Originally Posted by lonegirl
A minor reaction imo is less of an issue than uncontrollable bloody diarrhea and vomiting in a puppy with parvo...a puppy that without tonnes of iv fluids and medication to ctrl it will die and painful and pitiful death....and even with treatment only has a slim chance of making it.
But why then do vaccinated puppies still get Parvo and why do they tend to fair worse than unvaccinated puppies who get Parvo? I would rather lose a puppy to Parvo than have a chronically sick dog with behavioral issues for its entire life. But that's me, you are welcome to a different opinion.
If you want to discuss risk/benefit of vaccines here is something to think about. Jean Dodds of the Rabies Challenge has related immune-mediated hematologic disease and transient bone marrow failure and leukemias-lymphomas in dogs have been caused by the modified parvovirus and other vaccines. Bloat, stained teeth, chronic gastroenteritis and seizures have also been attributed to the vaccine.
Chronic symptoms of the distemper vaccination include: watery fluid dripping from the nose, conjunctivitis, eye discharge, entropion, chronic gastritis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, appetite disorders, recurrent diarrhea, sensitivity to food with resultant diarrhea (aka food allergies), epilepsy, rear leg paralysis, spondylitis, lip fold dermatitis, excessive licking of feet, eruptions between toes, allergies, kennel cough, chronic bronchitis, chronic skin eruptions, especially the lower half of the body, failure to thrive, abnormally thin.
Then there is the rabies vax, the most reactive of the vaccines which can cause a myriad of behavioral issues: restless nature, suspicion of others, aggression to animals and people, changes in behavior, aloofness, unaffectionate, desire to roam, or clingy, separation anxiety (velcro dog), restraining can lead to violent behavior and self-injury, self-mutilation, tail chewing, voice changes, hoarseness, excessive barking, chronic poor appetite, very finicky, paralysis of the throat or tongue, sloppy eaters, drooling, dry eye, loss of sight, cataracts, eating wood, stones earth, stools, destructive behavior, shredding bedding, seizures, epilepsy, twitching.
How many posters here have dogs with some of these conditions? How many of these conditions are considered "normal"? How many animals present at your practice everyday with these symptoms? Does the vet ever even consider them vaccine reactions? Why are pets so chronically unhealthy? Why are so many dogs, especially young adult ones given up to shelters because of behavioral issues? Only to be further contaminated by yet more vaccines and chemical wormers and flea/tick topicals.
I just want to get across that the issue is not clear cut, vaccines do cause harm, and I believe way more harm than good.
Many reactions are never acknowledged or are dismissed as "worth it". My decision not to vaccinate my dog comes from a place of wanting the very best for my pet, who relies completely on me for his well being. Before anyone takes offense, I am not in any way implying those that choose to vaccine don't want the best for the animals, we have just reached a different conclusion on the issue.
I have come to realize through experience that unvaxed dogs, like unvaxed children, are way healthier and have less behavioral issues than their vaxed counterparts. They utilize their strong healing support systems (aka immune systems) to restore health to the body. Of course it helps (a lot) to provide a species appropriate diet (raw) and loving care also. Lying on my living room floor right now is an unvaxed, raw fed 7 month Mastiff puppy who has amazing muscle tone, a super disposition and no health issues whatsoever.
Op, this has gone off on a tangent, I am sorry.