Upon reading through our website, you may have noticed that we do not give our puppies their first round of puppy shots before we send them to their new homes.  The health of our puppies is our #1 priority, which is why we have decided to not vaccinate before each puppy is 12 weeks old.  Why is this?  Please see the articles we have listed below for more information on why we do not vaccinate before 12 weeks.

Vaccine Dangers – By Raw Fed Dogs

“Why I don’t Vaccinate At All” – by CATHERINE O’DRISCOLL

“Taking The Risk Out Of Puppy Shots” – By Dogs Naturally

“Noted immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz has addressed this issue and recommends a minimal vaccine program that includes one vaccination for Parvo, Distemper and Adenovirus, given at 12 weeks of age. Twelve weeks is not an arbitrary number – it is the earliest age where a combination parvo/distemper vaccine will have the greatest chance of protecting puppies.
Pfizer performed an interesting field study in 1996. C. Hoare, P. DeBouck and A. Wiseman assessed vaccinated puppies and split them into two groups.  Group A received a single vaccination at 12 weeks and Group B received a first vaccine between 8 to 10 weeks and a second at 12 weeks.  When titers were measured, 100% of the puppies vaccinated once at 12 weeks seroconverted whereas only 94% of the puppies in Group B seroconverted – despite receiving two vaccines as opposed to one.  It would appear that if the first vaccine is given too early it could, in some cases, block the the second vaccine.  So vaccinating your puppy twice not only increases his risk for adverse reactions to the vaccine, it appears to make vaccination less effective overall.
Vanguard also tested the Parvovirus response in their combination vaccine. They vaccinated puppies at 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 12 weeks of age and then measured their response to the vaccine by measuring their titers to Parvovirus. At 6 weeks, only 52% of the puppies had seroconverted, meaning that the puppies vaccinated at 6 weeks of age would get all of the risk from the vaccine and none of the benefit because their maternal antibodies inactivated the vaccine. At 9 weeks, 88% of the puppies showed a response to the vaccine. At 12 weeks, 100% of the puppies were protected.
It appears that 12 weeks would be the magic number where vaccines have a nearly 100% chance of working, meaning that your puppy should only need one – for his entire life. Dr. Schultz has done similar research with the distemper vaccine.” 
– Copied from “Taking The Risk Out Of Puppy Shots”


“Bordetella Vaccination for Dogs: Fraud and Fallacy” – By Dogs Naturally

“Parvovirus” – By Dogs Naturally

“The Rabies Threat” – by MOGENS ELIASE

More great vaccine articles: Click Here

So…. What to do instead of vaccines with adult dogs and senior dogs?  Check the titers!  What are titers?

“Titers: What Do They Mean?” – by Dogs Naturally

“Titer Testing” – by JAN RASMUSEN

Don’t get me wrong, we DO recommend vaccinating your puppy.  It just must be done at the right age and usually not all given at once.  I recommend waiting until your puppy is 12 weeks old before giving any vaccines.  They get so many antibodies from their momma’s milk, that giving vaccines any sooner than that can make their immune system worse, put them at a higher risk for cancer, leukaemia, thyroid disease, Addisons, Grave’s disease, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, lupus, thrombocytopenia, organ failure, skin inflammations, and more.

A Vaccine Schedule you can follow can be found in the link below:

“2011 Vaccine Protocol” – by Dr. Jean Dodds

That article is definitely a great new vaccine protocol to follow, my only recommendation is to change it just a bit and wait until your puppy is 12 weeks old before starting vaccines. 


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