MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Thousands of people across the country are saying their pets are dying from vaccines. They report seeing a variety of side effects, from tumors to autoimmune diseases to cancer. Most veterinarians, however, insist vaccines are not to blame.
Mary Zalewski lost her dog, Bentley, last year. He had been having health problems for years before she decided it all stemmed from his vaccines.
“He suddenly blew up. He gained 10 pounds. I’m like, ‘What’s happening?’ We didn’t change his food,” she said. “The fact that we kept having all these things kind of added on top of each other, so it was kind of like whatwhat else could it be?”
There are different kinds of vaccines and each state has its own set of laws and recommendations for how often your pet should receive them. In Ohio, the guidelines state that pets should receive their core vaccines, which include parvo and distemper, every three years. Rabies vaccines, however, are required by law every three years.
“I wouldn’t pummel my kid every year with these. I would be questioning,” Zalewski said. We need to question for our pets.”
Dr. John Robb, a veterinarian based in Connecticut, said pets are being over-vaccinated as a way for the veterinary industry to make money.
“These animals – they’re so sick. And they suffer so much. And we’re doing it to them for money. It doesn’t have to be that way.”
One thing he wants to make clear is that he is not against vaccines. “It can be done appropriately. What that means is you have to inject the proper volume.”
Right now, every single dog, regardless of weight or size, is getting the same dose of each vaccine.
“Does that make sense to you?” Zalewski said. “Because that little one’s gonna take a hit. They’re doing it repeatedly, blindly, every 3 years, and some every year. The dogs don’t have a chance.”
Dr. Daniel Brauer is a local veterinarian who has not only vaccinated all of his patients every year, but all of his own dogs.
“If you think I would do that if it would harm her or thought I was harming her, no way. Impossible.”
Pets come into contact with a lot of leftovers that wildlife or other animals have brought by, either in their backyards or at the dog park. Because they’re getting big burdens of viruses and bacteria, they are more susceptible.
“It’s preventative measures to help the pets live a better life and longer,” Brauer said.
In his decades-long career, he has never seen a pet experience a deathly reaction from vaccines.
Dr. Robb, however, says a huge problem is that veterinarians don’t always report the correct cause of death.
“It’s not required by law they be reported. And the last thing [veterinarians] want to be guilty of is giving something medically that injures their patients. So they deny it. They claim it’s something else.”
In the medical field, it’s called “idiopathic,” which means the cause of death is unknown.
“But in every case,” Dr. Robb said, “if you look at the records you see they’ve been vaccinated a short time previously.”
Dr. Robb recommends titer tests. They measure whether or not your pet actually needs a vaccine. However, because of the current laws, your pet must get its rabies shot every three years, regardless of what the titer says.
“That’s where the fight is,” Zalewski said. “That’s where my anger is.”
Dr. Robb is working to change the rabies laws and will be introducing legislation in several states. Just click this link to read more about the Protect the Pets movement.