As responsible pet parents, we all have to deal with occasional, necessary evils from time to time. For most pets, minimal vaccines are needed to keep them healthy and protect them against deadly diseases like rabies and parvo. Heartworm prevention also comes into play for many pets, to keep them free and clear of the dangerous, mosquito-borne affliction.
While vaccines and heartworm preventatives are life saving measures that protect your pet from disease, they do not come without a risk. Both of these preventative tools also bring a fair share of chemicals and toxic substances to the table. Bear in mind that the levels of these chemicals are quite low, and considered “safe” for your pet. However, even the smallest amount of a foreign substance is enough to cause a reaction, or linger longer than necessary to do its job (which poses a potential risk to your pet’s vital organs).
So, what can you do to protect your pet’s body and wellbeing when it’s time to face prevention? Here’s where my Vaccine and Heartworm Detox Protocol shines.
First, prevent reactions (yes, it’s possible!)
Timing and mindfulness are the keys to success here. Be aware of when your pet should receive specific vaccines,* and time them accordingly. Space each vaccine at least two weeks apart, and administer just one at a time if possible. This is helpful in knowing which, if any, vaccine may have caused a reaction in your furball.
Before your pet heads to the doc for a vaccine, make sure to have Thuja on hand. Give your pet a dose immediately after vaccination – don’t be afraid to bring it with you to your pet’s appointment, so you can give it to them right away. Then, be sure to use it twice daily for five days.
Detox and Research
You can support your pet’s liver after vaccines or heartworm prevention, and that will be their best chance at a successful detox. Make sure your pet is properly hydrated, and give them the supplements that are going to support their liver, and help clean out the chemicals that shouldn’t be lingering.
There are many versions of heartworm prevention, and using the safest one possible is VERY important. Oral preventatives with the fewest number of ingredients are better, because they’re easier to detox with support to the liver. This medication doesn’t need to hang out for several weeks to do its job.
Learn as much as you can about how any medication your pet takes works. This is especially important in heartworm prevention. If you understand how the medication works, it will help you better understand how you can administer it safely, effectively, and at the least risk for your pet. I’ll talk to you more about this LIVE on Facebook this Wednesday.
What if your pet has a reaction?
If your pet experiences a reaction to a vaccine or medication, it’s important to get them back to your vet right away. Vomiting, severe lethargy or seizures are all possible and potentially life-threatening reactions to vaccines, and usually occur within minutes of vaccination (which is why it’s vital to give thuja immediately, which will help reduce the severity of a reaction if it happens). If you notice any of these symptoms on the way home, turn around and drive straight back to the office.
Some pets have less severe physical reactions to vaccines, including swelling, redness or warmth at the injection site. Reactions to medications often include vomiting or diarrhea, loss of appetite, or lethargy. Other pets may experience behavioral changes after vaccination or medication administration. If this happens to your pet, the best thing to do is to reset their immune system, stat. This will help their body fight off the offending toxins quickly, and eliminate the invaders that are causing the issues.
Follow The Protocol
On Wednesday, July 31st at 4pm pst, I’m going LIVE again on Facebook, to give you the full rundown on my new Holistic Pet Health Protocol: Vaccine and Heartworm Detox. This protocol is simple, and should be very simple for you to follow at home.
Tune in Wednesday at 4:00pm PST, so I can tell you how to prepare your pet for vaccines, to reduce the risk of reactions and keep them safe. I’ll also walk you through the steps of helping your pet’s body detox after vaccines or heartworm prevention.
Bring your tough questions this week, I’ll be here to answer them in real time!
See you soon,
PS: During the entire month of August, I want to make it easy for you to get your pet’s multivitamin, providing complete balance to their diet. I’m offering a HUGE Special on HTBS. Just pay $6 for shipping, and I’ll send you ONE free jar of Holistic Total Body Support for Dogs or Cats. Use the code HTBSSHIP at checkout. August 1st through 31st only! Limit ONE per customer.
*Which Vaccines Does My Pet REALLY Need?
In Conventional Veterinary Medicine, Core vaccines are the ones that are considered necessary to all dogs and cats, regardless of their location or lifestyle (pets with serious illnesses or disease fall into another category all together in regard to vaccines). For the vast majority of pets, rabies and distemper are always considered core vaccines. Parvo is also a core vaccine for dogs, and canine parainfluenza also tends to fall into that category.
Your pup or kitten should receive their first core vaccines by the time they are 12 -16 weeks old, for 1 – 2 vaccines. Both dogs and cats need rabies vaccines (ideally at 12 weeks old), and pups need distemper and parvo vaccines, while kitties should have a feline distemper vaccine administered. In one year, your pet will need these core vaccines boostered, to ensure proper and long-lasting protection.
After Fido has received his adult boosters, you should use titers whenever possible (a test that measures the amount of protective antibody in the blood). These vaccines provide coverage for several years, and generally do not need to be administered every year to keep your pet safe. If they’re done properly within the first year of life, your pet will be much better off.
Other vaccines, like leptospirosis or bordatella, for example, may not be needed for your pet. If you live in an area where a specific disease or illness is common (ask your vet), and your pet goes out into shared spaces regularly, you might reconsider. Kennels, parks and other places where people often bring their furry friends along, can be hot spots for the transmission of illness. So, be mindful of your lifestyle, and how that may affect your pet’s risk for exposure. Check out my Youtube channel for other videos I have done on vaccines.