumed, a necessarily acceptable sign.

Instead, it could be a sign that the viral or bacterial component, or the

adjuvant (which, containing foreign protein, is seen as an invader by the

immune system), in the vaccine is winning by stealth.

If Gary is correct in believing that the inflammatory response is not

protective but a sign that invasion is taking place under cover of

darkness, vaccines are certainly not the friends we thought they were.

They are undercover assassins working on behalf of the enemy, and vets and

medical doctors are unwittingly acting as collaborators. Worse, we animal

guardians and parents are actually paying doctors and vets to unwittingly

betray our loved ones.

Potentially, vaccines are the stealth bomb of the medical world. They are

used to catapult invaders inside the castle walls where they can wreak

havoc, with none of us any the wiser. So rather than experiencing frank

viral diseases such as the ’flu, measles, mumps and rubella (and, in the

case of dogs, parvovirus and distemper), we are allowing the viruses to

win anyway - but with cancer, leukaemia and other inflammatory or

autoimmune (self-attacking) diseases taking their place.

The Final Insult

All 27 veterinary schools in North America have changed their protocols

for vaccinating dogs and cats along the following lines; (15) however,

vets in practice are reluctant to listen to these changed protocols and

official veterinary bodies in the UK and other countries are ignoring the

following facts.

Dogs’ and cats’ immune systems mature fully at six months. If modified

live-virus vaccine is given after six months of age, it produces immunity,

which is good for the life of the pet. If another MLV vaccine is given a

year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralise the antigens

of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titre is not

“boosted,” nor are more memory cells induced.

Not only are annual boosters unnecessary, but they subject the pet to

potential risks such as allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic


In plain language, veterinary schools in America, plus the American

Veterinary Medical Association, have looked at studies to show how long

vaccines last and they have concluded and announced that annual

vaccination is unnecessary.(16-19)

Further, they have acknowledged that vaccines are not without harm. Dr.

Ron Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University and a leading

light in this field, has been saying this politely to his veterinary

colleagues since the 1980s. I’ve been saying it for the past 12 years. But

change is so long in coming and, in the meantime, hundreds of thousands of

animals are dying every year - unnecessarily.

The good news is that thousands of animal lovers (but not enough) have

heard what we’ve been saying. Canine Health Concern members around the

world use real food as Nature’s supreme disease preventative, eschewing

processed pet food, and minimise the vaccine risk. Some of us, myself

included, have chosen not to vaccinate our pets at all. Our reward is

healthy and long-lived dogs.

It has taken but one paragraph to tell you the good and simple news. The

gratitude I feel each day, when I embrace my healthy dogs, stretches from

the centre of the Earth to the Universe and beyond.

About the Author:

Catherine O’Driscoll runs Canine Health Concern which campaigns and also

delivers an educational program, the Foundation in Canine Healthcare. She

is author of Shock to the System (2005), the best-selling book What Vets

Don’t Tell You About Vaccines (1997, 1998), and Who Killed the Darling

Buds of May? (1997; reviewed in NEXUS 4/04). She lives in Scotland with

her partner, Rob Ellis, and three Golden Retrievers, and she lectures on

canine health around the world. For more information, contact Catherine

O’Driscoll at Canine Health Concern, PO Box 7533, Perth PH2 1AD, Scotland,

UK, email , website Shock to the System is available

in the UK from CHC, and worldwide from Dogwise at


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2. See

3. See

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5. JVM Series A 50(6):286-291, August 2003.

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Hemolytic Anemia in the Dog", Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine


7. New England Journal of Medicine, vol.313,1985.