Originally Posted by starrlamia
I was saying that you cannot compare the current state of diseases that are vaccinated for in children to diseases in dogs. The odds of your dog contracting parvo or distemper are exponentially higher then your child catching measels (for instance), the chances of your child dying from measels is also substantially lower then a dog dying of parvo. It isnt fear based medicine, it's looking at statistics and dealing with dogs on a regular basis that come from all walks of life and watching puppies die of parvo, wasting away and costing their owners thousands of dollars. There is no way to wipe out these diseases much like measels, polio and many others were almost wiped out by vaccinations, these are diseases that spread very easily, last for months in places and in the case of distemper cross species. There is no way to isolate an outbreak seeing as the parvo virus sheds before and after symptoms are shown and you need bleach or special chemicals to kill it.
The fact that your dog is healthy is good, but it is not because he isnt vaccinated, it is because he has not been exposed to the diseases they vaccinate against. Unlike human illness, in which you can simply sanitize and stay away from people who are exposed or infected, parvo is something you cannot possibly keep your dog away from 100%, while the dog may not come into contact with another dog, they can still be exposed to grass, dirt, concrete, feces, etc that have been contaminated by the virus, if you live in a high populated area and an area that has a high rate of parvovirus you are gambling with your dogs health. It isnt just puppies that get it, any unvaccinated dog can contract it without you even knowing it is there.
My dog is healthy is healthy because he is not vaccinated or has ever been subjected to pharmaceutical flee/tick meds or wormers, he is fed a species appropriate, raw prey model diet, he is loved and cherished and knows his place in the family. If the germ theory of bacteria and viruses causing disease is true, then he most certainly has been exposed to these "pathogens", he is not restricted to our back yard, he goes places including to the dog park where he is in contact with plenty of dogs, and I am sure some of them at any given time have been recently vaxed, so chances are very good he has come in contact with parvo and all the other stuff.
Originally Posted by starrlamia
babygirlie, my point was that the diseases in dogs are much more contagious and much easier to catch then the diseases in children that are vaccinated for. If your dog steps in something that is infected with parvo, you cannot rely on it wiping off of the dogs foot as they walk, esp considering you can bring it in on your shoes and even your hands. If your dog was to lick it's paw before it is wiped off then it can contract it, if it eats grass that has come into contact with it they can contract it (dunno about your dogs but mine eat grass like they were cows!). It is also a very hardy illness, it can live for months in the environment and needs bleach or specific chemicals to kill it, so while you may not take your dog to a dog park or have contact with other dogs, if you take your dog somewhere another dog has gone, or where an animal who has come into contact with a sick dog has gone, your dog can contract it.
You have no basis of proof that canine disease are more contagious than human childhood diseases. I realize that my views on how disease spreads is very foreign to you and most on this forum, but why if these diseases are so easy to get, hasn't my dog gotten them? He walks where other dogs have been, he eats the odd blade of grass, he sniffs other dogs butts, poop, urine etc, etc...
BTW, there is also no proof vaccines wiped out measles, polio and other so-called infectious disease.