Apr 1, 2011

Canine Flu Shots - Not For My Dogs.

In 2009 the USDA approved the first canine flu vaccine. Why?

Personally, I don't think the statistics are there to prove one is needed. In fact, I don't think most humans need a flu shot either - I think it's a huge money making scam. If we are healthy and eat right, we really don't need a yearly flu shot to protect us from last year's flu. Wait, last year's flu? Yup, the flu shot is only made for the previous year's strain of influenza. As it is a constantly changing virus, by the time you get the shot, you're already fending off a different flu.

Getting back to dogs. Canine flu is rare - very rare. It was mainly found in Greyhound kennels before getting out to a small number of pet dogs. Is it fatal? It can be, in very sick dogs, but so is the common cold in very sick humans.

Would I give my dogs a flu shot? They are not old, I feed them right, the chance of them catching it is slim to none, so why would I? The answer for me is NO.


From Healthy Pets Mercola
I recommend NOT vaccinating against CIV, since most house pets will not be in situations that warrant the use of the vaccine, such as in overcrowded boarding facilities, race tracks, or pet shelters.

Worse yet, some uneducated people are asking their vets to administer the CIV vaccine to prevent the human H1N1 flu, and some vets are more than willing to comply, taking advantage of their ignorance. However, these two strains are completely unrelated and one vaccine will not protect against the other. Remember, dogs do not acquire swine flu.

Remember, in the vast majority of cases, dogs recover uneventfully from their “dog flu” on their own. Only rarely is hospitalization needed -- usually only for very young puppies or immuno-suppressed animals, such as older, debilitated or immensely stressed animals.If you have cause to believe that your dog has been exposed to the CIV virus, your veterinarian can do a PCR nasal swab, or take paired serum samples to confirm this diagnosis, but in the vast majority of cases you don’t need to do either, unless you can clearly see that your dog is unraveling from potential infection.If your dog has been exposed I do recommend, however, considering the common sense strategies like adding turmeric, oregano, and fresh garlic to your dog’s diet, which all boost natural immune defenses. Discuss appropriate doses for your dog’s age and current immune status with your integrative veterinarian.You can also use adaptogenic herbs, such as ashwagandha, tulsi, bach flower essences, or essential oil of lavender, which can help limit the amount of immune suppression that might occur when your pet is exposed to intermittent stressors.
Your best bet is to help your dog develop a functional immune system through adequate diet and stress reduction.