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Why do almost all conventional vets recommend yearly vaccinations? Itís been industry standard. According to veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Blakey, it accounts for up to 80% of a vetís business. To recommend less frequent vaccination, vet businesses would take a big financial blow.
If it concerns you to avoid vaccinations, are there any alternatives? There are a couple options. Some holistic vets follow a modified program of vaccinations, giving them at less frequent intervals.
Another option is homeopathic. Homeopathic nosodes are a remedy administered to pets that are believed to assist in disease prevention. Nosodes are made from actual virus, just like a vaccine, but are made differently and are totally safe.
According to Donna Starita, DVM, a leading homeopathic vet, many studies show homeopathic nosodes to be just as effective or more so than conventional vaccines in preventing disease. (3)
Some breeders, such as author Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D., that are interested in more natural methods use exclusively nosodes in place of regular shots. They swear by itís effectiveness and they say their animals are much healthier than earlier generations that got shots. (4)
So, itís OK to question necessity of yearly pet vaccinations, with their questionable necessity and potential adverse effects on your petís health. This is beginning of this movement, and over coming years, itís my opinion that weíll probably see more movement away from such frequent vaccination. Some veterinary schools are already changing their curriculum to advocate changes in vaccination frequency. In end, it will save us all money, and weíll have healthier pets.
So next time you get that little reminder card in mail that your pet is due for their shots, think twice! And switch your petís care to a vet that is more careful about use of vaccines.
See http://www.AlternativesForAnimals.com for a FREE online directory of holistic vets.
Sources: (1) Natural Health for Dogs & Cats by Pitcairn & Pitcairn (2) The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats by Diane Stein with excerpt by John Fudens, DVM (3) The Dangers of Vaccinations, and Advantages of Nosodes for Diseases Prevention by Dr. Donna Starita Mehan (4) Cat Care, Naturally! by Celeste Yarnall
Angela Predhomme is the owner and creator of the holistic pet directory, Alternatives for Animals, at http://www.alternativesforanimals.com