Vaccine Ingredients

What else is in the vaccine?

In addition to the dead virus, there are a bunch of other ingredients that are used to keep the vaccine "safe" during packaging and transport, but are they safe for your dog?  Take a look at the ingredient list below and decide for yourself:

Here is a list of ingredients used in vaccines that could cause major damage to your dogs' health: 

  • Adjuvants: aluminum salts, oil-based squalene, bacteria-based lipopolysaccharides, sugars.
  • Preservatives: mercury (thimerosal), antibiotics (gentamicin, amphotericin B, neomycin, polymyxin-B), phenoxyethanol.
  • Attenuating agents: formaldehyde.
  • Growth medium: foreign animal tissues:
    • Chick embryo
    • Bovine serum
    • Human fetal lung tissue
    • Monkey kidney tissue
    • Porcine tissue
    • Eggs
    • Insect proteins
  • Fungicides and antimicrobials: phenol, formaldehyde.
  • Buffering agents: glycerol, sorbitol, sucrose, salts, borax.
  • Stabilizers: formaldehyde.
  • Surfactant, Permeability Enhancer: polysorbate 80 (Tween® 80).
  • Virus particles: individual vaccines (modified live or killed), contamination viruses (Rotavirus) from the animal tissues used to grow vaccines.
  • Contaminates: glyphosate from GMO-fed animals … used for vaccine growth medium (eggs, bovine and porcine tissue), insect viruses (Army worm), Rotavirus.

Source: Dogs Naturally Magazine

The Problem with Thimerosal: 

According to the CDC, "Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative" and "is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose (multi-dose vials) to prevent growth of germs, like bacteria and fungi." The CDC says thimerosal is safe.

However, in 1935, the Pittman Moore Animal Pharmaceutical Company warned against its safety “even in dog serum”  because they found that over 50% of vaccinated dogs suffered inflammatory reactions to Thimerosal because it "a very inflammatory neurotoxin and genetic mutator" (read more on that here).

Despite this warning, most of the vaccines our dogs receive still contain it.  So if our dogs continue to receive vaccines as typically scheduled: at 6 - 8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, 16-18 weeks, 12-16 months, and yearly boosters, that's a whole lot of thimerosal.

Here is the Issue: 

Puppies are already born with antibodies and protection against common disease from their vaccinated parents whose parents were also vaccinated and their parents who were also vaccinated and with this protection also comes thimerosal, which again is a "a very inflammatory neurotoxin and genetic mutator."  So, if it is possible that thimerosal altered genes of parent dogs, It is quite possible that these mutated genes are being passed down from litter to litter as well, causing sickness literally from conception.  And, since most bulldogs are born via c-section and do not receive healthy bacteria from their mothers' birth canal, the stage is set for perfect storm of illness, which is why your dog is sick in the first place.

Read more on vaccine ingredients by clicking on the links below: 

  • Additives and Adjuvants in Animal Vaccines: Most vaccines for dogs and cats contain additives and adjuvants that absolutely increase the risk of an adverse reaction. These adjuvants are designed to improve vaccine efficacy and additives like thimerosal (mercury) and stabilizers like sugar, gelatin, and aluminum are included to prevent contamination during transport.  Adding anything to make something "safe for transport" is concerning, especially when we think about administering to our animals.    
  • Does Your Dog’s Vaccine Contain Thimerosal (Even When It Says It Doesn’t)?: In both the USA and Canada (you can ask your vet for an exemption letter, though!). Eli Lilly, the creator of thimerosal, deemed it to be perfectly safe.  However, it has a less than stellar track record,  vaccine manufacturer Pittman-Moore wrote to them and said:“We have obtained marked local reaction in about 50% of the dogs injected with serum containing dilutions of Merthiolate,” thimerosal.
  • Thimerosal - An Incredibly Controversial Preservative:  According to the FDA, thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound. Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes.  There is no regulatory agency equivalent for our animals.  Why does a chihuahua receive the same vaccine (with preservatives) as a mastiff?   

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