Vets, Please Stop With the Kennel Cough “Vaccines”, They Don’t Work and They’re not Necessary…
I remember when I was in Guide Dogs. We used to pay the vets to come down to our kennels and squirt their kennel cough “vaccine” up our dogs’ noses. Up to 80 dogs in kennels at once. Despite this, every couple of years cough would sweep through kennels. So we’d ring the vets. They’d hurry down with their steroids AND antibiotics (as these two MUST be given together in dogs, but not in humans…?!). One day I stopped one of the vets, showed him the bill for the kennel cough vaccinations and asked simply “who’s fault is this?”. He shrugged his shoulders, saying “nothing’s guaranteed”. I countered with perhaps your payment shouldn’t be guaranteed. He smiled. I wasn’t smiling.
There are 5 things that vets advise that we should absolutely question. They are
- Dry, cereal based food for a carnivore
- Annual boosters for viruses in dogs already vaccinated for them
- The dangerous Nobivak4 leptospirosis jab as a matter of course
- Chemical flea and worm control in dogs with no fleas or worms
- Kennel cough jabs
There’s a great, clear article on kennel cough here by Dogs Naturally Magazine. It’s a good read. It shows how the vaccine is nearly completely ineffective, quoting:
There are at least forty agents that cause bordetella but only a couple of these agents are contained in the vaccine
It’s like trying to dose for a common cold. It’s different between homes, between towns, between cities. There is no cure. In particular, they have dug up a very useful quote by WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association), whom all the vets take their advice from:
Kennel cough is a localised infection, meaning it is local to the respiratory tract. It is an infection that does not lend itself to to prevention by vaccination
If your vet is recommending a kennel cough “vaccination” then they’re going against the advice coming down from the very top.
The KC vaccine is a complete dupe guys. Kennel cough is like a common cold. We all get them. If your dog gets a cough, no biggie. Don’t be afraid. Rest him up. Don’t attach a lead to his collar for a few weeks (all the more reason to invest in a harness!), rest him up, give him some natural immune boosters including Echinacea, Oregano oil, Astragalus or raw garlic. You can find them in your local health shop. While there definitely pick up some Slippery Elm which will help restore the mucous lining of his throat. Of all of them, studies show Echinacea is highly effective at treating upper respiratory infections in dogs so I’d be picking that up first. If stuck you can find it here on Amazon at a good price. Buy the stuff for humans, often better value.
You can also give them baby Benelyn to ease the congestion (dose according to body size, check it doesn’t contain artificial sweetener like xylitol which are bad for you but downright dangerous to dogs).
Most kennel cough episodes clear up fine in 2-3 weeks. However, if you feel he’s particularly under the weather then, of course, take him to the vet, as you would a child with a cold that is only getting worse.
If you’d like to know more about the how to properly vaccinate your dog and natural alternatives then check out our Natural Dog Seminar on 23rd April. Today is the last day to avail of two tickets for €90. Normal price per ticket (3 speakers and sit down lunch) is €50.