OF IMMUNOLOGY - Last updated November 2013
Updated November 2013 Vaccination protocol for Lumineux
Our dogs/puppies are vaccinated as close as possible to
per Dr. Jean Dodds' Recommended Vaccination Schedule (see
below). Our seniors and dogs with health issues are not
Our puppies will be vaccinated from 8 to 9 weeks where
practicable, going to their new homes a week later.
This page has articles and links that are against annual
vaccinations. Whilst we have made our own decisions on
the future of vaccinations for our own dogs, we suggest
that you read any available material thoroughly and do
your own research, even discuss it with your own
Veterinarian, before making any decisions for your own
Whilst all care is taken, we will not be held responsible
for the accuracy of any information contained on this
site. Any errors or omissions will be corrected upon
notification. Any articles, statements and opinions
expressed on our site are not necessarily the opinion of
Lumineux Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
What are Dogs in Australia Vaccinated Against?
vaccination given to dogs in Australia is promoted as protective
against three serious infectious diseases. All these diseases
are life threatening to an infected dog. Those three
diseases are Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Parvovirus.
In some vaccines a Kennel Cough component is added, but Kennel
Cough, of itself, is not a life threatening disease.
What is in the
Vaccine Given to Dogs?
The vaccines given
to dogs in Australia contain live viruses. Live
viruses in vaccines are modified and are known as MLV's (Modified
Live Viruses). In addition to the modified live viruses,
these vaccines also contain various substances to stabilize
and preserve the vaccine. Some of these substances are
known carcinogens and others have been linked to neurological
How Do Vaccines
Vaccines do not
directly confer immunity to disease. Vaccines work by
programming the body's immune system. When the body is
challenged by a disease (a vaccine is a 'disease') then the
immune system is stimulated to produce antibodies and memory
cells. It is the antibodies and memory cells that fight the
disease and then provide lasting immunity to it.
Why Do Vaccines
Immunity acquired from vaccination,
or through successfully overcoming exposure to the disease, lasts
because of cellular memory. It is not possible to 'boost'
immunity in an already immune dog. The dog is either immune
to a particular disease or it is not!
vaccinations, the dog's immune system is being unnecessarily over-stimulated by
repeated challenges. This can lead to a weakening of the
immune system - and many individual dogs, as well as certain
breeds, are susceptible to that outcome.
If a dog's immune
system is compromised then that system cannot work as
it should do.
Skin, and other
allergies, are perhaps the fastest growing chronic health
problem in our dogs today. Allergies are one sign of a
compromised immune stsyem.
Updated November 2013
Dr. Dodds has made only slight, minor changes to the basic,
core Canine Vaccination Protocol she established in previous
years. Dr. Dodds bases her decisions on numerous factors such as
presence of maternal immunity, prevalence of viruses or other
infectious agents in the region, number of reported occurrences
of the viruses and other infectious agents, how these agents are
spread, and the typical environmental conditions and exposure
risk activities of companion animals.
Dr. Dodds considers infectious canine hepatitis (adenovirus-1),
canine adenovirus-2, bordetella, canine influenza, canine
coronavirus, leptospirosis, and Lyme regional and situational.
Please research the prevalence in your area, and discuss it with
For Dr. Dodds position on various canine vaccines,
please refer to the following posts:
Frequently Asked Questions about Titers and
Dr. Ron Schultz on Lyme Vaccine
Dr. Ron Schultz on Leptospirosis Vaccines
Kennel Cough Complex Vaccines
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Canine Influenza (H3N8)
Vaccinations: A Global Perspective
2013 and 2014 Vaccination Protocol
Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for
those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable.
The schedule is one Dr. Dodds recommends and should not be
interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a
veterinarian would be less satisfactory. Its a matter of
professional judgment and choice.
9-10 Weeks Old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard]
Same as above
20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from
Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus
every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired.
Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where
circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained
from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies
antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver
request. See the Rabies Challenge Fund website.
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843
Vaccine Damage, by Catherine O'Driscoll
http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/scienceVaccineDamage.html * recommended
Advocacy - Responsibility Ethics Science
Recent Advances in Immunology, New Principles of
Immunology-Canine, Consumer Warnings and much more
http://www.critteradvocacy.org/K9%20Recommendations.htm * recommended
articles and resourses can be found here, (one of my favourite
sites for Information)
Chinaroad Lowchens of Australia ..... Canine Vaccinations
vaccines necessary? Information to consider when vaccinating your
need yearly revaccinations. And veterinarians and immunological
researchers now tell us: Neither do dogs and cats.
- The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Report of the American Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine
Task Force: 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and
in Designing Effective and Safe Vaccination Programs for Dogs
Do Not Vaccinate Needlessly
Don't revaccinate more often than is needed and only with the
vaccines that prevent diseases for which that animal is at risk.
Do Not Assume that Vaccines Cannot Harm a Pet
Vaccines are potent medically active agents and have the very
real potential of producing adverse events.
Updates on Vaccinations - Vets in UK Speak Out Against
New Updates on Vaccinations - Vets in UK Speak Out Against
Vaccination - Vaccination Story in the Dogs World UK March 2004 -
Links to recent articals in this topic
Advocacy http://www.critteradvocacy.org/ On this web site you will
find consumer warnings about unnecessary and potentially harmful
need shots every year
Vaccination findings -
Veterinary research challenges the notion that pets need to be
vaccinated every 12 months. Some of the findings:Dog vaccines/Minimum
duration of immunity · Canine rabies - 3 years · Canine
parainfluenza - 3 years · Canine distemper (Onderstepoort strain)
- 5 years · Canine distemper (Rockborn strain) - 7 years ·
Canine adenovirus (kennel cough) - 7 years · Canine parvovirus -
Does My Pet Need Annual Vaccination?
Questions About Vaccine... Which Ones and How Often?
Homeopathy is a
complex specialty that a growing number of veterinarians are
choosing to incorporate into their practices. In Australia,
many members of the Australian Association of Holisitc
Veterinarians are qualified to practice homeopathy.
Vaccine Alternatives (oral nosodes)
Homeopathic Nosodesare remedies or medicines made
from the disease itself and are diluted or potenized so only the
energy of worm or disease exists.
They are administered orally.
So far, experience has shown no problem with side effects, unlike
the live virus vaccinations (C3, C4,C5)
Safe for kittens or puppies starting at the age of 4 weeks.
Can be ordered
online from WholisticAnimal.com and Greenpet.com.au
For pets already
There are products such as the one below (available from
Wholistic Animal) are available for previously vaccinated pets.
CANINE VACCINE & HEAVY METAL DETOX
Cleansing and detox from past or present vaccinations (if pet has
had previous vaccinations), drugs, over use of antibiotics
chemicals, insecticides and pet food preservatives of the
Carcinogenic ethoxyquin preservative and white sugar in pet food,
DIET, HERBAL REMEDIES, HOLISTIC , FLOWER ESSENCE
BARF!!! Bones and Raw Food - We have fed our dogs a
mainly raw food and bone diet for over eight years , with
impressive results - and believe it has contributed to their good
health and reproduction.
BARF AUSTRALIA - Dr Ian Billinghurst -
author of the book "Give Your Dog a Bone which began
the worldwide BARF dietary revolution for pets, his second book
"Grow Your Pups With Bones" is also excellent.
WholisticAnimal.com - This is where we aquire
our homeopathic nosodes and other homeopathic remedies
Natural Therapy Centre For Animals - Austrlalia
Holistic Animal Health:
Animal Diseases and their Natural Care - PART 2
Holistic Health Information
for Companion Animals - Also info on Chiropractic, Natural rearing,
Breeding, Training, Flower Essences and more.
Herbs For Pets
Greenpet - Natural Alternative Health for
your Pets and Livestock
The Use of Alternative
Therapy in Dogs and Cats
Out of the Earth - Natural Healing
Alternatives For Pets & Their People - including some very
interesting articles on raw diets and the Herbal Parasite Cleanse for
Natural healing - Herbology, Aromatherapy,
Flower Essences, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chiropractic, TCM,
Magnetic Therapy, Reiki, TTouch
Herbal Treatments for Dogs
from Robert McDowell's Herbal Treatments. Cancer Support,
Radiotherapy Support, Articles and Consultation.
Dr Bruce's Vet's All
Natural - The Natural Choice for Healthy Pets!
Vets All Natural
International Flower Essence Centre
Pet health care links
including herbal references - Links to many other Health sites.