In this country, it is required that our children are vaccinated with a variety of different vaccinations |inncoulations right from the beginning before they leave the hospital.
It is no different for our pets. They are required to have what they need before they meet their new family. However, if you do your research you can control what is given to them before you take them home.

The story

When Coco Bean entered our lives it was a real awakening. She was sick from day one. She came to us with a parasitic infection that could be transferred to another puppy and did to my other one. So I treated both of them at the same time. It was a very intense infection, many trips outside and a very fluid stool.  It took many visits to the vet AND various medications to treat it. It was also exhausting from the standpoint that even though I didn’t get sleep due to her being a puppy, I really didn’t get any rest with this one.

You have choices | ask for what you want


I didn’t know exactly what vaccinations they gave her, the type | brand or what made up that required shot.  Breeders, as well as veterinarians, get volume pricing and credit for offering certain brand vaccinations and so, I am sure they go with the best pricing they can get.  Over the past twelve years, I have studied and researched these “needed vaccinations” and know exactly what to ASK for.  Excellent quality breeders that do not run “puppy mills, but wanting them to go to an exceptional home know what they do to the dog and so they are very careful.  The first one is the most important one given to the puppy.  It will help or hurt the vital organs and the damage will be done, irreversibly carried through their entire life. Basically, it will make or break the health of the pet.  We continued to do the routine labs, shots and treatment protocol not thinking too much about it and went about our daily lives.

Then the inevitable happened, when she turned ten, Coco Bean developed an irreversible disease that only allowed her to be with us an additional two years.  Despite the disease, those two years went very fast.  Upon diagnosis,  I left my vet, went home with her, hugged her, cried as I looked at her and decided to fight the illness by learning all I could about the disease.   Most importantly, give her the best life possible.  I went upstairs began to read all I could and started on a journey to become extremely knowledgeable on what story lurks behind this trend, what I could have done differently and what I am doing differently now.

Over medicating| Avoidable at any cost

Over the past two years, the biggest change that I made was the veterinary care they receive, the type and frequency of the vaccination that is required by law. I contacted my former clinic to have both dogs records sent to the new clinic that was going to help my little girl with managing her illness.  When I chose my new doctor, she recommended that we order the Titer Test. This is becoming a common practice, but not done enough. Only Integrative Clinics are ordering the test at this time and you must ask for it. The charge is nominal and they get it back in a few days.  It depends on the region you live in, in my case they send it to Kansas State. The beauty of this test is that it will show you if your pet still has an active vaccination in their system. In my case, if it checked positive we then applied for a waiver from the state to not vaccinate the next year. If it shows no protection, then we vaccinated again.

Note: This applies after the dog is over a year old.  They are required to have a rabies vaccination the next year.  After two years, the vaccination can be every three years.  Remember to ask for the Titer Test before the next scheduled appointment.

It’s your family member | ask for what you want

The next thing we did was make sure we administered a Thermerisol Free vaccination. In other words mercury-free product. Mercury is dangerous not only to humans but to animals as well. It compromises the immune system and can do damage to the kidneys, liver, and heart. Like humans, once the organs are damaged, adjustments need to be made to accommodate the injury, most time this means medication for the remaining life of the animal.  In Coco’s situation, she needed to have insulin administered twice a day, twelve hours apart.  It was a change that we adjusted to, and it helped her feel better and improved her life, if only for a short time. I can now report that due to new research and pet owners that truly care, most if not all clinics are offering Themerisol free vaccinations.

Changes to how things are done | its a positive first step

I mentioned a Thermerisol free vaccination, Titer Test and medication to extend her life.  These are things that have surfaced only in the past few years.  Veterinarians are now paying attention, and it is only because of the power of national veterinarians such as Dr. Karen Becker who have studied the holistic or alternative approach to a pet’s healthcare.  Because of her voice, many veterinarians across the country including yours have made a difference in care.  People are changing how they eat and do business with their doctors, and the same is for our pets.  We want the best for them.  Why would we feed our family members any different than we feed ourselves?   I have always said that if your veterinarian is not offering a cleaner vaccination or ordering the proper testing, and they still want to continue to do business the same way, then fire them immediately and find a sustainable doctor for your beloved family member.

In closing, I just adopted a beautiful Cocker Spaniel into our forever home and we will be doing things this way.  It is important to start a beautiful new life on the right path.  This ensures he or she will have the best life possible.  A healthy baby is a happy baby.  The best thing is years and years of outstanding health and a longer life.  Remember, when I applied these little basics to Coco Bean,  it allowed her to be with us two years longer than we thought.  That was the best gift we could get.