“Why Vets Are Getting Away With Murder”

“Better yet, find a vet who does not push needless vaccinations, overly-processed foods or other harmful pharmaceuticals.”

I have always gone to the ‘old school’ vet who does not have a fancy office filled with bags of animal food and things to buy for Rover. To my surprise, I was informed by one of my ‘old school’ vets that yearly vaccinations were no longer necessary and might be harmful for Rover. Unfortunately, some counties and cities in Texas have not changed their law to meet state standards, including East Texas. I have even had one vet in East Texas tell me that yearly vaccination was required because of the high incidence of rabies…Ridiculous when we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt, has nothing to do with incidence of rabies but her need to keep the practice going with office visits that were not necessary at all…my bill was $35.00 for the office call and $10.00 for the rabies vaccine…Grand total %45.00…I left saying I was still looking for a vet…this was totally unacceptable!!!

The ‘old school’ vet doesn’t charge for an office visit for the rabies vaccine although he does take the basic information for the animal receiving that vaccine. He might even weigh your pet and check the very basics free of charge. This is the type of vet that is good for your Rover!!! Check around and you might be surprised to find one or two and even one still willing to come to your home (farm call) for a few bucks more for an emergency…When the sanctuary/shelter was open we had the greatest vet who came by frequently and charged a yearly rate and only for the cost of medicine. He knew we would recommend him and send business his way…we most certainly did!!!

The following article is extremely important to the health of your pet even if you are still required for yearly vaccine where you live…Make a copy and send to all veterinarians in your area…

“Why Vets Are Getting Away With Murder”


by DANA SCOTT on MARCH 5, 2012 ·

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How’s that for a title?  If it got your attention, then that’s good because this topic needs your attention.  It used to be that dogs visited the vet pretty rarely.  They only needed a couple of vaccines, they weren’t eating veterinary prescription diets and they weren’t continually loaded with heartworm preventives, flea and tick meds and shampoos, dewormers, pharmaceuticals and more.  Thinking back, maybe that’s why they didn’t need to go to the vet all that often.

Today, there is a very different veterinary clinic.  It’s true that we now have better treatment options at our disposal, such as MRIs and more technologically advanced surgery.  I think it’s great that vets – and our pets – have access to these tools.  But somewhere along the way, the veterinary practice lost perspective.  I’m not talking about individual vets because I believe that most of them do want to do right by our pets.  But the problem is that the vets have allowed themselves to be influenced by the pharmaceutical companies and the dog food manufacturers – and this has been to the great detriment of our pets.

The veterinary profession is broken and it isn’t about to change any time soon.  Our pets are being over-serviced and we are getting fleeced.  We pay for the unnecessary vaccinations, the overly-processed, synthetic prescription pet foods that contain ingredients from China, and we pay for drugs and chemicals that are damaging to the immune system.  After shelling out for these services,  pet owners need to keep their wallets open because, sooner or later, the chronic disease caused by these products will start to kick in and require treatment.  We accept health issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, allergies and skin issues, gastrointestinal issues and parasite loads as common problems that dogs suffer and this couldn’t be further from the truth.  They are disease and they threaten the quality and quantity of life of our companion animals – and many of them are caused by the products vets tell us are safe and effective.

The sad fact is, vets are harming our dogs.  They have too many drugs, vaccines and chemicals at their disposal and they are too willing to dispense them.  The worst part is, they hold no accountability for their actions.  In short, they can and do ignore vaccine label recommendations or prescribe harmful or unnecessary drugs and pet owners have no  recourse.

I believe that the most common and most harmful veterinary practice is over-vaccination.  Not only do the vaccines cause a lot of damage in our dogs, but nearly every vaccine vets give to our dogs is unnecessary.  Pay attention to that sentence:  nearly every vaccine given to our dogs is useless and they get all of the risk and none of the reward.  How could this happen?  How can vets cause so much disease in our dogs without even knowing it?

Vets Do Not Understand Immunology or Vaccines

I paraphrase Dr. Ronald Schultz, the leading veterinary immunologist when I say that vets are not prepared to make vaccine decisions.  In the March 2012 issue of Dogs Naturally, we published an article where we interviewed various vets on their thoughts and experience with vaccines.  Here are some of the responses we got:

“I was taught vaccines were safe and it was implied there had been safety studies done on them before they were used on the general public. They are not safe and there have not been any safety studies done on any of them.  I was taught that if something adverse happens within a few hours after immunization it was related to the vaccines but, if it happened later than that period of time, it had nothing to do with the vaccines. The truth of the matter is vaccines can set up a latent condition that may show up within a few hours or years after immunization.”  (Dr. Stephen Blake)

“My training in vet school was not complete with regard to the harmful effects that vaccines have on the immune system.  The scientific evidence was not properly explored by the eighties. Vaccines were designed to help stimulate immunity.  Current research is proving just the opposite however.  Even my graduate school immunology course (attended mainly by MD students) was incomplete.  (Dr Jeff Feinman)

“Vaccination in college was skimmed over with little discussion of potential risks involved.  In practice I have seen what I believe to be vaccine related problems of skin disease (allergic); inflammatory bowel disease; and epilepsy which appear to have been triggered or coincided with vaccination.”  (Dr. Mark Carpenter)

So here we have a substance that we now know can cause many acute and chronic health issues – and even death – and the vets themselves admit that they really weren’t educated in their use.  More importantly, because the veterinary colleges are financially aligned with the pharmaceutical companies, most of the curriculum is very pro-vaccine with little time spent discussing the very real issue of harmful reactions. How could this happen?

More Is Not Better

Back in the 1970′s, dogs were only vaccinated for only one or two diseases.  Today, there are vaccines for adenovirus, parainfluenza, bordetella, lyme disease, leptospirosis, hepatitis, rabies – and there are more and more coming down the pipe.  Today, dogs and puppies are often vaccinated with 7 or more viruses at the same time.  They routinely receive rabies vaccinations at the same time as other vaccinations – even though it clearly states on the label not to do this.

It has been largely acknowledged for the last thirty or forty years that the core vaccines most likely last for the life of the animal.  Not only are vets delivering more and more vaccines to our pets, they are continuing to do so on a schedule that has clearly and consistently been proven to be both ineffective and dangerous.

In the 1970′s, all vaccines, with the exception of rabies vaccines, were licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on challenge studies performed from only a few weeks to a few months after vaccination. All the vaccine labels included the statement ‘‘Annual Revaccination Recommended’’ without the knowledge of whether the true duration of immunity (DOI) was a year or a life time.  So vets vaccinated yearly, even though field observation suggested that immunity after both natural infection and vaccination was long lived.

“The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given.”  Says Dr. Schultz.  ”Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated.”

Yet vets continue to send us postcards telling us we need to bring our pets in for even more vaccinations, either every year or every three years.  Whichever schedule the vet chooses is a moot point because revaccination is not necessary.  Immunity is like being a virgin – you either are or you aren’t and once you change, there is no changing back again.  Dogs are either immune or they are not, and once immune, there is every indication that this lasts a lifetime.  Distemper, for example, has been shown to last for 15 years.  In fact, all of the core vaccines have shown this kind of lifespan.

So why do vets continue to vaccinate unnecessarily?

“Profits are what vaccine critics believe is at the root of the profession’s resistance to update its protocols. Without the lure of vaccines, clients might be less inclined to make yearly veterinary visits. Vaccines add up to 14 percent of the average practice’s income, AAHA reports, and veterinarians stand to lose big.  I suspect some are ignoring my work,” says Schultz, who claims some distemper vaccines last as long as 15 years. “Tying vaccinations into the annual visit became prominent in the 1980s and a way of practicing in the 1990s. Now veterinarians don’t want to give it up.”

Even those vets who want to do the right thing are vaccinating our pets too often and with too much.  As stated above, they are not prepared to make balanced vaccine decisions because the veterinary colleges rely on the vaccine manufacturers to prepare their immunology curriculum.  Clearly, no matter how much pet owners trust their vets, they can’t rely on them to protect their animals from unnecessary vaccination and the damage it causes.  But what about the veterinary associations – aren’t they looking out for our pets?

The Fox Is Watching The Hen House

In 1978, when vets were vaccinating annually, Schultz et al published ‘‘An Ideal (But Not Proven) Immunization Schedule for Dogs and Cats’’. They recommended a series of puppy/kitten vaccinations followed by revaccination at 1 year, then revaccination every 3 years.

Research was initiated at that time to prove his suspicions and dogs where challenged with exposure to Distemper, Adenovirus and Parvovirus, anywhere from 1 to 11 years after vaccination.  Every single dog was protected when exposed to the virus.  “The results from this limited group of dogs clearly demonstrated the Norden modified live vaccines provided immunity for at least 11 years against CDV and CPV-2″ says Dr. Schultz.  Based on this research, Drs Schultz and Scott recommended triennial revaccination instead of annual revaccination.

These early recommendations prompted the AAHA to assemble a task force.  In 2003, the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force evaluated the data from these challenge and serological studies and, while noting that the core vaccines had a minimum duration of immunity of at least seven years, compromised in 2003 with the statement that “revaccination every 3 years is considered protective.

Task force member Dr. Richard Ford, Professor of Medicine, North Carolina State University, said that the decision to recommend a 3 year revaccination schedule for core vaccines was a compromise. “It’s completely arbitrary…,” he said. “I will say there is no science behind the three-year recommendation…”

Today, eight years later, despite more and more research showing long lasting immunity for core vaccines and the deleterious effects of vaccination, the AAHA hasn’t changed it’s position all that much. The 2011 revaccination guidelines state:  “every 3 years or more” with the following comment: “Among healthy dogs, all commercially available [core] vaccines are expected to induce a sustained protective immune response lasting at least 5 yr. thereafter”

Why do they state that the immune response lasts at least 5 years (and even this is a serious underestimation) yet stick to that magically arbitrary schedule of 3 years?

“Both the AAHA and the AVMA must do more to “step up to the plate” says noted immunologist, Dr. Richard Ford. But the reality is, the vets do not have to listen to the AAHA or the AVMA and it appears the state veterinary medical boards are not interested in enforcing vaccine schedules, opting to leave it up to the individual vet.

This is extremely problematic because, as the vets themselves have revealed, they are not prepared to make a decision on how often they should vaccinate and what vaccines they should give.  In the end, the vets are over-vaccinating either out of ignorance or greed, and the governing bodies only seem interest in protecting the financial interests of their veterinary members.  Speaking of that, it is noteworthy that the major sponsors of the AAHA guidelines are the major pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these vaccines.

Informed Consent

Why are most pet owners unaware of vaccine dangers?  Because vets are led to believe that vaccines are safe, they lead us to believe they are safe.  That is not an excuse.  If vets are to take our money for the delivery of medical procedures, they had darn well better know the safety and efficacy of that procedure.  Every day, I communicate with vets who defend their vaccine practices and demand the research behind our claims.  I give it to them but, at the same time, I question why they are relying on blogs and magazines for their information?  It is the vet’s responsibility to fully understand the risks and benefits of every medical procedure they perform on our pets and to research it thoroughly.  Here is the most important part:  it is also their responsibility to inform pet owners of the risks and benefits of that procedure.

How many pet owners are given full disclosure when their animals are vaccinated?  How many vets warn them that the vaccine may cause injection site sarcomas, other forms of cancer, severe allergic reactions or even anaphylactic shock and death?  Here is the list of adverse events known to be induced via vaccine administration (Schultz, 2007):

Common Reactions:

  • Lethargy
  • Hair Loss, hair color change at injection Site
  • Fever
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Refusal to eat
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Sneezing
  • Oral ulcers

Moderate Reactions:

  • Immunosupression
  • Behavioral changes
  • Vitiligo
  • Weight loss (Cachexia)
  • Reduced milk production
  • Lameness
  • Granulomas/Abscesses
  • Hives
  • FacialeEdema
  • Atopy
  • Respiratory disease
  • Allergic uveitis (Blue Eye)

Severe Reactions triggered by Vaccines:

  • Vaccine injection site sarcomas
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Arthritis, polyarthritis
  • HOD hypertrophy osteodystrophy
  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
  • Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMTP)
  • Hemolytic disease of the newborn (Neonatal Isoerythrolysis)
  • Thyroiditis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Disease or enhanced disease which with the vaccine was designed to prevent
  • Myocarditis
  • Post vaccinal Encephalitis or polyneuritis
  • Seizures
  • Abortion, congenital anomalies, embryonic/fetal death, failure to conceive

Why is it that we aren’t informed of this before our pets are vaccinated?  Why are we not provided with informed consent?  Every day, dogs are permanently damaged from vaccines and vets continue to urge us to vaccinate without any regard to the potential risks.  There are thousands of pet owners with pets dying of cancer or suffering from severe allergies who wish they could turn back the clock and be given a second chance to consent to that vaccination – with their eyes wide open and fully aware of both the risks and the benefits of that seemingly innocuous needle.

In human medicine, performing a medical procedure without full disclosure and informed consent would be called malpractice and there would most definitely be a lawsuit.  In veterinary practice, this doesn’t happen.  Which leads us to the final point.

Why Veterinary Malpractice Is An Illusion

Until the mid-part of the last century, the term “malpractice” didn’t even apply to veterinarians (and still may not in some states where this profession is not listed under the malpractice statute).  Recently, however, veterinarians have become subject to state malpractice actions.  Despite this trend, veterinarian malpractice lawsuits still aren’t that common because the measure of damages for the loss of a pet in most states is the market value of the pet. In other words, what someone else would pay for an identical pet of the same age, breed and condition.

In nearly all cases, lawyer’s fees would be more than pet owners would be able to recover in court. Also, pet owners have to prove the same things you would have proven in a medical malpractice case, which isn’t always easy or inexpensive.  A few states allow money damages for emotional distress and loss of companionship. However, awards for an owner’s mental suffering are the exception rather than the rule.

So it seems that the veterinary colleges can continue to allow the vaccine manufacturers to teach their students about immunology, the vets can continue to deliver unnecessary and dangerous vaccines to our animals without full disclosure of their risks, the veterinary associations will continue to make vague statements regarding vaccine duration of immunity and refuse to monitor the activities of their members, and our pets will continue to suffer because nobody cares enough to do anything about it.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  We care.  We care a lot.  And we know that because you are reading this article, that you care too.

What Can Pet Owners Do?

Just because we can’t sue vets doesn’t meant we can’t sock it to them financially.  If we demand informed consent and refuse any and all unnecessary vaccinations, we will force vets to look into different revenue sources.  Look your vet in the eye and tell him that the vaccines he is advocating are not only unnecessary but dangerous – and have the paperwork to back it up (just email us and we’ll give you all you need).  Then kindly decline the vaccinations.

There are other ways you can influence vets financially.  Stop buying their crappy prescription diets.  They are full of synthetic and processed ingredients that cause cancer and toxic build up in your pet.  Better yet, find a vet who does not push needless vaccinations, overly-processed foods or other harmful pharmaceuticals.

Finally, demand that any and all vaccine and drug reactions are reported to the right agencies.  Remember, it can take months or years for vaccine damage to rear its ugly head.    Here are the phone numbers and websites you need to know:

For adverse veterinary drug reactions:

Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration


www.fda.gov/cvm/contactcvm/contactCVM.html and follow the link for report a drug reaction.

For veterinary vaccines and other biologicals:

Center for Biologics, USDA



For topical insecticides

EPA:  800-858-7378

The best solution is to give our money only to the best vets who have done their homework on vaccines and immunology.  There are many good holistic vets to be found and if we give them our money, we will force the rest of the vets to also start learning about natural health care.

The bottom line is, you are the only thing that stands between your dog and harmful veterinary over-servicing.  By educating ourselves and refusing unnecessary vaccination, we can fix what is broken with the veterinary system without the help of the vets, one pet at a time.

5 Responses to ““Why Vets Are Getting Away With Murder””

  1. In the early 80’s, I was hired as the head animal tech for a major pet store chain’s local store. I was young, naive, dumb, & really didn’t know what I was getting into. One of the requirements, which led me to quit in protest, was their required vacination schedule. Please note, the owner of the store was the wife of a vet.

    I was required to vaccinate the puppies & kittens every single week!!! Most came in at 6 weeks of age. They were given the total core vaccination at that time. Then for puppies, the next week was just a parvo vaccine. The next week was the core multi virus vaccine. And so it went every week. The kittens were given the core multi vaccine every week. I protested this was way too much but they argued with me. I was forced to vaccinate on this schedule. And even with this, puppies died of parvo or distemper or both. This went on constantly. I was blamed for this because I was a day off of their schedule. Bull!!! These animals were over vaccinated. Puppies came in already with the virus & the shots seemed to accelerate them becoming sick & dieing. I cried over the many, many, uncountable numbers who died. When the viruses broke out I would beg them to quarrantine the pups. Nope!!! They continued to sell sick & dieing pups. I saw many devastated buyers coming in to report their sick animals or worse,dead animals. And then they were given the cold shoulder, forced to go through a grueling inquisition by store staff. Thank God I never had to deal with them. I would of told them the truth. I would have told them their pups they had paid hundreds of dollars for, sometimes even over a thousand, were bought for $25.00, were sick or around sick dogs, their pup was way over vaccinated & they should never have bought an animal there.

    My own sister bought a kitten for her daughter. When the kitten was 6 months old, my sis took her to be spayed. During the surgery, the vet called. The kitten’s body was riddled with cancer & she might have, at best, a week left to live. The cancer had consumed everything inside of the kitten. The kitten was humanely put down while she was still under anathesia. It was the kindest thing that could be done.

    I often wondered what became of the animals sold there. Wondered how many died because of the dangerous vaccination schedule. 1 chihuahua at age 9 months, was declared to be to ugly to sell. I was the only person who had shown him any love. He was declared unfit for sale & was to be killed. I persuaded the owner to let me have him. She agreed as long as I told no one so she could get the breeder to give her another $25.00 chihuahua. He had been vaccinated every week from age 6 weeks to 9 months. He had major health problems. He had constant urinary tract blockages which required lots of meds, constantly going to the vet to have basically a “rotor routing” done by the vet. He died suddenly at a very young age, but at least in my hands. I knew this was from the over vaccinating & poor breeding.

    Watching numerous puppies dieing constantly because of no quarranting of incoming puppies, puppies being over vaccinated, finding dead or dying puppies, having so many die in my hands, the uncaring attitude of the owner & staff, I quit. I couldn’t stand this loss of life. And those pups that did survive, had severe lifelong medical conditions.

    I knew then & I know now, animals are over vaccinated. Animals die of this. In humans, vaccines are being questioned. Dr. Oz admitted on TV that in his office, as Dr. Oz, he pushes the vaccines. But when he arrives home, he becomes Mr. Oz & refuses to vaccinate his own children. He should be as honest to his patients & let them choose informed choices as he does with his own children.

    I have long questioned vaccination policies for humans & animals. There is way to much that’s not understood about the vaccines. I beg everyone to become informed about the vaccinations. I beg everyone to help push better vaccination schedules. The rabies vaccine doesn’t need to be done yearly. It has gotten so that even if your pet is vaccinated with the rabies vaccine as required by your state’s laws, if your dog bites someone, they force you to quarrantine your dog at the local shelter.

    Please help push for safer vaccination standards. Please help make it safer for our pets.

  2. It has been deemed malpractice to not di$pen$e routine pain meds after spay/neuter whether the pet needs it OR NOT. It is also my liability if a clients child eats a fentanyl patch. It is MT license if a client takes tramadol or vicodin themselves instead of giving it to the dog.
    If I don’t recommend Lyme in an endemic area. As we have lately become-I can be sued. I didn’t recommend kennel cough routinely and now many dogs have gotten it. I am fairly conservative about meds and vaccine, but what do I tell the owner whose dog is dying with parvo because her regular bet said she didn’t need it anymore? What do I tell the owner whose last vet said the rabies was good for three years on the first known dose on violation on the manufacturers instructions?

    • I’m not a vet…So, tell me, what do you tell them? As far as I know, it is not effective until after the first booster and always gone by that rule until I am told otherwise.
      Where I am currently living, it doesn’t matter, now does it?!? Rover will be given a yearly (possibly harmful) vaccination whether he needs it or not, regardless that the state accepts the 3 year vaccination…AND is the standard that is accepted in most states. And actually, is a fact, ALL rabies vaccine is rated for three years and has been for sometime now…Please correct me if I am wrong on this…
      Veterinarians are not informing their county commissioners and so the old ‘outdated law’ remains in effect and that’s my point.
      If you are concerned about it not being effective then you should provide a waiver of responsibility if you doubt the manufactures instructions and gives the client the opportunity to make a choice…DONE!!!
      Best of luck to you in your practice…I do appreciate where you are coming from but from where I am sitting, I have to question an ‘outdated law’ and wonder why it is not brought up to the county commissioners by the vets with practices in counties with a yearly vaccination law especially since is the norm and OVER VACCINATION can be harmful for Rover!!!-That is a fact…
      Are you aware that it is a misdemeanor to not give the yearly vaccination when required by law even though it is not necessarily good for Rover?!? And my point…More important issue is that it can cause problems to over vaccinate…Just wondering -How do you explain that?!? Best -B

    • You are supposed to do the right thing regardless of what anyone tells you. If you knowingly inject a dog with a harmful substance just because you’re told to then you have no business pretending to be ethical or moral. Heroes buck the system in order to do what is right. Robust healthy dogs don’t die of kennel cough.

  3. No, you can’t do what’s right either. You have to do it their way and if you don’t get those overdoses on a regular basis and pay the vet’s fees, they’ll report you as an abuser. Then your pet gets a different kind of shot, which is their final one. It’s all a racket to make money for the vet. What would you think if you went to see a doctor and his office looked like a drug store, with shelves all over the place of various over-the-counter drugs, remedies, first aid supplies, splints, crutches, walkers, and just about everything you’d find at Walgreen’s? How about a podiatrist’s office that looks like a shoe store? This is what many veterinary clinics are coming to. They are in it for the money, and all those incidentals help pay the rent. Of course they are going to push vaccinations and unnecessary medicines as well.

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