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MagazineJuly 2000 (Vol. 11 Issue 4)See spot get jabbed

It is well known that there are risks associated with vaccination of dogs just as there are risks for humans

It is well known that there are risks associated with vaccination of dogs just as there are risks for humans. The trouble is, no one has adequately quantified the risks. Is it true that only a tiny minority of dogs suffer adverse reactions to vaccines, or is the problem more common? And what is a vaccine reaction? Is it something that happens immediately after the jab, or can you expect a reaction to manifest weeks or months later?

Christopher Day, Honorary Secretary of the British Homoeopathic Veterinary Association, told us that, in his experience, where the start date of a dog's illness is known, a high percentage (around 80 per cent) begin within three months of vaccination.

To test this observation, Canine Health Concern sent out questionnaires and has now analysed the histories of over 3800 dogs post vaccination. This critical mass, by any standards, is a very high number from which to draw valid statistical conclusions. Most commercial scientific research involves significantly fewer dogs (and tend to base their conclusions on data from a couple of litters of puppies, if that). We were able to show a strong correlation between vaccination and the onset of a number of specific illnesses.

Overall, we found that 66 per cent of all sick dogs start being sick within three months of vaccination, considerably more than double the expected rate. Worse, 49 per cent of all illnesses reported in the survey occurred within 30 days of vaccination. This is over five times the expected percentage if vaccination had no bearing on subsequent illness.

More damning still, 29 per cent of sick dogs first became sick within seven days of their vaccine jab. This means that a dog is 13 times more likely to become ill within seven days of vaccination than at any other time.

According to the survey, 69.2 per cent of allergic dogs first became allergic within three months of vaccination more than double the expected number and 55.8 per cent with autoimmune disease developed the condition within three months of being vaccinated again, more than twice the expected figure. Of dogs with colitis, 65.9 per cent developed the complaint within three months

of vaccination and, of dogs with dry eye/conjunctivitis, 70.2 per cent developed their conditions within three months both nearly three times higher than expected. And 73.1 per cent of dogs with epilepsy first became epileptic within three months of vaccination. On the basis of these data, the majority of epileptic dogs in the survey were vaccine damaged.

As 2 per cent of all dogs in the UK are epileptic, vaccines are clearly causing horrendous damage.

But perhaps most astonishing is the fact that a majority of dogs (64.9 per cent) with behavioural problems appear to have developed their difficulties within three months of vaccination. Similarly, 72.5 per cent of dogs with nervous or worrying dispositions became nervous within three months of their jabs and 73.1 per cent of dogs with short attention spans lost their attentiveness within three months of vaccination.

All of our evidence ties in with research in the human field, and there is a growing body of veterinary research that says that vaccines cause allergies, hypersensitivity reactions, autoimmune disease, encephalitis, epilepsy, personality changes and brain damage.

The CHC results are statistically very significant and carry with them very high statistical certainty. This means that the evidence is strong that the above mentioned diseases can be triggered or caused by vaccination.

Other diseases that were well represented within three months post vaccination were cancer (35.1

per cent), chorea (81 per cent), encephalitis (78.6 per cent), heart conditions (39.2 per cent), kidney damage (53.7 per cent), liver damage/ failure (61.5 per cent), paralysis of the rear end (69.2 per cent) and pancreas problems (54.2 per cent).

Research conducted at Purdue University has shown that routinely vaccinated dogs develop autoantibodies to a vast range of normal canine biochemicals which corroborates our findings.

Of dogs with hepatitis, 64 per cent contracted the disease within three months of being vaccinated and, of those with parainfluenza, 50 per cent developed it within three months of their shots. Also, 69 per cent of dogs with parvovirus, 56 per cent with distemper, and every single dog with leptospirosis in the survey contracted the diseases within three months of vaccination.

Interestingly, our study showed that arthritis and chronic destructive reticulomyelopathy (CDRM; a degenerative disease affecting myelin in the spinal cord) occurred in clusters nine months after vaccination, suggesting that the damage from vaccines causing these two diseases takes longer to develop or show symptoms.

Many contend that vaccines are a necessary evil that we need to protect our dogs against certain deadly canine diseases. However, our survey found that high percentages of dogs are developing the very diseases we vaccinate against and soon after vaccination. So, vaccines don't confer guaranteed immunity and may actually cause the diseases they're designed to prevent.

Our figures suggest that vaccines cause illness in one in every one hundred dogs and this is a conservative estimate. For human beings, the World Health Organization considers a reaction of one in 10,000 unacceptable. Surely the same statistics apply to dogs. Worse and bordering on corporate dogslaughter is the fact that we are urged to vaccinate companion animals every year for which there is no scientific justification. This is a crime.

As this research is ongoing, CHC is keen to acquire more data. For further details or to participate, contact Canine Health Concern, PO Box 1, Longnor, Derbyshire SK17 OJD.

!ACatherine O'Driscoll

Canine Health Concern


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