Vaccinosis is not an immediate reaction to vaccinations like an allergic reaction would be, but is rather a constellation of chronic reactions to vaccines that set on slowly and over a longer period of time. There is not a lot known about vaccinosis and it is not technically considered a disease by vets, but more and more pet owners are noticing a decline in their pets’ health after years of vaccinations. The most common symptoms are irritable bowl syndrome, skin irritations, chronic ear infections, kidney and liver problems, and weakened immune systems generally.
A mammal’s body spends a lot of time filtering out the regular substances it comes in contact with throughout the day through its environment and diet. This is referred to as the ‘body burden.’ This includes everything that a body has to filter out or fight against just by interacting with the world. When unusual toxins are added to the body burden, it places more stress on the filtering and immune systems in the body, which can lead to sickness and complications. The common practice of vets giving numerous vaccines in one visit stresses the pet’s system, sometimes to the point of chronic sickness.
The theory behind vaccinosis is that the repeated exposure to any chemicals, adjuvents, and the live and dead bacterial or viral materials in a vaccine stresses the animal’s body. The pet’s immune system may overreact to the vaccine which can lead to the immune system turning on the body itself causing pain and inflammation, arthritis, hair loss and rashes. On the other hand, research has also pointed to immunosuppression brought on by over-vaccination, which can leave the pet vulnerable to any illness such as chronic ear infections or gastrointestinal distress.
Most pet owners and vets fail to identify the problem of chronic illness for various reasons: time between the vaccination and the onset of symptoms, the apparent randomness of symptoms, and the variety of symptoms that can present themselves. It seems obvious to treat the ‘problem’ as it presents itself. For example, treating diarrhea with metronidazole or itching with prednisone. This only adds to the body’s burden of trying to detoxify itself. Since the connection between vaccination and the pet’s reaction is not made, vaccinations and vaccine boosters are administered as usual, only compounding the underlying issue of vacinosis. Dr. Jean Dodds, a leading homeopathic vet, suggests using Thuja and Lyssine supplements as preventative maintenance before vaccines to blunt adverse affects or to help the body return to a more normal state after vaccination.
The most important thing to remember is that a body is always seeking balance. Any sign of disease or ill health is a sign that the body is not in balance. A happy and healthy pet takes time, attention, and research in order to give companion animals the best life they can experience.