Rethinking Shots

Are we over-vaccinating our canine companions?

My dog Chase is a natural dog. He’s on a raw diet. He takes herbs to boost his immunity. He has a traditional and a homeopathic veterinarian.

Recently, after Chase received his annual rabies booster, he contracted a urinary tract infection. Off we went to the homeopathic veterinarian, who told me that UTIs are common side effects of rabies vaccines. She also informed me that Chase only needed his rabies vaccine every three years, not every year, as my traditional vet had been doing.

It got me wondering if Chase was being over-vaccinated. I was not alone. Greater minds than mine have been studying this issue for decades.

Want to read the full story? Check out the Natural Dog flipside of DOG FANCY’s May 2009 issue.

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