Top 3 Vaccine Myths


1. Pets must be vaccinated every single year.

FALSE! Contrary to popular belief this is not true!

Once you’ve gone through the process of getting your pet their puppy/kitty vaccines or their initial vaccines then there’s no need for them to be re-vaccinated every year afterwards. There is a wealth of research that supports this and even goes as far as stating that just a single vaccination  can provide years if not lifelong immunity. There are some who believe that continuously vaccinating your pet will provide a stronger and/or longer immunity and that is also not the case. Constant vaccination instead tacks on the immune system essentially making it weaker and more susceptible to a host of problems such as allergies, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, tumors, seizures and more. You can go as far as saying that pet vaccines are virtually the same as human vaccines in the sense that humans don’t need to be re-vaccinated every year either so then why would your pet?

Also, it isn’t recommended to vaccinate for Boredetella, Corona, Lepto and Lyme disease unless these diseases are endemic locally or at a specific kennel.


2. Vaccines are extremely safe.


Vaccines are not extremely safe and there is always a risk when it comes to vaccinating your pet. You never know if your pet may have some sort of allergic reaction to the vaccine or worse if he/she may die because of them. As stated above your pet may become more susceptible to a plethora of problems if their immune system is constantly being bombarded.

This is especially important to note if you booster your pet regularly whether it be every 6 months or 1-3 years.


3. My veterinarian knows best.


Your veterinarian may not always knows what’s best for your pet. One of two things may come into play in regards to your pets vaccines: 1) your vet may not be up to date on the literature and may not know the many risks of vaccinating so frequently or 2) your vet may be up to date with the literature but may still choose to vaccinate frequently.

Some veterinarians out there are very much “old school” so they don’t always follow up with changing trends and schedules when it pertains to certain aspects of their practice one of those being vaccines. Whereas other veterinarians do their research and know what is up to date but yet choose not to change their practices. (These are the ones you should be most concerned about.)

One important thing to note about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry is that veterinarians (and in turn the pharmaceutical companies) make a significant amount of revenue from vaccinating pets every single year. Quoted from an article from Dr.Karen Becker over at Mercola Healthy Pets:

“Estimates are that removing the one-year rabies vaccination/office visit for dogs alone could reduce a veterinarian’s income from $87,000 to $25,000. And this example involves just one variety of one vaccine, and only dogs.”

With that in mind now you can see how this can very lucrative to a practice that chooses to do it.

How often do you vaccinate your pet? Or do you not vaccinate them at all?

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Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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  • Diane O’Neill

    My adopted Bichon was never vaccinated after his puppy vaccinations. He was titered every year and continued to show sufficient antibodies his 14 years of life. However, by NJ law he had to be vaccinated for rabies. The town we live In required a 1 year overlap for a 3 yr vaccine. The first and second rabies vaccination almost killed him each time. So, I researched and found the state would allow an annual exception as long as his vet signed off which he did as well as various restrictions by the state. At least the trend now is to vaccinate every three years instead of annually, finally. I have a lot to say about vacs but not enough space here.

    • That’s great that you were able to find information that would allow him to opt out of getting the rabies vaccines. I hear that’s a new trend that many vets and pet parents are taking up. I personally stopped getting my dog vaccinated combo or rabies, I’d rather get fined however much money than potentially killing or hurting my dog… but I’m a rebel! It took my husband some convincing before he finally let me have my way lol he’s more of a Captain America and likes to follow things by the books but when it comes to my dog or my cats their health is my #1 priority 🙂