Bordetella Vaccine

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The Bordetella Vaccine, or Kennel Cough Vaccine, is usually given to canine puppies many times throughout the first year in a series of numerous shots, and then yearly as a booster.

Although it is given so frequently, the bordetalla shot is often unnecessary. Many vets are becoming aware of the need to only administer this vaccine on a case to case basis, and only recommending it to dogs that are frequently around a large number of dogs, as in the case of show dogs.

The reason veterinarians are becoming hesitant to administer such a vaccine is the substantial evidence showing it can cause mild to extreme adverse reactions in your pet.

The bordetella vaccine side effects can include soreness and a lump at the injection site, hives, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, lameness, or even death.

The vaccine for kennel cough is usually given in a set of shots nicknamed “cocktail” vaccines, where many different viruses are being injected, easily over-stimulating your dog’s immune system where it cannot possibly overcome the onslaught of so many diseases all at once.

This is why many dogs have these negative reactions to the vaccines. Their bodies just cannot handle creating all the antibodies at once, especially if they are under one year or a small breed.

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Even if your dog does not show any side-effects to the bordetella vaccination, it may not prevent him from contracting the illness.

Fever, steroids, disease, or maternal antibodies can prevent your dog’s ability to make the proper immune blockers that the kennel cough shot is designed to produce.

So, you could be exposing your pet’s immune system to a high stress situation, when the shot itself may not even be effective.

Additionally, if the kennel cough vaccines are given too close together, vaccines can be made ineffective by earlier shots; given too far apart, the immune response will not be properly activated.

Also, kennel cough vaccinations given to very young puppies (under six weeks of age) could prove to be useless, as their immune system may not have the “memory” quality to sustain the antibodies.

Even if your dog happens to contract kennel cough, the symptoms are mild and compared to the side-effects of the vaccine, may be easier for you and your pet to handle physically and emotionally.

Kennel cough symptoms can include a dry cough and tracheal irritation that lasts from seven to ten days, but their general state of health and happiness is usually unaffected.

They typically show no loss of appetite or rise in temperature either, which is more than you can say for the kennel cough vaccination itself. The vast majority of infected canines will recover on their own with no medication in a very short period.

If the cough seems persistent or annoying to the dog, there are many herbal cough remedies that have no side-effects for your little guy or gal, and are much more cost effective than the vaccine, which may not protect the canine in the first place.

Another huge down side with ALL vaccinations is the fact that there is a high concentration of so-called “modified live” virus particles.

By injecting your pet with these viruses and the toxic chemical mixture, you are actually facilitating the onset of a full blown viral attack. This means if your pet was exposed to a highly contagious virus or bacteria then you are actually giving him a strong dose which can easily lead to full-blown symptoms.

We hear this story almost daily, where animals were completely healthy, they get vaccinated and within a couple of days the animal is extremely sick and is under attack. STOP PRESS: Vaccinations can kill your pet in as little as five hours – see The Worst Thing You Can Do If Your Dog Has Been Exposed To Parvo for a very scary example from one of our customers.

Not only can vaccines give an animal any number of diseases that they are meant to protect him from, they typically cause chronic inflammation which is now known as the leading cause of cancer.

Clearly, the vaccinations are not working and are causing far-reaching life-threatening problems. This is why we do not recommend giving any vaccines to your pets. Please read this short article on the dangers of vaccinations.

If your dog or cat does happen to have the standard kennel cough symptoms and you are looking for a safe organic kennel cough treatment and you would like to try treating kennel cough at home, then please see our home remedies for kennel cough.

If your pet has been affected by a recent vaccination, then we highly recommend doing a detox to help flush out all those toxic chemicals.

Once that is done, we also encourage you to do like we do with our own dogs, and give your pets a daily maintenance dose every single day, to help keep them healthy.

Our Daily Maintenance Kit will let you administer both of these treatments, using 100% natural, chemical-free products (i.e. there will be no side-effects).

The other piece of the jigsaw is their food, and the only food we will use with our own dogs is Triumph Dog Food. Check out the site, and make sure you watch our video on the home page – you will probably be shocked at what you may unknowingly be feeding your animals!

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137 Responses to “Bordetella Vaccine”

  1. KODA'S MOM says:


  2. Susan Johnson says:

    Just back from the vet because Harry is coughing and having other symptoms post vaccination, including a bordatella shot. The vet tried to make me feel as if he was already exposed prior to getting the vaccine.

  3. manila says:

    Interesting article & nice site.. will visit again 🙂

  4. Donna says:

    I am worried. I just had my puppy vaccinated on Saturday and it is Thursday and my puppy has been coughing for 2 days. I wish I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine. I am worried about her and am wondering at what point to take her to vet. She is eating and drinking so far…I hope this goes away.

  5. Rae and Mark says:

    Donna, the problem with vaccinations is that the chemicals they contain can completely destroy a dog’s immune system for up to two weeks, which means they can be susceptible not only to the viruses / bacteria contained in the vaccine, but also to anything else that is going around in the environment. We find many dogs that are infected with Parvo also end up with, for example, respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.

    If it is kennel cough, then our Kennel Cough Gold Treatment Kit will be great, but at the very least, the Life Cell Support product which is part of that kit, and which is also sold under the name Vaccination & Wormer Detox, will help to flush any residual chemicals from the vaccination from your dog’s body.

    Unless she gets substantially worse, we would not recommend taking her back to the vet – their recommendations to vaccinate have already apparently caused additional issues, which they will want yet more money to “treat”, and so the cycle continues. Thus is the way of chemical-based medicines.

  6. Steph says:

    Yesterday, my vet convinced me that my Joey needed to get a Bordatella vaccine. That he was “at risk” After reading this site, I am angry I agreed to it because he is not in doggie daycare, groomers, or anything like that. Today, he has had diarhhea all day, 7 times total. Bloody diarrhea. which is how I came onto your site. I am not sure if this is a normal symptom. I know blood is not a good sign so I am freaking out. The thing is that is the only symptom he has, and that he is sad. He’s been moping around all day. And not one site talks about bloody diarrhea and bordatella. so now another vet visit. I wish vets had the best interest of the pet in mind and not their pocket.

  7. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about Joey. Based on talking to hundreds of customers, we would agree that many vets do not appear to have the best interests of the animal at heart (although we also hear about some who do care and go the extra mile for their clients).

    Was Joey only given a Bordetella vaccine, or was it a multi-shot (e.g. 4-in-1, 7-in-1), as we’ve never heard of bloody diarrhea being a side-effect of Bordetella vaccines?

    Bloody diarrhea is usually associated with Canine Parvo, as we’re sure you know, which is why we ask which vaccine(s) he was given.

    We do come across many dogs that develop the full illness from the vaccine that is meant to prevent them, especially Parvo, so we’d double check this with your vet (or maybe a different vet).

    We did come across these two sites that may be of interest: and

  8. BoO says:

    Rae and Mark,
    my dog was given the 6-in-1 a couple months ago, ive heard a few rumors about bordetella, including some side affects. Since the vaccination was so long ago, are these considered side affects of the vaccine or is it something else entirely?

  9. Rae and Mark says:

    It is hard to say exactly what’s going on, but side-effects from vaccinations can occur immediately and/or some time afterwards. One of the problems is that the chemicals they contain weaken the immune system, and the effect of this is cumulative.

    We usually recommend a detox following vaccination – see for details. At the very least, you should try the Vaccination & Wormer Detox product – see for more information – which is actually the same as the Life Cell Support that is in the Detox Kit.

  10. Cindy says:

    How often do you need to vacinate for Bordetella I send my dog to a kennel and she has had the shot last year is it still good

  11. Cindy says:

    Also how often should the Leptosporosis shot be updated. Thanks

  12. Rae and Mark says:

    Cindy, we don’t believe in vaccinations – ever.

    Please read another of our blog posts at for more information about why we take this stance.

    We also recommend What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccinations, by Catherine O’Driscoll.

    Finally, our policy with our own dogs is to keep their immune systems as strong as possible, so to see what sort of things we do with them, please see our Doggie Immune Builder page.

  13. Rae and Mark says:

    Cindy, as we don’t believe in vaccinations under any circumstances, our answer to this is the same as to your earlier question – never.

  14. Dan says:

    I wish I had seen this sooner. We lost our beloved pet in September. This was just 7 weeks after receiving the Bordetella vaccine.

    In 2008 Bordetella was given nasally and she had a slight reaction. In August 2010 they gave it again when they had her in the back during a routine exam.

    In late August I noticed a slight weezing in her breathing. They treated her for Pnuemonia for two weeks with no improvement. They then did a biopsy and informed us it was an aggressive diffuse lung carcinoma.

    Of course they claim it is not from the Bordatella. Strange though how suddenly this came on and they claimed it to be common yet I can find very little about diffuse aggressive lung cancers.

  15. Rae and Mark says:


    We are very sorry to hear that you lost your pet. It’s hard to say exactly what was going on, and as you say, there seems to be no information about diffuse aggressive lung cancers, but if we turn up anything, we’ll let you know.

  16. Alice says:

    I am researching the bordetella vaccine because our vet says it is now only good for 6 months. Our problem is not so much that we board our dog but that she is a service dog and we travel with her extensively. Do you know what the requirements are for shots other than the rabies? Do we have to get bordetella to be able to travel with our dog? What about the 2A2P&PV+Corona Vaccine? I just don’t want to be stopped at the airport because her shots are not up to date for travel, especially since she rides in the plane with us.

  17. Rae and Mark says:


    As we don’t believe in vaccinations, we do not keep up-to-date with the various laws, but we would assume that each state may have different laws, and so may different airlines.

  18. Mary Asdourian says:

    My 3-year-old Shorkie got a nasal Bordetella vaccine a week and a half ago. Three days after receiving the vaccine, she started with this terrible cough. I called the vet and she didn’t believe the Bordetella vaccine caused it. Lacey is eating and drinking okay but she still has a coughing jag a few times a day and today, she vomitted. I’m worried about her. She was VERY healthy before I took her in for her yearly exam and shots. Can you help? Thank you.

  19. Angel says:

    Some of you do not believe in vaccinating your dogs. Do you believe in vaccinating your children?

  20. Rae and Mark says:

    We don’t have children, but if we did, we would no more believe in vaccinating them than we do our dogs.

    There are many articles available from respected doctors and vets about the dangers of vaccinations, especially over-vaccinating, and this one, by Dr. Mercola, is certainly very relevant here.

  21. Lynn says:

    I am so sad because my vet talked me into the nasal bordetella and my 12 year old dog is now declining. Within a week after he gave her the nasal bordetella she stopped eating and was having breathing problems. I took her back into the vet and they gave her shots and medications to try and help her. I decided to look online and found this site and now I am so mad at myself that I had them give her the nasal bordetella. I am hoping she will get better but it is an uphill battle.

  22. Rae and Mark says:


    We are sorry to hear about your dog.

    Unfortunately, this seems to be a frequent occurrence – vets prescribe chemical-based drugs (e.g. vaccines), and when they cause “contra-indications” (aka side-effects), they prescribe yet more chemicals, which causes yet more symptoms, etc., etc. (and of course, each office visit and prescription costs more and more money).

    You might like to look at some of the herbal products on ParvoBuster, as they are usually very effective and perfectly safe.

  23. Cheryl says:

    My granddaughter is getting a kitten in a couple of weeks. I want to take him to the vet for a check up. I will insist on no vaccinations. Is there anything I should be looking for to make sure he stays healthy?

  24. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re glad to hear you’re going to insist on no vaccinations.

    Once you take this stance, as we do with our own dogs, then you have to do everything you can to keep their immune systems strong.

    So, other than no vaccinations, we also extend that to include a ban on any products that contain harmful and toxic chemicals, so that means no dewormers (other than herbal ones), no commercial pet food (see our Best Dry Dog Food site for details of the food we give our dogs, but they do cat food too), and no household or garden chemicals such as bleach.

    We also give them a daily dose of both Vibactra Plus and Life Cell Support, to keep them topped up. You can find full details of what we do to keep our doggies healthy on our Doggie Immune Builder page. Although this page talks about dogs, much of what we recommend would apply to cats too.

    We hope this helps, and that your granddaughter’s new kitten stays healthy and lives long.

  25. Danielle says:

    My dog got vaccinated on Saturday and the vet insisted on the Bordetella vaccine. On Wednesday I noticed him coughing.On thursday he’s drooling excessively. Today is Friday and I called the vet and they insist it’s not the vaccination that I should bring him in. But someone happened to tell me this may certainly be because of the vaccine. Is this true?

  26. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your dog.

    Sadly, we come across animals getting sick immediately after being vaccinated all too often, and the side-effects can be varied – they may bring on the very disease they’re meant to prevent (as often happens with Parvo), or they may cause other symptoms.

  27. Kimberly says:

    A friend of mine took her two dogs in for the bordetella vaccine(shot) because they were going out of town and were taking the dogs to a kennel. Not even 24 hrs. after receiveing the shots her oldest dog quit eating and drinking and became lethargic. She took him back in and was told his kidneys were failing. Is this a result of the vaccine or just coincedence?

  28. Rae and Mark says:

    Kimberly, we’re sorry to hear about your friend’s dogs. It’s obviously hard to tell what’s going on – it could be coincidence, but given how much we’ve read about vaccinations and the problems they can cause, we would tend to suspect that the shots were the culprit here. Of course, no vet would ever admit this.

  29. Mary says:

    I just took my Asher Paul to get his shots Saturday 05/08/2010 he was a Australian Shepherd Cattle dog he was only 4 years old they gave him the bordetella shot and i lost my Asher same day mins later . He really never needed that shot but they gave it to him anyways and killed my dog , my heart is so broken he was a healthy dog and was never around no other dogs . I am so lost without him . You think u can trust your vet dont trust them they will kill your dog with no questions ask.

  30. Rae and Mark says:


    We are truly sorry to hear about your Asher Paul.

    Sadly, we hear all sorts of horror stories about vets and vaccinations almost every day. It wouldn’t be too bad if they were honest about the dangers, risks and side-effects of their chemical-based drugs, but most of the ones we hear about and hear from can’t or won’t even admit the possibility that they might be wrong.

    We highly recommend the book “What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccinations” by Catherine O’Driscoll.

  31. Maritza Mausley says:


    I have a quick question…We gave my 10 month old puppy her first round of Bordetella shots…I’m suppose to take her in 2 more times (weeks apart) for her 2nd and 3rd “booster” rounds or whatever….Reading all of this, I’m not sure I want to….We have her groomed by a mobile groomer (so it’s one on one and no other dogs)….But I really want to take her to the dog park so she can play…..I think she has a low immune system because she licks EVERYWHERE AND EVERYTHING and tends to get an upset stomach every once in a while… I ok taking her to the dog park with out the 2nd and 3rd bordetella shots…..I don’t mean rules or laws….I mean, will she get sick of I take her and she plays with another dog? Or is better for the 2nd and 3rd round of shots since she already got the 1st? I don’t know, I want what’s best but I’m confused?

  32. chelsea says:

    i just got my dog vaccinated for the kennel cough. and she acting like she is having a hard time swollowing and is kind of hacking. are there any side effects after a dog is vaccinated? should i be worried or will these side effects just go away after a few days?

  33. Rae and Mark says:


    If the horror stories from other readers on this page don’t scare you off from completing the vaccination series, we’re not sure there’s anything else we can say to convince you that vaccinations carry considerable risks.

    If you want to check out a similar story about Parvo shots, then you could read this post on one of our sister sites if you haven’t already done so (as it is referenced above):

    If her immune system is weak, then you should check out our Doggie Immune Builder page, where we talk about some of the things we do with our own seven dogs to keep them healthy (given that we don’t believe in vaccinations).

    As to taking your dog places, then dog parks are, unfortunately, not a safe place for them at all. They can contract all sorts of nasty stuff there (e.g. the dreaded Parvo), even if your dog has been vaccinated, and even if the other dogs there have also been vaccinated – because even fully-vaccinated dogs as old as 14 years can get Parvo nowadays, so vaccination is no guarantee a dog won’t get sick.

    You really have to ask yourself whether risking your dog’s life is a fair exchange for letting her play somewhere in public.

    And even though the groomer you use is a mobile one, you have no idea what other dogs they have had in their vehicle before yours, and what those dogs might or might not have had, and just how carefully your groomer cleans up in between appointments (if at all).

    And finally, we would certainly not recommend completing the vaccination series – every shot a dog gets is another dose of harmful chemicals, that will weaken her immune system still further.

  34. Rae and Mark says:


    As the main article on this page says, side-effects from bordetella vaccines are not uncommon at all, and can range from mild to life-threatening.

    The side-effects can appear almost immediately (e.g. within hours), but also manifest themselves over time – the vaccinations they receive (actually, the more chemicals they ingest, whether it’s via vaccinations, dewormers, commercial dog food, household cleaning products, etc.), the greater the impact on their immune system.

    Given what we’ve found out about vaccinations (check out the excellent book, book “What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccinationsâ€? by Catherine O’Driscoll), we would be very concerned if any of our dogs were stuffed full of the chemicals these vaccinations contain.

  35. Vanessa says:


    I am so happy that i found this page. Two saturday’s ago I took my pet to a new vet, I had forgotten her vaccines paper work from her old vet, and the new one decided to do an update on all of vaccines. Luittle did I know that it was going to be the worst mistake. Right on the fifth day after her vaccines she started to tremble like a leaf,she developed a high fever, she was so incredible aggresive. Needless to say that no one slept that night. I immediately looked for information on the paperwork they had given me with all of her vaccinations and the side effects. In that paper I found that she had been vaccinated for the kennel cough and that a possible side effect was fever, dry cough and lethargic. I took her and the paperwork to the vet, I showed him what the paper stated about the possible side effects and he still played dumb telling me that she could possibly have a brain tummor. WHAT????? So they ran blood work, they gave her medicine to lover her 104 fever and they have her a tranquilizer. My poor baby was feeling horrible. He suggested to continue giving her an antibiotic and that he wanted to see her the following day (this past Saturday). The following day I noticed that she was now eating, drinking water, that her fever had gone down but she was still a bit lethargic. Knowing that he wanted to remove fluid from her brain, I decided not to take her in instead to continue giving her antibiotics at home and just monitor her.

    Well today is Monday and Im happy to report that my baby is back to normal. Running and playing like she used to. Also Im very thankful that I came up to this page.

    I am never going to allow anyone to give her that vaccine ever again. She is an indoor dog, doesnt have nay contact with other animals and there is no need for her to get that vaccine.

  36. Rae and Mark says:


    We are really sorry you and your pet had to go through all of this, but delighted, of course, that she is back to normal, as things could have turned out a lot worse.

    What really makes us angry is the way that (most) vets even deny the possibility that there could be such side-effects and therefore don’t warn people of the risks of vaccinations. They seem to think vaccinations are the panacea for all ills, not knowing, caring or admitting that these shots are sometimes killing animals.

  37. Rikki says:

    Right after I got my 104 pound great dane her yearly vaccines she quit eating and had severe diarrhea for right at 4 days. I was so worried about her!! I now have a 15 week old 3.5 pound Yorkie/Maltese mix that has had all but her last ‘set’ of puppy shots. I know rabies is ‘required’ by law but I am not sure I want to do anything with her. She would not survive the 4 days worth of illness.

    She is obviously going to need to be groomed regularly. Should I worry about her shots as much?

    For the record, the person who asked about kids, I have two children 3 years and 4 1/2 years and they are not vaxed either.

  38. Rae and Mark says:


    All we can say is to reiterate that we don’t believe in vaccinating our own dogs ever, for any reason at all. Our policy is to keep their immune systems as strong as we can, and make sure they don’t ingest chemicals of any kind.

    As you have a dog that needs grooming, then you may want to look at grooming her yourself, since we’ve had customers whose dogs have picked up Parvo at the groomer’s. Just because they insist on proof of vaccination does not mean that the dogs they groom are actually healthy and free of diseases such as Kennel Cough and Parvo.

  39. Loretta Worters says:

    I took my 11 month old bishon to the vet for a bordetella vaccine because she was going to be boarded. Within an hour, she was vomiting, diahrea, and breathing heavy. When we called the vet she said there were no reactions to the vaccine! It is so frightening to know I unwittingly exposed my puppy to possible death. Thankfully a few hours later she was better, but it could have been a different story. I’m afraid to trust a vet now with her. Do you feel the same about the rabies shot? Vets say it is dangerous that they don’t get the shot.

    What brand of dog food do you recommend?


  40. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear that your Bichon had to suffer like this, and are glad to hear she’s better again.

    We feel the same about any and all vaccinations – they all contain toxic chemicals that can cause both short- and long-term side-effects, including chronic inflammation and cancer.

    Although rabies shots are still mandated in pretty much every state, the incidence of dogs getting infected is very low these days, as this map from the CDC shows:

    As for dog food, then we use Triumph dry dog food, Lamb & Brown Rice flavour, with our own dogs, and this is what we recommend.

    Before choosing any dog food, we suggest checking the Consumer Affairs website first.

  41. Adam Ralston says:

    I am truly amazed at your lack of information regarding this issue. Vaccines don’t work? Why don’t we have polio in the US? Why has the parvo rate of infection greatly decreased over the last 20 years? Your misinformation will end up harming many more lives than the vaccines ever will. You have a responsibility to relate the truth, as do I.


  42. Rae and Mark says:

    Dear Veterinarian,

    You talk about telling the truth, but in our experience, vets and other members of the medical profession wouldn’t know the truth if it hit them in the face.

    Do you really tell all your clients that vaccinating a dog that has been exposed to the Parvo virus can kill it (in a shockingly short amount of time), and that this is in direct opposition to the vaccine manufacturers’ directions?

    Do you tell them about the many dangers of vaccinations, and about how the government agency that is meant to protect members of the public is failing in its duty?

    Do you tell your customers that vaccines cost you anywhere from ZERO to well under a $1 USD yet you charge them $75 or more for 5 minutes?

    If you did reveal those insane mark-ups and what your real agenda is – maintaining a lavish lifestyle at their pet’s expense – you’d have to expose that you’re nothing but a poser and a drug dealer.

    Our full response to this comment is long and controversial, so please read our latest post, Vaccines & Vets, to get all of the gory details.

  43. Lynn says:

    I took my 10 year old mixed breed for her yearly exam yesterday and did not know until I got home & looked at my receipt that she had gotten this shot. Yet right underneath the itemized list of shots it states “Owner has been notified of immunization precautions”! I’m so mad right now I could spit nails, as my dog is also an inside dog & I never board her – and this vet KNEW it; he’s been her vet since I got her at 10 weeks of age. I’m printing out this page and sending it to him…

  44. […] article is a direct response to a comment made by Lynn on our Bordetella Vaccine […]

  45. Rae and Mark says:


    We are very sorry to hear about your experience. Like you, this sort of thing makes us very angry indeed.

    We’ve actually responded fully in our latest blog post, which we’ve not so subtly called, Can You Trust Your Vet?

  46. Lynn says:

    Thank you for your fast & kind response. I’m not the lawsuit type, so I won’t be going that far, but I am certainly changing vets. This guy has a lock on the area (he’s the only vet in 3 counties) and I’ve had reservations about him before. (I took a stray cat that I had adopted to him when she became ill shortly after I got her. He examined her and said she had a high fever and a bad infection. Gave me antibiotics to give her & mentioned that he could tell she’d had a litter of kittens a few months ago and she needed to be spayed. So I made an appt. to have her spayed, took her in – had to get up an hour earlier than I usually do to have her there on time – got to work and received a call. They put her under, turned her over to shave her belly and found stitches from her being recently spayed! I was surprised that he hadn’t found them in the first exam, to say the least…was even more shocked to find out that HE was the one that had done the procedure. She’s a very unique looking calico, so I thought he should
    have recognized her.)

    Needless to say, I’ll be driving quite a distance from now on to get what surely has to be better care from now on…

  47. Lynn says:

    PS – forgot to say above that luckily my dog has not shown any side effects, but I’ll be watching her closely for the next few weeks. How long before I should consider her safe from any harm? Thanks so much for this site!

  48. Rae and Mark says:


    Thanks for the additional info, and we are, of course, glad to hear that, so far at least, your dog is OK.

    In our experience, short-term side effects from vaccinations (and other chemicals, such as those in most dewormers) usually appear within the first two weeks, but the longer-term side-effects (e.g. chronic inflammation, cancer) can obviously manifest at any time.

    What we would recommend is doing a full detox. which will help flush the chemicals from the vaccine out of his system. (A detox is recommended anyway, once or maybe twice a year.)

    Like you, we find this vet’s behaviour absolutely outrageous. Almost anybody can feel the scar from a recent speying operation, never mind a supposedly trained vet, and especially when he did the operation himself not that long ago.

    Are you sure he didn’t buy his vet’s licence on eBay? 🙂

    More seriously, that means he gave your cat a completely unnecessary general anaesthetic, which is always a risk at the best of times.

    We certainly hope he didn’t have the gall to charge you for this!

    Best wishes,

    Rae & Mark

  49. […] many animals are dying from these unnecessary vaccinations. Have you seen the horror stories on our Bordetella Vaccine page? Perfectly healthy animals get vaccinated and within hours become sick and, some gave their […]

  50. Barb says:

    We took our 11 1/2 yr. old malamute in for a Bordatella shot because he is going to a kennel in a couple weeks and they require it. Within 24 hours he was very lethargic and not eating. Luckily he is drinking though. I have been trying everything to get him to eat – rice & ground beef, cottage cheese, oatmeal. He loves to eat, so when he doesn’t, you know something is wrong. I don’t know whether to call the vet (although like everyone says, they’ll say it’s not the shot) or wait a couple more days.

  51. Rae and Mark says:


    We are, of course, sorry to hear about your Malamute.

    It’s a shame that people mainly don’t find our site until after their dog has problems – but that’s the result of people being brainwashed into believing everything that medical professionals tell them from a very early age.

    Like you say, the vet won’t admit that shots can cause problems, but as you will have read from the many people who’ve posted their experiences, it is far from being uncommon.

    The thing is, kennel cough is almost never life-threatening, unlike the vaccine reactions some dogs get, so the risk/reward is well out of balance.

    In our view, it’s better to save the cost of the office visit and vaccine, and, should your dog contract Bordetella, just get a cheap and effective natural kennel cough remedy and deal with it. At least that way, there won’t be any nasty side-effects.

    As for boarding your dog, then it may be tough to find, but we would recommend trying to find some holistic kennels where they don’t insist on totally unnecessary vaccinations.

    In the meantime, if he doesn’t improve within a day, you might like to order a Mega Doggie Detox Kit, which will help flush the chemicals out of his system.

  52. Barb says:

    I’m sad to say that we lost our Bandit (the Malamute) yesterday morning. As of Tuesday morning he still had no appetite and I was basically trying to force feed him. He was going downhill fast. We had a vet appt. for Tues. at 3:00, but he passed that morning. The vet said it was not a reaction to the shot – he said there was probably something else going on inside him (a burst tumor or something) that we didn’t know about. It wasn’t worth arguing about, because we had already lost our buddy.

  53. Brandon says:

    Rae and Mark, I am Barb’s son above who lost Bandit the Malamute. I have a 3 1/2 year old Husky and 2 year old terrier mix, that have gone in for shots regularly once a year, will changing our stance on vacinations at this point harm the dogs in any way since they have been getting shots since being a puppy? Thanks.

  54. Rae and Mark says:


    It goes without saying, we hope, that we are truly sorry to hear about Bandit.

    It’s bad enough that vaccines can cause these problems, but what makes us really angry is the fact that vets deny the possibility that vaccines are not perfect.

    We strongly recommend reading a book called Natural Immunity, which is now available for free online (, and we suggest forwarding this book to as many people as you can – we need to get the word out about the fact that vaccinations do kill.

  55. Rae and Mark says:


    As we said to your mother, we are, of course, sorry to hear about Bandit.

    It’s dreadful that people put their trust in people like vets, not to mention entrusting their pet’s lives to them, only to find that this trust was so badly misplaced.

    Anyway, to answer your question, most research these days indicates that many vaccines (if they work at all) provide immunity for seven years, or even life.

    The AVMA recommended booster shots every three years, not every year as they used to, but this is known to be a compromise. Any vet who ignores the AVMA’s advice and insists on annual boosters is clearly only after your money, and is not interested in your pet’s health.

    Our view, not surprisingly, is that you should stop vaccinating immediately – every single vaccine they are given will weaken their immune system more and more, which is one reason why more and more dogs are getting cancer these days, and they’re getting it younger too.

    The sooner you stop vaccinating, the better off your dogs will be, and if your dogs do come down with something, remember that there are natural, herbal treatments for most common pet ailments (e.g. Parvo, heartworm, kennel cough) that are usually more effective than what most vets use, and they are almost always cheaper too – and, of course, they have no side effects.

  56. Jerry says:

    My dog had her yearly exam on Jan. 28, where among other things she received, she got a Bordetella Vaccination. I received a reminder on July 27 that she needed another Bordetella Vaccinnation. I thought it was an error, most vacinnations are good for at least a year. My dog, a Vizsla/Boxer mix, is 3 yrs. old, well today I got a second reminder for her Bordetella vac. I listened to the clip above “Dixon has Kennel-Cough” and I think she has had kenel-cough anyhow; perhaps a couple of times this year. We goto the dog yard in our apartment complex, or to the local dog park. In either place, she plays with several dogs, more at the dog park. She never losses her appetite, or her eagerness to play, in fact other than the cough, one would never know anything was wrong. I am still reluctant to get her vacinnated, even though it appears she already has had kennel-cough and has dealt with it with no intervention on my part. From what I have read, I’m more inclined to believe my vet is in it for the money. đź™?

  57. Deanna Bates says:

    Appreciate this website very much. My 10 year old maltese died last Friday. Even though he did a ultrasound on her liver and knew she was sick they gave her a boardatello anyway. She died a week later. I believe that my dog lost her life because of vaccines. I was trying to be a responsible pet owner. The guilt I feel is tremendous. I am still grieving and not ready for a new pet, but I am taking time to learn what not to do in the future. Thank you

  58. Rae and Mark says:


    We are truly sorry to hear about your Maltese.

    What really makes us angry is the fact that vaccines are not meant to be given to unhealthy animals, and yet vets continue to do because they are greedy, and clearly don’t care for animals as they claim. (We’re not saying all vets are like this – we do know that some care – but the vast majority we hear about from our customers are just as money-grabbing as yours appears to be.)

    On top of that, kennel cough (or bordetella) is not that serious in the vast majority of cases, and insisting on a vaccine is, in our view, irresponsible.

    While we would always caution people to do some research, the brainwashing that the medical profession inflicts on people is so strong and the authority that they assert so powerful that it’s all too easy to believe that they’re acting in your pet’s best interests, but as the saying goes, you should always follow the money.

    If you want to be better informed, a good resource is the National Vaccine Information Center, and it’s also worth signing up for Dr. Mercola’s free health newsletter.

  59. Jill says:

    I’m glad I found your site. I’m not going to get the Bordetella shot this time – I feel it is not needed. She is 6 years old, not around other dogs, I groom her myself – no need. Thank you for the information, Sammy thanks you too. I got her the rabies shot, she is up to date on that, but it was really hard on her, she got a round bare spot on she skin and her ears got sores on them, but she is OK now. Jill, Las Vegas

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  61. Becky says:

    Oh my gosh, this was an interesting article. There are always going to be cases where a dog, out of many, might have a reaction, even death. But if you take the total amount of shots given minus the adverse reactions, it would be minute. We humanes can react to our shots, but as you are seeing in the news now the big uproar about vaccines causing autism, is now being proven wrong. I would not try to force my beliefs on people but just facts, and in studying thru the veterinarian hospitals it is shown that the bordatella is helpful as a preventitive, but just like our flu and pneumonia shots, might not protect 100%, but lessens the case. As in any vaccine that is given that is a live or modified live, there can be reactions of coming down with a minor case, but with rest and keeping your dog warm, etc you let it runs it coarse just like the common cold. Bordatella is alot like croup in a child, sounds just like it- just read up on it in a veterinarian manuel.

  62. glenda says:

    I have a 9 year old, 10 1/2 pound “weiner” that needs to be boarded on very rare occasions…I’ve postponed her renewal shot because I’ll only board her in an immergency but, with facilities requiring shot 7 days prior to admission, what do you suggest?

  63. Rae and Mark says:


    As you can see from other people’s comment on this page, dogs and cats are getting very sick, and even dying, because of the Bordetella shots.

    To us, it’s just not worth the risk, so our approach, if we had no choice but to leave our dogs for a while, would be to find organic kennels where they don’t insist on these shots, and failing that, it may be better to find a dog-sitter while you’re away.

  64. Kim says:

    Bordetella in the nose killed my cat in 1 wk. Her kidneys gave out. Just the other day I took my 7 month old puppy to get Bordetella shot because I needed to board her. She was so sick and would not let me touch her that night. It took 4 days and I ended up canceling my trip to care for her. She is better but the place they injected her has a hard mass. I will never get this shot or put in the nose again for any pet. I should have learned 10 years ago when my cat died of kidney failure just after getting Bordetella in her nose. Please dont get this shot. Forge documents if you need to board your pet before doing this one. My puppy is not out of the woods. The hard mass from the shot may very well turn into cancer. I’m just sick.

  65. Rae and Mark says:


    We are obviously very sorry to hear about both your cat and your puppy, and we hope your puppy gets better soon.

    We hate hearing such stories, and we’ve been telling people about the dangers of vaccinations for years now, but it’s really hard to get the message across when the vaccine manufacturers have got everybody, including the vets, of course, brainwashed into thinking this is what you need to do.

    Anyway, back to your puppy, we would recommend giving him a full detox, using our Daily Maintenance Kit, and once you’ve completed that treatment, swap over to the daily maintenance protocol (which is one dose per day each of the Immune Builder and the Fourgard Parasite Formula).

    This will help to get the vaccine chemicals out of his system and also build up his immune system too, that being the key to a healthy animal. (All chemicals, including those in vaccines, dewormers and most commercial pet food, will weaken the immune system over time, and this will lead to issues such as chronic inflammation and cancer.)

  66. Rae and Mark says:


    As we’ve said elsewhere, it doesn’t really matter what the odds are of an animal having adverse reactions to a vaccination, because if it’s your pet that dies as a result of them (and we’ve spoken to many people who’ve had this happen), then you’re not going to be thinking that you were just unlucky.

    And as you quite rightly say, kennel cough is not that serious, so why risk a life-threatening vaccine for it in the first place?

    You may be happy to risk your own animals’ lives, but for us, we do everything we can to make sure our dogs are not put at any unnecessary risk, and that includes not stuffing them full of chemicals that have no business being in their bodies.

  67. Courtney says:

    I just lost my beloved Jerzie ( a 4 year old female boxer) on Monday Feb 7, 2011! She was a healthy dog until I took her to the vet for shots on 1/25/11, she got 3 shots that day – they were Bordetella, Leptospirosis 4 way and Lyme disease!

    Well, she seemed fine for just about 2 weeks then she started to get little red bruise like marks all over her body.

    I took her to the vet and she did not seem too concerned, so she gave her a Vetalog 2mg injection and gave me some Prednisone 20mg tablets to give her.

    Well, two hours after we got home we were headed back to the vet because now her gums were almost white.

    Once back at the vet, she decided to do blood work which she should have done before we ever left the first time.

    Her platelet count came back at 25 out of 250/500!

    Well, to make this kinda short, we ended up going to the hospital where she got chemo and a blood transfusion. Needless to say, her little beautiful body could not do it any more, her platelets went down to zero and her red blood cell count was 13. She ended up getting EVANS SYNDROME.

    And no one has any real answers for me as to what really caused this.

    Thank you

  68. Rae and Mark says:


    We are, of course, very sorry to hear about Jerzie.

    As you may have gathered, we have very strong views about vaccinations, so we have replied to you via a brand new article that we have just written, called Bordetella Vaccines – Are They Worth The Risk?.

    If you know of anybody else with pets that have had problems or issues from any kind vaccinations (i.e. not just Bordetella, but Parvo, 4-in-1, or whatever), minor or major, please encourage them to come to our site and post a comment – the more people who do so, the more evidence we will have, and one day, we may be able to turn the tide against these unethical drug pushers. (In fact, we’d love to hear about problems that your or your children have with vaccines too.)

  69. Jill says:

    My 9 year old chesapeake bay retriever has had diarrhea for a couple days (but has been drinking lots of water) and just today vomited 3 times. She got her bordatella shot this weekend while she was boarded at the vet. I’ve never had problems after vaccinations before. Could she have developed an issue with it as a senior dog? Or maybe the vaccine itself was different than what she usually gets? I’m going to bring her back to vet tomorrow to see if they have any idea.

  70. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

    As you can tell from the article above, as well as others on this site, we’re far from being fans of vaccinations and chemicals. In our experience, vaccinations can cause mild to severe problems, as well as death, in any age of dog (and this relates to both Parvo and Bordetella shots, at least).

    Although body chemistry does alter as you get older (for example, we have both developed allergies to substances such as Aspirin that at one time caused us no problems at all), we feel it’s more likely that it’s the contents of the vaccination that have caused these issues.

    It can be hard to find out exactly what is in these chemical cocktails, and the testing they do on them is a lot more limited than you might think – sometimes on as few as ten dogs (or less) and over a really short time scale (e.g. weeks, not months).

    We’d be surprised if your vet admitted to vaccines being the cause of any side-effects.

    In your dog’s case, what we would recommend is a full detox, as this will help flush out the chemicals from her body. This is one of the jobs our Daily Maintenance Kit is designed to do.

    We hope your doggie gets better soon.

  71. Val says:

    I have been involved in breeding and showing dogs and cats for many years.

    I had my kittens vaccinated for feline bordetella, as I GO TO MANY CAT SHOWS AND HAVE SEEN CATS COUGHING.

    The kittens were done five weeks ago and I have been having problems since 3 days after the vaccinations.

    I’m sure if I had not had the years of experience with animals, these kittens may have well died. They have been on a nebuliser, having liquid antibiotics, ventalin, saline salution three times a day,plus oral antibiotics.
    The symptoms were no energy, like asthma, trouble breathing, eye discharge and runny noses.

    Like many vets, they said they did not believe it was the vaccine but possibly a URT like herpes.

    So I said I would like the best herpes test going, because I was convinced this was vaccine related.

    The vet phoned in the afternoon, to say the drug company would pay for the tests.

    Of course, the test came back negative for herpes and calichie.

    So the drug company asked again for more tests.

    It was then clear they were hoping to find these conditions, to try to clear the the vaccine from adverse effects.

    We are now waiting for more results, but my vet has phoned to say he and his partner are eating humble pie.

    I will keep you informed as I still have three kittens on red alert.


  72. Rae and Mark says:

    Val, we are sorry to hear you are having problems.

    Your experience so far is pretty typical, and as you say, these drug pushers will do anything and everything to avoid admitting their products can cause harm and even kill.

    What we always recommend in these circumstances is to do a full detox, to help flush out the chemical toxins from the animal’s body, and then drop down to an ongoing daily maintenance dose. Our Daily Maintenance Kit will let you administer both of these protocols.

  73. Karla says:


    I took my dog (21 pounds Jack Russell) last Wednesday (23rd February) for his periodic bordatella vaccine and for heartworm and fecal exams. He had the vaccine, a negative heartworm exam, but he had some hookworms +1 in the fecal test, so they gave me a dose of dentral something for the parasites. He took the doses the same day (2 and a half pills).

    But I am concerned because I have seen my dog really weak and tired. Today he slept on his bed the WHOLE day which is not usual for him, and even though he ate, he hasn’t shown much appetite. It seems like he is warmer than usual, but looking at him so weak, it is breaking my heart. I don’t know what to do.

  74. Rae and Mark says:


    We are sorry to hear about your Jack Russell.

    First and foremost, as you will no doubt have gathered from this post, and from other articles on this site, we do not believe in vaccinating our dogs, ever, under any circumstances.

    However, given the situation you are in, what we always recommend is to start by administering a full detox, which will help flush out the toxic chemicals that are contained in vaccines and other drugs, and then once that is complete, drop him down to a daily maintenance dosage, which will help to keep him healthy. Our Daily Maintenance Kit contains the two products you need to do both of these jobs.

    We hope he recovers soon.

  75. Beatriz says:

    I’d just like to say that I have had three dogs in the last 12 years, a golden retriever, a german shepherd and a westie. All 3 dogs have had their usual yearly injections but never a kennel cough injection. All 3 dogs have been walked in parks and socialised with other dogs, they have also been to kennels at least once a year and my westie gets groomed every few months. The only dog that has ever had kennel cough was my golden retriever (who died at the age of 8 from a brain tumour), when he got kennel cough, the one and only time, I read about the vaccine and found out that it didn’t even stop the dog from contracting kennel cough so I felt it was pointless and a waste of money and therefore did not give it to him. So even though my dogs have always been in contact with other dogs they’ve never had problems with kennel cough so buying anything to avoid it is ridiculose, its like taking malaria medication and not going to malaria prone areas, both pointless and expensive. So why put you’re pet through that.

  76. Destinee Feye says:

    I gave my dog the kennel cough vaccine last night. This morning, I woke up and she was broken out in hives and her entire face and neck were swollen. I’m so thankful that I read this. I’m posting it to everyone I know to warn them how dangerous this vaccine is!!

  77. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your dog, and we hope she recovers soon.

    What we always recommend in this situation is to administer a full detox, followed by a daily maintenance dose. Our Daily Maintenance Kit will allow you to give both of these treatments using the same two products.

    Finally, thank you for offering to tell other people about this page – the more dog (and cat) owners who are aware of what this vaccine can do to their pet, the better!

  78. Chris says:

    My dog was given the bordatella shot once before and suffered from the most extreme case of diarrhea I have ever seen. We had to place newspaper everywhere because she would just stand up and it would come out like liquid. I have to board her for the weekend and I’m looking for an alternative or help. Any suggestions? PLEASE HELP, I don’t want to put us or my little baby girl in this situation again but it looks like I will have to.

  79. Rae and Mark says:


    As you are not the first person to ask us this sort of question, we have just posted a new article on this very subject: Dog Friendly Hotels And Other Ways To Avoid Having To Vaccinate Your Pet.

    We hope all goes well and that you find a workable solution to your dilemma.

  80. anna & steven says:

    Hi im Anna. Well we have two puppies (keylah& Leon) We just had our puppies vaccinated against kennel cough a day ago, but one of my puppies (Leon) is not acting the same, he doesn’t want to move he just lays in his bed all day and he cries every time we pet him, now I understand that he might be sore but he has been like that for a long time, this was their last vaccination but the vaccine he had before he was sore for a few hrs but then he was fine. Should I be concern or is it normal and do you have any tips for a first time owner

  81. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your puppies.

    As you can tell from this article, and the rest of this site, we are strongly against vaccinations for all sorts of reasons.

    Side-effects from vaccines can be both short-term and long-term, and while feeling sore at the site of the injection is not good, it’s a lot better than some of the other side-effects, which can include chronic inflammation, cancer and even death.

    So, yes, when you consider what is being forcibly injected into your dogs, we would be very concerned indeed.

    In terms of what you can do at this stage, we would recommend a full detox, to help flush the chemicals from the vaccinations out of their systems, and once that’s done, swap to our Daily Maintenance protocol, to keep them healthy.

    You also need to look at what dog food you feed them, as most commercial brands are not good for dogs at all, in spite of what the manufacturers claim. Check our our Triumph Dog Food site, to see which food we feed our own dogs, and make sure to watch the video on the home page.

    And finally, of course, keep your dogs free from ALL chemicals, whether they’re in vaccinations, dewormers, dog food or household / garden products.

  82. Tiffany says:

    and whoaaaa! these posts are SCARY. i have a 4 month old maltese/poodle. i took him to get his 2nd round of dhpp shots and a nasal bordatella, because i was going to take him to doggie care. i havnt noticed him coughing or anything but he hasnt pooped since the shot yesterday. he is eating fine and drinking plenty of water. ive decided not to continue with the bordatella after reading, but my question is can he still become ill after the first round of nasal bordatella? and is it curable?

  83. Rae and Mark says:


    Yes, they certainly are!

    Sadly, all vaccines are dangerous and risky, and their effects may not be known for some time, so he’s not necessarily out of the woods yet.

    What we always recommend is a full detox, to help flush the toxic chemicals from the vaccinations out of his body, and then to continue with a daily maintenance dose. Our Daily Maintenance Kit can be used for both purposes.

    The other key is to make sure you feed him a high-quality dog food – almost all of what you’ll find on the supermarket shelves, for example, contain ingredients that are, at best, suspect, and at worst, dangerous and disgusting. The only dog food we use with our own dogs is called Triumph. (Make sure to watch the video on the home page of that site!)

  84. Cassandra says:

    I’m glad to find this site today. My poor Australian Shepherds have the Kennel Cough. One is 18 months old who got his shot 2 months ago and now has gotten the cough. Which I learned my lesson now that shots are BS and aren’t worth my dogs time and my money. And I have another who will be 3 months old in 2 days. I feel really bad for my babies, because I called the vet yesterday to see if there was anything to give them or if they can give them some medication for it well what I got from the vet ” Sorry we wont give them any because if they are eating fine and being their selves then they dont need to have any meds”. Um excuse me these are my dogs you are talking about my babies and your telling me that they dont need anything and to let them cough it out on their own. Oh HECK NO! Nobody is gonna say that to me. So this morning I did some research on Kennel Cough and I came across to your site. I did a lot of reading about the Kennel Cough shot and OMG the stories I have read. I know for NOW ON MY DOG ARE NOT GETTING ANYMORE SHOTS. But anyways as I was still searching your site I thought I would give your product a shot. So I placed an order today or this morning and can’t to give it to my babies. Now is there anything that I can do to keep there Immune System good? Since they are not getting shots anymore but the one thing I’m worried about here where I live is Parvo. Is there anything to give them once a year so they don’t get it or what advice can you give me?

  85. Rae and Mark says:


    Firstly, thank you for your order earlier today.

    Secondly, the products you ordered include a herbal kennel cough treatment, as well as our Daily Maintenance Kit, which is designed to be given to your dogs every day.

    So, the first thing you should do is deal with the kennel cough, using the Primalix KC, then we recommend doing a full detox (this should really be twice a year).

    After that, we recommend switching to the Daily Maintenance dosage.

    All of these protocols are fully detailed in the instruction sheet you downloaded earlier.

    The above will help keep their immune system strong.

    The other key factors in keeping them healthy are to make sure you your dogs remain chemical-free, which means no vaccinations, no chemical-based dewormers (including heartworm preventatives such as HeartGard – one of the products in the Daily Maintenance kit can be used both to get rid of most common parasites, as well as act as a heartworm prevention product), no mass-market commercial dog food, and no access to household / garden products (e.g. bleach, pesticides).

    The only dog food we use with our dogs is Triumph – it’s chemical-free, nutritious, and it’s made in the USA, unlike so many of the products you’ll find at the supermarket that are made in China (remember those dog food scares / recalls from a few years ago?).

    As for Parvo, then you would be best contacting us via email (just reply to our Tracking Number email), as the information we have for you is only for customers and not to be shared in a public forum such as this.

    Best wishes,

    Rae & Mark

  86. Lisa says:

    Hi Rae & Mark,

    Thank you so much for your website! I’ve got a 4yr old Yorkie and he’s ‘overdue’ according to the vet on all his shots. I have not called them yet because I’m in the research phase right now. I’m concerned they won’t give him the heartworm exam and meds unless I do all the other shots. Also, what about the rabies. Our law requires it once a year and from what I’ve been reading it clearly doesn’t need to be yearly, but the laws haven’t changed. They may fight me on that too. What can I do other than look for a homeopathic vet, which is really far away?

  87. Rae and Mark says:


    We don’t know the situation in every state regarding rabies shots, but we believe that you can get a three-year shot, so what we would do is to (reluctantly) have this administered, and then try to avoid ever going back for boosters. It’s not ideal, we know, and we can’t openly advocate breaking the law, but that’s the best we can offer.

    Having said that, what we would also do, both immediately before and immediately after the shots, is to do a detox using our Daily Maintenance Kit, as this will help prepare his body for the sudden influx of chemicals, and then help flush them out again afterwards.

    We would then continue with what we call our Daily Maintenance dosage, to keep our dogs healthy.

    As for heartworms, then we also stay well clear of the traditional heartworm prevention products such as HeartGard, as they too contain some really toxic chemicals. We’ve had customers lose their dogs because of some dewormers – mainly the ones referred to as neuromuscular.

    The good news is that one of the two products in the Daily Maintenance Kit is designed to get rid of most common parasites (e.g. roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, tapeworms and whipworms) including heartworms, and it can also be used as a safe, chemical-free heartworm preventative too.

    If you want to check out just this product, then it’s called FourGuard.

    We hope all goes well with your little chap.

  88. Lisa says:

    Thanks, for your quick response. I’ve got 2 more questions if you don’t mind:
    1) What is the dosage for the Daily Maintenance kit, it looks like droppers for the Immune Builder & Herbal Parasite Formula.
    2) But then is the FourGuard a preventive as well as a de-wormer?

  89. Rae and Mark says:


    1. It depends on what you are using the Daily Maintenance Kit for – both the duration of the treatment and the number of doses per day will vary, although the number of drops per dog will remain the same, based on their weight. The products do come with droppers, but our instructions specify an exact number of droplets per dose – a dropperful is too imprecise.

    2. FourGuard is a good dewormer that can also be used as a heartworm preventative.

  90. Connie says:

    I am feeling sick. My 11 year old standard poodle just had his annual Bordetella shot 3 weeks ago , he has had one every year. This time within a couple of days he became sick. Sleeping all the time. trembling when he breathed and didn’t want to eat. That same day they drew blood on my request because he is older and had his spleen removed a few years ago, So have been having his blood checked every once in a while. The vet called and said his white count was off and should give him antibiotics. I told his that Dufy was acting strange but he thought is was because he much have some kind of infection going on. He was fine before he had the shot. Anyway after almost a week on the antibiotic he was worst and I felt I was going to loss him, so I took him to the vet. He had a fever of 104 and had lost 4 pounds in about 2 weeks. They kept him that day and gave him and IV with fluids and all kinds of tests and found nothing in the tests except that his immune system seemed to be down. The gave him a steroid shot and I took him home that night and he seemed to be almost his normal self, wanting to eat and play. They wanted me to bring him back in the morning for more fluids,so brought him back in the morning and he had gained 2 pounds back and his temp. was down to 102. He was there all day and after doing more lab and talking to the lab they decided his immune system was the problem and he seems to be better and sent me home with 5 20mg prednisone pills to give hims one a day for five days and see how he is doing them. I’m now such after read all you information that he has had a reaction to the shot and am worried that I am going to loss him. How can I get this stuff out of his system fast! I’m hoping that the fluids maybe helped and since he is still with me after 3 weeks from having the shot he will make it. I’m just worried that his having this shot every year will be causing other problems. Now looking at the bill he also had DHLPP what ever that is. He is no longer on the antibiotics because they thought maybe he was having a reaction to that. Also about 5 days ago he broke out with a bumpy rash on a small area on his tummy by his right back leg. I don’t know where they gave his his shot because they took him to another area to draw his blood. Any input from you would be helpful. Thank You

  91. Rae and Mark says:


    We have replied to your questions on a separate page, appropriately called A Response To Connie.

  92. Hannah says:

    Our 8 year old dog just returned from a kennel after a 6 day stay. He has had the required series of Bordetella. He has been dry heaving ever since we picked him up. Need to know what home remedies we can use to help relieve his coughing and wheezing. Ideas? THanks

  93. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your dog.

    We’re not aware of any home remedies (i.e. concoctions you can make yourself), but Primalix KC is the best natural home treatment for kennel cough / Bordetella – it’s fast, effective and affordable.

  94. Sandy says:

    My mother took her 9 year old miniature schnauzer (Max) to the vet to get a kennel cough shot – her vet insisted. Well, Max had a horrible reaction to that shot. That shot killed my mother’s dog. Max clasped 5 days after the shot and then we had to take him to an emergency Veterinarian hospital to have two blood transfusions. The transfusions did not help. Max died 3 days later. It was all from the kennel cough shot. I am in contact with lawyer. My mom is a widow and lost my dad to cancer a year and a half ago and now the kennel cough shot killed a perfectly healthy dog. I am sick over this – my mom is so upset. I hope she makes it. She is 75 and Max was the love of her life. These veterinarians need to warn the pet owners of the deadly side effects of this vaccine. If my mom would have know the consequences she would have never gave her dog that shot. Such a sad situation!!

  95. Rae and Mark says:


    We are, of course, truly sorry to hear about your mom’s dog.

    What really galls us is the fact that vets typically won’t even admit that vaccinations can cause side-effects, never mind kill a dog.

    Please feel free to refer your lawyer to this page, so that they can see your mom is not alone in this.

    Another great resource is this page from Dr. Mercola:

    Best wishes, and we hope your mom’s vet pays for this, not that it will bring her dog back, of course, but they mustn’t be allowed to get away with this type of behaviour.

    Rae & Mark

  96. Sandy says:

    Rae and Mark; thank you for your condolences. I will pass this website on to our lawyer. I want the drug manufacturer to put a warning on that shot. If there was a warning Max would be alive today.

  97. Sandy says:

    Well, the lawyer wants millions of dollars which we do not have. I wish we did because I want a warning on this shot. The lawyer said that Congress does not allow drugs for dogs to be regulated. That is very sad – who is going to save our dogs? DO NOT GIVE YOUR ADULT DOG A BORDETELLA SHOT!!! DO NOT TAKE THE RISK

  98. Rae and Mark says:


    If you haven’t already done so, it may be worth finding out exactly which vaccine was used and asking to see all of the packaging that comes with it (or researching it online).

    The reason we say that is most vaccine companies will list any possible side-effects, just to cover themselves, so it may be your vet who failed to pass on those warnings.

    If that is the case, then taking your vet to court may be a lot easier (and cheaper) than taking on the manufacturer themselves.

  99. Amanda says:

    I just bought an minature Italian Greyhound from a breeder and she previously gave him the bordetella vaccine but today my vet convinced me to give my puppy the shot again. so i decided to give him the shot but hes only 12 weeks old and since we came back from the vet hes whining when we pick him up and is shaking when sleeping. I dont know what is wrong with him and any help given is greatly apreciated. Thank you.

  100. Rae and Mark says:


    We are sorry to hear about your puppy.

    As you can see from other people who’ve posted their experience on this page, it is not an uncommon problem, and although your vet probably won’t admit it, this sounds very much like a vaccine reaction (which is hardly surprising when you see what junk they put in these products).

    What we would recommend is, firstly, giving him a detox, to help flush out the chemicals from his body. Our Daily Maintenance Kit will deal with that.

    Secondly, make sure you feed him a high-quality dog food (i.e. not the sort of thing you’ll find at most supermarkets). The only food we feed our dogs is called Triumph – it’s chemical-free and very nutritious, and it doesn’t contain all of the fillers and crap they put in most dog foods (make sure you watch the video on the home page).

  101. Sarah says:

    Our dog has experienced terrible seizures both times he has received the Bordatella vaccine- each time about a day after receiving the vaccine. He has never had a seizure outside of these two incidences.

  102. Rae and Mark says:


    Thanks for sharing that – it may well help other pet owners recognise some of the many possible adverse effects of vaccinations.

    This is why we believe in doing both pre- and post-vaccination administration of herbal detox products, to help prepare your pet for the sudden influx of nasty chemicals that are contained in the shots, and to help flush those chemicals out again afterwards.

    You’ll find a couple of detox kits (the Daily Maintenance Kit and the top-of-the-range Mega Detox Kit) on the following page:

  103. Kim Stamey says:

    I am so disappointed to see all of the negative comments about Vets. and practices. What you may not know is that they are trying to rotate vacines to counter act these reactions people are complaining about. A good vet always has the best interest of the pet in mind. I worked at a vet clinic for nine years and my doctors never recomended a vaccine that was not necessary for a pets well being. As to the Bordetella vaccine I noticed no one mentioned the nasal form of the vaccine. This has become the favored form of administration it does not have the side effects of the injectable form, is quicker to take affect, and is less traumatic to the pet than a shot.
    Also as a person who was born with bronchitis I have been suseptiable to the infection all my life. But since working at the clinic and receiving a secondary dose of the vaccine from nasal form of the vaccine I have not had a case of bronchitis in 12 years.
    Lastly, people really need to talk to their Vets. and let them know your pets situation and like any patient going to the doctor ask plenty of questions. Get brochures on the vaccines that are recommended, know the diseases they are to protect your pet from.
    In conclusion, we all love our pets and think of them as members of the family. So we want what is best for them. In order to do this we need to well informed pet owners don’t get your info from one of these sites they are helpful but you need to get your info from the brochures that the drug reps. leave with vets. also. Do research, ask questions, and communicate with your vet. They want your pet to be healthy also.

  104. Rae and Mark says:


    If you really believe that you’re going to get the truth from drug reps, then good luck to you!

    Remember, follow the money and then decide whether these companies have your best interests at heart?

  105. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for this article. My issue is that all kennels “require” the shots. I like the Titre test but it’s $98 and when I was working this wasn’t an issue. Now for Christmas I have to board my 11.5 yr GSP and looking at Tractor Supply for the required vacs bc they are less than $10ea there. I don’t want to give them to her at all but I can’t bring my dog with me to this family members home, unfortunately. Any suggestions? I don’t have a friend who lives close enough to care for her and they have their own holiday events.

  106. Rae and Mark says:


    We know this can be difficult, so first of all, we’d like to point you to another of our articles on this site:

    Also, if you do want to use a pet-sitting service, then both companies do have specials at the moment, although we have no idea how long they’re valid for:

    Try a code of WINTER20 on this site:

    Try a code of SNOW20 on this site:

    We hope you find a solution to your dilemma.

  107. marvin says:

    my dog is due a bordatella vac, but after reading this he wont get it, i would like to tell all that i was giving my pet flea pills, he started having seizuers every 3 months, we noticed after giving him flea pills every three months was when he had seizuers, we stopped the pills and walla the seizuers went away.

  108. Rae and Mark says:


    Thanks for the feedback.

    As for the flea pills, then as we have said elsewhere, all chemical-based products can cause all manner of side-effects. You might like to read our review of what we consider the best natural flea remedy for dogs (and cats) on the market, TripleSure (and what that we use on our own dogs):

  109. Laurie says:

    OMG – Both my min. schnauzers (age 5 and 6.5 yrs) were boarded at the SFSPCA. Very fancy SPCA and I felt very comfortable boarding them there TOGETHER for 7 days. I had an emergency trip to take so they both got Bordetella nasal vaccines 2 days before boarding. I picked them up on the 7th day. Both were calmly happy to see me, which I thought might be just due to the boarding experience. Both have extreme dark watery diarrhea and vomiting for several days. I call my vet and we agreed to treat with white rice/lean and a small amount of lean cooked hamburger and then bring them in 3 days if I see no recovery. One dog has recovered about 60%. The other dog has not recovered at all. They both go to my regular vet in A.M. Something happened at the SPCA, because I found out later that one dog (maybe both?) was having diarreha while in their care, but no one told me when I picked them up. They had ‘healthy’ appetites and perfect stools before they went in… is it at all possible that the bordetella had anything to do with this? Tutzie has lost 1 pound since I boarded them on 2/9 – today is 2/20.

  110. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your Miniature Schnauzers.

    Sadly, in our experience, it’s perfectly possible (and even probable) that it was the Bordetella shots that caused their problems. Of course, your vet will deny this, as will the manufacturers, but if you’ve already read other people’s stories on this page, then you’ll see that you’re not alone.

    In terms of what we’d suggest, then we recommend doing a full detox, to help flush the chemicals from the vaccines out of their systems.

    We have a couple of detox kits that will help.

    Our primary recommendation would be the Mega Detox Kit, which contains a 4oz bottle of Immune Builder, a 4oz. bottle of Herbal Parasite Formula, and a tub of 150 capsules of MaxoTox, which is a really good, natural detox agent:

    Our secondary recommendation would be the Daily Maintenance Kit, which contains the two 4oz. bottles from the Mega Detox Kit, but it does not contain the MaxoTox:

    On top of that, we give our dogs one dose of the products in the Daily Maintenance Kit every single day, to help keep them healthy.

    In addition to these herbal products, we also believe in giving our dogs the very best dog food we can find, as most of the cheap, mass-market commercial dog food contains some very bad/dangerous ingredients – even the so-called premium brands. The only food we’ll give our dogs is Triumph (, and we suggest you watch the video near the bottom of the home page to see what sort of junk the manufacturers put in their dog food – you’ll be surprised, shocked and probably angry!

    Needless to say, we strongly encourage you not to get your dogs vaccinated again.

    We hope both your dogs recover soon.

  111. Jean says:

    My 4 yr old Havanese just got his Bordetella vaccine on Saturday, today- MOnday morning he won’t stop panting aND SCRATCHING HIMSELF. He is highly allergic to fleas, wheat etc. Could this be from his shot?

  112. Rae and Mark says:


    We’re sorry to hear about your Havanese.

    Sadly, it is very possible that the shots have caused these reactions, which are not uncommon, if you’ve read other people’s experiences on this page.

    As we said in our response to Laurie, a few days ago, we recommend a detox to help get those chemicals out of his systgem.

  113. katy says:

    My 2.5 year old Yorkie mix was due for a Bordetella and since I board her occasionally, I took her in for the shot Saturday morning. Almost exactly 12 hours later, she had 2 seizures, back to back, and she has never had anything like that before. It was horrible to watch and I love her too much to put her thru it again. The vet doesn’t think it was the shot, but I am convinced it was. All you have to do is read about a vet’s liability for the death of your pet (very small monetary amount) and it is clear that it is about the money they get from immunizations that drives the vet visits. No more Bordetellas.

  114. Rae and Mark says:


    Thank you for sharing your experience, and we are, of course, very sorry to hear about your Yorkie.

    There is no way, though, that Big Pharma (or most vets) will ever admit that vaccines cause problems such as this – there’s simply too much money at stake, as we’ve been telling people for years.

    As to what we’d do in your situation, then we always recommend a full detox to help flush out the chemicals from the vaccines. (With our own dogs, we actually do this detox both before and after the rabies shots, which are the only shots we give them, and we only do those because it’s the law.) There are a couple of detox kits (the Daily Maintenance Kit and the Mega Detox Kit) on the following page that should help (not only now, but in the future too, to help keep your dog healthy):

    Whatever you do, we hope your Yorkie is better soon.

  115. cewolsen says:

    I gave my 2 year old maltese mixed dog the bordatella vaccine and 2 weeks later the booster. she developed a bad case of kennel cough that lasted 2 months. could it have been from the booster she received?

  116. Connie says:

    My 2 year old Maltese mixed had her first bordatella vaccine and 2 weeks later her booster for it and became sick with kennel cough approximately 1 month later that lasted 2 months…could it have been from the vaccines?

  117. Rae and Mark says:


    In our experience, and based too on all of the horror stories posted by other readers, it’s entirely possible (or even probable) that your doggie got sick becuase of the vaccine.

    What we usually recommend in such situation is a full detox (you’ll find a couple of detox kits – the Daily Maintenance Kit and the Mega Detox Kit here:, as these will help to flush out any residual chemicals from her system. (Actually, a detox is recommended once or twice a year anyway.)

    We would also check the ingredients of the dog food you’re using – you really don’t want to see a dog food that is primarily based on corn, soy, wheat or chicken. (The one we use with our dogs is Triumph – see for details.)

  118. Kristina says:

    Is the bordetella vaccine cause skin lesions?

  119. Rae and Mark says:


    Based on what the research we have done and the comments left by other pet owners, we would say that they could indeed cause skin lesions. When you look at the chemical cocktail contained in vaccines, allergic reactions and toxicity could easily result.

  120. Anne says:

    Does anyone know if more statistical research has been done on Bortadella and puppy vaccine? This original post was from 2009, so I’d be curious. Thanks

  121. Lisa says:

    I have a very healthy Yorkie, “excellent” per the vet. I don’t vaccinate, but do care for him w/ your products. Now with the Parvo, would I still administer your “Parvo Treatment” it if he doesn’t show signs just as a preventive?

  122. Lisa (again) says:

    …(continued from prior)… the vet did a titers test 5 days ago, said my yorkie still was ok for Parvo, but not Distemper. Of course they want me to vaccinate & the shot will have the 2, they can’t break them out. My dog is an indoor dog, doesn’t go to parks, neighborhood walks or hangs out w/ other dogs, he only plays & goes potty in our yard. What do you think are his risks of Distemper and can I do a preventive on it so I don’t have to vaccinate? I need to prove to my husband he doesn’t need those shots but can’t find proof. Please help.

  123. Rae and Mark says:


    Thanks for your questions.

    To begin with, we can’t really recommend what you should give to your Yorkie without first knowing what products you already have on hand.

    As for Distemper, all we can say is that in the thousands of dogs we’ve helped treat thus far, we’ve only ever come across one or two cases, and they were questionable.

    The products we sell should help prevent/treat Distemper as well as Parvo (as Distemper is another nasty virus), but we really have not had enough verified cases to address any particular issues.

    Regarding proof that you don’t need to vaccinate, then that is almost impossible. The medical profession (e.g. the vaccine manufacturers, vets, and the government themselves) are never going to tell you anything other than the fact that vaccines are safe and effective – which is, of course, hugely misleading.

    As you will have gathered, we are strongly against vaccinating under any circumstances, and try to keep our dogs away from vets at all costs.

    However, we do, of course, have to comply with rabies vaccination laws, and you can read about what happened, and what we did to minimize the risk of adverse side-effects, on this page:

    In terms of other (anti-)vaccine resources that you may find useful, other than the comments by other pet owners on this very page, the attached free report is eye-opening, especially the interview by Jon Rappaport at the end.

    Now, while this focuses primarily on vaccines for children, our own research indicates that exactly the same problems occur with animals too – e.g. they contain many of the same toxic chemicals with the same side-effects, they don’t always work, meaning vaccinated dogs can still get Parvo, for example, and the vaccines can cause the disease(s) they’re meant to prevent.

    We’re pretty sure that one of our own dogs (one of two we rescued in December 2005) is vaccine-injured – it’s like she has a doggie form of autism (e.g. she can’t work out how to interact with other dogs, she doesn’t understand the pack hierarchy, she constantly breaks the rules, and she has severe learning impairment – even though she’s nearly seven years old she still struggles with commands such as sit and stay).

    However, here is a list of some animal-based vaccine information that you (and your husband) should also read:

    1. Natural Immunity by Pat McKay, which you can read for free online here:

    2. recounts the experience of one of our customers and her fiancĂ©, who lost five dogs within a few days because of his vet’s insistence on vaccinating infected dogs. This article contains crucial information that should concern all pet owners, because we’ve never yet heard of a single vet who does a Parvo test before administering Parvo shots to make sure the animal is healthy (as mandated by the vaccine manufacturer).

    3. What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines by Catherine O’Driscoll – see for details.

    We hope this helps, and if you need to order any products, you can do so on either of these pages: (for our pre- and post-vaccine protocols) (for Parvo treatment/prevention kits).

  124. Lisa (again) says:

    Hi Rae & Mark,

    Thank you so very much for your very comprehensive response. I left out the products I use in order to save space… :-/.

    I do use your Immune Builder, and since we had to do the rabies vaccine last Friday, I’ve also been using the MaxoTox. I also use diatamatious earth for worming.

    It seems to me his risk for contracting Parvo and/or Distemper is extremely rare. But, in order to ensure I’m doing the right thing to keep him healthy, what do you suggest his daily regimen be once I’m done detoxing? His current daily regimen is your Immune Builder 1x/day, Diatamatious Earth 1x/every other day.

    Thank you Rae & Mark!
    Happy Thanksgivng!

  125. Rebecca Long says:

    After my puppy got his first shot, shot that was suppose to help him with kennel cough, he went from happy puppy to very sick. I thought that I was gonna lose him.
    Later my vet told me that the vaccine that was suppose to help him (he was not even sick) almost killed him.

    I started to make research on my own about the bordetalla shot and realized that given the kennel cough vaccine to my puppy was an error and wish I had seen your site before.

    Anyhow, thanks for your article.


  126. Renea says:

    Well i am in shock after reading all of this! Our 9 year old lab underwent a major surgery in June where a Thymoma Tumor was removed from inside of her rib cage that was covering her heart. She made it through the surgery just fine and is now just starting to grow her hair back. We were told it was benign and that surgery is the only thing that would help since this tumor was causing her to have fever (WBC) high trying to attack the tumor and it was pressing on her heart causing difficulty breathing etc. $5,000 dollars later we were on our way home from the specialist and decided to go to our local vet to have the staples removed from her chest. She was doing so good, then our 12 year old German Shepherd who also had a tumor removed 9 months ago (another $4,000 all this charged!) died suddenly apparently from a heart attack or seizure. The lab who was his partner for 7 years misses him dearly and she would sleep where he was and wimper etc. He has been gone only 7 weeks. So four weeks after her surgery and all the warm compresses on her chest staples removed etc. She and my other little baby min pin were due their annual vaccinations. I called twice and spoke with the specialist and i asked our regular vet if it was ok to give her them since the surgery!!! Yes its fine. No problem etc etc etc. So two weeks ago i took her and the min pin to get their shots to include Bordatella just incase i needed to board them or send one to doggie day care! Well within five days my lab had a golf ball size knot appear on her back side. My min pin also had a small lump appear on her back side. I took them back to the vet and of course heard well we must have hit a vein i am sure its nothing. Started the Lab on clindamicin just incase to prevent infection. Now my lab is dying!! Her WBC is at 83,0000 which is way over the 20,000 norm, her temperature has been up to 103 so far and she is coughing. They are saying the cancer is back! she needs mri, chemo etc!! I am not doing any of that anymore i am going to search holistic meds today and buy her something to make her comfortable until she passes or we have to put her down! We would have never spent $5K if we had of been told this will come back or its malignant. I dont think they know what they are doing! I know there is no guarantees but geez do they not consider what the dog and us have been through and err on the side of caution and say noooo! lets not do vaccines right now, give it some time. That would have been fine!! ow my baby min pin who is 2 1/2 is loosing spots of hair!! I wonder if this is a vaccine side effect also. I got to stay off the internet before i have a breakdown from reading all of this. I am sooo mad at them for not being cautious and so angry with myself for allowing it to be done!

  127. Rae and Mark says:


    Thank you so much for sharing your horror story with our readers. We appreciate how hard it must have been to write this.

    We are obviously very sorry to hear about what you have been put through, and, like you, it always angers us to see so many vets who clearly care a lot more about how much money they can charge than about the health of pets (and their owners).

    Unfortunately, most people are brought up to trust “medical professionals”, including both doctors and vets, and as a result, trust what they are told without question.

    The problem is that many medical / veterinary colleges are largely funded by the drug companies, and so are told exactly what Big Pharma wants them to know. And a large part of this “education” is that drugs and vaccines are safe and effective.

    Sadly, this is far from the truth, the result being that many doctors and vets are actually nothing more than drug pushers, middle-men for the highly-profitable drug industry.

    There is a groundswell developing – not as quickly as we’d like, but it’s happening nonetheless – where the facts about how dangerous and ineffective these massive cash cows (i.e. drugs and vaccines) really are.

    You can find no end of information on the Internet these days about these issues, but a good starting point is this interview between Jon Rappoport and a former vaccine developer:

    We feel sure it will open your eyes to what’s actually going on.

    In your case, there is no way that an animal recovering from recent surgery is strong enough to withstand an attack on its immune system. While vets will no doubt tell you (because that’s what they were told) that vaccines actually strengthen the immune system, the opposite is true.

    And even the vaccine manufacturers state that shots should not be given to any animal that is not in good health or has a compromised immune system, which would certainly be the case with your Lab.

    As for your Min-Pin’s bald patches, we’ve not heard of Bordetella shots causing this before, but other shots (e.g. rabies) can certainly do this.

    Anyway, this is what we’d recommend you do:

    1. Start by changing vets, as your current one obviously can not be trusted to take good care of your pets.

    2. Do a full detox to try to eliminate the toxins in the drugs (including anything given during surgery, the Clindamycin, and the Bordetella shot) from their bodies.

    3. Do not administer any other chemical-based products to either of your dogs. All chemicals have side-effects; for example, Clindamycin can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and weight loss.

    For the full detox, we’d suggest doing what we did with one of our dogs when we had to get her rabies shot. As you know, this is mainly the only mandatory vaccine in the US, and we were concerned about potential side-effects. The good news was that our dogs are always healthy, are never vaccinated or given prescription drugs, and only eat a healthy diet, so we knew her immune system was strong.

    But even so, why take any unnecessary risks?

    So, we developed a pre- and post-vaccine protocol, using herbal products, to reduce the risk of adverse reactions.

    You can read the entire story, including what products we used, and how we used them, on this page:

    We would also suggest you take a look at what’s in our Doggie First Aid Cabinet, as you never know what you might need in an emergency:

    Finally, we hope you are able to save your Lab and that your Min-Pin’s fur grows back without problem.

  128. Jasmine says:


    I’m glad I came across your sites for both bordetella and parvo.

    We recently went to our vet (end of July) to ONLY get the rabies vaccination for our 4 year old English bulldog, but of course they said he was overdue for both bordetella and distemper/parvo, etc. So they gave him 3 shots (as well as other ‘recommendations’ and medications for his health that we declined, at their displeasure and judgment).

    He’s now due for the 2nd booster shots for both bordetella and distemper, but after reading this as well as your other site, we definitely don’t want to bring him back in. But of course, the vet says we’ll have to ‘re-start’ the series over and pay in full the next time, because after tomorrow, the first shots will be expired.

    I just want to confirm that your recommendations would be to NOT take him back in for these boosters to finish the series.

    Our only concern is: will not finishing the series be detrimental to his health in any way, since whatever they gave him for the first shots is already in his system (hopefully, it’s beneficial to NOT get these boosters!)?

    Thanks for your help in advance!

    PS– we don’t plan on taking him back in for any other vaccinations aside from rabies (since they are legally required). He’s a fairly healthy bulldog (aside from pretty bad skin allergies)– that rarely comes in contact with other dogs– he eats, plays, and loves so we’re thinking he’s doing pretty well! So taking him to the vet is pretty much our least favorite thing to do because they always have these “recommendations”, which cost an arm and a leg!!!

  129. Rae and Mark says:


    If we were in that situation, and we’d already given our dogs their first shots before finding out the problems with vaccinations, we definitely would NOT take them for any more, whether it was to complete a series, or a booster shot – other than their 3-yearly rabies shots, of course, as we do not advocate breaking the law.

    The more shots you give a dog (or human too), the more toxic chemicals you’re injecting and the greater the potential damage to their body and immune system.

    We would also recommend you read our article about what we did when he had to give one of our dogs her rabies shots, which includes a natural pre- and post-vaccination protocol we administered to reduce the chances of any adverse side-effects:

  130. karen says:

    I took my 6 yr old Boston terrier to a vet clinic today and she received the 4 in 1 da2pp and the bordatella. Approximately 4 hours later she started vomiting then began swelling with hives everywhere! Her eyes were just about swelled shut. Is this one of the rare side effects of the bordatella vaccine? Is there any sulfar in any of these vaccines because this is what happens to her after coming in contact with sulfar. We found this out a few months ago while bathing her with that type of shampoo. Thank you for any assistance you can give

  131. Rae and Mark says:


    Unfortunately, side-effects from Bordetella vaccines (or any vaccines, for that matter), are far from rare, as you can read from other people’s comments on this article.

    As for sulfur, then some vaccines can contain potassium aluminum sulfate, as an adjuvant, and the sulfate aspect of this does of course mean that it’s derived from sulfur.

    However, the only way to know for certain is to check the vaccine insert, or contact the manufacturer.

    In terms of what you should do at this stage, then we would recommend giving your doggie a full detox.

    You can read about what we did when it was time for one of our dogs to have her rabies shots on this page:

    Although this article does talk about rabies shots, the principles of administering a pre- and post-vaccination detox applies to any type of shots.

    You’ll see three detox kits on that page (all natural, of course), and the one we recommend (and used with our dogs) was the one we call Combo Kit 15.

    We hope she recovers soon.

  132. Carolyn says:

    Which is the detox for after vacinnes?

  133. Rae and Mark says:

    Carolyn, you can find the pre- and post-vaccination detox schedule we used with our own dogs here:

  134. Carolyn says:

    K – we have two puppies 5 months from diff breeders. They both had 8 week vaccines from them and that was it. The boy puppy got parvo n was in hospital and now home on antibiotics. They said to bring other one in right away n I did today. However immed after the healthy puppy had the life out of her practically n almost immed fell asleep. Her chest was breathing fast n was so sad. Know I guess we can just detox her n hope no more reactions.

  135. Leah says:

    I took 2 cats to humane ohio to be fixed in July. after a few days I allowed them back with the rest of my cats. A few days later, 1 of the ones that had been fixed looks really sick. Within 4 days he was dead. Testing showed he had picked up both calicivirus and bordatella while being fixed. They had infected the rest and we ended up losing 7 cats. I test and quarantine my cats before they come into my home. However, I honestly never thought I would have to quarantine for so long after being fixed in a reputable place. Sad on every level

  136. Rae and Mark says:


    Thank you for sharing your sad story.

    This is why we try to keep our doggies away from the vet’s wherever possible. Not only do we not agree with the use of so many man-made chemical-based drugs (including vaccines), but you never know what other problems customers may be bringing into the clinic with them. (We always try to pay extra for a home visit to avoid having to mingle with other sick people / animals, but we know this is not exactly practical if an animal needs to be fixed, say.)

    Also, with animals having weaker immune systems these days, thanks to over-medication and poor-quality food manufactured by companies who only care about profits, they are less able to deal with infections.

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