Your puppies health is your responsibility
In recent years there has been a trend towards "natural" approaches and products in many aspects of our lives This has lead to a healthy debate about organic foodstuffs, alternative medicine and holistic living, it has also had an impact in the world of dogs where an increasing number of owners have started to consider homeopathic remedies in place of modern drugs. Most sensible people will recognise the overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals, the misuse of hormones in food producing livestock and the lack of recognition given to alternative healing. Whilst acknowledging the benefits of a natural approach to health it is not appropriate to turn ones back on the many proven successes of conventional science and we do not support the use of "nosodes", so called natural alternatives to the inoculations given to puppies and dogs to prevent the contraction of the most severe, infectious canine diseases. There are those lucky enough to have kept dogs for many years without the administration and cost of inoculation and there are some who will strongly disagree with our views on this matter, but we are asked the question frequently enough to offer our opinion.
A bitch will nurture
and protect her pups after
As breeders we would be unwilling let a border collie or golden retiever puppy go to a home where he or she would not be protected by inoculation. Like most dedicated breeders we do not routinely vaccinate our puppies before they go to their new homes, first innoculations are currently given at 8 weeks, by which time most puppies will already be in their new homes. There is no educated suggestion that this is too young, clinical trials and wide usage throughout the country suggest otherwise, no vet should be sceptical about this unless he is very out of date with current practice. Remember that before vaccines can be marketed they must under go very through clinical trials and whilst these are not foolproof they do provide a very high degree of safety, Homeopathic Nosodes have undergone no trials whatsoever for either safety (unlikely to be an issue) or efficacy (a big issue). Nosodes are very fashionable at the moment largely because of the low incidence of the usual canine diseases, however this low incidence is almost certainly due to the very high instance of inoculation carried out by the responsible dog owning community.
Puppies acquire immunity to disease from
In Scandinavia only a few years ago many dog owners switched to homeopathic protection or even no protection at all believing this was better than "interfering" with the natural immune system, as a result there was a full blown epidemic of Parvovirus and Distemper with horrifying scenes that fortunately we have not seen on a great scale here for over twenty five years.
The key question is this, would you have your children inoculated as
is the recommended practice? Indeed would you consider inoculating yourself
and your family if you go on holiday to a part of the world for which
inoculations are recommended? Most people would not forego your own
safety or that of your children by only relying on untried and tested
homeopathic remedies alone. If that is so why are people prepared to
put a puppy at risk where they would be certain to protect themselves.
In the recent past a lady we know well bought a puppy from a reputable
breeder, within days of bringing him home he was dead, the pathology
report showed hepatitis as the killer, it transpired that the breeder
only used Nosodes, so the pup's mother has never been inoculated, she
no immunity and hence had passed no immunity on to the pup, the lady
who had bought the puppy had several other dogs, including a puppy too
young to be inoculated, all who were unaffected, because either their
inoculations were up to date or in the case of the young pup, because
he had inherited immunity from his inoculated dam.
Dogs have a right a healthy life
|Our view is very much that puppies should be treated as a part of the
family and that means taking no more risk with their health and safety
than you would with yourself or your children, especially when such risks
are wholly unnecessary. The Guide Dogs for the Blind tend to be leaders
in the field of canine welfare and they have practised inoculation at
6 weeks of age for many years. It is true that there are a very few breeds
which can react badly to early inoculation, the Golden Retriever and the
Border Collie are not among these. Of course any dog (like any child)
can have an adverse reaction to any inoculation but the risk is tiny especially
when compared with the risks of not inoculating and contacting a fatal
disease. To date we know of no dog or puppy that we have bred or had any
reliable first hand account from any other breeder or dog owner to indicate
that a dog or puppy has shown any signs of ill health following inoculation.
Dog should be treated as part of the family
|It should also be noted that not inoculating you puppy may well lead
to you being refused enrolment for puppy training classes (we have never
allowed pups or dogs that are not inoculated to join classes that we have
run) as this could put other puppies and dogs at risk as well as your
own and could invalidated the instructor's insurance. Boarding kennels
will almost certainly not take dogs who have not been inoculated and pet
insurance may not cover dogs that are not inoculated (we make insurance
for your pet a condition of ownership). These may not be an immediate
issue when buying a puppy but it is worth considering that no one who
loves and works with dogs chooses to exclude dogs or puppies without good
Like other caring breeders we do our best to place our puppies in homes where they will be loved, included and protected and we could not in all conscience place a puppy where he or she would be at risk of inadequate protection from such terrible, and such avoidable diseases. There are breeders who will either not mind what puppy buyers choose to do with their puppy once sold and some may be active believers in Nosodes but most caring breeders will want to see their puppies as well protected as possible.
Dogs deserve respect and protection
|We, as dog lovers, want the best for our dogs and puppies we are not
anti-homeopathy we and do use it where appropriate, but whereas we would
use homeopathic remedies to soothe anxiety or treat minor ailments we
would not for example, use it to treat cancer (to the exclusion of non-homeopathic
treatments) and the diseases we are focusing on here are as lethal and
much far faster to take hold.
Puppies do not ask to be born but we as breeders bring them into the world and care and nurture them from infancy, we seek homes where they will be valued as individual with all the love, respect and protection that involves, not homes where they will be put at risk to satisfy an owners blind faith in untested panaceas or used to show off an owners "new age" leanings.
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