Many pet owners who
are interested in holistic medicine or who are concerned about
using drugs and chemicals on their pets are reluctant to have
their dogs vaccinated. In theory if a dog has the corect
diet and lifestyle it will be naturally resistant to disease and
therefore should not need to be vaccinated.
However, theories do
not always work in practice. My policy is that a puppy should
be vacccinated by conventional methods in the usual way. Distemper,
parvovirus and leptospirosis are too dangerous to be treated lightly
and I do not have sufficient confidence in Homoeopathic vaccination.
But many years ago
I stopped recommending annual booster vaccinations. I believe
they are unnecessary and may be hannful in that they may overstimulate
the immune system. This is only my opinion which I am unable to
back with solid evidence but I am sure many dogs with skin disease
suffer flare-ups after being given boosters. Also, I do not recall
a single case where a dog which was vaccinated as a puppy but
had no boosters ever caught distemper or parvovirus.
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