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DR CLARE MIDDLE, BVMS CVA CertIAVH
Ihave recently bought a puppy whose
owner I have been conversing with
over the duration of the pregnancy
and whelping, and I get her delivered
in a week and a half. She has just been
"traditionally" vaccinated at 6 weeks of
age and I am wondering how to go about
rebuilding her system with nosodes and
the homeopathic plan from here on.
My old doggie is over 12 years old
and is a Heeler Staffy cross who has
never been vaccinated traditionally,
but has had the homeopathy nosode
courses when required. His immunity
is steel strong. What should I do for him
regarding disease and vaccination
now? I'm sure he has a slightly
arthritic shoulder for which I been
giving him MSM powder, or would
the whole Sasha's Blend be a better
option? He has a great diet of mostly
My first aid kit for them is homeo and
naturopathic in origin. What is the safest
and best treatment for variants of pain in
a dog? Thank you so much for your time
and website information.
Belinda Allan (email address supplied)
Congratulations on your new family
It's best ideally to vaccinate pups once
only at about 10 weeks of age, i.e. about
10 to 14 days after weaning at about 8
weeks. This is because antibodies from
both the mother's milk, and/or the 6 week
vaccine will have worn off by then. This
means they are then capable of fully taking
on a vaccination which could last them
many years, or even a lifetime, especially if
you use the "10 week finish" vaccines now
on the market.
The disadvantage of waiting longer
than 10 weeks is that the pup could catch
parvo or distemper. The most common
age for pups to get parvo is in that 10 to 12
week age range, which is another reason
I like the 10 week vaccine. Then, a week
after the vaccine, you can confidently
take them out to be socialised, which is
so important for preventing behaviour
crucial socialisation time for pups. Taking
the 11 week or older pup to puppy kindy
or the dog beach is so much better than
waiting until a week after a 12 week, or
even a 16 week, vaccine.
So, yes, given that your pup has had a
6 week vaccine, I would be starting those
homeopathic nosodes as soon as you can,
to clear unwanted immune suppressing
effects of a vaccination at such a young
age. I would use homeopathic Par vo,
Distemper, Hepatitis and Kennel Cough
200C (combined in one remedy), daily for
2 days, then once in a week, then once
in a month. Ideally, I would then get the
same combination in a 1M potence and
repeat that same course in the higher
potency, about a month later. It would
be good to also give two doses a month
apart of Thuja 200C, which can also help
to clear vaccinosis (a disease caused by
vaccination) in a slightly different way.
Using homeopathic nosodes has two
purposes, firstly to clear the weakening
effects of vaccination, as we discussed
above and, secondly, to prevent disease.
In other words, it's a sort of homeopathic
immunisation, although homeopathics
work differently to the standard needle
vaccinations. The homeopathics do not
produce a measurable antibody level
which can be measured by a blood test
(as the normal needle vaccine does).
Instead, they work on the cell mediated
immune part of the immune system, so
you do not know for sure if the dog is
immune, and therefore does, or does
not, need further vaccination. This doesn't
matter for non-serious diseases such as
kennel cough, particularly as homeopathic
kennel cough nosode does give good
protection against kennel cough, often
better than the conventional needle
vaccines. But it doesn't work so well for
protecting against par vo and distemper,
and I have known pups protected only by
homeopathics to still get these diseases.
They don't get them as badly and are more
likely to recover, but some people would
prefer the best cover possible. That is why
I prefer to do the 10 week needle vaccine,
but with full homeopathic nosode use
begun as soon before the needle as you
can, as discussed above.
Then, any time from 3 weeks after
the vaccine, you can blood test to check
proof of immunity, but most owners are
Worried about the risks your puppy may face from Parvo
virus and Distemper? Holistic vet Dr Clare Middle suggests
a vaccination plan.
happy to wait until 6 months. At that
age, blood can be taken from the pup
while under anaesthetic being sterilised,
or at the standard 15 month check. I have
blood tested many dogs at 15 months
and most have an excellent immunity from
the one 10 week vaccine.
Regarding the older dog, it is very
likely he is fully immune to parvo and
distemper at his age. You could verify this
with a blood test, but if I were you I would
be spending the money on herbs to help
Yes, a glucosamine supplement like
Sasha's Blend is highly recommended. It
does not contain MSM so give this too, or
find a brand that contains glucosamine,
chondroitin and MSM. Also feed plenty
of soft/digestable raw bone daily, eg
raw chicken wings, lamb necks etc. The
pentosan sulphate needles that vets give
are often beneficial and are unlikely to
cause side effects.
The best herbs for arthritis are
turmeric, boswellia, cordyceps, white
willow bark and also ginger if the dog does
not feel the heat too badly in summer.
Give doses proportional to body weight
of the prescribed human dose for that
product, or give a quarter to a full teaspoon
daily of combined powder for a toy to
a large breed dog. Bowen, Chiropractic,
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can also
be very beneficial.
Dr Clare Middle BVMS CVA CertIAVH is
a qualified holistic veterinarian. She welcomes your
questions on animal health and diet. Please send them to
'I have blood tested many dogs at 15 months and most have an
excellent immunity from the one 10 week vaccine.'
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