What Today’s Pet Owners Need to Know About Vaccinations

Posted on June 22nd, 2016

What is a vaccination? A vaccination is an injection of a virus, bacteria or rickettsia in a solution. The microorganisms in the vaccine are either killed or modified live. In the live vaccine, the organism has been changed in a way that cannot cause a disease when injected. This modification process is called attenuation, and this process will allow the body to produce protective antibodies to that organism. I the future, when the patient with the protective antibodies is exposed to one of these vaccine related diseases, the body will be protected. The first reported vaccine was the small pox vaccine.

There are a great number of concerns that the pet owners have, regarding vaccinations. At the top of the list is should I vaccinate my pet or not?

The American Animal Hospital Association has updated information on the most recent thoughts about the proper way to administer a vaccines. You can visit their website on line, to read more and also obtain important contact information.

The modern thinking about vaccinations has experienced some major changes, in the past few years. In my first practice, I used to check levels of protective antibodies that vaccines produced. I still vaccinate annually to somewhat guarantee that my patients all had enough protective immunity, however, our veterinary researchers have since found however, our veterinary researchers, have since found that protective antibodies levels may remain high for 3-7 years and in some up to 10-12 years.

So why vaccinate at all? Young animals need to be introduced at an early age. It is probably best to begin the vaccines at 8 weeks of age. The reason for this is that the maternal antibodies that mom gave her offspring usually has disappeared at about this time. Maternal antibodies are usually present up to 8 weeks and if vaccinated before this time, will kill the modified live virus vaccine and create very little protective antibodies, if any at all. The feeling is somewhat the same for killed vaccines. Apparently there is very little protection achieved. The interval between giving vaccines, may vary from veterinarian to veterinarian, but in our hospital, I recommend a vaccination at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, for both puppies and kittens. In older dogs and cats, that have a questionable vaccine history, two vaccines at a one month interval should suffice. Annual vaccines are usually recommended, but the information already presented, annual vaccines may be a thing of the past. The question is now, if this is true, and the owners are very concerned about vaccination, why do them?

Can vaccines be detrimental? Yes they can be. I have seen many reactions over the years.

These reactions did not occur in my patients because I often checked current protective antibody levels in my patients prior to additional vaccinations. Because I have special interest in allergy and hormonal antibody disorders, I have always been very conservative with the use of vaccines or any substance injected into the body. Sometimes we forget that each patient is different whether an animal or a human. What might work for one, might be detrimental to another.

There has been great controversy as far as the amount or volume of the vaccine to give. Often the same amount or volume of vaccine is given to a 3 lb dog as to a 200 lb dog. The manufacturers of the vaccine, say a full dose is safe to give, to any size dog, because it is not the volume of the vaccine, but rather the “minimum, immunizing dose”.

Can you imagine, the reaction that might occur with one vaccine, but what if more than one type of vaccine is given to this patient at the same time?

I have seen so many horrible reactions over the years, that I  have always used reduced volumes in my small patients, and have successfully created proper immunity. Proper immunity was easily determined by doing protective antibody level test 2 weeks after the primary vaccine program was completed.  Recent thinking says, however, that a reduced vaccine dose will not create enough protective antibody. Personally I would rather give the smaller vaccine volume, check the antibody levels 2 weeks later for those vaccines that were administered, and if necessary, give anther vaccine 2 weeks later to avoid a possible reaction. A protective that has been created through a vaccination procedure is referred to as an antibody titer. Doing antibody titers testing may be an extra expense, but it is much safer. You need to decide if your “best friend” is worth it or not.

A word about Nosodes. This is a preparation that is used in place of present day vaccines.

Nosodes are used by Holistic veterinarians, and other veterinarians who were fearful of actual vaccinations being detrimental to their patients. In the hands of some veterinarians, the Nosodes seem to work well. If they are getting protection for their patients, great, but in my hands, I was never able to create protective antibodies in my patients. I did check protective antibody levels [titers], after using this method, and found a lack of protection. I have been told by other veterinarians that Nosodes work in a different manner, however I never pursued the issue because I saw several litters that had received Nosodes and perished from contact of the various diseases that vaccines were used to protect from that disease.

In all fairness, if the litters had my mechanism defect [Endocrine Immune Disorder], I am not sure anything would have worked, including vaccinations.

Many years ago, when people were afraid that the altered viruses and bacteria [attenuated] that were in the vaccines might still give the puppy Distemper, a Measles vaccine was developed.

The thinking was, in using the Measles virus, it was close enough to the structure of the Distemper virus, that immunity would be created without worrying about the puppy getting Distemper from this vaccine. Unfortunately this did not happen. Later an altered Distemper virus was added to the Measles vaccine. I am really not sure why they kept including the Measles virus, this virus was close enough to the structure of the Distemper virus, but the general thinking was that the combination would be safer to use for annual vaccinations. That vaccine has since disappeared and I think you can now begin to understand some of the controversy that has accompanied vaccinations for many years. I again, refer you to the AAHA website for the most recent updates involving vaccine procedures.

It is important to know, that the different must never be given in the same injection site.  Also from my standpoint, it is helpful to inject each specific vaccine into a different site on the patient. This means injecting the same vaccine, in the same area, every time, in each patient. Vaccines must never be given in the same injection site. This may lead to development of an incurable cancer called an injection site Sarcoma.  Also from my standpoint, it is helpful to inject each specific vaccine into a different site on the patient. This means injecting the same vaccine, in the same area, every time, in each patient. This will help determine which vaccine caused the reaction, if any. Remember, each patient is different, and each patient may or may not react to one or many of the variety of vaccines. Obviously this is information that is important for both the owner and their veterinarian. I personally favor giving the vaccines in the lower, lumbar area. [This is the area just above the tail, on either side of the spinal column]. I, personally favor giving vaccines in the lower lumbar area, mainly because if there is a reaction, it will occur higher on the back, and not in the leg area, which may lead to  motility impairment. Also, if the patient suddenly moves, there is no sciatic nerve to pierce. I have seen patients where this has happened, and permanent lameness remained for the life of the patient. And finally, for patient comfort when receiving any kind of injection, by patting the patient firmly on the head, and your veterinarian pinching the skin at the same time, before introducing the needle into the patient, the patient’s sensory center will be occupied, and the injection should be less painful. This is why many dentist, when injecting their patient with a local anesthetic, will lightly pinch and shake your cheek to occupy your sensory center, so that needle entering the patient will be less painful.

My greatest concern is not so much with the use of vaccines, but rather with identifying the patients that cannot develop protective antibodies, through vaccination.  In my new book, in the Pet Situations, I discuss a family that had vaccinated their pet properly and revaccinated many times, to insure their pet would remain healthy. What happened?

At 18 months of age, their dog contracted the Parvo virus and died.

The family then rescued a beautiful Harlequin Great Dane. The new owners wanted a guarantee, that this would not happen again to their new puppy, but obviously there are no guarantees in medicine.

I have researched and have been able to create a mechanism that will tell you, as an animal or person, whether you have the ability to produce protective antibodies through vaccination. When there is a cortisol imbalance [this is a natural hormone that is produced in the middle layer adrenal cortex in both people and animals], Plechner’s Syndrome may be initiated. When this hormone is deficient, bound or defective, that layer may not be able to respond to the demands of a higher up gland called the Pituitary. Even though the pituitary gland is asking the middle layer for some more cortisol to carryout it’s job, the middle layer cannot respond. The only other layer in the body that can respond to the Pituitary’s demand is the inner layer of the adrenal cortex. This layer contains and produces female hormone [estrogen] and male hormone called Androgen. When the estrogen level increases with this imbalance, the higher estrogen binds the thyroid hormones [thyroid hormones regulate metabolism throughout the body] which in turn somewhat protects the excess estrogen to remain while more is being produced. This is part of the “Vicious cycle”. Furthermore, the high estrogen deregulates the two main types of immune cells that when properly regulated, will protect the person or the animal. The one cell is called a B lymphocyte. Its function is to protect the body from bacterial infections and produce protective antibodies to foreign substances and vaccinations. With its deregulation caused by the high estrogen, but the B cell not only does not protect the body from bacterial infections, but does not produce antibodies to foreign materials and vaccinations. You can now, hopefully see why the 18 month old dog died from the Parvo virus after being vaccinated several times.

She did have my mechanism breakdown. Also, when the antibody in the stomach and intestines is deficient, then malabsorption occurs [the inability of nutrients and medications to pass into the patient’s blood stream]. This is another part of the “Vicious Cycle”. Oral foods, nutriceuticals, and homeopathics no matter how natural they may be, may not be able to reach the body through the blood stream, by way of the intestines. Hopefully you can now see why changing drugs and nutrients might be a waste of time. A prime example of this is when a patient is in the hospital on intravenous fluid and intramuscular injections, which bypass the intestines and go directly into the bloodstream, are effective. When the patient, with this mechanism breakdown, is sent home on the same medicine in an oral form, they do poorly because of the low antibody level in the intestines and the inability to absorb. The T lymphocyte, when properly regulated by the hormones, protects the patient from viruses, mold and fungi. When my syndrome has occurred, the patient can suffer from multiple colds, flu, plus develop all kinds of different molds and fungi. Ongoing Candida infections [this is a yeast like fungus that normally in the mouth, intestines and vagina in healthy people] are prevalent in those people with my syndrome. With the mechanism breakdown, the T cell will not protect the body and rampant growth may occur. This also applies to increased growth of demodectic mange mites which are normally present in the skin of dogs and the nasal tissue of some people, but only cause disease when my syndrome has developed. It is important to realize that the B and T cell function when reduced can only leads to disease problem to those patients that have my syndrome. This loss of function may lead to loss of recognition of self tissue, and can lead to   auto-immunity and cancer.

It is important to realize that when this hormone imbalance occurs, both the B and T cells are deregulated and not only lose sight of self breakdown tissue but may react adversely to any foreign substance that invades the body. The fact that the B cell is not providing proper antibody, does not mean that its entire function is depressed. It definitely is not.

This is the mechanism that is the cause of allergies, auto-immunity and cancer.

Hopefully this will give you some insight as how to vaccinate this new Great Dane puppy. First the puppy was vaccinated after at 8 and then 12 weeks. Two weeks later I did a blood test to measure the level of the protective antibody [titer]. Both levels of antibody protection for Parvo and Distemper were nearly non-existent. I immediately did my hormone antibody panel. The results of the test indicated the following: low cortisol, high estrogen, a normal T3 T4, but bound because of the high estrogen, and low antibody production. Her antibody in her gut was high enough to allow for absorption of oral replacement hormones, so she was put on a cortisol, thyroid replacement. In 4 weeks her hormone antibody levels returned to normal, and her B cell now was ready to produce protective antibodies. During this replacement period, I cautioned the owners not to take the puppy out of their yard and house since the puppy had no protective immunity. I revaccinated the puppy at the same time interval as before, and 2 weeks past her last vaccination, I rechecked her protective antibody levels and found that the B cell had been reregulated by proper hormone replacement and now allowed to function in a protective manner.

Now the puppy has very high levels of protective antibodies to not only Parvo virus and the distemper virus, but any other invasive organisms that B and T cells can neutralize.

With all the commentary on do, or do not revaccinate, what should you do? After the initial vaccination program is completed, two week later, you should have your veterinarian test to see if your young animal has developed protective antibodies [titers]. If your animal has not developed pro immunity, it might be worthwhile to give one more vaccine to see if this does boost the immunity to a protective level. If the vaccine did not help, then it is time to do my mechanism blood test. If the results are positive for this hormone antibody deficiency, then fund the patient’s imbalance, and then revaccinate. At this point in time, there is only one veterinary laboratory doing my blood test.

The details of how to handle the sample, and where to send the sample are listed on my website at www.drplechner.com.

Please know, I have no affiliation with this laboratory, but no other labs have an interest, and those that have looked, apparently do not have the equipment or the ability. This lab can do my mechanism for dogs, cats, horses and people.

What, then do vaccinations have to do with children? Does the autism come from the vaccination, or is this imbalance present that allows the vaccine to cause autism. You can imagine if the child is born with an endocrine –immune imbalance, the imbalance will cause the thyroid not to breakdown the vaccine, so that it is an overdose, but the B-cell that is supposed to respond, is not only deregulated, but will not produce protective antibodies. With the high total estrogen, binding thyroid, the foreign vaccine material stays in the system way too long, and then the deregulated immune system can attack this vaccine material and cause some profound side effects which may be the basis of autism. This may be something you as a parent might consider.

The latest statements from the medical profession says, vaccination procedures have nothing to do with autism, and this may be true. How, then can we tell, if this is actually true?

Hopefully my mechanism is not present in these newborns, and if it is, could cause catastrophic results. Before vaccines are administered in any species, the maternal   antibodies need to be gone in the child’s system otherwise that maternal antibody that still remains in the offspring may kill a live vaccine and not make protective antibodies. In any newly born offspring, it may be helpful to do my endocrine-immune panel. If there is the imbalance, this needs to be corrected, before any vaccines should be given, because if this imbalance is still present, any vaccine will be a major over dose and may cause anything from a horrible allergic reaction to the possibility of autism if this really happens due to a vaccine. If there may be a concern, why not include this test at the same time other tests are being done at the time of birth or soon, thereafter. I any event it will indicate to you and your healthcare professional, if your baby can develop protective antibodies from vaccines. This kind of procedure may help the health care practitioners to decide if there is an imbalance, before the vaccine is given, or whether the autism existed first. Please remember I am only a “plain wrap veterinarian” trying to give our medical professionals a way to “think outside the box”.

Your physicians need to make sure, the human Labs are doing total estrogen and not merely 3 ovarian estrogens in females, and estradiole in males, otherwise, the total estrogen test may be invalid.

One huge concern that the general public has, is what kind of chemicals additives and other ingredients, go into the vaccines. Is it really the vaccine that is the problem, or is it the other ingredients that are added. The same danger is still there. Should then, the vaccines be “cleaned up”, or are we still exposing ourselves, our pets and our children, to a needless danger.

Years ago, I found that a certain number of miniature poodles had severe reactions to vaccines. I also found that many of these patients were allergic to egg whites. Guess what? The vaccines were created with? Yes, egg whites as the media for growing viruses. To say it is OK to vaccinate you child or animal with present day vaccines, is very questionable. How much of the attenuated virus, whether dead or modified live, is enough and not is too much. How can we tell what has happened. The time has come, when the vaccine manufacturers need to take heed, and research the problems that they may be causing. Also, remember, that they may not be causing the problem, but rather the problem, may not be caused by the vaccine, but the imbalance in the patient that allows the vaccine to cause negative effects including no antibody protection.

Hopefully this article may raise some very important thoughts for you to consider for yourself, your child, and your pet.


Dr. Plechner