So what is with the title of this post?
Are there any similarities between kennel cough vaccines and cowboy builders?
Both are useless, take you for your money and potentially cause more problems than before.
The above statement is quite controversial and potentially scaremongering. However, read the facts below and make your own mind up.
So what is kennel cough? It is a dog version of the human common cold caused by the virus bordatella. It is very rare for dogs to become seriously ill with kennel cough, with symptoms lasting for about 7-12 days. You will find that kennels, boarding facilities and training clubs require the kennel cough vaccine before the dogs can stay. However, the vaccine sheds, meaning that in the weeks or so after the vaccination, the dogs will be spreading the virus around anyway.
The most common method of administering the kennel cough vaccine is a spray up the nostril. The vaccine causes a release in the chemical interferon, which is responsible for suppressing respiratory viruses. The injectable form of the vaccine does not release this chemical so is not effective.
World-renowned vaccination scientist, Dr. Ronald Schultz, says: “Many animals receive “kennel cough” vaccines that include Bordetella and CPI and/or CAV-2 every 6 to 9 months without evidence that this frequency of vaccination is necessary or beneficial. In contrast, other dogs are never vaccinated for kennel cough and disease is not seen. CPI immunity lasts at least 3 years when given intranasally, and CAV -2 immunity lasts a minimum of 7 years parenterally for CAV-I. These two viruses in combination with Bordetella bronchiseptica are the agents most often associated with kennel cough, however, other factors play an important role in disease (e.g. stress, dust, humidity, molds, mycoplasma, etc.), thus kennel cough is not a vaccine preventable disease because of the complex factors associated with this disease. Furthermore, this is often a mild to moderate self limiting disease. I refer to it as the ‘Canine Cold.’”
Here is what the British Medical Data Sheet says about the vaccine;
“Contra-indications, warnings: Particularly in very young susceptible puppies, mild discharges from the eyes and nose can occur from the day after vaccination, sometimes accompanied by sneezing and coughing. Signs are generally transient, but in occasional cases may persist for up to four weeks. In animals, which show more severe signs, appropriate antibiotic treatment may be indicated.”
Common sense would tell you that the vaccine here has actually caused the virus.
If your dog develops a fever, then it is wise to get your dog to the vets for treatment as it could be canine influenza.
Don’t take my word for it, do your research, talk to your vet. Talk to many vets. Unfortunately, the way licences are regulated in the UK means it makes it very difficult to not vaccinate your pet if you are going on holiday.
To find out more see:
Peter Dobias – Kennel Cough Vaccine Exposed
Dr Jean Dodds – Information on Vaccines