As you will no doubt know if you’ve seen any of our other publications, we do not believe in vaccinations, period – they’re bad medicine (pun intended)!
However, the CDC states that a rabies vaccine is mandatory throughout all 50 states in the US, not so much for your dog’s or cat’s protection but for us humans, in case we get a bite from a rabid animal – because there is no cure for this disease, death is almost guaranteed.1
In this article, we’re therefore going to address two subjects related to the rabies vaccine:
- Rabies vaccine side-effects – what they are, how soon you might see them, and factors that increase those risks.
- The protocol we developed and successfully used with our own doggies to minimize the risk of rabies vaccination side-effects (although our plan would work for any other vaccine that you decide to give your dog – should you take that risk).
Rabies Vaccine Side-Effects
Rabies shot side-effects can hit your dog any time from immediately after the shots are administered, to three days or so later, but they can also appear days, weeks or even months afterwards too.
The range of short-term side-effects of the rabies vaccine on your dog’s body and brain include:
- circulatory shock
- facial swelling
- loss of consciousness
- and even the death of your dog!
Longer-term, and more serious, lasting side-effects of this nasty vaccine include:
- autoimmune disease
- behavioural problems (e.g. aggression, destructiveness, paw licking, separation anxiety, tail chasing – which isn’t always because your dog is just plain crazy)
- chronic digestive disorders
- fibrosarcoma (i.e. cancer) at the site of the injection
- infertility (hmm, bummer if you’re a dog breeder!)
- muscle weakness (particularly with a dog’s rear legs)
- skin disease (e.g. ischemic dermatopathy, cutaneous vasculitis)
A condition known as rabies vaccinosis can also occur. This is probably not a term you’ve come across before, as most traditional vets seem unwilling to accept it, so we’ll let Dr. Richard Pitcairn, who holds a PhD in immunology, explain it: “Vaccinosis is to be understood as the disturbance of the vital force by vaccination that results in mental, emotional, and a physical change that can, in some cases, be a permanent condition.“
What you’ll find with vaccinosis are symptoms of chronic, not acute, illness / disease, which can include plenty of problems that your vet will probably deny as being related to vaccines at all: avoidance of company; changes in behaviour after being vaccinated (e.g. aggression, suspicion, unusual fears); convulsive seizures; unusual or atypical non-desire to travel; destruction of blankets and clothing; disturbed heart function; excited and jerky breathing; inability to be restrained; inability to swallow, resulting in gagging while eating and drinking; increased sexual desires; restlessness; self-biting; staring eyes; strange cries and howls; swallowing wood, stones, and other inedible items; throat spasms; unusual affection; and viciousness or extreme playfulness – much more than usual.
You can also find out more about vaccinosis (as well as many more types of adverse reaction and serious disease that your cat or dog might get) in this comprehensive vaccine article from Mercola.com.
Although any dog may suffer these side-effects, there are two situations that appear to make it more likely that this could happen:
- Any small dog (especially puppies) is more at risk from the rabies vaccine.
- Other vaccines (e.g. Parvo, which we never recommend either) given within three or four weeks of the rabies vaccine increase the risks too.
Note: although we are talking primarily about the side-effects of this vaccine on a dog, the same applies to a cat too and the way it handles immunity to disease.
So, how can you minimize the risks of these rabies shots side-effects and keep your dog safe and free from any illness or disease that might be caused by these vaccines?
Read on to find out what we did with our own doggies when it came time to get them their rabies vaccine…
Pre- And Post-Vaccine Side-Effect Prevention Protocol
As we said earlier, we don’t believe in vaccines, but you can’t always avoid them.
For example, it is possible that you can find yourself in a jam: somehow the local Animal Control have begun a fund raiser and they start a harassment campaign in your neighborhood. They go door-to-door looking for “infractions” – i.e. ways to separate you from your cash. Basically, whatever animals they find, they will be looking to see if they have been fixed (spayed or neutered) and if they are current on their rabies vaccines. This scenario happens more often than you’d think; so, avoid whenever possible.
Yes, sadly this happened to us. When we were in Los Angeles, CA, Animal Control did a sweep of our entire block and probably made some tidy easy cash as there were lots of animals and most likely many were not “compliant” with their vaccine requirements.
Well as they say, you can’t fight city hall. It is not really practical as you will be looking at a lot of your time squandered and probably even more fees than the initial citations – and it’s hard to argue when they claim it will prevent a disease as nasty as rabies. So, unless you have an ace in the hole or a powerful friend, then you either comply and get vaccines for your cat or dog, or move far away or both, which is what we eventually had to do.
Most people have no real clue about how far-reaching the vaccination industry as a whole is willing to go to ensure more and more people use these toxic products. Just check out some of the links we found to credible sources on the subject of vaccines and you could be in for a rude awakening.
Anyhow, what strategies do we suggest for animal rabies vaccinations and the best way to prevent adverse reactions, disease and other side-effects?
Well, unfortunately our cover was blown not too long ago. One of our dogs nipped or scratched the UPS driver, he reported it to his dispatcher and they in turned reported it to Animal Control. Even though we were positive she did not have the virus, Animal Control obviously weren’t going to take our word for it; after all, this is an easy way to get to some fast cash.
So, we had to put her in home-quarantine: for 10 long days she had to be isolated from all of our other doggies – we lucked out that she is not a barker like one of our other dogs, that would have been like having a 2-week migraine – don’t know of many that could deal with that…
OK, so this is what we did.
- We followed the home-quarantine checklist to the letter, i.e. isolation from our dogs and any other animals, walked her on a leash for bathroom breaks (even though this was in our fenced front yard), and so forth. We did not want to have to start this whole thing over from scratch.
- We had almost a month to provide them with proof that she had the rabies vaccine. That meant we had to work fast. We needed to find the “safest”, if you can call it that, rabies vaccines available. We did the research and two candidates emerged: Fort Dodge/Pfizer RabVac 3 TF and Merial Imrab 3TF. (The TF is short for Thimerosal-Free – Thimerosal is a form of mercury, which is a heavy metal and extremely potent neurotoxin!)
- We set the date for a home visit from the local mobile vet to administer the vaccine about a week and half after the quarantine was over. We then did an overnight order to replenish our products (we used Combo 16 listed below) since we knew that we’d use extra for this ordeal.
- Next we began doggie prep: Crystal (our little trouble maker in the photo to the right) went on a full pre-vaccine de-tox using this protocol: Daily Maintenance products twice a day instead of just once as we do normally, and we added the MaxoTox as well. We did this for over a week, immediately before it was time to administer the vaccine.
- When the vet arrived, we made sure that he brought the correct vaccine: in our case they only had the Fort Dodge RabVac 3 TF and not the Merial Imrab 3 TF. Once we verified it was the vaccine we pre-ordered, we made sure he took a new needle out of the packet, swabbed the injection site with alcohol, evacuated any air out of the syringe, he gave the vaccine in between the shoulder blades – he said that was the customary practice in his office – then that part was done.
- We continued with the post-vaccine de-tox plan for another two weeks or so after the shot to help flush out all of that toxic crap: toxic chemicals, toxic preservatives, artificial/synthetic crap, and toxic heavy metals.
- Well, it has been over eleven months since the vaccine was administered and none of our dogs have reacted yet (e.g. no side-effects, no disease, no illnesses, no contagious situations, etc.) so far, and we hope this continues.
- We do and will always administer the Daily Maintenance dose as this is our primary method to keep our doggies healthy and prevent disease. Even though we live in the worst state for Parvo (AZ), we have not had an outbreak, our dogs are healthy, and we DO NOT give them Parvo or any other 5-in-1, 7-in-1, 8-in-1 whatever – vaccines.
|Fort Dodge Rabvac 3 TF (thimerosal-free formulation)||Merial IMRAB 3TF (thimerosal-free formulation)|
If your back is against the wall and you have to give your dog a rabies vaccination then do what we did and your animal will have a much better chance at avoiding short- as well as long-term vaccine-related health issues.
- Make your appointment for a 3-year rabies vaccination (give yourself a good 2-3 weeks’ head start). Do not go for a 1-year as you will definitely put your animal on overload and this will be very dangerous and life-threatening – the last thing you need when trying to prevent one disease or problem is to cause a different disease that could be worse than what you started with. Also, DO NOT allow them to give him any other vaccinations. SAY NO! Tell them you will not be paying for anything other than what you ordered which is the 3-year TF rabies vaccine and possibly an office visit fee (try to get out this too if you can). Stand your ground – don’t let them coerce, brow-beat, or fill your head with psycho babble and BS. Remember, vaccinations are a 30-Billion Dollar industry and vets are no different – they want a piece of that very lucrative vaccination pie.
- Get your dog(s) on the full de-tox routine (see products and dosage chart below).
- Do the de-tox for ideally two weeks before having the shot administered. Daily Maintenance (DM) + MaxoTox 2 times per day (see chart, below, for the dosage guide).
- Get the 3-year rabies shot using the TF version of the vaccine only.
- Continue the de-tox protocol for two weeks after the rabies vaccination. Then drop down to the Daily Maintenance dose (i.e. give the drops just once in each 24 hour period). Oh, BTW Daily Maintenance does mean give the drops (from both products) each and every single day from now on indefinitely. This is how you will keep him germ-bug-bacteria-parasite-virus free!
- Then 2 or 3 times a year do the full De-tox for at least 1 week.
Daily Maintenance & De-tox Products
As you probably surmised, the Daily Maintenance Kit can be used for many ailments, other than protection from vaccines and for daily maintenance, including: flushing out worms/parasites; and it is great at helping to maintain a dog’s strong natural defenses (i.e. it naturally builds up his immune system) against germs, bacteria, fungi, micro-organisms, viruses, disease, etc.
|Combo 14: Daily Maintenance (DM)||Combo 15: DM Single De-tox||Combo 16: DM Mega (Double Double) De-tox|
|Daily maintenance to flush out parasites and maintain a strong Immune System.
Will treat up to 3-4 dogs 50 lbs or less.
|Pre- and post-vaccine, flush out parasites, and maintain a strong Immune System.
Will treat up to 3-4 dogs 50 lbs or less.
|Pre- and post-vaccine, flush out parasites and maintain a strong Immune System.
Will treat 3-4 dogs up to 100 lbs each.
Detox Protocol Dosage Chart
The dosage chart shown below is our suggested pre- and post-vaccination detox dosage for the products contained in the Combo 16 pack (see above for details).
It is based on giving your dog two doses per day of both the two liquid products and the MaxoTox capsules for a total of four weeks (i.e. two weeks before the vaccination and two weeks after):
|Dog’s Weight||Drops/Dose||Capsules/Dose||Max. Treatment Days For One Dog|
|Under 3 lbs.
(Under 1.36 kg.)
|3 – 10 lbs.
(1.36 – 4.54 kg.)
|11 – 20 lbs.
(4.55 – 9.07 kg.)
|21 – 100 lbs.
(9.08 – 45.36 kg.)
|101 – 200 lbs.
(45.37 – 90.72 kg.)
|Over 200 lbs.
(Over 90.72 kg.)
Important Notes: How To Administer The Products
Supplies needed: a clean small dog bowl, some “fun” food that is safe, natural, and something that he will readily consume without effort. Things our dogs love are: puppy milk (yes they are all over 2 years old, but they don’t care), pancakes, bread, fruit juice like apple, strawberry, peach (no grapes or grape-related juice/fruit, e.g. raisins, dates, sultanas, plums, prunes, etc. as this is indigestible for them and can cause serious health issues), and never give them anything with caffeine as this is toxic for dogs and cats.
- Carefully unscrew the bottle cap. Next, squeeze the rubber bulb of the eye dropper (aka medicine dropper) to evacuate any product.
- Replace the medicine dropper, after you’ve hand-tightened the dropper and it is securely in place, shake the bottle, then squeeze the rubber bulb, to get the product in the tube.
- Unscrew the cap, then only squeeze a droplet out at a time – count as a drop of liquid falls into the clean pet bowl. Yes, this means a single little drop of liquid should emerge from the open-end of the dropper (see image).
- Use the number of drops indicated in the chart! This is crucial that you use the drop count in the chart, we don’t want to overdose.
- NEVER put the dropper anywhere near your cat or dog as this will cross-contaminate the products rendering them useless/dangerous if your animal has a contagious disease such as Parvo for example.
- Store the products in a cool shaded area – no direct-sunlight. Refrigeration is optional. They should be effective for two years or so.
- For the capsules, gently unscrew or pull apart a capsule for a small dog or cat, add half the contents, save the rest for later; for larger dogs add the entire contents of a whole capsule as the dosage chart indicates. By adding the powder from the capsule to the fun food, you will not have to fight with your pet as he will think this is a treat. This makes life simple. If you have cats you’ll know that getting them to take a pill is next to impossible. If you can survive getting it into their mouth, then you’ll need a personal force field as that pill will come back to you like a missile!
One other thing, although the chart is meant as a guideline, obviously you may have more than one dog that weigh different amounts, so if you have some small pets and some larger pets, say in the 21 – 100 lbs. (9.08 – 45.36 kg.) range, then you will probably need the Combo 16 to start off and then just get what you need as top-ups in the future. By planning this out, you can use US Priority Mail to save on shipping. Of course if this is an emergency, then by all means order using FedEx Overnight.
Other Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy
The Daily Maintenance doses are one of the ways by which we avoid having to take our doggies on a trip to the vet’s office.
Here are the other things that ParvoBuster® recommends (because we do these ourselves with each dog we have):
- Be as organic as possible, i.e. lead a chemical-free lifestyle since chemicals (e.g. prescription drugs and vaccines) can damage your pet’s immunity to illness and disease.
- Feed them a nutritious safe dog food (TriumphDogFood.com or if you have cats, TriumphCatFood.com)
- Remove cleaning, gardening chemicals, and pesticides, find safe alternatives. For more ideas on a Green life style, go here: BeingGreen.org
Vaccine Information Links
These are just a few of the many sites where you’ll find vaccine-related information, both concerning pets and humans:
|1.||However, according to the CDC: In the United States, canine-rabies elimination was achieved through implementation of dog vaccination and licensing, and stray dog control. Even though canine rabies is not a threat, you are still expected to continue giving the vaccine to your pet.|