"Bark 'n' Scratch"

Volume III - Issue 9:  March 4, 2005
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Christopher Aust, Master Trainer

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Hey Everybody,

Well, I hope everyone has been having a good week. Mine has been busy but at least it has been the good kind of busy. In fact, I have been approached on a couple of different fronts to work on some new projects I'm pretty excited about. I also got a new computer to replace the six-year old dinosaur I've been working on. I tell ya, I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl on Prom night.

As a result of all this, I'm going to be taking two to three weeks off from the newsletter to get everything caught up and in place. One of the projects I will be working on will take “Bark 'n' Scratch” to a whole new level I think everyone will enjoy. I'll fill you in on that as soon as all the details are in place.

I have a guest article in this week's newsletter. I had an expert write it as she is far more qualified to address the subject. Since readers asked about this, I figured it would be best to bring in the expert.

The article is on the issue of vaccinations. There has been a lot of buzz around this issue in the last few years as many studies are saying we are over vaccinating our dogs. As a result, it appears as though we could very well be shortening the lives of our pets rather than extending them. This is a MUST-READ!

I also plan to start doing the “Breed of the Week” section when I come back from my hiatus, so if there is a breed you want to see featured, let me know. I would prefer it is a breed a reader wants to know about, rather than just pick one out of the hat.

I also want to remind everyone about the audio classes I am doing. They are going to be held weekly and we have managed one heck of a line up. The instructors are some of the biggies in the animal care, and training world. I'm really very excited to be a part of it and highly suggest you go to the link below to learn more. Additionally, the format used for the classes is incredible.


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Both my dogs are ready for the following shots and I'm having second thoughts about continuing this annual practice.  They're due for the DHP-P-C yearly booster, Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrichia test, and a Rabies shot (both now will get them every three years - each had one last year, though).

I live in a country type of area (lots of fields and trees, no visiting animals, and my animals are NEVER off their leashes when outside. I don't walk them off my property which is about 1 1/4 acres and usually mowed down 4 times a year, so we don't have huge overgrowth, and the house is flea-proofed now).

I don't have a concern about the heartworm and Lyme shot - don't know what Ehrlichia is - but would just like your opinion on all of them.


Vaccinations: Yes Or No?
by Jeannie Thomason

There are a growing number of pet caregivers who are experiencing negative and often dangerous, life-threatening repercussions, from the vaccination-immunization serum that they are having veterinarians inject into their pets.

I have worked in the animal care industry and specifically the veterinary field for many years (Tech, Assistant & Front Office). I have spent a good amount of time in the last 15 years, studying the issue of vaccinations.

I have seen many situations where the perfectly healthy puppy is brought in at 6 weeks of age for his first vaccines. The vet always warns that the pup may run a slight fever and/or lose his appetite and not have much energy for a day or so. Then the puppy is scheduled to return 2 to 3 weeks for more vaccines. At that time he may spike another fever or maybe a day of diarrhea. Then he is returned again in another 2 or 3 weeks for more vaccines.

By now he may start to itch a bit or have digestive problems. Often by the time the puppy is 6 months old he has several problems going on. He often has loose stools, itches, (but there are no fleas), licks his feet excessively, fails to thrive, has changes in behavior, etc. Thus begins the first stages of chronic illness brought on by the vaccines.

When a perfectly healthy puppy is given viruses that cause illness, the animal is going to manifest illness-related symptoms. This healthy dog will be required to maintain a low-level stimulation of a state of distemper, a low level state of parvo, rabies, and so on. As long as the animal is in a low level state of illness he is not in a high level state of health. In other words, vaccines are supposed to provide protection by keeping the body in a diseased state of health.

Often the animal will not manifest the illness it is vaccinated for, at least not in its acute form, but it will manifest in other conditions. Usually these are chronic conditions and inherited weaknesses such as: any auto-immune disease such as lupus, auto-immune hemolytic anemia cardiomyopathies; fibrosarcomas, mast cell tumors, thyroid tumors, etc.; inflammatory bowel disease, dermatological conditions, warts, lipomas, poor hair coats, IBS, periodontal disease, thyroid disease, and the list goes on and on.

Finally, Veterinary Schools are changing their vaccination protocols. Recent editions of the Senior Dogs Project's newsletter have reported on the ever-broadening trend of eliminating vaccinations for adult dogs, except for rabies, where required by state law.

We now have a report that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats. Here, in a nutshell, are the new guidelines under consideration:

"Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces immunity, which is good for the life of the pet (i.e., canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not 'boosted' nor are more memory cells induced.

"Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of Modified Live Virus vaccines. Puppies receive antibodies through their mother's milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies and kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced.

Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 months) will provide lifetime immunity."


“Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a major assault on the body's immune system. Attentuated organisms or chemically killed viruses or bacteria are injected directly into the blood stream, an unnatural route of infection. This profound insult, avoiding the body's first line of defenses, and flooding the system with millions of organisms or viral particles, stresses the immune system in a way not of natures design. This insult causes irregularities and abnormalities in the immune system which then manifests as chronic diseases in animals.” Dr Charles E Loops, DVM 

“We see a lot of epilepsy/seizure, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently, you'll see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination." Dee Blanco, D.V.M

“Routine vaccination has adverse side effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system.” Donna Starita Mehan, DVM

Many of us question the very act of immunization its self. We question the effect of injecting a disease into our dogs, thus putting a virus directly into the bloodstream that normally enters only through the mouth, respiratory system, etc., thus bypassing the entire primary immune response that occurs in the mucous membranes.

We worry about the research that shows that vaccinated dogs have antibodies against THEIR OWN CELLS, while a control group of unvaccinated dogs does not. (Larry T. Glickman, DVM, "Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Vaccination," Advances in Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 41, 2001)

We worry about the effect on the immune system of an animal, to inject them with a disease that has been changed and modified so it cannot cause symptoms; symptoms are, after all, the way a body "discharges" the disruptive forces of a disease in the first place. Vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, running noses, increased urination, rashes and the sweat of a fever, all of these discharges are the body's way of moving the disease out of the body.

What do you think the immune system does with a virus that sets up in its cells but causes no acute symptoms? Those suppressed acute symptoms become chronic disease. And chronic disease is deeper and more serious than acute disease.

So in the end, we each need to make up our own decisions on this issue. I try to share information to those who are questioning vaccination and recommend they do their own research so they might be better able to come up with a more rational and safer vaccine program (instead of what most vets and vaccine manufactures recommend). This does not mean I am recommending vaccinations or telling you what I think you should do. Everyone has to decide for himself or herself, just as I have.


Author: Jeannie Thomason
Natural Pet Care Consultant


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Tee Gee's hair continues to grow!  No more tuffs of black hair on my white carpet.  And, the energy of these two dogs is amazing!  (Since starting the cooked food diet and Noni) So, I broke down and bought a food processor to make the food preparation easier and so that I can make larger quantities to freeze.  It came the other day and I'm going to test it out today.

Hope you're well, keep up your wonderful work, and thank you for your constant support and advice.

Patty from Florida

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Kis' Advice to Kids

"Never trust a dog to watch your food." Patrick, age 10

"When your dad is mad and asks you, 'Do I look stupid?' don't answer." Hannah, 9

"Never tell your mom her diets not working." Michael, 14

"Never pee on an electric fence." Robert, 13

"Don't pull your dad's finger when he tells you to." Emily, 10

"When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair." Taylia, 11

"Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Tic-Tac." Andrew, 9

"Never hold a Dust Buster and a cat at the same time." Kyoyo, 9

"You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk." Armir, 9

"Don't wear polka dot underwear under white shorts." Kellie, 11

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