THE DARK SIDE OF PET
Fighters?" Or "Disease Inviters?"
Stop the Shots! : Are Vaccinations
Killing Our Pets?, by John Clifton. Foley Square Books, 104
Just when you thought it was safe to go back
into the veterinarian's office to have your pet re-vaccinated,
along comes John Clifton's book, basically hollering
"Whoa! - just a minute!!"
Apparently, the general consensus of experts
regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for your
dog or cat has changed radically since you last looked - and
your vet may not be telling you about it.
This compact little volume (104 pages set in
large type) may seem a little slim, but the information inside
is astonishingly comprehensive and easily understood. While
books on pet health are largely written by veterinarians in
"medicalese," often difficult going, this one is
mercifully in plain English - conversational, like getting
advice from your big brother.
If you think vaccines are magic bullets with
no downside, think again. According to the author, we now know
that vaccinations actually lower the immune system for a time,
paving the way for all sorts of possible maladies - from
allergies to cancer - to get a toehold.
Did you know that it's now the custom to
give certain cat vaccinations in the creature's hind legs? You
want to know why? Well, so that, if the animal gets cancer at
the site of the injection, the leg can be conveniently
Clifton, not a veterinarian himself, isn't
making it up. Nor is he on a rampage to abolish all shots.
He's simply reflecting the facts, based on studies and the
opinions of medical experts, immunologists and local vets
working "down in the trenches." And, despite the
imperious-sounding title, the information is balanced when
there are conflicting points of view.
And, as in a good owners manual, practical
instructions are given simply and logically. For example, to
help you tailor a vaccination plan for your pet's particular
needs, you are taken through a series of yes-or-no questions.
("Will you be boarding your dog with other animals? No?
Then omit shots for kennel cough. . .")
It's hard to see why any pet caretaker, if
at all care-taking, could avoid getting this potentially
lifesaving book and keeping it around.
Uncopyrighted review. All or part may be
freely quoted. www.StopTheShots.com